After having looked at three lower German and three middle German dialects, we come to the upper German dialects. And we start with Swabian, or Schwäbisch, as it’s called in German. Wikipedia says that ‘it is spoken in Swabia, which covers much of the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg, including its capital, Stuttgart. It is also spoken in the rural area known as the Swabian Alb, and in the southwest of Bavarian Swabia.’ (Read more here)
The University of Portsmouth has a great collection of Swabian – German or English dictionaries and I found an online text translator that translates from “proper” German to Swabian.
Guess what sentence I typed in to get this (answer at the bottom): Die Schwaba schwätza oi luschdig Schbrache
But you’re here to listen to some Swabian, so here are some videos:
A ‘lesson’ about the Swabian noun ending ‘le’, meaning little (equivalent to the German ‘chen’ ending)
A lesson about the Swabian way of telling the time
And one more
How well do you think you can understand Swabian? Quite well? Try the following quiz, which says you need 9 correct answers to class yourself a Swabian: Nur wenn Du 9 Punkte in diesem Quiz schaffst, bisch Du a echdr Schwob
“Die Schwaba schwätza oi luschdig Schbrache.” Did you work out what this sentence meant? It’s “Die Schwaben sprechen eine lustige Sprache.” The Swabians speak a funny language!
Funny, but lovely, don’t you agree?