as a German I should add, though, that most people nowadays do use the term “shopping” instead of “Einkaufsbummel” or something similar. Mostly because it’s shorter and English is regarded as cooler.
That’s reasonable. Even in Russia we do use this word. Not that I like the overusage of English words in other languages, but sometimes it simplifies the life :)
I guess then it’s just that all the interactive courses and textbooks for foreigners are teaching Hoch Deutsch, not everyday.
By the way does German pronounciation /and vocabulary/ really differs from state to state? What is Southern German looks like? I’m here trying to learn to speak properly and do audios a lot, but probably I should concentrate on something else
German has a bright variety of venaculars, some of which are “official” dialects and some of which (like the one spoken in my area) are local varieties (unfortunately the English Wikipedia entry on German dialects is not really good in my eyes, as it doesn’t cover anything besides High and Low German and some venaculars resulting from immigration and colonialization). To be categorized as a dialect, a local variety has to show quite significant changes from High German in regards to pronunciation, vocabulary, sometimes even grammar. Needless to say, pretty much all varieties of German have changes in at least two of these categories, although the amount varies. In many cases of “big” dialects, we also have differences within the dialects, depending on the place you live at, although these are mostly on the layer of vocabulary.
As somebody from the northern half of Germany let me tell you that if somebody from Bavaria speaks really heavy Bavarian dialect (mostly contributed to elderly people from the countryside), they’re extremely hard to understand for anyone from the rest of Germany. Of course, even Bavarian has regional differences, and there’s also Fränkisch and more (even though Bavarian remains the best-known Southern dialect, and probably the most known German dialect outside of Germany).
I found a map which several places you can click to listen to the dialects connected to the region (sadly it’s not always the same sentence), even though it’s not all too complete (for example, my region is missing entirely), but it seems to be a good overview of the most common German dialects.
Hope that helps! :D
…I just listened to the southern speech in Baden-Württemberg, where I intended to go study and I just died a little bit more. I still have a little hope that the accent there is not that thick nowadays, concerning some posts of Russians saying they did not mention a lot of differences in Bayern and Berlin, z.B., though the city I am looking upon as a variant is quite small an thus should be more dialective.
BECAUSE I UNDERSTOOD LITERALLY NOTHING from Tübingen. Berlin was okay, 30% at least will do.