German is considered a single language, but it may be more linguistically accurate to classify it as a group of languages. Standard German, or Hochdeutsch, is used throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in media and official contexts, but most German speakers grow up using distinct dialects, sometimes with limited mutual intelligibility. Dialectical differences all throughout Germany can be significant, with the Plattdeutsch dialects in northwestern Germany a world apart from Bavarian in southeastern Germany. Today we focus on Bavarian, the most prominent of local German varieties.
Bavarian boasts an impressive 14 million native speakers, making it larger than many languages despite being officially classified as a dialect of German. Regardless of this classification, Bavarian’s mutual intelligibility with Standard German is limited, with Standard German speakers from outside of Bavaria struggling to understand the language. Most Bavarian speakers can also speak Standard German, which is used extensively in media, education, and official contexts, but this situation threatens the vitality of the proud Bavarian language. That’s what prompted us here at TranslationServices.com to put together a team of professional Bavarian translators, and now we proudly offer Bavarian translation services.
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Bavarian naturally has its roots in Bavaria, a large state in southeastern Germany. Bavarian is also spoken throughout most of Austria, although an Austrian version of Standard German is used in education, as well as in the Italian province of South Tyrol. Bavarian is made up of many different local dialects with high mutual intelligibility, shifting across a geographical continuum. This also gives rise to orthographical differences, so Bavarian may not always be written the same.
In terms of grammar, Bavarian is extremely similar to German. Case markings generally only show up on articles, not on nouns themselves, and Bavarian rarely uses the simple past, opting for the present perfect instead. Bavarian does, however, exhibit more diversity in its verbal inflection than Standard German, with inflected forms for the subjunctive and optative moods. Bavarian pronouns also come in multiple forms—depending on the pronoun, there may be a separate unstressed form, which does not appear in Standard German. Bavarians may also refer to people with their surname before their given name, with an obligatory article preceding this construction.
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Bavarians are generally proud of their heritage and their identity that separates them from the rest of Germany, so it’s important that the Bavarian language is represented in translation services. Our translators, who hail from across Bavaria, Austria, and South Tyrol, are passionate about bridging the communication gap between English and Bavarian without using Standard German as an intermediary language. No matter what kind of translation services you need—whether to or from Bavarian—we’re here to help!
We can translate historical documents or traditional literature from Bavarian to English, allowing you to showcase the rich history and culture of Bavaria to the rest of the world. We can also translate business materials, educational content, books, websites, games, apps, and more into Bavarian, which not only promotes pride in this unique language but also allows Bavarian speakers and learners alike to derive more enjoyment from Bavarian.
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