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By Xerfox - 03/07/2016 18:05 - Germany - Löwenstein
Today, I found out the German I've been learning for nearly a month is a dialect only spoken by people in a small area of the country. This means I'll need to re-learn most of what I thought I knew. FML
Well I'm visiting Germany right now, and it seems everyone on the streets can speak English. They are more than willing to help (for the most part). Usually they just start speaking English when they hear your accent
I'm half german and can speak the language fluently, but when I visit an area of Germany which I'm not from I cannot understand a word they are saying. Everywhere has different dialects so its very difficult.
I have the same issue in Canada! A lot of people from southern Ontario sound nearly american, but Newfies have such a bizarre way of speaking that I'd actually have an easier time talking to somebody from Quebec!
Same in The Netherlands. Even though it's a small country, there're many different dialects. One province even has very its own language, which is only spoken there so no other Dutchman understands them.
Pretty sure I can't understand my own town with all these valley girl hashtag java latte with no whip yoga boot people in my town. America is definitly the worst out of them all. (hope you've picked up on the joke).
Maybe only ever visit a small area of Germany?
Germans will help you.They probably know better English than you.