südtirolerisch – the south tyrol dialect cont.

south tirol counts more than 40 dialects, all belonging to southern bavarian idioms.
these dialects may strongly vary from a valley or a mountainside to another one, and in the course of the 20th century italian expressions have crept progressively into the vocabulary, making of south tyrolean a multicoloured togetherness and coexistence of austro-german and italian culture.
a pleasure – and a challenge – linguistically as well as culturally. here another picking of words.

  • augngleser = brille (glasses)
  • beck = bäcker (baker)
  • bloam = blume (flower)
  • casino = durcheinander, zirkus (mess)
  • dai = los!, weiter!, erzähl mir nichts (go!, come on)
  • fertig (die sind fertig) = alle, ausverkauft (over, sold-out)
  • guat = gut (good)
  • kassa = bank, kasse (bank, checkout)
  • keschtn = kastanien (chestnut)
  • ma dai = echt, wirklich? (really?)
  • marillen = aprikose (apricot)
  • paktl = geschenkpaket (gift-wrapping)
  • patent = führerschein (driving licence)
  • radel = fahrrad (bike)
  • roafen = reifen (wheel)
  • säckele, täschele = plastik-, papier-tragetasche (paper/plastic bag)
  • schlutzer = schlutzkrapfen, maultaschen (ravioli tirolesi, mezzelune)
  • stiege = treppe (stairs)
  • stitze = beine (leg)
  • zusperren = ein geschäft, einen (kino-, konzert-)saal schließen (to close)
folks cultivate their sense of belonging not only by speaking but also by writing sms in dialect – cryptic messages in the eyes of those-like-me who don't master this art!

early winter cold this year. brr. freezing.

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