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[German] Example of dialect spoken in Basel?

Suddenly, I have a job interview with a firm in Basel. My wife can speak German, though she's a bit rusty, but she speaks the routine high German variety. She is a nurse, and very interested in continuing her career. Would standard German suffice? Can somebody post a link which would allow to hear the Basel dialect spoken, such as on YouTube, a radio station web site or a TV news channel that streams online?
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Re: [German] Example of dialect spoken in Basel?

There are plenty on Youtube, just search under baseldeutsch.
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Suddenly, I have a job interview with a firm in Basel. My wife can speak German, though she's a bit rusty, but she speaks the routine high German variety. She is a nurse, and very interested in continuing her career. Would standard German suffice? Can somebody post a link which would allow to hear the Basel dialect spoken, such as on YouTube, a radio station web site or a TV news channel that streams online?
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As The Spouse says, you should be able to find some youtube videos with dialect by searching for "baseldeutsch" or "baseldüütsch."

Also though, as I've had the unfortunate pleasure of having been to the hospital a number of times since I've moved here, I can assure you that regular German is just fine. Two of my major hospital visits and were at the University hospital and there are plenty of folks from Germany attending / working (it is a teaching hospital) there, the third was at Claraspital and there as well there were quite a few folks there who were German. On top of the Germans also though were other folks both from other areas in Switzerland and other places around the world and the common language was standard German / "High German."

When coming here, it may be easier on the street if you have some familiarity with the Basel dialect because 9 times out of 10, that's what you're going to hear when out and about. Once you begin speaking to most of the locals though, they'll switch to standard - that's what you'll hear on the news and other "official" forms of communication anyhow.

Meanwhile, most of the time I listen to radio here, and what my (Basler) husband listens to at work is "Radio Basilisk" which is a local station.

Gimma is one of the artists (rap singer?) who my hubby has pointed out as using Swiss dialect:



Bligg is another:



Neither is from Basel BUT they both are done in Swiss dialects (and I understand each better than the German I hear on the TV news ), so perhaps it will help you and your wife see what differences the dialect may or may not make. Again though, it is mainly cases of casual conversation where the dialect will make a difference initially as the Swiss kids learn German (not just Schwiizerdüütsch) in school.
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Can somebody post a link which would allow to hear the Basel dialect spoken, such as on YouTube
The tennis champion Roger Federer comes from Basel, here's a YouTube vid of him in an interview speaking Swiss German with high German subtitles.

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Re: [German] Example of dialect spoken in Basel?

Oh dear me sir, you are going to upset the real Baslers with that sort of statement.

REAL Baaseldütsch sounds quite different from the dialect of our friend Mr Federer (Münchenstein I believe - not even Baselstadt.)

And this is where the Baslers got their dialect from.
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Oh dear me sir, you are going to upset the real Baslers with that sort of statement.

REAL Baaseldütsch sounds quite different from the dialect of our friend Mr Federer (Münchenstein I believe - not even Baselstadt.)

And this is where the Baslers got their dialect from.
Thanks for the link Longbyt

Just tried to read the following pdf and it made me cross-eyed!!

http://www.basel-deutsch.ch/baseldeu...ktschrift.html
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REAL Baaseldütsch sounds quite different from the dialect of our friend Mr Federer (Münchenstein I believe - not even Baselstadt.)
Rog is from Bottmingen (Baselland) -- although these days his abode is, conveniently, low-tax Schwyz.

EDIT: I take that back. Apparently he was born in Binningen, raised in Münchenstein, and lived in Oberwil for a while, before moving to Wollerau in Schwyz. His parents live in Bottmingen ... actually, there's a wealth of contradictory information on the net, with one website claiming he was born in Münchenstein, another in Binningen and yet another in Bottmingen, while others say it's Basel. I'll ask him next time I bump into him at Co-op.

Back to dialect discussion ... High German will be fine. There are plenty of German medical practitioners working in Basel, now, and they certainly don't even try to speak Baslerdytsch.

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Re: [German] Example of dialect spoken in Basel?

Thanks to all of you for the valuable contributions. It turns out this job option is getting rather serious...suddenly the company in Basel would like me to come for an interview.

Wow!
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Re: [German] Example of dialect spoken in Basel?

From what I could listen to on youtube, the most typical Baseldeutsch without rolling-r is this one:


She still says Kh- and not Ch- for High German K- and that is not always the case anymore, influence from the rest of the country, one believes:
kein - kai - kchei and Kind - Kind - Chind

But she has the rounded ü in Lüüt (Leute), für whereas one also hears Lyyt and fyr with long /i:/ sometimes. She sounds very much like my neighbours and the dialect I hear normaly spoken by adults. The younger generation speaks however something between that and Zürcher Deutsch (or is it just their way that I feel "strange" and wrongly qualify as Zürcher?)
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