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German Language in Austria
With more than 120 million people speaking German in 8 countries
of the world, it is hardly surprising that the actual usage of German
What is Standard German?
Standard German is the "pure, dialect-free pronunciation of
The development of Standard German:
Standard German did not develop out of one regional dialect but
was artificially created by poets, philosophers and scholars. In
the 16th century Martin Luther translated the The Holy Bible
into a German as devoid as possible of regional features by consciously
merging dialects. He wanted as many people as possible to understand
the text. The 18th century with Goethe and Schiller at their zenith
brought about a further standardization of German.
Which German is spoken in Austria?
The language spoken in Austria is German. It is a correct and
pure form of German that is melodious and pleasant to the ear.
The German as used in Austria strongly resembles the German as used
in Southern Germany. The differences are often exaggerated and are
considerably less than the linguistic divergence of Germany's North.
At ActiLingua Academy you learn standard German according to a
recognized curriculum. The course books youll work with are
the same as those used in the best German schools.
Map of German usage in Austria, Germany
Low German (Northern Germany): This region
did not take part in the second sound shift. It strongly derivates
from the German as used below the Benrath line (marked red)!
Middle German (Central Germany) and High German (Southern Germany,
Bavaria and Austria) strongly resemble each other and have been
the foundation of standard German. Switzerland's vernacular is
Swiss German (Switzertütsch) and derivates strongly from