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Bavarian for beginners

Munich has many international residents

If you meet a typical Bavarian though, you may want to be able to talk to them or at least understand them. This is where our short introduction into the Bavarian dialect can help:

The Bavarian Greeting

The right salutation is very important, if you want to gain the trust of the locals. A nice greeting is a good way to bond and a show of respect.

Griaß di/eahna/Gott Grüß dich (familiar, friendly greeting between people who know each other)
Grüß Sie (common, more formal greeting between people on a last-name basis)
Grüß Gott (polite, neutral greeting formula) Servus Jolly personal greeting, works as either a welcome salutation or a farewell

The Bavarian Farewell

The Bavarian farewell is just as important as the initial greeting. How do Bavarians say goodbye? Be careful with the high-German “Tschüss”! You may lose all the sympathies that you worked so hard to acquire. Although most Bavarians are no longer as strict and more forgiving in today’s multi-cultural society.

Pfiat di
May God protect you, take care of yourself
Pfiat eahna
Polite farewell to one person or more
Pfia Gott beinand, pfiat euch, pfiats eich
Farewell to a group of people

Bavarian food

Pretzels, rolls and a rustic farmer’s bread are the foundation of a hearty Bavarian “Brotzeit”. Apart from that there are also other traditional Bavarian culinary delights.

Bavarian                                          English
Brezn Pretzels
Apfekiachal / Apfeküacherl     Deep fried / baked apple rings
Auszogne / AusgezogeneCruller
ZwetschgendatschiYeast dough sheet came with plums
Fleischpflanzerl / FleischpflanzlMeatball, ground meat patty
Leberkäs / LeberkaasBavarian meat loaf
Kaas / KäsCheese
Obazda / ObatzterSavory cheese spread
TopfenCurd cheese
Gelbe RübenYellow beets, carrots
KrautCAbbage, white cabbage
Radiesal / RadieserlGarden radish
Rote RübenBeetroot