Have you ever wondered how many German dialects there are? Between the breezy Northern Platt and the homely Southern Boarisch, it’s actually quite difficult to come up with a definite number. Theoretically there are as many dialects as there are German speakers.

Especially when you travel farther away from Europe, it’s remarkable how local communities over time created their very own dialects which preserved certain parts of Standard German (dialects) but also branched off in unique ways. Many of you may have heard about Pennsylvania German, for example, but did you know that the Lone Star State has its own German dialect too?