German and Dutch

Discussion in 'Deutsch (German)' started by bearded man, Oct 13, 2013.

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  1. bearded man

    bearded man Senior Member

    Milan
    Italian
    I understand that the Dutch language originated centuries ago from a German dialect (low frankish). I would be curious to know whether nowadays there still is a German dialect so similar to Dutch, that its speakers can travel through Holland and be understood and understand everything (or almost everything) without interpreter. If yes, which is the place or town in Germany with the dialect most similar to Dutch ?
     
  2. djweaverbeaver Senior Member

    English Atlanta, GA USA
  3. ablativ Senior Member

    German(y)
    There are no such places or towns in Germany where people speak a dialect that can be understood in the entire Netherlands (not: Holland, btw). There are certain similarities alongside the border (not even that many), but the more you get into the country ("The Netherlands") the less you will be able to understand people correctly. This is the case for the Netherlands and even more for the largest part of Belgium where Dutsch (called Flemish) is spoken as their native language.
     
  4. berndf Moderator

    Geneva
    German (Germany)
    Moderator note: To avoid duplication, this thread has been closed. Please continue the discussion in the thread quoted above.

    Thank you.
     
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