I have read that Germans in the north have do not have mutual intelligibility with Germans in, say, Austria, but ich finde this very hard to believe. In addition, to me, German looks very much like Dutch. On Dutch TV, when a German-speaking person comes on and they put subtitles at the bottom of the screen, it almost sounds like the German speaker is reading them (no, I don't speak Dutch). Can most German speakers understand, at least to some minor extent (not with full fluency, of course) spoken and written Dutch? Can the Dutch do the same with German? How about Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish? I think that might be a stretch, but they seem to speak a language more similar to German than English. Thank you.