Outsiders sometimes struggle to understand the "Pälzer Sprooch", the local Palatinate dialect. This is a Rhenish-Franconian dialect.
And so they should! The Palatinate people would never dream of speaking differently to how they "de Schnawwel gewachse ist", literally "have grown up talking". On the contrary: They are firmly convinced that they speak the purest German.
Would you like to learn a few words of Palatinate dialect?
"Keschde" – sweet chestnuts
"Alla Hopp" – a multifunctional expression meaning: agreed, see you, let's go and much more!
"Schobbe"- a half-litre glass
"Halt die Gosch!"- Be quiet!
"Lewwerworschd"- liver sausage
"Reidschul" – carousel
"Deerschlenk"- door handle
"Drauwekiwwel" – grape bucket, a vessel used in grape harvests
Learn the Palatinate dialect with "Haardtware"
Haardtware is a company that has a number of different "Schobbe" for learning the Palatinate dialect. You can purchase them at a number of Tourist Information offices along the German Wine Route so that you can take a real piece of Palatinate culture home with you and practise the language and drinking at home before your forthcoming holiday.