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How many dialects are spoken in Germany?

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How many dialects are spoken in Germany?

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The Oxford English Dictionary defines 'dialect' as 'a particular form of a language which is peculiar to a specific region or social group.' In the United States, for example, different dialects can be seen if you compare the English spoken in the Southern U.S. with that spoken in New York City or the Midwest.

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It is estimated that there are probably about 250 different dialects of German being spoken in Germany today. Historically, in the region of Europe...

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