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Thread #48582   Message #731828
Posted By: GUEST,NicoleCastle
17-Jun-02 - 08:36 PM
Thread Name: Help: singing in German
Subject: RE: Help: singing in German
Marion,

Have you tried looking through the Folkways catalog to see if they have any old Pennsylvania-Dutch recordings? It might help you get a feel for the dialect... because I don't think listening to German recordings will help nearly as much. To an English speaker, German is pretty easy if you just listen and ignore the spelling. The cadence and pronounciations are very similar.

Until, of course, you get into the southern dialects, where they've been picking up French words and pronounciations for a few hundred years, and French isn't even in the same linguistic family...