Will German language spoken and written in Germany do the job in Austria? It will, but to have things really done in Austria itself you would need a German Austria voice over. The differences are there, are recognizable, and people in Austria really appreciate if they hear their version of the German language.
As FluentU points out, listening and hearing German language in austria can be a bit confusing. Even native English speakers, have trouble understanding Irish or Scottish folks? The dialects of German spoken in various Germanic countries are similarly different. And Austria is no exception. Yes, they do speak German there, but if you want to thrive in that country, you’ll need to know a certain set of vocabulary, plus develop the ability to understand a pretty confusing accent to some. Some experts note that Even English-speakers with a modicum of German can hear the difference between the lilting, almost musical tones of Austrian German versus the less lilting, more crisp sound of standard German (Hochdeutsch). Bavarian, on the other hand, is very similar to Austrian. (Bavaria being a state in Germany, yet not quite part of Germany. Rather like Texas in a way.) The difference between Austrian German and standard German is similar to the difference between the drawling language heard in the US South versus the more standard English of the US Midwest or West.
Austrian German has its beginning in the mid-18th century, when empress Maria Theresa and her son Joseph II introduced compulsory schooling (in 1774) and several reforms of administration in their multilingual Habsburg empire. At the time, the written standard was Oberdeutsche Schreibsprache, which was highly influenced by the Bavarian and Alemannic dialects of Austria. Since 1951 the standardized form of Austrian German for official texts and schools has been defined by the Austrian Dictionary (Österreichisches Wörterbuch), published under the authority of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture. When Austria became a member of the European Union, 23 food-related terms were listed in its accession agreement as having the same legal status as the equivalent terms used in Germany.
Austria has a population of over nine million people. While there is a number of minorities living in the country, all of them speak and are fluent in the Austrian version of the German language.
German as used in Southern Germany and Austria is very melodious and pleasant to the ear. There are few grammar variations. Some vocabulary (culinary mostly) is unique to Bavaria and Austria. Most Austrian dialects belong to the High German family - together with most dialects of Southern Germany and Bavaria. The differences between Middle German (as used in Central Germany) and High German (Bavaria and Austria) exist but are not so great.
According to FluentU, there are huge differences in the way German is spoken in everyday life in Austria. The so-called Mundart (vernacular) is strong and exists in many different forms, varying from region to region. Many words are used exclusively in spoken Austrian and therefore there’s no set way to spell them.
Simple words in the various dialects are very similar, but pronunciation is distinct for each and, after listening to a few spoken words, it may be possible for an Austrian to realise which dialect is being spoken. However, in regard to the dialects of the deeper valleys of the Tyrol, other Tyroleans are often unable to understand them. Speakers from the different states of Austria can easily be distinguished from each other by their particular accents (probably more so than Bavarians), those of Carinthia, Styria, Vienna, Upper Austria, and the Tyrol being very characteristic. Speakers from those regions, even those speaking Standard German, can usually be easily identified by their accent, even by an untrained listener.
Vienna: one of the most important and busiest capital cities of Europe. This extraordinary city has its own, unique form Austrian German. It’s known as Viennese German or Weanarish and it’s seen as a unique Bavarian dialect all of its own. Getting a voice over with Viennese flavour means finding a voice artist who knows all the unique expressions that are associated only with Vienna. Luckily, local voice talent abounds on BunnyStudio. We’ve got a variety of Viennese voices to choose from. Talking like a local means getting a local for your voice over, and you’ll have no difficulty in finding a voice over professional to suit your needs with BunnyStudio. Once you’ve selected your voice actor, BunnyStudio springs into action with characteristic speed and efficiency. Within as little as a few hours, you’re in possession of that uniquely Viennese voice over. Professional voice overs are yours at the best prices in the industry – guaranteed! Choose local talent and get perfect results every time.