West German and East German: A Country Divided by One Language

Bavarian, Swabian, Hessian, Saxon… There are plenty of regional dialects in Germany. The four decades during which Germany was divided into the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and the Federal Republic of Germany have also left their mark on the development of the German language. Although they have always shared the same written language, East Germans and West Germans, aka “Ossis” and “Wessis”, often find it difficult to talk to each other. Read on to learn more about the key linguistic differences between both parts of the country.


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