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Old 10-22-2019, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Just Asking Questions View Post
Is that what was going on in the bar scene in Inglourious Basterds? It wasn't just accents, but dialects the SS guy was recognizing? (Do actual German speakers get a lot more subtle things out of that scene that I would ?)
I don't know, but I think it could easily have been just accents, not dialects. In Britain you could have a group of people from Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow and Birmingham. Even if they were speaking entirely standard English, other British people would be able to tell them apart easily. They might be army officers or doctors and they would probably (nowadays) retain a local accent.

I would expect the accents of Frankfurt, Munich etc to be similarly distinct when people are speaking standard German. The point of course being that the SS guy could tell that someone wasn't a native speaker.