Boarisch/Baierisch, or the Bavarian language, is nigh impossible for me to understand. Germans from other regions say the same thing, as it really is a different language, although one that is based on High German. Gradually I am learning a few words here and there. For example, one of my neighbors seems to speak a blend of regular German and Boarisch. Consequently, I only understand about half of what she says, although usually I can get the gist of what she means. Sometimes it’s quite funny when she’s explaining something to me. I get this look of “what?” on my face; she smiles and thinks of another way to say what she means. And then there are times when I simply have no idea and I change the subject!
I just discovered that there are some Wikipedia entries written in Bavarian. It’s rather fun for me to try and read the words and attempt to wrap my head around what it all means. If I pretend I am speaking German with a Bavarian accent (ha!) it starts to make a little more sense.