I am, thanks to my wife and my initial China experiences, a 东北人 at heart, and enjoy the areas dialects far more than anything in the south (sorry Shanghainese). For those interested, here's a quick primer in 东北话:
There are of course hundreds, maybe thousands, of examples like this, but these are a good starter, particularly 啥 and 咋, which for many people in the northeast totally replace 什么 and 怎么. Since northeastern dialects are commonly heard on mainland TV shows, it can be helpful in listening to those, as well.
For more terrific 东北话, check out 俺们那旮都是活雷锋, a hilarious song/Flash video (the subtitles on this particular one are in traditional Chinese, but the animation is great).
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