Colognian is a regional dialect of the German language spoken in the city of Cologne and its surrounding areas. It is one of the few remaining dialects of German that has not been significantly influenced by Standard German, and as such, it is considered to be a dying dialect. Nevertheless, it is still spoken by a significant number of people in the region, and is considered to be an important part of the city's identity.
Colognian has a number of unique features that distinguish it from other German dialects. For instance, it uses the pronoun "en" instead of "sie" to refer to women, and "er" to refer to men. It also has a number of unique words and phrases, such as "Kölsche Kaviar" (Cologne caviar) and "kölsche Jung" (Cologne boy).
The dialect is also known for its distinctive pronunciation, which is said to be influenced by the city's history as a trade hub. For instance, the letter "c" is often pronounced as a "k" sound, and the letter "e" is often pronounced as a "schwa" sound. This gives the dialect a distinctive "sing-song" quality.
Despite its declining popularity, Colognian remains an important part of the city's identity, and is still spoken by a significant number of people. It is hoped that by raising awareness of the dialect, it can be preserved for future generations.