UK dialects 'strong and varied' (BBC News)
Well, I'll go down our stairs... Regional dialects are alive and well and have not been smothered by estuary-speak, apparently. This is good. I was a bit worried, as I know very few words from the Hampshire dialect (the area where I grew up). The research has been carried out by the BBC Voices project. According to Northumbrian dialect, I am a cuddy-wifter (left-handed).
Regional dialects are also alive and well in German, French (just), Spanish, Italian.