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Alsatian (Ëlsässisch)

Alsatian is a Germanic language spoken mainly in Alsace, a region in north eastern France which has passed between French and German control many times during its history. As a result Alsatian has been influenced a great deal by the French language.

Alsatian belongs to the Alemannic group of the Upper German branch of the West Germanic language family. The name Alemannic comes from the Alamanni, an confederation of Germanic tribes first mentioned by the Romans in 213 AD and conquered by the Franks in 496 AD. Various forms of this name are used for Germany in a number of modern languages, including French (Allemagne), Turkish (Almanya), Portuguese (Alemanha) and Welsh (Yr Almaen).

Alsatian is not easily intelligible to speakers of standard German, but is closely related to other Alemannic languages, such as Swiss German and Swabian.

About 96,000 people speak Alsatian, which is 60% of the inhabitants of Alsace. The majority of speakers are adults and only about 36% of primary school pupils can speak the dialect. There is limited usage Alsatian in the media: one radio station, Radio France Alsace, broadcasts in Alsatian and other radio and TV stations broadcast some programs in the dialect.

Many speakers write in standard German, although street names, which were formerly only in French, may use local spellings.

A a B b C c D d E e F f G g H h I i J j K k
L l M m N n O o P p Q q R r S s T t U u V v
W w X x Y y Z z Ä ä À à É é Ö ö Ü ü Ù ù  

C, Q, X and Y only appear in loan words

Alsatian pronunciation (s'Redde)

Alsatian pronunciation (s'Redde)

Sample text in Alsatian

Zwelf vun dena elef
sin züe dena zehn gànge
un nien vu dena àrte
hàn züe dene siewene g'sàjt
so sechs wie m'r fenf gets keh vier meh
den m'r drej sin die zwei ansigschte.

Source: http://dialecte.alsacien.free.fr

Information about Alsatian | Useful phrases in Alsatian | Tower of Babel in Alsatian | Alsatian learning materials (en français)

Links

Information about the Alsatian language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alsatian_language
http://dialecte.alsacien.free.fr

Online Alsatian lessons
http://www.verdammi.org/cours.html

Alsatian phrases
http://eurotalk.com/de/resources/learn/alsatian
http://sprochbolle-boules-dialectales.blogspot.co.uk/2006/08/collection-de-80-expressions.html
http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k129066g/f2.item

Alsatian dictionaries
http://www.verdammi.org/dico_d.html
http://www.freelang.net/online/alsatian.php

Hear spoken Alsatian
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNs65rRU0hM

Germanic languages

Afrikaans, Alsatian, Bavarian, Cimbrian, Danish, Dutch, Elfdalian, English, Faroese, Flemish, German, Gothic, Icelandic, Low German / Low Saxon, Luxembourgish, Norn, North Frisian, Norwegian, Old English, Old Norse, Pennsylvania German, Saterland Frisian, Scots, Shetland(ic), Swedish, Swiss German, West Frisian, Yiddish

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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