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
Many speakers write in standard German, although street names, which
were formerly only in French, may use local spellings.
C, Q, X and Y only appear in loan words
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.
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Tower of Babel in Alsatian |
Alsatian learning materials (en français)
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Online Alsatian lessons
Hear spoken Alsatian
Low German / Low Saxon,
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet