Alsatian Language

by Marcel von Krafft
(Tempe, AZ, USA)

Hi! Well my family in the United States is very proud to be from Alsace.

Even though they moved here in 1913, I couldn't tell you how many times I heard "Alsace" growing up. Being 3rd generation but retaining pride has always been something neat for me.

However when my great-grandpa died, the last fluent speaker of French, German and Alsatian died. My Grandmother is near fluent in French, and speaks some German, but was born and raised here.

Next, my mother, knows her French home vocabulary but that's it, and then there's me.

Worried to lose our culture, my grandmother and mother made sure I was educated in the French language since I was young, so you could say I speak more than my mom, and sometimes maybe more than my Grandmother since her French is from a time long ago...

You could say I too am near fluent in French. But I would like to learn my dialect, Alsatian.

Are there any programs you know of in Alsace that I could take if I came for an extended stay?

Thank you so much!

Marcel Guillaume von Krafft

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Alsatian Language Courses
by: Suzele

I suspect there are courses in Alsace to teach Alsatian (mostly to French speakers)...

Courses in northern Alsace teach the northern dialect and courses in the south teach the southern dialect.

In fact the dialects in different villages may be a bit different too...

That's what happens when you don't have a standard written form of a language.

You can only really learn to speak and understand spoken Alsatian.

It can be written but there are very few rules for spelling.

I mainly picked it up by listening to people speaking it. is an organization that promotes the use of the Alsatian dialects and Alsatian culture.

I'm sure they would know where to find someone to help you learn Alsatian (and you'll definitely need someone to teach it to you because a book just won't do much).

For anyone else reading this, they most likely only speak French, German, and of course Alsatian.

If there is anyone out there that speaks Alsatian and English (well), I haven't heard of them yet...

Good luck with your studies : )


Alsatian and English speakers
by: Anonymous

There are a few people (I'm guessing between 50-100) in Castroville, Texas that still speak fluent English and Alsatian.

There are classes held through the local Catholic Church.

Learning Alsatian
by: Paul Adolf

There is a book for English speakers who want to learn the Alsatian language.

You can find it in a few American bookshops and find it on the internet.

A merry Christmas and a happy New Year !
E scheeni Wihnàchte un e glicklichs Nejjuhr 2011!

Paul Adolf
"Learning Alsatian through English"

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by: Mathieu Charlebois

I am from Elsass. I lived in Straßburg until I was in 4th Grade.

Then my family moved to the US. The best way to learn Elsassisch is from a person and by listening to other people speak it, but the dialect changes from commune to commune.

I speak it fluently because I grew up there and our dialect sounds more like German.

Viel Gliek! en Glück auf!
Greetings from Strasbourg
Grüße aus Straßburg

Learning Alsatian
by: Henry

I studied German in school and have been over to Germany (including Alsace along the border) but only recently found out (doing my family tree) that I have a lot of ancestors from near Colmar. Would I be able to understand it because of my German or is there anywhere online where I can learn some to prepare? I also speak French but would like to be able to communicate a bit in the language of my ancestors.

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