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Old 28.07.2009, 20:56
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Hello

I just recently came across this forum...
I'm not actually new to the area...just this forum.
I've been living in southern Alsace since 2005 with my French/Alsatian husband (who works in Basel like almost everyone else around here.

I speak French, German, Baselditch, and even a bit of Alsatian mostly because I hear them (all) often enough that I have to understand them.

I really like it here even though it has been really challenging.

I spend my time researching and checking out Alsace and then writing about it on my website http://www.getalsaced.com

And teaching English to French people.


Suzanne or "Suzele" (Alsatian for "Suzie")
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Re: American in Saint-Louis/Neuweg

Hi Suzele, and welcome to the EF!

Sounds like you'll be able to help some newcomers with settling into your area, but also access even more fun things with other English-speakers (poke around a bit in the Social Events section!).

Have fun ...
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Re: American in Saint-Louis/Neuweg

St Louis, ah life after Coop.
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Re: American in Saint-Louis/Neuweg

Hi Susle (=Bärntüütsch) Good to know somebody lives around the corner from where I am right now.

You got a nice website there! However, there is a mistake in its language section (although that I'm very impressed to see it at all). You talk about the "Alsatian language". It's the ever same mistake the Swiss do, too; there is no such thing like "Elsässisch" or "Schwiizertütsch". The people from Baden (Germany), Alsace (France), the Southern part of Liechtenstein and the North/North Eastern part of Switzerland speak Alemannic! Aunt Wiki describes it pretty well, but it also does the mistake of talking about Alemannic German - see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alemannic_German. An even better article about Allemannic comes in the Alemannic Wiki, in Alemannic! See here: http://als.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alemannisch (obviousely written by an Alsacian).

This is not meant to be a negative remark, it's just to show that we oviousely have something in common: The love towards languages!

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Re: American in Saint-Louis/Neuweg

Welcome to EF! Your website is an interesting read.
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Re: American in Saint-Louis/Neuweg

Hi everybody...

I'll definitely have a look around the forums more...
There's soo much here...
Wish I had found it earlier...

I'll do my best to help out when I can but I think I'll learn more than I'll contribute...

Hi Zurihegel,

Nice to know my name in Barndutsch (sorry for the spelling...I don't know if I'll ever get the Swiss German dialect spelling stuff right...)

I usually don't go into detail about all the dialects because I'd be listing soo many...and because I'm not sure most people would be interested in it all...

Peoples' eyes just start to glaze over and drift off while I rattle on about something like that...

To go into more detail about it...

I don't really know if I would be able to understand someone from Strasbourg speaking Alsatian, but from Colmar or Mulhouse, I think I would manage...

I can't even remember how many Alsatian dialects there are now...I think the official number is 5 but who knows...there could be more...

But I only speak the Alsatian dialect common in the région frontalière which I was surprised to find out is not the same as in Mulhouse (only 20 minutes away)...and Mulhouse was once part of the Swiss Confederate so you would expect it to be more similar to a Swiss German dialect...

As far as Swiss German goes, I do pretty well with Zuridutsch and Baselditch. I don't hear much else except on the Swiss TV...
although I obviously only speak Baselditch...

I've heard the Badische dialect a few times...I'm guessing there are a few of them too, but we don't spend a lot of time in Germany so I'm not that familiar with them.

For my website, I generally keep it simple for the people there (most of them are not living in the area and don't speak French or German at all)...

I'd like to eventually put audio examples of the different dialects on my website...
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Re: American in Saint-Louis/Neuweg

Hi Suzele and many thanks for the friendly feed back. May I suggest to discuss our special love, the languages, via e-mail? I have already sent you a message.
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