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Tue April 15, 2014
A disappearing German dialect still spoken in Missouri
KBIA producer Ryan Schuessler visited with Terry Loehnig, a Missouri native who runs a farm outside McKittrick, Mo. Loehnig's parents and grandparents were born in or near Hermann, Mo., and he grew up learning a regional dialect of German at home called Hermanndeutsch. It's a mixture of Low and High German, and English.
These days, it's hard to find anyone who speaks Hermanndeutsch, and the dialect is quickly becoming a distant memory.