Language

A disappearing German dialect still spoken in Missouri

Apr 15, 2014

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 calledĀ Hermanndeutsch. It's a mixture of Low and High German, and English.

These days, it's hard to find anyone who speaksĀ Hermanndeutsch, and the dialect is quickly becoming a distant memory.