11 responses to The Language of the Hutterites
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    Terry Berger
    Comment on Just wondering (March 27th, 2015 at 10:05)

    Just wondering

    I’m wondering if the word Swat is similar to the Pennsylvlania German word Swar as in Swarbruder which translates into Brother in law, the familial connection would be similar in that they become father in laws. Just curious,


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      Comment on The Language of the Hutterites (March 27th, 2015 at 12:44)

      Our word for brother-in-law is Schwoger. And sister-in-law, Schwagerin.

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        Linda Too
        Comment on Hutterisch and Pennsylvania Dutch (April 3rd, 2015 at 06:08)

        Hutterisch and Pennsylvania Dutch

        Is Hutterisch a written language? What language is your Bible?

        For me, it seems easier to say “I see,” rather than the Pennsylvania Dutch “Ich sehn.”

        Growing up in the Midwest, I was not familiar with a Pennsylvania Dutch word for father-in-law. I have heard that Horse-and-Buggy Mennonites from Pennsylvania, and Amish from Geauga County, Ohio, do have a word. From the Pennsylvania German Dictionary, a brother-in-law is a “Schweeger” or “Schwoger.” and a father-in-law is a “Schwardaadi” or “Schwerdaadi.”

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          Comment on The Language of the Hutterites (April 3rd, 2015 at 15:33)

          Hutterisch is not an official written language, but some try to write it from time to time, using their own spelling variations. We read the Bible in German and English.

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      Comment on useful comment (March 31st, 2015 at 05:03)

      useful comment

      your comment is useful,
      same as the next comment.

      “Schwoger” is already a diclect, and “Swar” even more.
      But if one has imagination, so the German root of the word can still be recognized.


      Even in some dialects here in Germany itself, we have some different words to express

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      Ruth Keener
      Comment on Hutterite word Swat (August 21st, 2015 at 18:19)

      Hutterite word Swat

      I have been raised in Germany and we have a word “Schwager” that means brother-in-law, maybe it is related to that.

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    Mary Miller
    Comment on The Language of the Hutterites (March 27th, 2015 at 12:50)

    In speaking our “Pennsylvania Dutch”, we also have a tendency to use English words rather than the “older” dutch word for it. The younger generation of Amish don’t even know the original words for many items. I was told I was old-fashioned when I used some of the older words. And, I’m not even Amish!

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    Terry Berger
    Comment on A few more thoughts (March 27th, 2015 at 20:37)

    A few more thoughts

    Linda, the word you’re using is High German Schwager. I’m familiar with the word from my German friends who giggle when I use our word for it. In the Pennsylvania Dutch I grew up with from Northampton County in Pennsylvania Schwarbruder is brother in law and Schwarschwester is sister in law.

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      Comment on The Language of the Hutterites (March 28th, 2015 at 08:19)

      I know it is, as are most of our words variations of High German. It is a German dialect after all.

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    Comment on The Language of the Hutterites (March 29th, 2015 at 08:25)

    Thank you for sharing!

    It is very gratifying to discover and learn about cultures that our history books often overlook. I very much appreciate the avenue to a different perspective on history!

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      Comment on history (March 31st, 2015 at 05:09)


      I share your esteem of looking on history in more diverse ways.

      Nevertheless, history is so complex, it simply embaraces all and everything; the whole culture.

      So, one can only try to come closer to a more appropriate understanding of history, but to have it in its completeness would be a ddsperate undertaking.

      Oliver from Berlin, Germany.

      “machs gut”

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