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    Jim Kramer
    Comment on Amish Language--more on that! (October 5th, 2015 at 17:33)

    Amish Language--more on that!

    You gave the name and author of the book and CD I just mentioned in my recent post!

    •Stoltzfus, Lillian. Speaking Amish. Bird-in-Hand, PA: Eckshank Publishing, 2013.

    When I sent her an e-mail to compliment her work (I am a former teacher, once a teacher always a teacher! I looked at it with my “teacher’s glasses on!!!”) she was extremely kind as well!

    I can not only recommend this book, I must describe it with superlatives!!! it’s wunnerbar-gut un ich empfehle es herzlich!

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    Comment on why it's called Dutch (when it isn't) (July 28th, 2017 at 16:15)

    why it's called Dutch (when it isn't)

    My two cents worth, but worth noting there is no such word as Dutch in the Dutch language, and I don’t think such a word as German in the German language either.
    The Dutch call their language Nederlands and Germans call theirs Deutsch. Easy to see how Deutsch could become Dutch in local speak. Also worth noting that going back to world war one being German was uncompfortable in the USA and world war two did nothing to improve that. For a fact Germans passed themselves off as Swiss or Dutch for awhile, all over the world. From personal experience, I recall meeting people who claimed to be Dutch right after War#2 who did not speak Dutch which is my first language. They turned out to be German. Those days are long gone but it may explain why it was more comfortable to call oneself Pennsylvania Dutch than a Pennsylvania German (or Deutsch).

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