12 responses to Pennsylvania Dutch versus Amish
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    Natalya (talj)
    Comment on Pennsylvania Dutch versus Amish (July 6th, 2007 at 11:47)

    Great photo and interesting reading! I wonder if english will eventualy take over as the primary language? I think that would be a real shame!

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    Comment on Will Amish adopt English over PA Dutch? (July 8th, 2007 at 16:32)

    Will Amish adopt English over PA Dutch?

    Thanks Natalya! Due to my job’s long hours it’s hard for me to answer as often as I’d like but I appreciate your comments. While the Amish change and adapt I doubt English will ever take over as the Amish seem to be pretty vigilant on a few key points such as the buggy and work-free Sundays–and language is another thing that is just so crucial to their identity as a people that I wouldn’t really see it going away any time soon.

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    Natalya (talj)
    Comment on Pennsylvania Dutch versus Amish (July 11th, 2007 at 07:05)

    Thats good to read! Traditions are a good thing and especially with something as important as language!

    Please, don’t apologise for being busy! I am very grateful that you take the time to answer my questions even though you have a lot going on!

    {HUGS} Hope you have a good week

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    Dave Carrig
    Comment on Pennsylvania Dutch versus Amish (July 11th, 2007 at 15:27)

    Keep up the great work AA! I love reading about your experiences. You are right in my neck of the woods too!

    One thing – isn’t that picture of the black topped horse and buggie Old Order Mennonite vise Amish? I think most of the Amish in Lancaster County drive the grey topped buggies – but mayber there are one or two with the black topped. Sometimes it gets confusing!

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    Comment on Pennsylvania Dutch versus Amish (July 11th, 2007 at 19:52)

    Thanks Natalya and Dave!

    Dave you’re exactly right–I included it here since the post concerned Mennonites as well. It’s actually not my own shot–it’s from wikipedia, I usually put a link/credit thing on the bottom of those that aren’t mine. Some of the Mennonite buggies I noticed today also seem to have the kick-plate sides, at least on the lower part of the buggy.

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    Why
    Comment on Pennsylvania Dutch versus Amish (September 17th, 2008 at 08:26)

    Just read an article on Amish homebuilders. Of course they can do jobs cheaper. They don’t follow labor laws, or osha laws. If someone stops to inspect they speal “Dutch” and are closed when someone returns. If they were held to the same standards at least we’d be on a level playing field. They use their religion as an excuse, and are constantly in the state capital to influence their “right” to free religion. I speak from first hand knowledge as I have lived and worked with the Amish all my life. Don’t let them sucker you.

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    miss mary
    Comment on Pennsylvania Dutch versus Amish (April 23rd, 2009 at 18:22)

    anything and everything about the amish , interest me. thanks for all the info.

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    Joshua Boyles
    Comment on Pennsylvania Dutch versus Amish (June 28th, 2009 at 01:29)

    Hello, my girlfriend is a former mennonite, her family is still mennonite. I think they hope she will come back and join the community. They speak Pennsylvania Dutch her and her family. I love her so much and will respeat her wishes. I was wondering is there any way that you have that I can learn how to speak, pronounce, write in Pennsylvania Dutch. This would mean so much to me thank you very much.

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    Jim Barcaskey
    Comment on Pennsylvania Dutch versus Amish (July 22nd, 2009 at 20:18)

    AA I just found your site. Very impressive and of interest to me. However one observation; I seriously doubt that Crawford County in Pennsylvania has more “Dutch” speakers than Mercer and/or Lawrence Counties have. From personal experience as I live and associate with some Amish. BTW you should interview Jacob Mast a young 30ish carpenter/contractor from Mercer County.
    Jim Barcaskey whose maternal grandmother spoke Pa Dutch

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    Joanne Miller
    Comment on Pennsylvania Dutch versus Amish (November 9th, 2009 at 10:47)

    My husband had Amish parents but grew up Mennonite. We have an Amish guest room and want to have the word peace put above the door. I need to know the Pennsylvania Dutch word for peace.

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    Tracie H
    Comment on Pennsylvania Dutch versus Amish (November 15th, 2010 at 16:52)

    Joanne: the German word for “peace” is “frith” but I’m not sure about PA Dutch

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    Grdankl Strong
    Comment on The real German word for peace (April 30th, 2011 at 13:03)

    The real German word for peace

    Actually, the real High German word for peace is Friede. Frith may be a derivative.
    GS

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