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Some Common Amish Words

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The Amish speak a unique dialect that derives from Old High German. It is sometimes mistakenly called Dutch or Pennsylvania Dutch. More appropriately it is called Pennsylvania German and they themselves call it Deitsch or Deitsh.

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Gut - "Good" Report Abuse
Wonderful word to know to use with young Amish children.
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It's goot like hoot not gut as in beer gut
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Yah - "Yes" Report Abuse
This is a very common word in Amish. In fact, I use it frequently even though I am not Amish, but know enough Amish to start using it myself.
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That is supposed to be Jah
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In all the books I've read, which are many...'jah' was the spelling. Books written by ex-Amish
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I've also seen it spelled like "ja."
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No it's spelled yah, Amish is broken German so It's not spelled the same.
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I am writing a book about the Amish, and I know alot about them. Yeah is not a word on their tounges. But yah is.
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I suspect that should be spelled "Ja" just like the standard German word for "yes"
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yeah but its not an amish word
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Webishtew - "how are you?" Report Abuse
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Wie bischt du
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Ok so is VOBISTDU, where are you?
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Look, it's VEBISHDEW
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Neh - "No" Report Abuse
Also a common word that can be heard even if Amish are speaking English.
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Yes it is, its pronounced NAY. I'm ex amish so im telling you it's an Amish word
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Yes neh is an Amish word!!!
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yeah but its not an amish word!
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Gott - "God" Report Abuse
Faith is very important to the Amish and so God is too.
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esa Report Abuse
it means eat--everyone eats! i also grew up babysat by amish and this was one of the most common words used
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Yaahr - "Year" Report Abuse
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Shlofa - "sleep" Report Abuse
I hear this often from young children or being said to young children.
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I love to learn Amish because I want to be Amish when I get older and because my aunt hauls Amish
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It means sleep good or sleep tight.
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daat Report Abuse
dad
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no, 'dad' is daed
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Deitsh - "Pennsylvania German" Report Abuse
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that is not a word they say--I should know
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Couw - cow Report Abuse
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Wie bist du heit Report Abuse
Dietsch for "It's nice to meet you."
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It's more for "how are you" in a greeting way...
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Dat - Dad Report Abuse
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Ich bin die.... Report Abuse
My name is...
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Amen - "Amen" Report Abuse
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Feddy- Fat Report Abuse
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Naett - "not" Report Abuse
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Daett - "Dad" Report Abuse
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i have also seen it as dat
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Die koo Report Abuse
Dietsch for cow.
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Dawdy - Grandpa Report Abuse
I read amish books frequently and in every book i have read it is always in there
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This is why the smaller house built for the grandparents is called the "Dawdy House"
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Duvach Report Abuse
Dietsch for tobacco.
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Mammi Report Abuse
it is a name for grandma
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denki - thank you Report Abuse
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I've also seen it as "denke."
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thank you Report Abuse
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I believe "denke" is thank you! But I could be wrong! Please look it up.. I don't accidentally want to insult somebody or something.
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Maemm - "Mom" Report Abuse
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strumpig means small Report Abuse
Leant from the movie named Witness.
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Blaeckbier - "blackberry" Report Abuse
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Is this like the phone or the berry ? i guess the berry
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Licht-shtaend - "lightstand" Report Abuse
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Haendla - "handle" Report Abuse
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Raessle - "wrestle" Report Abuse
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bensel= silly child Report Abuse
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ee hopp/ ee hopps niet- i have/ I don't have Report Abuse
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Wasser Report Abuse
Dietsch for water.
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Satch Report Abuse
Rather than hearing "touche'", you take the initiative and say, "Satch!"
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Grossie- big Report Abuse
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Du bishte- you are Report Abuse
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Guten Nacht mean Good Night Report Abuse
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Ve - "We" Report Abuse
"They drink milk for an achey belly (stomach ache)." "Spread me all over with apple busser (apple butter) a piece of bread." "When he was punished, our boy brutzed (pouted) for ares (hours)." "Their car cunked awt (conked out) on them." "He has a big crotch (garage) for his small truck." "He is so doppick (dumb, not too bright)." "Erector" (as in to destroy or demolish something) "Remember his old buggy? Erector!" "Fernhoodle" (to confuse, perplex or puzzle) "He speaks fernhoodled English that one does." The expression, "Gookamoedoe!" means "Look at that!" "Gruntbecky!" is an expression of difficulty. "Gruntbecky! This vell (well) is difficult to dick (dig)." "hurrieder" (to do something faster or more quickly) "Tell them to work hurrieder. A storm’s coming." "Make yourself up boy wunst (one time, once). You’re all strubly (generally meaning disheveled, disordered, unkempt." "Eat yourself full" and "Drink your mouth empty" are also very commonly heard. Even my late Grandmother used to sometimes say, "It’s gonna make down wet" when rain was imminent. sounds of "w" are pronounced as "v" as in "ve" for "we," "b" is replaced by "p" as in "sop" for "sob," hard "g" is replaced by "k" as in "dick" for "dig," and "f" often substitutes for the sound of "v" in words like "liff" for "live." But, wait, there’s more: "g" is substituted by "ch" as with "cheneration" for "generation," "ch" can also substitute for the "j" sound, as a short "o" disappears so the "u" can replace it such as saying "cummin" for "common" as in "cummin sense," "grudge" is more commonly pronounced as "crutch," and "mouth" actually sounds a whole lot more like "mawth."
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If someone could correct these for me, that would be great.
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firsht Report Abuse
well, my honors algebra II teacher was amish for a while, and she frequently says the word 'first' as 'firsht"
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omg i know! its so annoying!
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Aensere - "answer" Report Abuse
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Laerning - "learning" Report Abuse
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Baenk - "bank" Report Abuse
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Aenti - "aunt" Report Abuse
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