Frau Warner speaks German with an Amish man!

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In August I visited friends in Ohio and their area is also Amish country.

We visited Behalt, an Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center, and I got to speak German with an Amish man.

I got to speak German with an Amish man!!!

I also learned that:

  • most people have no clue about the Amish and Mennonite people.

  • most of what we (think we) know about the Amish and Mennonite is incorrect.

  • the Amish speak no Dutch!

  • they're also not from Pennsylvania.

  • they don't all speak Pfälzisch. Really!

It did my heart and soul a lot of good to speak German with a native speaker again.

I hope you enjoy hearing about it.

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behalten: to keep, to preserve, to maintain

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Marleen Schulz

Hi Nicole, I so enjoyed listening to this story about the Amish. I had a similar experience when I was about seventeen and went to the Lancaster county fair with my Tante Anne and Onkel Hans. I was floored when I heard the people taking to each other and realized they were talking German. I just assumed they were Dutch because of what they are called here. I was born in Germany in 1950, just outside of Bremerhaven. My parents and 2 siblings immigrated to New York in 1955. Our parents mostly spoke German to us and after just a short time we answered in English. I never really spoke German till I went in 1971 to visit my relatives (my parents talked me in to it)! It was amazing when I had to speak it I realized I could!! I also met the man I would marry the next year, when I went back. We lived there for 4 1/2 years and then moved back to the US with my husband and 2 year old daughter in tow. Now I am fluent and speak with my sister-in-law once a week and also the few Tantes and one Onkel left over there. Also some cousins and 2 girlfriends. Ich wird noch mehr von deine Sachen anhören. Grüße Marleen 

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Nicole Warner

Das ist so eine schöne Geschichte! In the US I run into German-speaking people often, we sit in the same part of the movie theater or we visit the same events, it's kind of wild. That's the feeling--being floored. Du sagst es!

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