Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Clarification

So I talked more in depth with the student whose grandmother is Amish and apparently, according to her, there are Amish words, but not really an Amish language. If you know more about this than I do, feel free to post a comment and I'll add more. This still makes my last story accurate, however, because F. thought there was a complete Amish language like Spanish. I learn something new every day.

3 comments:

Dina said...

I actually had a roommate that grew up Amish. Amish speak and language that isn't written. Their written language is dutch. Just thought I would help clear things up. I cracked up when I read the conversation between your 2 kids.

Christi Overman said...

Very interesting, thanks! It's hard to make sense of what first graders think.

Anonymous said...

The language the Amish speak isn't Dutch at all. It is an old form of German. It is frequently called Dutch because the German word for German is Deutsch. The English speaking neighbors of the Amish and other Pennsylvania Dutch couldn't tell the difference and thought Deutsch meant Dutch. German speaking people I know can understand the Amish while those that speak Dutch do not.