If You Are Fluent in German or Yiddish, Can You Understand Some Pennsylvanian Du

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    Lightbrite
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    If you’re fluent in German and/or Yiddish, isn’t there a chance that you’ll understand some Pennsylvanian Dutch words because the language is a German dialect?

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    DovidBT
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    Yes.

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    Joseph
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    Pennsylvania Dutch is a dialect of German.

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    Redleg
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    Joseph is correct. (Ouch!! that hurt to say) Pennsylvania “Dutch” Is “Deutsche”. A dialect of German called Mittel Hoch Deutche which, incidentally, is the root language of Yiddish.

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    Avi K
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    Hamish and Amish. Recently a group was taken on a walking tour of Crown Heights. When Rabbi Beryl Epstein greeted them with “Zei Gezunt” they immediately understood.

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