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Anyone Know Pennsylvania Dutch?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Tck13, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. Tck13

    Tck13 Senior member

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    How do you say, "Can you catch a fly" in PA Dutch? And what is the appropriate respone? I forget.
     


  2. Flieger

    Flieger Senior member

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    In regular dutch it would be "Kan je een vlieg vangen?" but I don't know if its some kind of expression that has a double meaning or something. Is Pennsylvania Dutch a language spoken by descendants of Dutch farmers?
     


  3. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    In regular dutch it would be "Kan je een vlieg vangen?" but I don't know if its some kind of expression that has a double meaning or something. Is Pennsylvania Dutch a language spoken by descendants of Dutch farmers?

    penn dutch is a dialect of low german, not dutch.
     


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    NoVaguy Senior member

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    penn dutch is a dialect of low german, not dutch.

    yup. afterall, the "Deutsche" are Germans - and deutsche gets mangled into "dutch" in american english.

    i have a couple of buddies whose background genealogy the pennsylvania dutch, and i think they were born in the lancaster region, but they spent most of their lives in western australia.
     


  5. Tck13

    Tck13 Senior member

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    penn dutch is a dialect of low german, not dutch.

    Correct. I was trying to impress someone with a PA Dutch joke but I don't know how to write it. If only I knew some Amish people! Styleforum was my second choice to try to figure it out... What was I thinking? [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


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    Hey, I saw this was from a couple of weeks ago, but in case you're still wondering, I think I can help. Not sure if this is the proper spelling (PA Dutch being more spoken then written), but here it is, spelled phonetically:

    Kannsht du mekka fanga? (Can you catch a fly?)

    Ja, vann Sie hukkah bleivve. (Yeah, when they stay sitting!)

    For those out of the loop, it's an old Pennsylvania Dutch in-joke/shibboleth to see if someone is from the community.
     


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