Languages

Pennsylvania German

Fact corner

  • Language: Pennsylvania German
  • Alternate names: Pennsylvania Dutch, Pennsylvanish, Deitsch, Pennsylvania Deutsch, Pennsilfaanisch-Deitsch, Pennsilfaani-Deitsch, Pennsilweni-Deitsch, Pennsilfaanisch
  • SIL-code: Ethnologue:pdc
  • Language family: Indo-European, Germanic, West, High German, German, Middle German, West Middle German
  • Number of speakers: 98,700
  • Script: Latin script

Introduction

Pennsylvania German is a West Central German variety spoken in North America. It is traditionally the language of the Pennsylvania Dutch community.

The verb

Irregular verb: sei 'to be'

ichbin
dubischt
er, sie, esiss
mersin
ihrsint
siesin

Regular verb: gleiche 'to like'

ichgleich
dugleichscht
er, sie, esgleicht
mergleiche
ihrgleicht
siegleiche

List of verbs

backeto bake
bedeto pray
denketo think
drinketo drink
esseto eat
fliegeto fly
geweto give
gleicheto like
gucketo look
hawweto have
heereto hear
hocketo sit
kannto be able to
kicketo kick
kocheto cook
laafeto walk
lanneto learn
leieto lie
macheto make
saufeto drink
schaffeto work
schmecketo taste
schpieleto play
schtehto stand
schwetzeto talk
sehneto see
springeto run
tschumbeto jump

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