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The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. This article needs additional citations for verification. Red: The counties with the highest number of Pennsylvania German speakers. Purple: The counties with both the highest proportion and highest number of Pennsylvania German speakers. This article contains IPA phonetic symbols. In this context, the word “Dutch” does not refer to the Dutch people or their descendants.
Historically, it has been accepted that the “Dutch” in Pennsylvania Dutch is a corruption or “folk-rendering” of the Pennsylvania German endonym Deitsch. Speakers of the dialect today are primarily found in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and other Midwestern states of the United States, and in Ontario in Canada. Area where Rhine Franconian is spoken. Some North and South American Mennonites of Dutch and Prussian origin speak what is actually a Low German dialect, a form of the Plautdietsch language.
Germany encounter Pennsylvania German speakers today, conversation is often possible to a limited degree. There are many similarities between the German dialect that is still spoken in this small part of southwestern Germany and Pennsylvania German. Pennsylvania German has primarily been a spoken dialect throughout its history, with very few of its speakers making much of an attempt to read or write it. Writing in Pennsylvania German can be a difficult task, and there is no spelling standard for the dialect. Give us this day our daily bread. Hiwwe wie Driwwe was founded by Michael Werner.