Amish Words

Many Amish children—including Mattie, Mark, and Rachel—speak Pennsylvania Dutch, a form of German...and now you can, too! 

Start with the words below and you'll be having schpass in no time!

  • kapps—caps
  • kumme—come
  • schpass—fun
  • jah—yes
  • bruder—brother
  • absatz—stop
  • daremlich—dizzy
  • dumm—dumb
  • baremlich—terrible
  • boppli—baby
  • lappich buwe—silly boy
  • maedel—girl
  • schtinke—stink
  • daed—dad
  • mamm—mom
  • frosch—frog
  • Ich verschreck net graad—I don’t frighten easily.
  • oier—eggs
  • pannekuche—pancakes
  • hungerich—hungry
  • busslin—kittens
  • katze—cats
  • Is fattgange—Go away.
    
  • melke—milk
  • lecherich—ridiculous
  • hochmut—pride
  • windle—diapers
  • kaes—cheese
  • meh—more
  • hundli—puppy
  • Voll schpaas—Very funny.
  • buch—book
  • ach—oh
  • appenditlich—delicious
  • aldi—girlfriend
  • Guder mariye schlofkopp—Good morning sleepyhead.
  • grank—sick
  • schmaert—smart
  • hund—dog
  • pescht—pest
  • baremlich—terrible
  • schlang—snake
  • wunderbaar—wonderful
  • narrish—crazy
  • umgerennt—upset
  • koppweh—headache