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I Am Pennsylvania Dutch

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    You Probably Are If . . .

    It's flabbergasting what passes for a pretzel most places. You have at least one batty old aunt who's sure a cut will heal faster if you blow on it and mumble something in mangled German. Chow-chow isn't just a breed of dog. One word: "Yous." Being served the stomach of a pig...
    lcz415 lcz415 26-30 Dec 17, 2012

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    Run-away Amish

    My father's family is old-order Amish from Lebanon, Pa.  My father left before his baptism, to join the army.  Although, I speak Pa. Dutch, as well as German, needless to say, I don't know my father's family.  I've lived in Pa. most of my life, but did not seek...
    AyeAye AyeAye 46-50, F 3 Responses Feb 20, 2008

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    Still Got It...

    I grew up in Lancaster county, my parents left the old order Mennonite church when I was about 6. I joined the Air Force, am stationed in japan, but still call my grandmother to stay fluent in PA Dutch!
    indasuck indasuck 26-30, M Nov 26, 2013

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    Signs In Dutch Are Cool.

    Yes, I look Dutch, the blond hair, blue eyes, the whole nine yards.  But what I am the most proud of is that the signs that we use for our homes are made by my family and has for many many many years.  My last name was Z--K, which if you are dutch, you can fill in the...
    Debijean Debijean 56-60, F 3 Responses Feb 10, 2009

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    Are The Legends True?

    Just a question, for I'm not a pensylvanian dutch. But I've heard of "dutch" conclaves, of people still speaking the dutch language in America? Of course, the language changed because your children had to learn it from their parents, who already were infected with the native...
    kwek kwek 31-35, M 3 Responses Aug 4, 2013

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    Should I Pick School Or Friends?

    A new school is opening up for my class, its called New Tech. Somethings been telling to apply for it, but something else is telling me to stay with my friends. Not many of my friends are interested in it. I really want to attend this school but I will really miss all my friends...
    Girlslifedreamer Girlslifedreamer 18-21, T Feb 22, 2011

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    A Little History

    my father was born and raised in Williamsport Pa.  after I married, my last name Tilburg died in our family..there where no men to carry it along. I know there is a place in the netherlands Tilburg...I'd really like to know how our last name came to be and if there...
    msbhaven msbhaven 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 15, 2007

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    Related Experiences

    I am mixed. My great greatpa was a dutch. My grandpa from my dad was a chinese. And my grandma from mom was an indonesian. I got my dark brown hair from dutch, yellow white skin...
    iambacknow iambacknow 22-25, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I sound really English in my head even tho I'm dutch and I sound like a farmer when I talk English in Rl :')
    Qwitnie Qwitnie 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 22

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    I want a Dutch boyfriend!!
    naddo630 naddo630 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 30

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    My "learn dutch in 3 months" audio cd and book set came in the mail today from amazon!! I'm very excited! I love languages
    naddo630 naddo630 18-21, F 5 Responses Sep 4

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    Not 100% but yeah... Im dutch
    iTzzMike iTzzMike 13-15, M 2 Responses Sep 9

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    Any single girls from Berks or sckuyjill county?
    klocsta klocsta 31-35, M Sep 3

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    I live next to Amsterdam yayy!
    Qwitnie Qwitnie 13-15, F 3 Responses Aug 22

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    I wanna visit so so bad!! Hopefully I will this year. I live in London so it's quite easy to get to.. I wanna experience the nightlife, food, museums...people. And I love Dutch...
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    I don't really care much for my heritage. But my dad's born in america from german parents. I guess i'm a mix between ( 25% Dutch, 25% Aruba(n) and 50% German. ) Not proud of my...
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    Currently I'm reading a Dutch book, to be accurate, a thriller from Sebastian Fitzek with the dutch title De wreker (Translated: the avengers). Just started reading, so I don't...
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    I already speak 3 languages .. Arabic,English and hindi and very little French and very very little Dutch but i do really wanna learn French and Dutch so I can speak 5 languages...
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    Somewhere in Pennsylvania....
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