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The Amish, 3



sign (3) deadline pressure (2)
modest dependent time stands still
tri- progress community
require movement conservative
racket disciplined practice (2)
settle to this day incorporate
follow agent (3) convenience (2)
bible ancestor take for granted
skill corporate done by hand
thrive ingrained self-sufficient
satisfy push (2) Anabaptist
grow up outsider keep to themselves
lord (2) sense (3) environment
theme generation hand-me-down






Deadlines, pressures, change, all signs of our modern times. We’re a society hungry for progress, dependant on technology.

But just an hour away from the Tri-State area is a completely different world. It’s a place where time stands still.

These are some of Indiana’s Amish. Nestled in their small community just north of Montgomery, four-thousand Amish live a simple and modest life.

The Amish still live as their ancestors did. They are conservative Christians who were part of the Anabaptist movement in Europe during the sixteenth century.

Their religious and social practices call for them to live in a closed, disciplined community.

The Amish first arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727. Just over a hundred years later, they began settling in Indiana. To this day, the Amish continue to incorporate their eighteenth-century way of living into their community.

Amish Man, One: “Oh, we don’t believe in electricity and cars. It’s not that we don’t believe in it; it’s just the way our grandparents were, we’re just following them around.”

The Amish use no modern conveniences, no luxuries many of us take for granted.

They believe the bible requires them to be an agent of the land: most of the work is done by hand, and it’s their farming skills that keep their corporate self-sufficient communities thriving.

Amish Man Two: “It’s an ingrained thing that people grew up with. It seems to be successful, and seems to satisfy everyone.”

Amish Man Three: “I like living on the farm; I wouldn’t live in town, even if I could.”

Journalist: “Why?”

Amish Man Three: “Well, there’s too much racket.”

Amish Man Four: “All my life that’s all I ever knew. It’s just farm.”

The Amish don’t push their beliefs on outsiders. They remain in a closed environment, keeping to themselves.

This church community creates a strong sense of family: fewer than fifty make up this community.

Amish Woman One: “We love each other. We work together. And most of all, we love the Lord.”

Amish Man Two: “It’s a hand-me-down generational theme that’s been instilled into the family. And as our children grow up, they see how this works.”

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1. In the same country and state, different people live completely different lives. True or false?

2. Has the life of the Amish changed much over time?

3. Are they a religious people? Does their religion strongly influence their lifestyle?

4. Have they lived in the United States for many generations?

5. In Amish households (homes), you can find refrigerators, TVs, dishwashers, radios. Is this correct or incorrect?

6. Were they born in the city and moved to the country and learn farming? Do they want to live in cities and enjoy city life?

7. Do they try to convert other people into their faith (religion)? Do they make friends with non-Amish?


A. I would like to be an Amish. Yes or no? Would your friend want to live an Amish lifestyle?

B. What are the advantages of living like the Amish? Are they any disadvantages of the Amish lifestyle?

C. Are there Amish-like communities in your country?

D. Should “regular” people adopt certain features of the Amish? Can modern people learn anything from the Amish?

E. What will happen in the future?


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