The Amish are a special group of Americans: There are about 85,000 Amish people in the United States. The largest groups live in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Iowa and Illinois. The Amish people keep apart from the rest of the world. They live in their own groups; they have their own language and they don’t have any relationship with the outside world.

The Amish have a simple life. They grow vegetables and fruits, but they don’t have machines on their farms. They don’t drive cars. They have horses. They do not have electricity or telephones in their homes.

The Amish are called ‘the plain people’. They all wear the same style of clothes. For example, the men all wear dark clothes and hats; the women wear long dresses and hats.

Amish children have one-room school houses. They have Amish teachers. They have no school after the eighth grade.


A. Mark the following statements True (T) or False (F).
T F 1. The Amish live in different parts of the world.
T F 2. The Amish prefer being with other Americans.
T F 3. The Amish have a modern style of life.
T F 4. Amish schools are generally small.
T F 5. Amish parents don’t send their children to university.
B. Answer the following questions.
1. \’V’hich language do the Amish speak?
2. Why are the Amish called ‘the plain people’?

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