Q. How realistic is it for an Englischer like me to become Old Order Amish?
A. It’s very unrealistic and extremely difficult for anyone to become Old Order Amish if they were not born and raised that way. Out of all of the people who try, about 95% of them fail. There are a few reasons for this, beginning with the language barrier. The Old Order Amish speak Pennsylvania Dutch, and in order to be a fully-accepted part of the community, you would need to be able to speak it fluently. Another reason why it’s so difficult is that the ordnung needs to be accepted without question. The reasoning behind most of these rules is never given, and for an Amish person born and raised in the community, that is fine. Yet, it can be very difficult for someone coming into the community from the outside to adjust to the many, many little day-to-day things the Amish do without even thinking.