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Project Origins

Herman Rempel's Mennonite Low German Dictionary, Kjenn Jie Noch Plautdietsch? has been made freely available in machine-readable form for many years by him through the MennoLink organization in the USA. Eugene Reimer of Winnipeg informed me in December of 2006 that previously there had been a set of audio tapes with the spoken words from Herman Rempel's dictionary available. Unfortunately, Mr. Rempel had announced in 2005-January that he was no longer producing those tapes ( Eugene also suggested Mr.Rempel might agree to have these made freely available on the internet, as he had long done for the text of his dictionary. When I contacted the retired Herman Rempel in Winkler, Manitoba, Canada, he readily agreed to provide me with audio-cassette copies of these tapes for this purpose.

Eugene Reimer then provided me with digital text of Mr. Rempel's dictionary and suggested I approach the Mennonite Church Manitoba for technical assistance in converting the tapes to digital audio files. Darryl Neustaedter Barg - Associate Director of Media Ministries at Mennonite Church Manitoba quickly recognised the need and did the necessary conversions as a service to our community.