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College Yiddish: An Introduction to the Yiddish Language and to Jewish Life and Culture

by Uriel Weinreich

- possibly the best Yiddish language textbook currently avilable. In addition to covering grammar and vocabulary, this book also includes information about the history of the language, Jewish culture in Europe, anti-Semitism, folklore, Zionism, creation of Israel, etc, all presented in a very interesting way. Ideal for serious students of Yiddish.

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Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Yiddish

Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Yiddish

by Rabbi Benjamin Blech

- an entertaining, well-written and user-friendly introduction to the Yiddish language. Includes a brief history of the language, useful tips on how and when to use certain Yiddish phrases, an overview of the grammar, songs, stories, history, vocabulary and cultural notes

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Modern English-Yiddish Dictionary

Modern English-Yiddish Dictionary

by Uriel Weinreich

- a good, bidirectional dictionary which presents the Yiddish entries in the Hebrew script. Also provides grammatical information and examples of usage

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Grammar of the Yiddish Language

by Dovid Katz

- an excellent Yiddish grammar reference which includes many realistic examples of usage, notes of dialects, irregualar pronunciations, and semantics.

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Drek: The Real Yiddish Your Bubbe Never Taught You

Drek: The Real Yiddish Your Bubbe Never Taught You

by Yetta Emmes

- a lighthearted guide to Yiddish which includes chapters on describing people; cursing and other "colourful" words and phrases; exclamations and exasperations, and the fine art of blessings.

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Words on Fire: The Unfinished Story of Yiddish

Words on Fire: The Unfinished Story of Yiddish

by Dovid Katz

- an interesting, in-depth history of the Yiddish language, culture and literature from its semitic roots to the present day.

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Outwitting History

Outwitting History: How a Young Man Rescued a Million Books and Saved a Vanishing Civilisation

by Aaron Lansky

- in 1980 Aaron Lansky, a 23-year-old graduate student, came up with the idea of collecting as many Yiddish books as he could find in order to save a significant chunk of Jewish literary culture. This quest led Aaron and his friends all over the USA and Europe and resulted in an accumulation of 1.5 million volumes, which are now housed at the National Yiddish Book Center at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusets. This is a compelling, moving tale full of hilarious anecdotes.

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Vini Der Pu

Vini Der Pu: A Yiddish Version of Winnie the Pooh

by A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard (Illustrator)

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