A selection of materials for learning Yiddish, a Jewish language that developed from Medieval German with influences from Hebrew, Aramaic and various Slavic languages.
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.
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
by Uriel Weinreich
- a good, bidirectional dictionary which presents the Yiddish entries in the Hebrew script. Also provides grammatical information and examples of usage
by Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath & Paul Glasser
- containing nearly 50,000 entries and 33,000 subentries, the Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary emphasizes Yiddish as a living language that is spoken in many places around the world. The richness of dialect differences and historical developments are noted in entries, and also included are words and expressions from Yiddish literature, newspapers and other written sources.
by Dovid Katz
- an excellent Yiddish grammar reference which includes many realistic examples of usage, notes of dialects, irregualar pronunciations, and semantics.
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.
by Dovid Katz
- an interesting, in-depth history of the Yiddish language, culture and literature from its semitic roots to the present day.
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.
by A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard (Illustrator)
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