December 25, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm #611664Binyamin2711Participant
I was wondering if there is any good resources how to learn yiddishDecember 26, 2013 12:40 am at 12:40 am #1019801147Participant
I can sell you my “College Yiddish” by Weinreich; If you Binyamin2711 are poor, I could even give it away to you as I need to clear clutter at my residence, and after what Rav Reisman said this morning about the Steipler receiving a Sefer for free, it is the right thing to do.
You could also pay a visit to the Yiddish Book center Museum in Amherst Massachusetts.December 26, 2013 2:21 am at 2:21 am #1019802golferParticipant
Get a job teaching English in the chassidish yeshiva of your choice.
The kids won’t pick up much English (so your ability to write or speak clearly is irrelevant), but you”ll definitely learn a lot from them.December 26, 2013 6:07 am at 6:07 am #1019803MammeleParticipant
If you live/work in close proximity to a Yiddish speaking community try to locate a shiurim MP3 library. Depending on your Yiddish proficiency, start listening to either shiurim (or stories, if available) geared for children or covering a topic/subject you are very familiar with, for example Chumash. Don’t be afraid to listen to the same Shiur multiple times, but also find somebody that can translate words for you when you’re truly stumped. Good luck!December 26, 2013 4:26 pm at 4:26 pm #1019804kollel_wifeParticipant
I don’t know if these suggestions are relevant for you.
1. Visiting seniors who know English but would also enjoy conversing in Yiddish.
2. I learned a lot of Yiddish from the teitch homework with my kids.December 26, 2013 5:07 pm at 5:07 pm #1019805zahavasdadParticipant
The yiddish the seniors speak is not the same yiddish as spoken in the frum velt.
I can understand the Yiddish spoken by the older people, I cannot udnerstand frum velt yiddish
(Galacian Yiddish was spoken frequently when I was younger so I heard it alot and recognize that accent)December 26, 2013 5:13 pm at 5:13 pm #1019806
Listen to Yiddish Gems.December 26, 2013 5:32 pm at 5:32 pm #1019807
Vol. I or II?December 26, 2013 5:35 pm at 5:35 pm #1019808
Both!December 26, 2013 5:38 pm at 5:38 pm #1019809akupermaParticipant
If you already know German and Hebrew you are 90% of the way there. If you know Hebrew and another Germanic language (such as English or Dutch), you are about 50% of the way there. You can use textbooks and occasional translations or bilingual works to fill it the rest.
There don’t appear to be any good textbooks appropriate for frum Jews though Weinreich’s (which is basically pre-World War II) and others such as Zuker’s (multivolume with audio materials but recent) reflect the secular Yiddish as it existed before World War II. Frum Jews always spoke Yiddish differently (more use of Hebrew words, and without many of the “colorful” phrases that secular Yiddishists are proud of), plus World War II shifted the demographics since the Jews speaking the northeastern (Litvish, yeshivish) dialect had a much lower chance of survival than the southeastern (Galicianer, hasidiche) dialect. It might be nice if someone produced a textbook of the “living Yiddish” as spoken today in community’s where the children grow up speaking it as a first language.December 26, 2013 5:45 pm at 5:45 pm #1019810
Listening to Vol. I right now. Yakov is now visualizing his mother lighting Shabbos licht.December 27, 2013 12:23 am at 12:23 am #1019811squeakParticipant
Listen yo yiddish gems. Volume i or ii. Both. At the same time, for best results.December 27, 2013 5:30 am at 5:30 am #1019812
I tried listening to 1 + 2. A Mechaya!December 27, 2013 2:23 pm at 2:23 pm #1019813MHYParticipant
There are many Yiddish shiurim online, Daf Yomi, Kol Haloshon, etc.
In terms of different Yiddish dialects (generalization, but basically correct), basically, in Litvish type communities and Yeshivas, Northern, or Litvish type Yiddish is spoken, while in many Chasidic communities, a Southern Yiddish is spoken.
However, note that Litvish Chasidim, like Lubavitch, Stolin, Slonim…speak a Litvish (Northern) Yiddish.
There are actually more than two Yiddish dialects, it isn’t just Northern and Southern, but those are the major divisions I understand.
Hatzlocho!December 27, 2013 5:00 pm at 5:00 pm #1019814
My favorite songs are:
Ach Vi Shein
Shelo Asani Goy
But I like the rest too.December 27, 2013 5:09 pm at 5:09 pm #1019815popa_bar_abbaParticipant
Oh, you mean the abie rotenberg song, In Di Bletele Shteit?December 29, 2013 12:01 am at 12:01 am #1019816
Mine too. Also Yosef Mokir Shabbos and Noch a Sho’oh.
Have you heard Avraham Fried’s new Yiddish album?December 29, 2013 12:38 am at 12:38 am #1019817akupermaParticipant
MHY: There was a distinct western dialect but it is largely extinct. You might find a few surviving speakers in Switzerland, Strasbourg and Amsterdam – but between assimilation, nazis and the overwhelming presence of speakers of other dialects, the western dialect vanished.December 29, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am #1019818ZushyParticipant
There is a book called the easy sh,eezy yiddish guide that aomeone sells around the mir. You can probably google it.December 29, 2013 1:40 pm at 1:40 pm #1019819🍫Syag LchochmaParticipant
kollel wife – me too! I can translate the questions and the some chumash but they still giggle if I try to put a sentence together.
I did take Yiddish in college. I learned how to say “My name is . .” and “I live . .” but that is about all I remember.December 29, 2013 2:17 pm at 2:17 pm #1019820midwesternerParticipant
New album is nice, but not Yom Tov Ehrlich songs, so it doesn’t quite have the same taam.June 11, 2014 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm #1019821
It is a nice album, but apparently, the lyrics are a bit coarse.June 12, 2014 1:13 am at 1:13 am #1019822golferParticipant
Takkeh, DY, takkeh.
Nu nu…June 12, 2014 3:58 am at 3:58 am #1019824keep climbingMember
Learn yidish seforim ,thats how i learnt yidish.June 16, 2014 12:19 am at 12:19 am #1019825To be or not to beMember
go to a half Yiddish, half Hebrew shiur and get a chavrusa who speaks both languages ( Yiddish and English) that’s what I did and my Yiddish is passable
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