Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Useful Yiddish: 28 Most Used Words and How to Pronounce Them


We've included Yiddish words in many of our posts and lectures and sometimes we get feedback that not all of them are understood. 

In the spirit of spreading the knowledge of this rich language of Jewish culture, we're posting a video by Hanna Amsterdam in which she lists and pronounces 28 of the most popularly used Yiddish words and phrases in context.

We think its a worthwhile introduction to non Yiddish speakers and a refresher for readers who spoke or read the language a long time ago but have since forgotten many of the words.

Hanna deserves a lot of credit for bringing Yiddish expressions to a wider audience. She could have gotten some better advice on explaining and pronouncing kvell, kibitz, and yutz, but 25 out of 28 is a pretty good score.

Enjoy!

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4 comments:

  1. The term "shemendrik" is actually not central/eastern European; its source is the name of a character in a Yiddish theater play first performed in America. Or, ask Michael Wex for verification.

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  2. Excellent minus 1. A Golem was used in my days for an Idiot. Someone who has no "Seychel" like the Golem from Prag

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  3. lovely and so well presented. Just pronounce kibbitz on the first syllable and we'll all kvell as one!

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