Yiddish

What is Yiddish? What does the word Yiddish even mean and where does it come from? What are the differences between German, Hebrew, Aramaic, Russian etc. and Yiddish? And how consolidated is the language? To all these questions you are given an answer.

The focus in this course is, what is known as, College Yiddish. The Yiddish from (university) text books etc. But as part of this course we will compare this “Hoich Yiddish” with other dialects. We will explore short pieces of prose and poetry as well as songs and short movies.

Don’t say “Oy gevalt” yet! There won’t be a test you can fail. This whole course is fully designed on the needs and interests of the students. The idea is that you will know enough to tackle the texts you are interested in. So if you have old Yiddish texts in your library you are keen to understand – please bring them to our sessions.

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