Everything You Need To Learn Yiddish
Yiddish is a West Germanic language with about 1.5 million speakers, most of whom live in the United States and Israel.
The language has been heavily influenced by German and Slavic languages, due to the fact that the native speakers were originally from Slavic countries and later settled in regions where German and Polish were the predominant languages.
Yiddish is written with the Hebrew alphabet, though aside from a few loan words, the two languages have little in common.
Below you’ll find several language learning resources for Yiddish, which you can use to master this interesting language.
Yiddish Language Learning Books
You have a number of Yiddish course books to choose from to get you started in the language. For a beginner, a Yiddish study book is a great introduction to the language, and will teach you things like basic Yiddish vocabulary, Yiddish grammar, and language structure, thereby building a strong foundation upon which to later build.
Another important addition to your language library should be an English-Yiddish dictionary, ideally one that includes additional romanized forms of Yiddish words.
Yiddish Children’s Books
Reading is one of the best ways to expand your vocabulary and familiarize yourself with how a new language works, that’s why we recommend that beginners read children’s book in Yiddish.
The language used in Yiddish kids’ books isn’t too difficult and will not only teach you basic vocabulary and grammar, it’ll also help you feel more comfortable when using the language.
Yiddish Digital Courses
If your time is limited, and you don’t want to learn using books, you should consider getting yourself a Yiddish e-course.
Assimil’s interactive Yiddish course is one of the only digital courses out there that teach the language. It’s designed to nurture and build all four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. You’ll get 2.5 hours of audio lessons, lessons on grammar, and lots of exercises to test your knowledge.
YIDDISH AUDIO COURSES
Assimil Yiddish with Ease: Super Pack [Book + 4 Audio CDs]
Learning Yiddish can take many forms, it’s not always about books and courses. For example, you might find using the Magnetic Poetry Yiddish Kit on your refrigerator to be an effective way to learn lots of new Yiddish words.