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Looking for a good Yiddish book?

Yiddish goes back a thousand years. It is mostly (note: mostly, not entirely) derived from German of the time. But much of its vocabulary and grammar come from other sources. The most obvious, of course, is Hebrew. The Encyclopedia Judaica also lists Aramaic, Slavic languages (such as Polish, Ukrainian, Belorussian), Romance (as in bentshen=benediction), other Central European languages (mix in a little Hungarian, Romanian, Lithuanian, and Latvian), and others. These days, you could add Russian and now also English.

As the Encyclopedia says, "Numerous syntactic-semantic distinctions are capable of being systematically conveyed by the melodic modulation of sentences." In other words, in Yiddish, it's not only which words you use. It's how you use them. Leo Rosten, in The Joys of Yiddish, has a wonderful story to illustrate this in his entry on Aha. A man eats the same food in the same restaurant every night. One night, he calls over the waiter to taste the soup. The waiter tells him he's crazy: he's been eating there for twenty years, and now he wants him to taste the soup? The diner insists, and the waiter buckles. "I'll taste—where's the spoon?"

"Aha!" cries the diner.

Books on Yiddish

Here are books on Yiddish for you. Enjoy...


Drek: The Real Yiddish Your Bubbe Never Taught You


How to Talk Jewish


The Joys of Yiddish


The New Joys of Yiddish


You Can't Do Business (Or Most Anything Else) Without Yiddish


Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Yiddish


No Star Too Beautiful: An Anthology of Yiddish Stories 1382 to the Present


Meshuggenary: Celebrating the World of Yiddish


Yiddish Wisdom for Parents: Yiddishe Khokhme Far Eltern


Modern English-Yiddish, Yiddish-English Dictionary


Say It in Yiddish


Yiddish: A Nation of Words (Paperback)


Yiddish: A Nation of Words (Hardcover)


Hooray for Yiddish: A Book About English


Yiddish Folktales (Library of Yiddish Classics)


Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories (Library of Yiddish Classics)

A Treasury of Yiddish Poetry


Vini-Der-Pu: A Yiddish Translation of Winnie the Pooh


The I. L. Peretz Reader


Prophets and Dreamers: A Selection of Great Yiddish Literature

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