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Posted May 24, 2000
Speaking, Not Just Quoting, Yiddish!
I have been trying to learn Yiddish on my own for a year. I have purchased the tapes, and the books, hoping to learn the language. Some books are like reading a dictionary; most words from the Yiddish language are there, but you have to read it alphabetically. Other books are a condensed Yiddish dictionary, telling you a few choice words followed mostly by anecdotes. The tapes give you a good variety of words, but only nouns. No subjects nor verbs are taught. This book teaches you verbs, cojugations, and even how to say 'I, you, he/she, us...' It gives a little history of why and how Yiddish came in to being. But most of all, you do not feel like you are simply quoting from another language, but that you can think and form your own sentences. I highly recommend the book. It is user friendly, and enjoyable.
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