You're not idiot, of course. You can serve up a mean s'il vous plait in a French bistro, live la vida loca for a night of margaritas, and manage a sayonara! after sushi, sake, and karaoke. But when it comes to throwing around a little Yiddish, you feel like a total nebbish! Don't throw your hands in a helpless "Oy, vey" just yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Yiddish is your guide to this unique tongue, whether you're tackling rules of grammar or just throwing around some key phrases so you sound a little less goyish. In this Complete Idiot's Guide you get a fascinating explanation of how and why Yiddish developed, an easy introduction to the Yiddish alphabet, as well as the distinctive sound of Yiddish, and all the Yiddish you'll need for communicating with family and friends or for bargain-hunting on New York's Lower East Side. This book contains a treasury of Yiddish words and phrases for every occasion.
About the Author
BENJAMIN BLECH, a tenth-generation rabbi, is a nationally recognized educator, religious leader, author, and lecturer. He is associate professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University in New York City and rabbi emeritus of the Young Israel of Oceanside congregation in Oceanside, New York. The author of Understanding Judaism and many other books, Rabbi Blech has appeared frequently on national television and has written for a host of national magazines and scholarly journals. He resides in New York City.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Getting to Know Yiddish
Part 2: So Let's Get Started Already
Part 3: Home, Sweet Heym
Part 4: On the Town
Part 5: That's Life
Part 6: The Popular, the Powerful, and the Profound
Part 7: Yiddish Selections
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.