Youre not idiot, of course. You can serve up a mean sil 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! Dont throw your hands in a ...
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Youre not idiot, of course. You can serve up a mean sil 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! Dont throw your hands in a helpless Oy, vey just yet! The Complete Idiots Guide to Learning Yiddish is your guide to this unique tongue, whether youre tackling rules of grammar or just throwing around some key phrases so you sound a little less goyish. In this Complete Idiots 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 youll need for communicating with family and friends or for bargain-hunting on New Yorks Lower East Side. This book contains a treasury of Yiddish words and phrases for every occasion.from via
Whether youre getting back to your roots or getting ready for your first seder, it couldnt hurt to get a little help with your Yiddish, and the formidable Rabbi Benjamin Blech is here to lend a hand with the self-deprecatingly named Complete Idiots Guide to Learning Yiddish. This language has been a strong influence on American English and pop culture, so even if youre a hundred miles from the nearest synagogue you can learn plenty just from browsing the Rabbis words of wisdom. Its not just vocabulary lists and pronunciation guides, either--that would be far too boring for such a vibrant language. Youll learn why a culture that typically uses two languages (Hebrew and whatevers local) needed to develop a third, and why it stuck. Theres also lots of Jewish history and contemporary Yiddish American crossovers to put the language in its context--and, given the importance of humor in Jewish culture, theres a liberal helping of jokes and funny moments to help you grasp words and concepts. Chapters on holidays, travel, food, family, health, entertainment, and more round out your Yiddish experience. If you want to gossip with your local yenta, understand Lenny Bruce routines, or get to know one of our nations founding cultures a little bit better, The Complete Idiots Guide to Learning Yiddish will make you a maven.