The two videos below offer compelling perspectives on why learning Yiddish is a powerful scholarly, cultural, and personal joyful experience. Please explore the many resources with online tutorials that will help you learn to read Yiddish, become familiar with basic vocabulary and say everyday phrases. There are also links to programs that offer opportunities to deepen your knowledge of Yiddish, archived sound recordings, and to contemporary Yiddish/English podcasts.
Jessica Kirzane, specialist in American-Jewish literature, speaks about the joy of studying and researching undiscovered Yiddish authors and thinkers. A production of the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project.
This lighthearted approach to learning Yiddish includes some key facts about the development of Yiddish and also teaches the Yiddish numbers 1 to 9.
Some ideas for you to learn and practice Yiddish. Choose one or more of these suggested activities.
1. Use the resources in this Library Guide to learn the sounds of the Yiddish letters and vowels.
2. Practice reading vocabulary words in Yiddish. See the vocabulary list below.
3. Memorize the vocabulary words.