10 Best Yiddish Language Instruction

List Updated March 2020

Bestselling Yiddish Language Instruction in 2020


Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Yiddish

Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Yiddish
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • The Complete Idiot s Guide to Learning Yiddish

Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods (P.S.)

Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods (P.S.)
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The Easy-Shmeezy Guide to Yiddish: The Fun and Easy Way to Learn Yiddish

The Easy-Shmeezy Guide to Yiddish: The Fun and Easy Way to Learn Yiddish
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020

Yiddish: A Linguistic Introduction

Yiddish: A Linguistic Introduction
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VINI-DER-PU, A Yiddish Version of Winnie-the-Pooh (Yiddish Edition)

VINI-DER-PU, A Yiddish Version of Winnie-the-Pooh (Yiddish Edition)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
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Just Say Nu: Yiddish for Every Occasion (When English Just Won't Do)

Just Say Nu: Yiddish for Every Occasion (When English Just Won't Do)
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020

The Joys of Yiddish

The Joys of Yiddish
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020

Colloquial Yiddish

Colloquial Yiddish
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020

Yiddish: A Survey and a Grammar, Second Edition

Yiddish: A Survey and a Grammar, Second Edition
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

Yiddish: A Linguistic Introduction

Yiddish: A Linguistic Introduction
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The Hebrew Language

A brief history of Hebrew, and its renewal as a modern language.

Ben Yehuda led the movement to have Hebrew re established as the national language in Israel after he immigrated there in 1881. He encouraged the use of Hebrew in the home and at school, while also promoting the coining of new words. He started a Hebrew-Language newspaper in 1884 and helped establish the Hebrew Language Committee in 1890. In all he compiled several volumes of a 17-volume Complete Dictionary of Ancient and Modern Hebrew, which he began in 1910 and was completed by his widow and son in 1959.

Today there are two main spoken forms of Hebrew, Ashkenazi and Sephardic. The former refers to Jewry, those that returned to Israel from the Eastern European Diaspora, and Sephardic, those who came from the Mediterranean rim countries. In fact, Spain is rendered (Sepharad ספרד) in Hebrew. Israelis formerly from Yemen however, feel that their pronunciation of Hebrew is the most accurate.

While the Modern Hebrew is significantly different from that written in the Bible, if one of the Patriarchs or Prophets were to walk along the Esplanade in Tel Aviv, he could still quite easily understand the conversations that he heard. The Hebrew language at the present time has had added to it many hebracized words from other languages in order to make it useful as a modern tongue. In Jerusalem, groups of scholars and linguists constantly revise and research the language as they search for replacement words. New words are published and broadcast throughout the country and continually added to the vocabulary.

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The Hebrew language has twenty-two letters in their alphabet, or as they call it the "alephbet".

Hebrew reads from right to left, opposite to the way most modern languages are read, and while there are only 22 letters in the alephbet, there are differing forms of certain letters when used at the end of a word which are called the "soffit" form. The letters Mem (M), Nun, (N), Kaf (K), and Tsadik (TS) have "soffit" forms. Hebrew is the official language of Israel and it is spoken throughout the world in synagogue services during the reciting of the Holy Scriptures and prayer.

The Hebrew Bible (Tenakh תנך) is written in classical Hebrew and while many words have been added to the Hebrew lexicon directly from modern words, such as 'televisiya' for television, other words are Hebraized forms of Greek or Latin forms, such as 'meconit' for 'car'. Today the Hebrew language is a vibrant language that is able to assimilate new coinages and adapt them to its own unique sound and style.

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