27 Facts About Yiddish language


Eighty-five percent of the approximately six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust were Yiddish speakers, leading to a massive decline in the use of the language.

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Western Yiddish language is divided into Southwestern, Midwestern, and Northwestern dialects.

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Dovid Katz proposes that Yiddish language emerged from contact between speakers of High German and Aramaic-speaking Jews from the Middle East.

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Yiddish language orthography developed towards the end of the high medieval period.

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The name commonly given to the semicursive form used exclusively for Yiddish was, with square Hebrew letters being reserved for text in that language and Aramaic.

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The description that follows is of a modern Standard Yiddish language that was devised during the early 20th century and is frequently encountered in pedagogical contexts.

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In vocabulary of Germanic origin, the differences between Standard German and Yiddish language pronunciation are mainly in the vowels and diphthongs.

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The Yiddish language "to be" is ????, which orthographically matches Dutch zijn more than German sein, or Yiddish language ????, "house", versus Dutch huis .

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Yiddish language is written in the Hebrew alphabet, but its orthography differs significantly from that of Hebrew.

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Several Yiddish language letters consist of another letter combined with a niqqud mark resembling a Hebrew letter-niqqud pair, but each of those combinations is an inseparable unit representing a vowel alone, not a consonant-vowel sequence.

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In most varieties of Yiddish language words borrowed from Hebrew are written in their native forms without application of Yiddish language orthographical conventions.

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In religious circles, it is the Ashkenazi Haredi Jews, particularly the Hasidic Jews and the Lithuanian yeshiva world, who continue to teach, speak and use Yiddish, making it a language used regularly by hundreds of thousands of Haredi Jews today.

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Public educational system entirely based on the Yiddish language was established and comprised kindergartens, schools, and higher educational institutions .

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Yiddish language culture is dying and this should be treated with utmost calm.

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Everything that happens with Yiddish language culture is transformed into a kind of cabaret—epistolary genre, nice, cute to the ear and the eye, but having nothing to do with high art, because there is no natural, national soil.

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Swedish government has published documents in Yiddish language detailing the national action plan for human rights.

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For example, Isaac Asimov states in his autobiography In Memory Yet Green that Yiddish was his first and sole spoken language, and remained so for about two years after he emigrated to the United States as a small child.

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Yiddish language was fluent in Yiddish, and translated several Yiddish poems and stories into English, including Isaac Bashevis Singer's "Gimpel the Fool".

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In 1978, Singer, a writer in the Yiddish language, who was born in Poland and lived in the United States, received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Legal scholars Eugene Volokh and Alex Kozinski argue that Yiddish language is "supplanting Latin as the spice in American legal argot".

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Major exceptions to the decline of spoken Yiddish language are found in Haredi communities all over the world.

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Yiddish language is widely spoken in the Jewish community in Antwerp, and in Haredi communities such as the ones in London, Manchester, and Montreal.

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The linguistic style and vocabulary of Yiddish language have influenced the manner in which many Orthodox Jews who attend yeshivas speak English.

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The Yiddish language which had lost many of its native speakers during the Holocaust has been making something of a comeback.

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In Poland, which traditionally had Yiddish language speaking communities, a museum has begun to revive Yiddish language education and culture.

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Vilnius Yiddish language Institute is an integral part of the four-century-old Vilnius University.

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Yiddish language is the medium of instruction in many Hasidic ????? khadoorim, Jewish boys' schools, and some Hasidic girls' schools.

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