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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Pap/Com Bl edition (21 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415580226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415580229
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Lily Kahn is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University Colledge London.

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Recently bought this course and have found it to be excellent. It is aimed at the total beginner and explains the usage of the Mosified Hebrew alfabet. I would recommend it.
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As a student, I strongly recommend this book to those who itch to discover the treasure behind the Yiddish literature or the Jewish history, or just want to get feet wet in the language itself. This book is well-organised in introdicing alphabet, handwriting, grammatical points as well as cultural background. Unlike Latin, Biblical Hebrew and Ancient Greek, Yiddish, despite the decrease of its speakers, is a living language, afterall. This book focuses more on colloquial practice than simply reading. This is a very important part because speaking is the foundation of mastering a language. The author, obviously, understands the purpose of learning a new language.

It contains enough vocabulary for daily use and has links for further study. Yiddish is not difficult, but very complicated and requires logic. The book is designed so well that nobody finds the language so hard to learn. I've been looking for books of Yiddish learning, but when I saw this one, I think it is time I stopped looking and got down learning with this book!

Excellent book! Five Stars!
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This is the best teach yourself Yiddish resource I have ever used.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 16 Oct. 2011
By midwesternmensch - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm about halfway through the text so far, and I have to say I'm really enjoying it. The progression of material is pretty standard for beginning language texts, with dialogues followed by a vocabulary list, grammatical explanation, and finally exercises. Often, authors of self-help language texts will shy away from using correct grammatical terminology, but I appreciate that Kahn hasn't gone that route. The explanations are correct and precise. I highly recommend getting the package of audio CD and paperback, as the recordings are a great help in learning the the correct pronunciation and accent, especially if you have a more limited access to native Yiddish speakers.

A couple things I like about the material in Colloquial Yiddish is that it is both relevent for modern everyday life (vocabulary like email, cellphone, etc.), but also true to the fact that most speakers today are Orthodox Jews. There's no ridiculously contrived dialogue in a situation that clearly could not exist in the current Yiddish-speaking world. There's no day at the beach in a bikini in this one. It does, however, give insight into the rich cultural heritage of a secular Yiddish world that's all but faded away.

The author is up front from the beginning that the Yiddish here is clearly the YIVO standard. She is well aware that her audience is not comprised of Desperate Houswives of Kiryas Joel, but rather students, academics, or random secular learners. There might be some vocalbulary that varies between dialects and communities, but this is a great place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars meyn heymarbet iz shver! 6 Feb. 2012
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I really just wanted to learn transliterated Yiddish. But this book only uses transliteration through the first third of its chapters. I was really intimidated by having to learn a whole new alphabet to learn to recognize words on my favorite Yiddish and Klezmer Cds. But after a week of regular reading in the book, Im reading Yiddish right to left in the Hebraic Alphabet. The cd's are helpful and have multiple people speaking on them so it helps get a sense of different accents, but i certainly dont use them as much as the book. I spend a little time on the BART almost everyday reading some of the book and I already feel so klug.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding introduction to Yiddish. If you correspond with the ... 20 April 2016
By Magical M - Published on Amazon.com
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Outstanding introduction to Yiddish. If you correspond with the publisher, they will provide a link to free audio files of the dialogs.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 April 2017
By Ira I. Shapiro - Published on Amazon.com
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The best step by step Yiddish course.
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