Yiddish language resources – Language Links Database

Yiddish– is a West Germanic language historically spoken by Ashkenazi Jews. It originated during the 9th century in Central Europe, providing the nascent Ashkenazi community with a High German-based vernacular fused with many elements taken from Hebrew (notably Mishnaic) and to some extent Aramaic; most varieties also have substantial influence from Slavic languages, and the vocabulary contains traces of influence from Romance languages. Yiddish writing uses the Hebrew alphabet.

More informationWikipedia

Native speakers: (1.5 million cited 1986–1991 + half undated)

Official language in: Russia, Jewish Autonomous Oblast

Yiddish Grammar and Pronunciation

  • MyLanguages.org - free courses below about adjectives, adverbs, articles, gender (feminine, masculine…), negation, nouns, numbers, phrases, plural, prepositions, pronouns, questions, verbs, vocabulary, exercises… to help you with your Yiddish grammar.
  • 101 Languages -  frequency list, vocabulary, grammar and many more
  • ILanguages.org - this site is designed to teach you and help you learn Yiddish for free through vocabulary, phrases, grammar and flashcards (vocabulary trainer).
  • Learn 101 - “All the lessons contain audio and are all offered for free. We will learn the alphabet together. We will also review some simple grammar rules, practice common phrases, and we will have fun memorizing many important vocabulary lists, and everything else that you see below.”
  • WikiBooks - alphabet and vocabulary
  • Omniglot - alphabet, pronunciation and language

Yiddish Reading Materials

Yiddish Dictionaries

Yiddish Listening and Video Resources

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