Just Say Nu: Yiddish for Every Occasion (When English Just Won't Do) by Michael Wex

Just Say Nu: Yiddish for Every Occasion (When English Just Won't Do)

byMichael Wex

Paperback | September 9, 2008

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In his New York Times bestseller, Born to Kvetch, author Michael Wex led readers on a hilariously edifying excursion through Yiddish culture and history. With Just Say Nu, he shows us how to use this remarkable language to spice up conversations, stories, presentations, arguments, and more, when plain English will not suffice (including, of course, lots of delightful historical and cultural side trips along the way).

There is, quite simply, nothing in the world that can't be improved by being translated into Yiddish. With Just Say Nu, readers will learn how to shmooze their way through meeting and greeting, eating and drinking, praising and finding fault, maintaining personal hygiene, parenting, going to the doctor, committing crimes, going to singles bars, having sex, talking politics, talking trash, and a host of other mundane activities. Here also is a healthy schmear of optional grammar and the five most useful Yiddish words—what they mean, and how and when to use them in an entire conversation without anybody suspecting you don't have the vaguest idea about what you're actually saying.

About The Author

Novelist, lecturer, and translator Michael Wex is one of the leading lights in the revival of Yiddish, and author of theNew York TimesbestsellerBorn to Kvetchand its follow-up,Just Say Nu.

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Title:Just Say Nu: Yiddish for Every Occasion (When English Just Won't Do)Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:September 9, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061657328

ISBN - 13:9780061657320

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“So you enjoyed Michael Wex’s Born to Kvetch, a North American introduction to Yiddish…? Even if you have no social connection with the haredi Ashkenazic community, you will probably also enjoy Just Say Nu - Yiddish for Every Occasion…. [I]t’s a delight.”