The Complete Idiot's Guide To Learning Yiddish

Paperback | January 9, 2000

byBenjamin Blech

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You're not idiot, of course. You can serve up a mean s'il vous plait in a French bistro, live la vida loca for a night of margaritas, and manage a sayonara! after sushi, sake, and karaoke. But when it comes to throwing around a little Yiddish, you feel like a total nebbish! Don't throw your hands in a helpless "Oy, vey" just yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Yiddish is your guide to this unique tongue, whether you're tackling rules of grammar or just throwing around some key phrases so you sound a little less goyish. In this Complete Idiot's Guide you get a fascinating explanation of how and why Yiddish developed, an easy introduction to the Yiddish alphabet, as well as the distinctive sound of Yiddish, and all the Yiddish you'll need for communicating with family and friends or for bargain-hunting on New York's Lower East Side. This book contains a treasury of Yiddish words and phrases for every occasion.

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You're not idiot, of course. You can serve up a mean s'il vous plait in a French bistro, live la vida loca for a night of margaritas, and manage a sayonara! after sushi, sake, and karaoke. But when it comes to throwing around a little Yiddish, you feel like a total nebbish! Don't throw your hands in a helpless "Oy, vey" just yet! The C...

BENJAMIN BLECH, a tenth-generation rabbi, is a nationally recognized educator, religious leader, author, and lecturer. He is associate professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University in New York City and rabbi emeritus of the Young Israel of Oceanside congregation in Oceanside, New York.  The author of Understanding Judaism and many other bo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.13 × 7.25 × 0.81 inPublished:January 9, 2000Publisher:DKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0028633873

ISBN - 13:9780028633879

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bad title for a great book Because I'm not a "complete idiot", I had always refused to buy this book. However, after discovering that most books for learning the language were out of print, and most of the others were simply word lists which didn't cover the whole language, I relented and bought it. Written by a tenth-generation rabbi, the book provides a complete course in the language, and is a goldmine of information, all in a book brimming with humour. (It's all in the English alphabet, but strangely gives no indication of stressed syllables.) Now if they'd only change that horrible title! How about "The Complete Guide to Learning Yiddish"?
Date published: 2000-12-28