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YIDDISH FOR BEGINNERS (TERM 3):
Learning Yiddish is an opportunity to connect with this rich Eastern European Jewish language and culture with its beautiful music and literature. This is a treasure trove that is just waiting to be discovered!
We are going to use the following textbook for our classes: Sheva Zucker, Yiddish, Volume 1 (New York : Workmen’s Circle, 1994). We will not start at the beginning of this textbook. We will continue working on the past tense. We will finally learn the numbers in Yiddish and learn how to tell time. We will cover topics such as clothes, food and eating in Jewish restaurants, as well as the festival of Khanuke.
The course is taught in English and organized in collaboration with International Yiddish Center, Paideia – the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden and Jiddischsällskapet i Stockholm.
Students will be expected to spend some time every week to work on their reading and writing, to learn the vocabulary and to revise the grammar covered in each class. We will start each session with some Yiddish conversation, which will build up more and more as we go along. Then we will revise some of the grammar and vocabulary learned in the previous lesson. After that, we will work with our Yiddish textbook, read the reading material, the dialogues and the jokes there, learn new vocabulary and grammar and do some of the exercises in the book. And we will conclude every lesson with a Yiddish song.
To apply for this course, you need basic computer skills and knowledge of how to use the digital platform Zoom. The school offers Zoom manuals and a training opportunity before the start of the course.
This course is a continuation of the two previous Yiddish Beginners’ courses in the autumn term of 2021 and the spring term of 2022, but students at a similar level of Yiddish would be most welcome to join this class. The course is designed for students with some knowledge of Yiddish, who are able to form simple sentences in the present tense and the past tense, who know the Yiddish / Hebrew alphabet and who can read short, easy texts in Yiddish (in Hebrew characters).
All course literature is not included in the course cost. You will receive information about the course book that you need to purchase yourself, if you get accepted to the course.
About the teacher
Dr. Beruriah Wiegand is the Woolf Corob Lector in Yiddish at the University of Oxford. She holds a BA and MA in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from Leo Baeck College, London, and a Ph.D. from University College London, with a thesis on Jewish mystical motifs in the works of Isaac Bashevis Singer. She has lectured on Bashevis’s works and on Yiddish poetry at conferences in London, Oxford, Paris, Düsseldorf, Stockholm, Ravenna, Warsaw, Moscow, Czernowitz, Vienna, Tel Aviv, New York, Boston and Ottawa.
She is also a Yiddish poet, who has published two bilingual collections with the H. Leyvik-farlag in Tel Aviv under the titles Tsi hot ir gezen mayn tsig? un andere lider – Have You Seen My Goat? And Other Poems (2012) and Kales-Breyshis – Kalat Bereshit and Other Poems (2018). As a translator from Yiddish she has published a bilingual edition of A.N. Stencl’s early verse, co-translated with Stephen Watts (Five Leaves, 2007), as well as a translation of a book of memoirs by the Grodno writer Leib Reizer (Yad Vashem, 2009).