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BEGINNERS’ YIDDISH – PART 3 (ONLINE)
Last term (fall 2023), we continued our journey in a millennium old language, part and parcel of Ashkenazi Jewish civilization and a pathway to a rich cultural treasure. Part III continues this path and is open to participants in the first and second term or students who already know: Reading and writing in Yiddish, the present tense, sentence structure & basic vocabulary. We will continue learning the grammatical cases and start learning the past tense. We will also improve speaking and read more advanced texts. We will further enrich the experience of learning with stories and songs, and place the language also in its wider cultural and historical contexts. Students are encouraged to form their own personal bond with the language, as this, more than anything, is the best motivation to commit to the hard work required for learning a new language.
The course is given in English, in collaboration with International Yiddish Center Vilnius, Jiddischsällskapet i Stockholm and Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden.
Reading and writing in Yiddish, the present tense, sentence structure & basic vocabulary.
To apply for this course, you also 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.
The book “College Yiddish” (Uriel Weinreich, YIVO) is recommended as a textbook for basic Yiddish grammar, but is not a requirement in order to attend the course. Grammar summary of the main subjects is also included in a notebook that accompanies the course.
The course is accompanied by digital material put together by the teacher from different sources. Reading material includes original texts for beginners written by the teacher, learning booklets for Yiddish speaking kids from the twentieth century, Yiddish popular songs and texts from Uriel Weinreich’s book “College Yiddish“. Grammar summary of the main subjects is also included in the material. The course will also make use of available online resources: music, clips and interactive language tools.
About the teacher
Dr. Yaad Biran got his Ph.D. in Yiddish literature in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He teaches Yiddish language and culture in Beth Shalom Aleichem in Tel Aviv, in Haifa University and in the Tel Aviv summer course. He is also a writer and a translator, the author of a short stories book “Laughing with Lizards” (Hebrew) and the writer of “Esther’s Cabaret“, a contemporary Yiddish Cabaret in Tel Aviv. He is also guiding Yiddish tours in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Photo: Painting by Jean Hessel.