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Observe that Yiddish is written in the identical alphabet as Hebrew, however right here the phrases are additionally transliterated utilizing the YIVO system.

The Alphabet / Alefbays and information on learn how to pronounce:


אַ Pasekh Alef = Aa as in father or o as in inventory.

אָ Kumets Alef = Oo as in coffin.

אי Ii as in ski.

או Uu as in ruse.

אױ Oy oy as in boy.

אײ y as in fry, however spelled < Ay ay>.

אײַ Aa as in father or o as in inventory.

ע Ee as in ten.

א Shtimer Alef (silent, vocalizes Vuv and Yid)

ב Bays= Bb as in massive.

בֿ Vays= Vv as in van (used solely in semitic phrases).

ג Giml= Gg as in recreation.

ד Dalet= Dd as in deal.

ה Hay= Hh as in assist.

װ Vuv= Vv as in van.

ז Zayin= Zz as in zero.

ח Khes= Kh kh/ Ch ch [earlier transliteration] as in loch (Scottish).

ט Tes= Tt as in time.

יִ Yid= Yy/Jj [earlier transcription] as in yak.

כּ Kof= Kk as in kite (used solely in semitic phrases).

כ Khof= Kh or Ch in German

ל Lamed= Ll as in gentle.

מ Mem= Mm as in a lot.

נ Nin/Nun= Nn as in subsequent.

ס Samekh= Ss as in stone.

ע Ayin (worth described above)

פּ Pay= Pp as in capsule.

פֿ Fay= F as in face.

צ Tsadik= Ts ts / Tz tz [earlier transcription]

ק Kif= Kk as in kite.

ר Raysh= Rr, “gargled” as in French or German from the again of the throat, or rolled as in Italian.

ש Shin = Sh sh / Sch sch as in shell. [earlier transcription].

שׂ Sin = Ss as in stone (used solely in semitic phrases).

תּ Tof = Tt (used solely in semitic phrases).

ת Sof = Ss in Seth (used solely in semitic phrases).

Letter mixtures:

װ Tsvay Vuvn = Vv, (Ww as in stroll.).

זש = Ss as in s in Leisure, however spelt .

דזש = Jj as in Bounce.

5 letters are changed by particular varieties on the finish of a phrase:

כ khof turns into ־ ךlanger khof

מ Mem turns into ־ םShlus Mem

נNin turns into ־ ןLanger Nun

פֿFay turns into ־ ףLanger Fay

צTsadik turns into ־ ץLanger tsadik

Six letters are solely utilized in phrases of Hebrew origin:

בֿ Vays

ח Khes

כּ Kof

שׂ Sin

תּ Tof

ת Sof

Vocabulary – װאָקאַבולאַר[edit]

Pronouns – פערזענליכער פראנאם

  • I – איך – Ikh
  • You (acquainted) – דו Di rhymes with see
  • You (Formal) איר Ir, rhymes with beer
  • He ער Er (rhymes with air)
  • She – זי Zi (rhymes with bee)
  • We – מיר Mir (rhymes with worry)
  • they – זײ Zay (rhymes with fly)
  • It – עס Es

Meals – עסנװאַרג


greens di gruntsvaig די גרונצווייג

artichoke di kinare די קינאַרע

inexperienced peas

spinach shpinat שפּינאַט


turnip petrushke די פאטרושקע


radish der retekh

cucumber di ugerke די אוגערקע


cabbage dos kroyt דאָס קרױט


tomato dos pomidor דאָס פּאָמידאָר

celery di selerye די סעלעריע

cucumber kastravet קאַסטראַוועט

radish רעטעך

potato di bulbe / di karto די בולבע

carrot der mayeren דער מייער

onion di tsibele די ציבעלע

asparagus di sparzhe די שפּאַרזשע

mushroom di shvom(en) די שװאָ (ען)

pumpkin kirbes קירבעס

Climate associated – דער װעטער[edit]

Climate veter װעטער

Air Strain luft drikung לופֿט דריקונג

Environment di atmosfer די אַטמאָספֿער

Avalanche di lavine די לאַװינע

Barometer der barometer דער באַראָמעטער

Blizzard di zaverukhe די זאַװעכע

Blow bluzn בלאָזן

Breeze vintl װינטל

Clear klor קלאָר

Cloud der volkn דער װאָלקן

Cloudy volkndik װאָלקנדיק

Chilly (adj) kalt קאַלט

Chilly (n) di kelt די קעלט

Cyclone der tsiklon דער ציקלאָן

Damp fahkht פֿײַכט rhymes with Nacht

Dew der toy דער טױ

Drizzle (n) dos regndl דדאָס רײגנדל

Drizzle (v) shprayen שפּרײן

Drought di triknkayt די טרונקײַט

Dry trikn טריקן


Flood di mabl די מבול

Fog der nepl דער נעפּל

Foggy nepldik נעפּלדיק

Frost dos gefrir דאָס געפֿרער

Frosty frustik פֿראָסטיק

Glacier gletsher גלעטשער

Hail (n) der hugl דער האָגל

Hail (v) huglen האָגלען

Warmth di hits די היץ

Sizzling hays הײס rhymes with lies

How’s the climate? vi iz es in droysn? װי איז עס אין דרױסן?

Humid dempik דעמפּיק

Hurricane der huragan דער הוראַגאַן

Lighten (v) blitsn בליצן

Lightning der blits דער בליץ

Mist der timan דער טומאַן

Moon di levune די לעװאָנע

Mud di blute די בלאָטע

Muddy blutik בלאָטיק

New Moon der moyled דער מױלעד

Overcast fartsoygn פֿאַרצױגן

Pour (rain) khlyapen כלײַפּען

Rain (n) der reygn דער רעגן

Rain (v) reygenen רעגענען

Rainbow der reygn-boygn דער רעגן בױגן

Rainfall skhim der regn סכום דער רעגן

Wet reygndik רעגנדיק

Sleet der graypl-regn דער גרײַפּל רעגן

Snow (n) der shnay דער שנײ

Snow (v) shnayen שנײען

Snowflake shnayele שנײעלע

Snowstorm der shnayshtirem דער שנײשטורעם

Snowy shnayik שנײיִק

Star der shtern דער שטערן

Starry oysgeshternt אױסגעשערנט

Solar di zin די זון

Sunny zunik זוניק

Sunshine di zin די זון

Thunder der duner דער דונער

Twister der twister דער טאָרנאַדאָ

Heat varem װאַרעם

Warning vorenung װאָרענונג

Moist nas נאַס

Climate der veter דער װעטער

What’s the climate like at the moment? Vos far a veter hobn mir haynt?

װאָס פֿאַר אַ װעטער האָבן מיר הײַנט?

What’s the climate like outdoors? Vos far a veter es iz in droysn?

װאָס פֿאַר אַ װעטער האָבן מיר הײַנט?

Wind der vint דער װינט

Windy vintik דער װינטיק

In Yiddish there’s not a decrease or higher case letter system. Within the Yiddish transliteration some phrases have taken on the higher case type for the benefit of studying solely or to coordinate with the English system.

Greetings and Frequent Expression – באַגריסונגען און אױסדרוקן[edit]

Joe Katz in vaxahatshi, tekses. Joe Katz in Waxahachie, Texas

Sholem-aleykhem Howdy! !שלום־עליכם

Aleykhem-sholem Response to sholem-aleykhm !עליכם־שלום

Ikh heys Ruven.

My identify is Reuben. (Actually “I’m known as”, from the infinitive heysn)

Mayn nomen iz Beyers in ikh bin oykh fin rusland.

My identify is Beyers and I’m additionally from Russia.

מײַן נאָמען איז בײערס און איך בין אױך פֿון רוסלאנד.

Vus makhtsu, Katz? How are you doing, Katz?

Vus hert zikh? How are you? (lit. what’s heard?, passive) ?װאָס הערט זיך

Vi heyst ir? What’s your identify? ?װי הײסט איר

Ikh heys yoysef katz. My identify is Josef Katz. איך הײס יוסף קאַץ.

Vus makht a yid? How is it going? (Lit. What does a Jew do?)

Vi voynt ir? The place do you reside? װאו װאױנט איר?

Ikh voyn in London, England. I reside in London, England.

איך װױן אין לאָנדאָן, ענגלאַנד.

Ikh bin geboyrn gevorn in Brailov. I used to be born in Brailov.

איך בין געבױרן געװאָרן אין ברײלאָף.

Keyn amerike bin ikh gekumen in 1913. I got here to America in 1913.

.קײן אַמעריקע בין איך געקומען אין 1913

Ikh bin geforn mit der shif mit a sakh andere yidn, beyde mener in froyen.

I travelled by ship with many different Jews each women and men.

איך בין געפֿאָרן מיט דער שיף מיט אַ סאַך אַנדערע ייִדן, בײדע מענער און פֿרױען.

Di yidishe agentsyes mit dem bavustn rebenyu henry cohen scorching undz zayer

geholfn mit der unkim.

The Jewish businesses together with the well-known Rabbi Henry Cohen helped us

with our arrival.

די ייִדישע אַגענציעס מיט דעם באַװוּסטן רעבעניו הענרי קאָהען האָט אונדז זײער געהאָלפֿן מיט דער אָנקום.

Mayn vayb in mayne kinder zenen geblibn in rusland biz 1922.

My spouse and my kids remained in Russia till 1922.

מײַן װײַב און מײַן קינדער זענען געבליבן אין רוסלאַנד ביז 1922.

Di dray eltste fin di kinder zenen geblibn in rusland zayer gants leybn.

The three oldest kids stay in Russia their total life.

די דרײַ עלצטע פֿון די קינדער זענען געבליבן אין רוסלאַנד זײער גאַנץ לעבן.

Di dray yingste enjoyable di kinder zenen gekumen in amerike mit zeyer mame in

1922, oykh in shif.

The three youngest kids arrived with their mom additionally by ship in 1922.

דער דרײַ ייִנסטער פֿון די קינדער זענען געקומען אין אַמעריקע מיט זײער מאַמע אין 1922, אױך אין שיף.

Tsvay fin der eltste kinder zenen ibergekimen di shreklekh tsvayte velt-milkhume.

Two of the oldest kids had survived the horrible Second World Warfare.

תּסװײ פֿון דער עלצטער קינדער זענען איבערגעקומען די שרעקלעכע צװעיטע װעלט־מילכאָמע.

Mr. Beyers freygt, vus tisti far a parnuse?

Mr. Beyers asks what do you do for a dwelling?

Yetst ikh bin a kremer. These days I’m a storekeeper.

Ikh hob a klayner shpayzkrom af jackson fuel in di komertzyel gegnt.

I’ve a small grocery retailer on Jackson Avenue within the industrial district.

Zayer ungenem It’s good to satisfy you.

Es frayt mikh eich tsi kenen It’s good to satisfy you.

Shekoyekh Thanks very a lot.

Extra to come back from Joe Katz of Waxahachie.

Extra greetingsItalic textual content

Vus hert zikh epes?? What’s new?

s’iz nishto kayn nayes. There isn’t any new information.

Vus nokh? What else.

Zay gezint Be wholesome and goodbye

Abi gezint so long as you might be wholesome

A gezint of dayn kop. Good well being to you. lit (good well being in your head)

Zayt azoy git Please (lit. be so good {as to})

Ikh wager aykh Please

Nishto far vos. You are welcome

Vifl kost dos? How a lot does this price?

Vi iz der vashtsimer? The place is the toilet?

Hak mir nisht in kop! Do not bang my head!

Enjoyable dayn moyl in gots oyern Out of your mouth to G-d’s ear.

It is disgrace that the bride is just too lovely. A khasoren vi di kalleh is tsu sheyn. (An ironic phrase implying that the thing spoken of has however one fault: that it’s excellent.)

A idiot stays a idiot. A nar blaybt a nar. A khazer blaybt a khazer.

An unattractive woman hates the mirror. A mi’ese moyd scorching faynt dem shpigl.

A silent idiot is half a genius. A shvaygediker nar iz a halber khokhem.

As lovely because the moon. Shayn vi di lavune.

Higher to die upright than to reside on ones knees. Beser tsi shtarben shtayendik vi tsi leyben of di kni.

Have info at your fingertips. Kenen oyf di finger.

It’s best to reside and be nicely! A leybn oyf dir! (coloq.) / Zeit gesundt uhn shtark

Adjectives – אַדיעקטיװן[edit]

expensive (as in both expensive or costly) tayer טייַער

alive khay

historical alttsaytish אַלטצייַטיש

offended broygez, bayz (dangerous) ברויגעז, בייַז

annoying zlidne זלידנע

anxious bazorgt באַזאָרגט

smug gadlen, gayvedik גאַדלען, גייַוועדיק

ashamed farshemen zikh פאַרשעמען זיך

terrible shlecht

dangerous shlekht

lovely shayn

bewildered farblondzshet, farloyrn

massive, giant groys

black shvarts

blue bloy or blo

briefly bekitser

brilliant likhtik/lekhtik

broad brayt

busy farshmayet / farnimen

cautious gevornt

clear places (v.) / raynik (a.)

clear daytlekh / klor

intelligent klig

cloudy volkndik

clumsy imgelimpert

vibrant filfarbik

condemned fardamt

confused tsemisht, farmisht, gemisht

loopy, flipped-out meshige

merciless akhzer

crowded eng

curious naygerik

cute chenevdik

risks sakunes סאַקונעס

harmful mesukn / sakunesdik

darkish fintster

darkness khoyshekh

useless toyt

deaf toyb

defeat derekhfal

depressed dershlugn

totally different andersh

troublesome shver

disgusting khaloshesdik

boring nidne

early fri

elegant elegant

evil shlekht or bayz

excited ofgehaytert

costly tayer

well-known barimt

fancy getsatske

quick gikh / shnel

fats fet, dik

filthy shmitsik

silly shmo, narish

frail shvakh

frightened dershroken far

gigantic, enormous rizik

grieving farklemt

helpless umbaholfn

horrible shreklekh

hungry hungerik

harm vay tin

unwell krank

immense, large gvaldik

not possible ummiglekh

cheap bilik

jealous kine

late shpet

lazy foyl

little, small klayn

lonely elnt

lengthy lang

way back lang tsurik

loud hoyekh

miniature miniyatur

trendy trendy

nasty paskudne

nervous nerveyish

noisy timldik

obnoxious dervider

odd meshune, modne

previous alt

excellent oysgetseykhent

plain daytlekh

highly effective koyekhdik

quiet shtil

wealthy raykh

egocentric egoistish

quick niderik

shy shemevdik

silent shvaygndik

sleepy shlofndik

slowly pamelekh

smoggy glantsik

gentle shtil

tall hoyekh

tender tsart

tense ongeshpant

horrible shreklekh

tiny pitsink, kleyntshik

drained mid

troubled imri’ik

ugly vredne / mi’es

uncommon imgeveytlekh

upset tseridert

huge rizik

unvoiced shtim

wandering vanderin

wild vild

apprehensive bazorgt

flawed falsh

younger ying

Colors – פארבן[edit]

black שוואַרץ shvarts
blue בלוי bloy
brown ברוין broyn
gold גאָלד gold
grey גרוי groy
inexperienced גרין grin
pink ראָז roz
crimson רויט royt
silver זילבער zilber
white ווײַס vays
yellow געל gel

Unverified and want authentic script:

  • Hue – shatirung
  • Orange – oranzh
  • Purple – lila
  • Shade – shotn
  • Tan – bezh
  • Violet – violet

Animals – חיות[edit]

ant מוראשקע murashke
bear בער ber
cat קאַץ kats
rooster הון hun
cow קו ku
canine הונט hunt
donkey אייזל eyzl
fish פֿיש fish
fox פֿוקס fuks
gorilla גאָרילע gorile
hippo היפּאָפּאָטאַם hipopotam
horse פֿערד ferd
lion לייב leyb
lizard יאַשטשערקע yashtsherke
mouse מויז moyz
pig חזיר khazer
rabbit קינאיגל kinigl
rat ראַץ rats
sheep שעפּס sheps
snake שלאַנג shlang
squirrel וועווערקע veverke
tiger טיגער tiger
turkey אינדיק indik
ape מאַלפּע malpe
rhinoceros נאָזהאָרן nozhorn
wisent װיזלטיר vizltir

Anatomy – אַנאַטאָמיִע[edit]

Stomach der boykh

Ankle der knekhl

Appendix der blinder kishes

Arm der orem

Artery di arterye

Spine der ruknbeyn

Beard di bord

Bladder der penkher

Blood dos blit

Physique der gif / der kerper (s)

Our bodies di gifim

Bone der beyn

Bosom der buzem

Mind der moyekh

Brains di moyekhes

Buttocks der tukhes

Calf di litke

Cartilage der veykhbeyn

Cells di kamern

Cheek di bak(n)

Chest brustkastn

Remedy di refi’e

Curl dos grayzl

Diaphragm di diafragme

Ear der oyer

Earlocks di peyes

Elbow der elnboygn

Eye dos oyg

Eye brows di bremen

Eyelash di vie

Eyelid dos ledl

Face dos ponim / dos gezikht-di gezikhter

Finger finger der / di finger

Fingernail der nogl, di negl

Fingerprint der fingerdruk

Fingertip der shpits finger

Fist di foyst

Flesh dos layb

Ft di fis

Foot der fis

Brow der shtern

Gall bladder di gal

Gland der driz

Gum di yasle

Hair di hor

Hand hant di

Arms di hent

Head der kop

Headache der kopveytik

Heel di pyate

Hip di lend

Hormones der hormon(en)

Hunchback der hoyker

Gut di kishke

Jaw der kin

Kidney di nir

Knee der kni

Leg der fis

Ligament dos gebind

Limb der eyver

Lip di lip

Liver di leber

Lung di lung

Lymph node di lymfe

Moustache di vontses

Mouth dos moyl

Muscle der muskl

Navel der pipik

Neck der kark

Nerve der nerve(n)

Nostril di noz

Organ der organ(en)

Nostril di nuzlukh

Palm di dlonye

Pancreas der untermogn driz

Pituatary gland di shlaymdriz

Prostate gland

Rib di rip

Scalp der skalp

Shoulder der aksl

Pores and skin di hoyt

Cranium der sharbn

Backbone der riknbeyn

Spleen di milts

Spinal chord de khut’hasye’dre

Spleen di milts

Abdomen der mogn(s) der boukh

Temple di shleyf

Testicles di beytsim

Thigh dikh, polke

Thorax der brustkasten(s)

Throat der gorgl, der haldz

Thumb der groberfinger

Thyroid di shildriz

Tissue dos geveb(n)

Tongue di tsing

Tongues di tsinger

Tooth der tson

Tooth di tseyn(er)

Umbilical wire der noplshnur

Uterus di heybmuter

Vein di oder

Waist di talye

Womb di trakht

Time דיא צײַט[edit]

second de sekund

minute di minut

hour di shtunde (n) di shu (shuen)

day der tug (teyg)

evening di nakht (nekht)

yr dos yor

century dos yorhindert

Telling the time:

s’iz 12(tvelef) a zayger – it is 12 o’clock.

s’iz halb akht in ovent – it is 7.30pm

s’iz fertsn nokh 10 in der fri – it is 10:15 am.

s’iz finef tsi naan in der fri – its 5 to 9 within the morning.

er kimt in shil 9 azayger in der fri. He comes to high school at 9 am.

Zi vet tsirik kimen fertl nokh mitug – she is going to come again at quarter previous twelve (midday).

Classroom Gadgets and Instructing with Bloom Taxonomy[edit]

Must be alphabetised

alphabet der alef bays

arts der kunstwerk

blackboard der tovl

blocks di blokn

e book dos bikh

calculator di rekhn mashin

chalk di krayd

comparability (n) farglaykhung

outline (n) definitsye

dictionary dos verter bikh

troublesome kompleks or shver

simple gring or nisht shver

eraser oysmeker

clarification (n) dikhterung

fountain pen di feder(n)

homework di Haymarket

identification (n) identifitsirung

interpretation (n) interpretatsye

information gebit

paper dos papir

paraphrase paraphrasing

pencil di blayfeder

recess di hafsoke(s)

non secular clarification (n) peyrush

science di vizenshaft

sheet of paper dos blat

stage di stadye

story di mayse(s)

trainer (feminine) di lererin, di lererke

trainer (male) der lerer

observe Along with the change of the particular article from der to di for trainer, discover the distinction within the ending of the phrases for the female counterpart of the occupation. For the feminine trainer we use the ending in and ke likewise on different occupations.

textbook der tekst or dos lernbukh

so as to add tsigeybn

to research analizir

to grasp farshteyn zikh

to divide teylen

to judge opshatsn

to measure mostn

to multiply farmeren zikh

to point out bavizn

to subtract aroprekhenen

to synthesize sintezirn

college der universitet

weekly reader dos vokhn blat or dos vokn leyener

work (bodily labor) arbet

work (written reasonably than bodily labor) verk

Numbers – נומערס[edit]

One – Eyns

Two – Tsvey

Three – Dray

4 – Fier

5 – Finef

Six – Zeks

Seven – Zibn

Eight – Akht

9 – Nayn

Ten – Tsen

Eleven – Elef

Twelve – Tsvelef

13 – Draytsn

Fourteen – Fertsn

Fifteen – Fiftsn

Sixteen – Zekhtsn

Seventeen – Zibetsn

Eighteen – Akhtsn

Nineteen – Nayntsn

Twenty – Tsvontsik

Twenty-one – Eyn in Tsvontsik

Twenty-two – Tsvay in Tsvontsik

Thirty – Draysik

Thirty-one – Eyns un Drasik

Forty – Fertsik

Fifty – Fiftsik

Sixty – Zakhtsik

Seventy – Zibetsik

Eighty – Akhtsik

Ninety – Nayntsik

One Hundred – Hindert

Two Hundred – Tsvey Hindert

Three Hundred – Dray Hindert

4 Hundred – Fir Hindert

5 Hundred – Finef Hindert and similar sample

Thousand – Toyznt

Ten Thousand – Ten Toyznt

Hundred Thousand – Hindert Toyznt

Million – Milyon

Occupations – אָקופּאַציעס[edit]

actor der aktyor

actress di aktrise

accountant der rekhenmayster, der khezhbnfirer

architect der arkhitekt

artisan der balmelokhe

artist der kinstler

athlete der atlet

writer der mekhaber

aviator der flier, der pilot

baker der beker

banker der bankir

barber der sherer

bartender der baal-kretshme

beautician der kosmetiker

blacksmith der shmid

bricklayer der moyerer

dealer der mekler

builder der boyer (bauer)

burglar der araynbrekher

butcher der katsev

candidate der kandidat

cantor der khazn

carpenter der stolyer

cashier der kasir

chairman der forzitser

chauffeur der shofer

chef der hoyptkokher

chemist der khemiker

circumciser der moyel

clerk der farkoyfer

coach der aynlerer

coachman der balegole

cobbler der shuster

craftsman der balmelokhe

prepare dinner der kokher

felony der farbrekher

criminal der ganev

curator der kurator

dairyman der milkhiker, der milkhhendler

dancer der tentser

dentist der tsondokter

physician der dokter

driver der firer, der baal-agole

dyer der farber

editor der redaktor

electrician der elektrishn (borrowed), der elektriker

engineer der inzhenir


farmer der poyer

fireman der fayer-lesher

fireplace fighter der fayer-lesher

fisherman der fisher

glazier der glezer


guard der shoymer

hairdresser di horshneider

historian der geshikhter

housewife di baalabuste

decide der rikhter

lawyer der advokat

letter provider der brivn-treger

magician der kishef-makher

maid di veibz-helferte

marine der mariner

mason der mulyer

matchmaker der shatkhn

mathematician der rekhens-khokhm

mayor der meyor (borrowed), der shtots-graf

mechanic der maynster

service provider der hendler

moneylender der veksler

musician der klezmer

nurse di krankn-shvester

painter der moler

pharmacist der apotek

pilot der flier, der pilot

plumber der plomer (borrowed)

poet der dikhter, der poet

police officer di politsei (sing. and pl.), der politsyant

politician der politishn

porter der treger

postman briv treger

printer der druker

professor der profesor

writer redakter

rabbi der ruv

rebbe der rebe

receptionist di maidel beim tur

sailor der matros

salesman der farkoyfer


secretary di sekreter

shoemaker der shister

singer der zinger

soldier der soldat

storekeeper der kremer


tailor der shnayder

trainer der lerer

technician der teknik

thief der ganev

veterinarian der veterinar

wagon driver der shmayser

waiter der kelner

waitress di kelnerin

window cleaner

author der shraiber

Particular articles[edit]

Der (דער) is masculine (zokher in Yiddish), Dus (דאָס) is neuter (neytral in Yiddish), Di (די) is female (nekeyve in Yiddish) or neuter plural

Household relationships – דיא משפּחה[edit]

aunt di mume (mime), di tante

boy der/dos yingl

brother der bruder/der brider (pl. di brider)

brother-in-law der shvoger

little one dos type

kids di kinder

cousin (f) di kuzine

cousin (m) der kuzin

cousin (n) dos shvesterkind

daughter di tokhter

daughter-in-law di shnur (shnir)

father der tate / der futer (s)

father-in-law der shver

woman dos/di meydl

great-grandfather der elterzeyde

great-grandmother di elterbobe / elterbabe

great-grandson der ureynikI

grandchild dos eynikI

granddaughter di eynikI

grandson der eynikI

grandfather der zeyde/zayde(s)

grandmother di bobe/babe(s)

grandparents zeyde-babe

mom di mame/ di miter

mother-in-law di shviger

nephew der plimenik

niece di plimenitse

mother and father tate-mame

mother and father di eltern

relative (f) di kroyve

relative (m) der korev

sibling der geshvister

sister di shvester

sister-in-law di shvegerin

son der zun/der zin

son-in-law der eydem

son-in-law’s or daughter-in-law’s father der mekhutn / der mekhitn

son-in-law’s or daughter-in-law’s mom di makheteniste

son-in-law’s or daughter-in-law’s mother and father di makhetunim

stepbrother der shtif-brider/shtifbrider

stepfather der shtif-foter

stepmother di shtif-miter/shtif miter

stepsister di shtif-shvester

twin der tsviling

uncle der feter

Home objects – הױז זאַכן[edit]

Air Conditioner der luftkiler

Condo di dire

Ashtray dos ashtetsl

Attic der boydem

Backdoor di hinten tir

Balcony der balkn

Basement der keler

Rest room der vashtsimer/der bodtsimer

Bathtub der vane

Mattress di wager

Bedding dos betgevant

Bed room der shloftsimer

Blanket di koldre

Bolt der rigl

Bookcase di bikhershank, di bokhershafe

Brick der tsigl

Constructing dos gebayde/ der binyen (di binyunim

Bungalow dos baydl

Carpet der kobrets

Ceiling di stelye

Cellar der keler

Cement der tsement

Chair di shtul

Chimney der koymen

Closet der almer

Pc der kompyuter

Concrete der beton

Sofa di kanape

Curtain der firhang

Cushion der kishn

Desk der shraybtish

Eating Room der estsimer

Door di tir

Doorbell der tirglekl

Doorstep di shvel

Door knob di klyamke

Drape der gardin

Dresser der kamod

Driveway der araynfort

Fan der fokher

Faucet der krant

Fire der kamin

Flooring di padloge

Basis der fundament

Furnace der oyvn

Furnishings mebl

Backyard der gortn

Glass dos gloz

Corridor der zal

Hinge der sharnir

Key der shlisl

Lamp der lomp

Mild dos lekht – no plural

Residing Room der voyntsimer

Lock der shlos

Mirror der shpigl

Nail der tshvok

Exterior door di droysn tir

Paint di farb

Image dos bild

Pillar der zayl

Pillow der kishn (s)

Plaster der tink

Plumbing dos vasergerer

Plywood der dikht

Porch der ganik

Programme der program

Quilt/Cover di koldre

Rafter der balkn

Roof der dakh

Room der tsimer

Rug der tepekh/der treter

Screw der shroyf

Shelf di politse

Bathe di shprits – to have a bathe – makhn zikh a shprits

Sink der opgos (kitchen sink)

Couch di sofe

Stairs di trep

Swimming pool der shvimbasyn

Desk der tish

Rest room der kloset

Wall di vant

Window der fenster

Window pane di shoyb

Wire der drot

Wooden dos holts

Gadgets Discovered within the Home – זאַכן װאָס געפֿינט זיך אין הױז[edit]

(Wants alphabetized, and spaced, additionally English phrases want highlighted)

armchair fotel

attic boydem

tub room vashtsimer

tub vane

mattress wager

bed room shloftsimer

blanket koldre

e book case bikhershank

carpet tepekh

ceiling sufit, stelye

cellar keler

chair shtul

material shtof

coin matbeye

pc kompyuter

hall zal

sofa sofe

cabinet shafe

curtain forhang

door tir

faucet kran

ground podloge/der ground

in the home in hoyz אין הױז/אין שטוב

kitchen kikh

lounge gutsier

mattress matrats

mirror shpil (n)

pillow case tsikhel

pillow kishen

fridge fridzhider

roof dakh

room tsimer

sheet boygen

bathe shpritsbod

cleaning soap zeyf

stairs trepel

desk tish

tv televizye

rest room kloset

towel hantekher

wall vant

wardrobe garderob

washer vashmashin

window fenster

Vowels – דיא װאָקאַלן[edit]

Some vowels are preceded by a silent א (a shtimer alef) after they seem initially of a phrase.

  • אָ, אַ – pronounced the identical as in Ashkenazi Hebrew (Polish: אָ is commonly oo as in too)
  • ו – Litvish: oo as in too (Polish: often pronounce ea as in read)
  • ױ – This represents two distinct vowels. 1 Litvish: ey as in say (Polish: oy); 2 Litvish: oy as in boy (Polish: aw as in crawl);
  • י – i as in him (Polish: additionally ee as in green)
  • ײ – Litvish: ay as in say (Polish: y as in by) (Galician: ey as in say)
  • ײַ – Litvish: y as in by (Polish: a as in car)
  • ע – e as in bed (Polish: additionally ey as in prey)

Prepositions – נפּרעפּאָזיציעס[edit]

In entrance of – far
Close to – nuent
In – In
Inside – inevaynig
Behind – hinter
Amongst – tsvishn
Between – tvishn
Far – vayt
Over – iber
Underneath – inter
On – oyf (of)
At – bay
In the direction of – vihin
All over the place – imetim
Anyplace – ergets vi

Classroom – דער קלאַסצימער[edit]

Sheet of paper dos blat

Paper dos papir

Weekly reader dos vokhn blat or dos vokhn leyener

Fountain pen di feyder(n)

Pencil di blayfeyder

Blackboard der tovl

Calculator di rekhn mashin

Textbook der tekst or dos lernbikh

Ebook dos bikh di bikher

Dictionary dos verter bikh

College der universitet

Homework di Haymarket

Chalk di krayd

Trainer (male) der lerer

Trainer (feminine) di lererin, di lererke

Simple gring or nisht shver

Tough kompleks or shver

Eraser oysmeker

Storiy di mayse(s)

Alphabet der alefbays

Blocks di blokn

Arts der kinstwerk

Stage di stadye

Work (written reasonably than bodily labor) verk

Work (bodily labor) arbet

Recess di hafsoke(s)

To measure mostn

So as to add tsigeybn

To subtract aruprekhenen

To multiply farmeren zikh

To divide teylen

Data gebit

To grasp farshteyn zikh

To research analizir

To synthesize sintezirn

To guage opshatsn

Rationalization (n) dikhterung

Spiritual clarification (n) peyrush

Comparability (n) farglaykhung

Interpretation (n) interpretatsye

Paraphrase paraphrasing

Outline (n) definitsye

To indicate bavizn

Indetification (n) identifitsirung

Greens – גרינסן[edit]

inexperienced peas

Verbs – װערבן[edit]

Be – זײַן[edit]

to be זײַן zayn (zine, IPA [zäɪn])
I’m איך בין ikh bin
you might be דו ביסט di bist
he/she/it’s ער/זי/עס איז er/zi/es iz
we’re מיר זענען mir zenen
you (pl) are איר זײַט ir zayt
they’re זײ זענען zay zenen

Have been:

איך בין געװען/געװעזן Ikh bin geveyn/geveyzn

דו ביסט געװען/געװעזן Du/Di bist geveyn/geveyzn

און אַזױ װײַטער…. in azoy vayter/and so forth…

Have – האבען[edit]

to have האָבן hobn
I’ve איך האָב ikh hob
you’ve gotten דו האָסט di host
he/she has ער/זי/עס האָט er/zi/es scorching
now we have מיר האָבן mir hobn
you (pl) have איר האָט ir scorching
they’ve זיי האָבן zey hobn

Go – גײן[edit]

to go גיין gayn
I am going איך גיי ikh homosexual
you go דו גייסט d gayst
he/she/it goes ער/זי/עס גייט er/zi/es gayt
we go מיר גייען mir geyen
you (pl) go איר גייט ir gayt
they go זיי גייען zay gayen

To Study – לערנען זיך / To Educate – לערנען[edit]

איך לערן זיך אידיש I’m studying Yiddish

דו לערנסט זיך אידיש You might be studying Yiddish

ער/זי לערנט זיך אידיש He/she is studying Yiddish.

The verbal additive זיך is required when one is “studying”. Prior to now tense (I’ve learnt, you’ve gotten learnt and so on…) the verbal additive
comes instantly after the verb:

זי האָט זיך געלערנט the verb being hoben.

To show is just לערנען.

דער רב לערנט מיט מיר תּורה Der Rov lernt mit mir Toyre – The Rov is instructing me Toyre.

One other method to say that somebody is instructing you is:

דער רב לערנט מיך תּורה Der Rov gelernt mikh Toyre – Der Rov is instructing me Toyre.

So both ער לערנט מיט מיר …ער לערנט מיך…
Er lernt mikh… or er lernt mit mir…

Conjugating verbs with prefixes[edit]

Verbs with prefixes like for instance:אַרױסגײן, נאָכגײן, אױפֿמאַכן oyf(of)makhn-to open, nokhgayn-to observe and aroys (arusgayn) to exit. When conjugating these verbs one put the final a part of the phrase first for instance makhn oyf, gayn nokh, aroys gayn and so forth. Lemoshl:

Ikh homosexual aroys, di gayst aroys, er gayt aroys…

ikh homosexual nokh, di gayst nokh, er gayt nokh…

Additionally an adverb could be place in between the verb and prefix:

Ikh homosexual shnel aroys, di gayst shnel aroys, un afile er gayt zayer shnel aroys in dos glaykhn…

Different verbs – אַנדערע װערבן[edit]

To desert, to surrender (Oplozn)
ikh loz op
di lozst op
er lozt op
mir lozn op
ir lozt op
zey lozn op

To perform (Oysfirn)
ikh ikh fir oys(os)
di first oys (os)
er firt oys (os)
mir firn oys (os)
ir firt oys (os)
zey firn oys (os)

To reply (ענטפערן Entfern)
ikh entfer of dayn frage ענטפער אױף דײן פראגע
di entferst
er entfert
mir entfern
ir entfert
zey entfern

To method (Tsigayn)
ikh homosexual tsi
di gayst tsi
er gayt tsi
mir gayen tsi
ir gayt tsi
zey gayen tsi

To argue, to disagree with, to contradict (Opfregn)
ikh freg op
di fregst op
er fregt op
mir fregn op
ir fregt op
zey fregn op

To reach (unkimen)
ikh kim un
di kimst un
er kimt un
mir kimen un
ir kimt un
zey kimen un

To ask (Fregn)
ikh freg
di fregst
er fregt
mir fregn
ir fregt
zey fregn

To assault (Bafaln)
ikh bafal
di bafalst
er bafalt
mir bafaln
ir bafalt
zey bafaln

To bake (Bakn)
ikh bak
di bakst
er bakt
mir bakn
ir bakt
zey bakn

To be alive (לעבן Leybn)
ikh leyb
di leybst
er leybt
mir leybn
ir leybt
zey leybn

To imagine (גלױבען Gloybn)
ikh gloyb
di gloybst
er gloybt
mir gloybn
ir gloybt
zey gloybn

To belong (Gehern)
ikh geher
di geherst
er gehert
mir gehern
ir gehert
zey gehern

To bend (Beygn)
ikh beyg
di beygst
er beygt
mir beygn
ir beygt
zey beygn

To betray (Farratn)
ikh farrat
di farrast
er farrat
mir farratn
ir farrat
zey farratn

To higher (Farbesern)
ikh farbeser
di farbeserst
er farbesert
mir farbesern
ir farbesert
zey farbesern

To chew (Baysn)
ikh bays
di bayst
er bayst
mir baysn
ir bayst
zey baysn

To bleed (Blitikn)
ikh blitik
di blitikst
er blitikt
mir blitikn
ir blitikt
zey blitikn

To boil (Zidn)
ikh zid
di zidst
er zidt
mir zidn
ir zidt
zey zidn

To borrow (Antlayen)
ikh antlay
di antlayst
er antlayt
mir antlayen
ir antlayt
zey antlayen

To borrow (Borgn)
ikh borg
di borgst
er borgt
mir borgn
ir borgt
zey borgn

To interrupt (Brekhn)
ikh brekh
di brekhst
er brekht
mir brekhn
ir brekht
zey brekhn

To breathe (Otemen)
ikh otem
di otemst
er otemt
mir otemen
ir otemt
zey otemen

To construct (Boyen)
ich boy
di boyst
er boyt
mir boyen
ir boyt
sei boyen

To burn (Brenen)
ikh bren
di brenst
er brent
mir brenen
ir brent
zey brenen

To burst (Platsn)
ikh plats
di platst
er platst
mir platsn
ir platst
zey platsn

To purchase (Koyfn)
ikh koyf
di koyfst
er koyft
mir koyfn
ir koyft
zey koyfn

To calculate (Rekhn)
ikh rekh
di rekhst
er rekht
mir rekhn
ir rekht
zey rekhn

To hold (Trogn)
ikh trog
di trogst
er trogt
mir trogn
ir trogt
zey trogn

To catch (Khapn)
ikh khap
di khapst
er khapt
mir khapn
ir khapt
zey khapn

To decide on (Klaybn)
ikh klayb
di klaybst
er klaybt
mir klaybn
ir klaybt
zey klaybn

To wash (Reynikn)
ikh reynik
di reynikst
er reynikt
mir reynikn
ir reynikt
zey reynikn

To climb (Oyfkrikhn)
ikh krikh oyf (of)
di krikhst of
er krikht of
mir krikhn of
ir krikht of
zey krikhn of

To shut (Farmakhn)
ikh farmakh
di farmakhst
er farmakht
mir farmakhn
ir farmakht
zey farmakhn

To complain (Farklogn)
ich baklog
di baklogst
er baklogt
mir baklogn
ir baklogt
sei baklogn

To restrict (Bagrenetsn)
ich bagrenets
di bagrenetst
er bagrenetst
mir bagrenetsn
ir bagrenetst
sei bagrenetsn

To contemplate (Batrakhtn)
ikh batrakht
di batrakhst
er batrakht
mir batrakhtn
ir batrakht
zey batrakhtn

To rely (Tseyln)
ikh tseyl
di tseylst
er tseylt
mir tseyln
ir tseylt
zey tseyln

To create (Bashafn)
ikh bashaf
di bashafst
er bashaft
mir bashafn
ir bashaft
zey bashafn

To creep (Krikhn)
ikh krikh
di krikhst
er krikht
mir krikhn
ir krikht
zey krikhn

To cry (Veynen)
ikh veyn
di veynst
er veynt
mir veynen
ir veynt
zey veynen

To chop or chop (Hakn)
ikh hak
du hakst
er hakt
mir hakn
ir hakt
zey hakn

To bounce (Tantsn)
ikh tants
du tantst
er tantst
mir tantsn
ir tantst
zey tantsn

To resolve (Bashlisn)
ikh bashlis
du bashlist
er bashlist
mir bashlisn
ir bashlist
zey bashlisn

To brighten (Baputsn)
ikh baputs
du baputst
er baputst
mir baputsn
ir baputst
zey baputsn

To depart (Avekgeyn)
ikh homosexual avek
du/di gayst avek
er gayt avek
mir gayen avek
ir gayt avek
zey gayen avek

To develop (Antvikln)
ikh antvikl
du antviklst
er antviklt
mir antvikln
ir antviklt
zey antvikln

To dig (Grobn)
ikh grob
du grobst
er grobt
mir grobn
ir grobt
zey grobn

To dive or dip (Tunken)
ikh tunk
du tunkst
er tunkt
mir tunken
ir tunkt
zey tunken

To tug (Shlepn)
ikh shlep
du shlepst
er shlept
mir shlepn
ir shlept
zey shlepn

To attract (Moln)
ikh mol
du molst
er molt
mir moln
ir molt
zey moln

To dream (Troymn)
ikh troym
du troymst
er troymt
mir troymn
ir troymt
zey troymn

To drink (Trinken)
ikh trink
du trinkst
er trinkt
mir trinken
ir trinkt
zey trinken

To drive (Traybn)
ikh trayb
du traybst
er traybt
mir traybn
ir traybt
zey traybn

To dry (Fartrikn)
ikh fartrik
du fartrikst
er fartrikt
mir fartrikn
ir fartrikt
zey fartrikn

To eat (Esn)
ikh es
du est
er est
mir esn
ir est
zey esn

To battle, battle (Krign)
ikh krig
du krigst
er krigt
mir krign
ir krigt
zey krign

To fish (Fishn)
ikh fish
du fishst
er fisht
mir fishn
ir fisht
zey fishn

To fly (Flien)
ikh flie
du fliest
er fliet
mir flien
ir fliet
zey flien

To neglect (Fagesn)
ikh farges
du fargest
er fargest
mir fargesn
ir fargest
zey fargesn

To freeze (Farfrirn)
ikh farfrir
du farfrirst
er farfrirt
mir farfrirn
ir farfrirt
zey farfrirn

To develop (Vaksn)
ikh vaks
du vakst
er vakst
mir vaksn
ir vakst
zey vaksn

To protect (Hitn)
ikh hit
du hist
er hit
mir hitn
ir hit
zey hitn

To listen to (Hern)
ikh her
du herst
er hert
mir hern
ir hert
zey hern

To assist (Helfn)
ikh helf
du helfst
er helft
mir helfn
ir helft
zey helfn

To cover (Bahaltn)
ikh bahalt
du bahalst
er bahalt
mir bahaltn
ir bahalt
zey bahaltn

To mimic (Nokhgayn)
ikh homosexual nokh
du/di gayst nokh
er gayt nokh
mir gayen nokh
ir gayt nokh
zey gayen nokh

To leap (Shpringen)
ikh shpring
du shpringst
er shpringt
mir shpringen
ir shpringt
zey shpringen

To snicker (Lakhn)
ikh lakh
du lakhst
er lakht
mir lakhn
ir lakht
zey lakhn

To let in (Araynlosn)
ikh loz arayn
du lozt arayn
er lozt arayn
mir lozn arayn
ir lozt arayn
zey lozn arayn

To lie (Lign)
ikh lig
du ligst
er ligt
mir lign
ir ligt
zey lign

To look in or to peek (Araynkikn)
ikh kik arayn
du kikst arayn
er kikt arayn
mir kikn arayn
ir kikt arayn
zey kikn arayn

To make (Makhn)
ikh makh
du makhst
er makht
mir makhn
ir makht
zey makhn

To combine in (Araynmishn)
ikh mish arayn
du mishst arayn
er misht arayb
mir mishn arayn
ir misht arayn
zey mishn arayn

To maneuver (Rirn)
ikh rir
du rirst
er rirt
mir rirn
ir rirt
zey rirn

To open (Efenen)
ikh efen
du efenst
er efent
mir efenen
ir efent
zey efenen

To play (Shpiln)
ikh shpil
du shpilst
er shpilt
mir shpiln
ir shpilt
zey shpiln

To print (Opdrukn)
ikh drik op
du drikst op
er drikt op
mir drikn op
ir trikt op
zey drikn op

To place in (Araynshteln)
ich shtel arayn
di shtelst arayn
er shtelt arayn
mir shteln arayn
ir shtelt arayn
sei shteln arayn

To pour (Gisn)
ikh gis
du gist
er gist
mir gisn
ir gist
zey gisn

To learn (Leyen)
ikh ley
du leyst
er leyt
mir leyen
ir leyt
zey leyen

To achieve a conclusion (Opgeyn)
ikh gey op
du geyst op
er geyt op
mir geyn op
ir geyt op
zey geyn op

To acknowledge, to introduce (Bakenen)
ich baken
du bakenst
er bakent
mir bakenen
ir bakent
sei bakenen

To stay (Blaybn)
ikh blayb
du blaybst
er blaybt
mir blaybn
ir blaybt
zey blaybn

To reside (Voynen)
ich voyn
du voynst
er voynt
mir voynen
ir voynt
sei voynen

To revolve or rotate oneself (Arimdreyen)
ich drey arim
du dreyst arim
er dreyt arim
mir dreyn arim
ir dreyt arim
sei dreyn arim

To ring (Klingen)
ikh kling
du klingst
er klingt
mir klingen
ir klingt
zey klingen

To rock (Farvign)
ikh farvig
du farvigst
er farvigt
mir farvign
ir farvigt
zey farvign

To run (Loyfn)
ikh loyf
du loyfst
er loyft
mir loyfn
ir loyft
zey loyfn

To run away or to flee (Antloyfn)
ikh antloyf
du antloyfst
er antloyft
mir antloyfn
ir antloyft
zey antloyfn

To see (Zeyn)
ikh zey
du zeyst
er zeyyt
mir zeen
ir zeyt
zey zeyen
males zeyt

To ship (Shikn)
ikh shik
du shikst
er shikt
mir shikn
ir shikt
zey shikn

To stitch (Neyn)
ikh ney
du neyst
er neyt
mir neyn
ir neyt
zey neyn

To shake (Shoklen)
ikh shokl
du shoklst
er shoklt
mir shoklen
ir shoklt
zey shoklen

To sleep (Shlofn)
ikh shlof
du shlofst
er shloft
mir shlofn
ir shloft
zey shlofn

To odor (Shmekn)
ikh shmek
du shmekst
er shmekt
mir shmekn
ir shmekt
zey shmekn

To smile (Shmeykhln)
ikh shmeykhl
du shmeykhlst
er shmeykhlt
mir shmeykhln
ir shmeykhlt
zey shmeykhln

To face (Oyfshteyn/iz ofgeshtanen – אױפֿשטײן/ איז אױפֿגעשטאַנען )
איך שטײ אױף Ikh shtey of
דו שטײסט אױף Du/Di shtayst of
ער שטײט אױף Er shteyt of
מיר שטײען אױף Mir shteyen of
איר שטײט אױף Ir shteyt of
זײ שטײען אױף Zey shteyen of

To steal (Ganvenen)
ich ganven
du ganvenst
er ganvent
mir ganvenen
ir ganvent
sei ganvenen

To cease (Oyfheren – אױפֿהערן)
איך הער אױף

דו הערסט אױף

ער/זי/עס הערט אױף

איר הערט אױף

מיר/זײ הערן אױף

To give up, to revive, to dedicate (Opgeybn/opgegeybn – אָפּגעבן/ אָפּגעגעבן)

איך גיב אָפּ ikh gib op

דו גיסט אָפּ du/di gist op

ער/זי/עס גיט אָפּ er/zi/es git op

מיר/זײ גיבן אָפּ mir/zey gibn op

איך האָב אָפּגעגעבן

To swallow (Shlingen)
ikh shling
du shlingst
er shlingt
mir shlingen
ir shlingt
zey shlingen

To speak (Redn)
ikh crimson
du redst
er redt
mir redn
ir redt
zey redn

To style (Farzukhn)
ikh farzukh
du farzukhst
er farzukht
mir farzukhn
ir farzukht
zey farzukhn

To assume (Trakhtn)
ikh trakht
du trakhst
er trakht
mir trakhtn
ir trakht
zey trakhtn

To attempt (Pruvn)
ikh pruv
du pruvst
er pruvt
mir pruvn
ir pruvt
zey pruvn

To grasp (Farshteyn)
ikh farshtey
du farshteyst
er farshteyt
mir farshteyn
ir farshteyt
zey farshteyn

To need (Veln)
ikh vel
du velst
er velt
mir veln
ir velt
zey veln

To scrub (Vashn zikh – װאַשן זיך)
ikh vash zikh
du vashst zikh
er vasht zikh
mir vashn zikh
ir vasht zikh
zey vashn zikh

To whip (Shmaysn)
ikh shmays
du shmayst
er shmayst
mir shmaysn
ir shmayst
zey shmaysn

To whistle (Fayfn)
ikh fayf
du fayfst
er fayft
mir fayfn
ir fayft
zey fayfn

To want (Vintshn)
ikh vintsh
du vintshst
er vintsht
mir vintshn
ir vintsht
zey vintshn

To put in writing (Shraybn/ hoben geshribn)
ikh shrayb
du shraybst
er shraybt
mir shraybn
ir shraybt
zey shraybn

Conjugating verbs[edit]

Current tense[edit]

Most verbs are conjugated in the identical type in current tense, although there are some exceptions. The topic often comes earlier than the verb (like in English), however generally the order is reversed (like Hebrew) to vary the tone (most notably, in questions). Right here is an instance of an everyday verb:

  • הערן – hear
  • איך הער – I hear
  • דו הערסט – you hear
  • ער הערט – he hears
  • זי הערט – she hears
  • עס הערט – it hears
  • מיר הערן – we hear
  • איר הערט – you (plural or formal) hear
  • זיי הערן – they hear

Verbs that come from Hebrew are often conjugated along with the phrase זײַן to be, much like in Yeshivish (they’re Modeh; he’s Meyasheiv the Stirah; they’re Mechaleik between them). Right here is an instance:

  • מסכּים זײַן – agree
  • איך בּין מסכּים – I agree
  • דו בּיסט מסכּים – you agree
  • ער/זי/עס איז מסכּים – he/she/it agrees
  • מיר/זיי זײַנען מסכּים – we/they agree
  • איר זענט מסכּים – you agree

איך בין מסכּים געװען Ikh bin maskim geveyn

Previous tense[edit]

Previous tense is conjugated by including the serving to verb האָבּן have, and (often) including the letters גע to the verb. That is much like some previous tense phrases in English (“I’ve performed that.”) For phrases which come from Hebrew, זײַן turns into געווען. Listed below are some examples:

  • האָבּן געהערט – heard
  • איך האָבּ געהערט – I heard
  • דו האָסט געהערט – you heard
  • ער/זי/עס האָט געהערט – he/she/it heard
  • מיר/זיי האָבּן געהערט – we/they heard
  • איר האָט געהערט – you heard
  • האָבּן מסכּים געווען – agreed
  • איך האָבּ מסכּים געווען – I agreed
  • דו האָסט מסכּים געווען – you agreed
  • ער/זי/עס האָט מסכּים געווען – he/she/it agreed
  • מיר/זיי האָבּן מסכּים געווען – we/they agreed
  • איר האָט מסכּים געווען – you agreed

Future tense[edit]

Just like previous tense (and future tense in English), future tense is expressed by including the serving to verb װעלן will. Listed below are the (now acquainted) examples:

  • וועלן הערן – will hear
  • איך װעל הערן – I’ll hear
  • דו װעסט הערן – you’ll hear
  • ער/זי/עס װעט הערן – he/she/it would hear
  • מיר/זיי װעלן הערן – we/they’ll hear
  • איר װעט הערן – you’ll hear
  • וועלן מסכּים זײַן – will agree
  • איך װעל מסכּים זײַן – I’ll agree
  • דו װעסט מסכּים זײַן – you’ll agree
  • ער/זי/עס װעט מסכּים זײַן – he/she/it would agree
  • מיר/זיי װעלן מסכּים זײַן – we/they’ll agree
  • איר װעט מסכּים זײַן – you’ll agree


This (Specific)[edit]

There are a number of methods to point “this” in Yiddish, every growing in energy, א שטײגער:

אָט דעם מאַן קען איך

אָט אָ דעם מאַן קען איך

דעם אָ מאַן קען איך

דעם דאָזיקן מאַן קען איך

אָט דעם דאָזיקן מאַן קען איך

אָט אָ דעם דאָזיקן מאַן קען איך

Lots – א סאך[edit]

This takes the plural verb and doesn’t inflect.

א סאך זענען נאך דא

Extra persons are nonetheless right here.

א סאך זענען שױן אװעק

Many individuals have already left.

Future tense[edit]

איך װעל I’ll

דו װעסט You’ll

ער/זי װעט He/She’s going to

איר װעט You’ll(formal, plural)

מ’װעט One will

To need – װיל[edit]

איך װיל א בוך I desire a e book – Ikh vil a bukh

דוא װילסט א בוך You desire a e book – Di (rhymes with see) vilst a bukh

ער װיל אַ בוך er (rhymes with air) vil a bukh.

איר װעט אַ בוך

מיר װילן אַ בוך

האלטן אין[edit]

האלטן אין In the course of; within the midst of. Corresponds to the English -ing.

איך האַלט אין שרײבען א בריװ

Ikh halt in shraabn a briv.

I am in the course of center writing a letter.

מיר האַלטן יעצט אין עסן

We’re consuming now.

האַלטן אין אײן[edit]

האַלטן אין אײן To maintain on, continually.

פארװאס האלצטו אין אײן שפּרינגען?

Farvus haltsi in ayn shpringen

Why do you retain leaping?

זײא האַלטן אין אײן לאכן

Zay (rhymes with thy) haltn in ayn (rhymes with high quality) lakhn

They preserve laughing?

See additionally – זעהט אױך[edit]

Yiddish Dictionary On-line

Hasidic grammar undertaking[edit]

The Holocaust and the widespread linguistic assimilation of Jews all through the world have collectively diminished the inhabitants of Yiddish-speakers from an estimated 13 million earlier than the Second World Warfare to maybe 1 million at the moment. About half of the remaining Yiddish-speakers at the moment are aged European Jews, usually Holocaust-survivors, whereas the opposite half are chareidim, largely Hasidim, largely younger. Unsurprisingly, most Hasidim converse a southern dialect of Yiddish which was the bulk dialect pre-World Warfare II, and is considerably distant from the Lithuanian dialect that varieties the premise for the usual YIVO pronunciation. Though the Hasidim reject a number of the reforms made by the YIVO in orthography, morphology, and lexicon, their Yiddish is recognizably the identical language.

Although no dictionaries or grammars of Hasidic Yiddish have but been printed, a “Hasidic Commonplace” has nonetheless developed among the many youthful generations born in America, and an analogous course of has occurred in Hasidic communities in different components of the world. Standardization has been assisted by such components as geography – Hasidic teams that when lived in separate international locations now inhabit the identical neighborhoods in Brooklyn – by the colleges, and by the Yiddish press. Hasidic Commonplace has way more room for variation in spelling and pronunciation than YIVO Commonplace, and it’s harder for starting college students to study. Nonetheless, the Yiddish language has radically shifted its middle of gravity and it’s excessive time to allow college students to study the Yiddish that’s most generally spoken at the moment. To that finish, the Hasidic Grammar Undertaking has been created to provide a web based textbook and grammar.



Mortgage Phrases[edit]

Some of the usually remarked options of Hasidic Yiddish in America is the borrowing of English phrases on a big scale. In actual fact, this isn’t any particular improvement on the a part of the Hasidim. Yiddish-speaking Jews in America have been mixing in English because the first wave of immigration within the early 1880s. Ab. Cahan and the FORVERTS used mortgage phrases on an analogous scale for a lot of a long time. Why Jews in America have been so open to mortgage phrases compared to Jews in Europe or Israel isn’t clear.


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