Want To Speak A Little Yiddish?
Learn a Language On-Line
It Couldn't Hurt!
I love languages and learning about other cultures. I've tried for years to learn my dad's native French (still at level I), Spanish (I know only a couple of words), and sign language (which I'm fluent in). The great thing about language is that it is organic, fluid, and ever evolving and there is no one language that is not touched by another language. The other great thing is you can't learn a new language without learning about the culture of the people who speak it and learning equates to understanding and appreciation. Think about it.
Anyway, in the interest of spelling the Yiddish saying Oy Veh (Oi, Vai! - Dear me! Expression of dismay or hurt) I perused the internet and came upon this wonderful Yiddish Dictionary. I share it here for those of you who would like to learn an expression to toss around here and there. Just click the title above to go directly to the website
Suggestions and additions to Yiddish dictionary can be sent to the author
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