Yiddish was at one time the international language of Ashkenazic Jews (the Jews of Central and Eastern Europe and their descendants).
A hybrid of Hebrew and medieval German, Yiddish takes about three-quarters of its vocabulary from German, but borrows words liberally from Hebrew and many other languages from the many lands where Ashkenazic Jews have lived. It has a grammatical structure all its own, and is written in an alphabet based on Hebrew characters.
Upon completion of this module you will have:
You may improve your Yiddish by signing up to Modern Yiddish Language Acquisition 2 in February - March 2024.
The instruction of the Yiddish language skills will be based on sources and materials from a variety of Modern Yiddish Language Acquisition books, which will be provided to the students on Canvas. You are not required to buy any study books at this point.
Access to a Yiddish dictionary is critical in this course. You will need to consult it on a regular basis. You can acquire a physical dictionary, or you may acquire access to online dictionaries at a special student fare. All the relevant information will be given in our first class.
This Open UvA Course is part of the Faculty of Humanities' public programme. Beside Open UvA Courses, the public programme also comprises special lectures and series of courses. The public programme is intended for alumni, employees looking for extra training, and all others who are interested in art, culture, philosophy, language and literature, history and religion.