Update on the Yiddish Course!
I'm proud to announce that the Yiddish for English speakers course is a little over halfway there! We currently have four active contributors representing the three major dialects adding words and sentences at an amazing clip. We hope to have the course ready by the end of the year! Thank you all for keeping up your level of enthusiasm for the course as we prepare it.
איך בין שטאָלץ מיט דעם װאָס די װאָס גרײטן צו דעם קורס פֿאַר ייִדיש פֿאַר ענגליש רעדערס האָבן שױן דערגאַנגען ביז מער פֿון אַ העלפֿט! מיר האָבן איצט פֿיר מיטאַרבעטערס װאָס רעפּרעזענטירן די דרײַ הױפּט דיאַלעקטן װאָס זײ געבן צו װערטער און זאַצן אומגלײבלעך גיך. מיר האָפֿן אַז דער קורס װעט זײַן גרײט ביזן סוף־יאָר! אַ דאַנק אײַך אַלע װאָס איר האַלט אױף אײַער התלהבֿות פֿאַרן קורס בשעת מיר גרײטן עס צו.
For everyone on Duolingo that wants this course, I'm SO ELATED for all of you that you will be able to learn this language! This isn't one I wish to learn, however, for those that do I'm SOO VERY happy for you that you will have a course to learn it by the end of the year! :) Best wishes to all of you! :) To the contributors, Keep up the GREAT work! You have some eager beavers that wish to learn the language! :)
Thank you for the update! This would be a wonderful development, and it would educate people on two of the major languages spoken by the Jewish community.
There is no flag set yet. It is indeed an interesting question. We want something that all or most Yiddish speakers would feel represented by, but that is not religious (since not all Yiddish speakers are religious). Hence - the kippah suggested below is not under consideration. We would welcome suggestions!
Interesting suggestion. The other criterion for the flag is that we don't want to look like we're representing all Jewish languages (which would exclude the dozens of other Judeo languages like Ladino and Judeo-Arabic and many others), so we're wary of just a Jewish star or menorah.
I would love to know how this is going. I am very interested in learning the language of my family (culturally I am an Ashkenazi Jew). I love a great love for most languages though and am trying to work through my over enthusiasm by focusing mostly on Spanish for the time being. However Yiddish has been on my list of languages to learn for a long time.
I'm really excited for the course. Sorry to pester you, but the current course status says an estimated completion date of December 1, 2021: https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/yi/en/status
I assume that's a typo or something?
This is excellent news. I was thinking the other day your organization tries to teach dying languages, yet I see a fictional language like Klingon yet no Yiddish. Very important---pre-WWII something like 85% of the world's jewish population were Yiddish speakers. Very important for many of us who are Ashkenazi Jewish heritage. Please keep us posted.
I'm really enjoying the Yiddish Course. I love how thorough the alphabet training is. It is still in Beta, I was wondering if there was a place I could send constructive feedback? Its not much, really, it's just the font can get a little too small and I have trouble reading it.
My parents were Yiddish speakers. I have always loved the language. Recently I joined the Jewish Philharmonic(?) JCPP? who sings in Yiddish. I wanted to brush up and Binyamun who runs the JCPP brilliantly recommended this class. Enjoying it very much. <3 to All the Yiddish learners!
Also my parents used to speak Yiddish, I hated the language as a young person. Few years back I had to take care of my mom in her last years, she was very confused (to say the least) and spoke different languages (withput knowing which one) among them was Yiddsh - the only one I didn't understood - not even one word. So I decided to to learn it so I can communicate with her, and I got caught up, I strated to really love the language. העברייש רעדט מען, אבער יידיש רעדט זיך אליין Hebrew (as an example to any other lanuage) - people speak it, but Yiddish speaks itself on its own.