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Yiddish Course just added to the Incubator!

I hope this isn't some sort of test but I just found Yiddish in the Incubator today. It is set with course contributors and appeared on the main Incubator page. I was hopeful Yiddish would make it on to Duolingo someday but I didn't think we would see that day for years to come^^ Congrats Duo! I'm looking forward to the upcoming course.

What are you guys' thoughts and what do you think the flag should be? Since there is no country flag it is likely they would have to use a cultural flag. I think I remember seeing a flag with a golden menorah being used to represent the Yiddish Language. Here is a black version of the same flag.

February 9, 2015

180 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/secondguess

Wow, Yiddish before Hebrew? That's a surprise!

Maybe it's because Yiddish is considered at risk of dying out?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/a_david

Hebrew is coming soon!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/evankenyon2

Thank you and the Team SO much for trying to add all of these languages. I cannot wait until Yiddish and Hebrew are in beta. I am so grateful that everyone on the duolingo team works as hard as they do. Go Hebrew!!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/linguafiqari

What about an African language like Amharic (which is also Semitic)? Many people are interested in learning this language!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nblaisdell

Amharic would be awesome, I'd love to see as many Semitic languages as possible here honestly.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatityahuV

I love Semitic languages although I have only studied Hebrew formally and still have a long way to go before I'm fluent.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lunarefiore

Amharic would be great for my brother and I!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lizsue

Have you seen https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6854841 ? People have already volunteered to build a Swahili course on Duolingo. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DerGoldmann

Can you give us an ETA? :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flootzavut

Wahey! even better news :D

Is Yiddish going to be taught in Hebrew letters or Latin or both, I wonder? I get the impression you can be fluent in Yiddish without necessarily writing it in Hebrew characters.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ptoro

Seriously! My internal monologue went something like, "Yiddish? Wait, you mean Hebrew right? Oh nope, they're actually teaching Yiddish. But Hebrew soon, right? Awesome."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flootzavut

Any news is good news for Hebrew, and hopefully any issues with the script will be helped by Yiddish. It's all very exciting, I can. not. wait. for Duolingo to have a Hebrew course <3


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lizsue

Russian for English speakers and Ukrainian for English speakers are already in the incubator.

http://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/ru/en/status has some information from Team Russian on plans to teach the Cyrillic alphabet via Duolingo. Maybe they will have advice for Team Yiddish, Team Ukrainian, and others in the future?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FJoyB

You guys are making it increasingly difficult to keep up my New Years' resolution of sticking to just one language. ;) Keep up the great work! =)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gluehbirneee

Any hint for other languages coming soon/ are planned to be added to the incubator? (Hoping for Finnish, it just has to be Finnish;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/loolitay

HOLY CRAP NO WAY FINALLY YESSSSS


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MusingThoughts

How on earth was your comment downvoted??


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/loolitay

Yours was too--someone really hates the Hebrew language :( Whatever they don't have to learn it, haha! It doesn't really bother me.


[deactivated user]

    Is Maltese in the pipeline?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MusingThoughts

    I'm sure @StrapsOption is wondering this!


    [deactivated user]

      LOL, yes I know he is :D


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MusingThoughts

      Yeah we all know...

      I see u like Maltese too?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CinnamonBoy
      • a_david

      Is it really??? Yes! Thanks for telling me! You made my day! Here's a lingot!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pratyush.

      Thanks David for this message. There are many good news this year. :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dr.Manhattan95

      Hey, be a pal and line up an Asian language or two on the incubator queue. ;)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

      They're working on Vietnamese for English speakers. Hindi for English speakers should be here soon. And all the other Asian language courses will eventually get reverse courses.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lizsue

      Good point about Vietnamese for English speakers. :) What have you heard about Hindi for English speakers? :)

      The other English for speakers of Asian languages courses are for speakers of Arabic, Chinese, Hindi (as you pointed out), Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Turkish.

      Of these languages, Indonesian uses the Latin alphabet. That's why my guess was that Indonesian would be Duolingo's next Asian language for English speakers.

      Then again, it also depends on volunteers and for all I know Hindi for English speakers has more volunteers than Indonesian for English speakers. You probably know more about that than I do.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brightsideoflife

      What about Tibetan for English speakers?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatityahuV

      Punjabi would be nice.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MusingThoughts

      May I just please say that despite loving both Arabic and Hebrew I would actually be quite concerned if Hebrew came out before Arabic. This is because there is already an English for Arabic course but there is no Hebrew for English course. My advice to Duolingo: either release both these languages at around the same time or release Arabic first once it gets out of beta. This is just for the sake of civility and peace on the forums

      Edit: Why all the downvotes?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dsmndnmsb

      that's kinda silly. i know it's hard to divorce politics from language, but I feel this isn't inherently the case. If the vetting process for incubators is fair and open, then there should be no issue.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LGFreeRock0828

      Maybe I'm just a wide-eyed innocent, but I don't think the schedule for releasing new Duolingo courses is based on real-world politics at all. But yeah, I've read enough comments here to know that some people will be upset if THEIR target language isn't next out of the incubator. So I understand your concerns.

      My advice to all of them is be patient and spread the word if you know someone qualified to volunteer as a moderator, etc.

      That being said, I think it would be a great idea for some government or private organization that wants to promote tourism in a[n] [fill in the language]-speaking country to think about using some of their promotional dollars here - if that's possible.

      Seeing the name of a company on the front of a football jersey really does nothing for me. I know I'd be far more likely to visit some of the beautiful places in the Middle East I've seen photos of if I spoke a few words of Arabic, for instance.

      A little PR money would be well spent here, I think, to promote both tourism and a positive image abroad for any country or company in those countries.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/loolitay

      I don't think its politics either. That's a fantastic idea though! I would love it if Duolingo taught bits of culture etc. and not just language.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dsmndnmsb

      language learning inherently comes prepackaged with bits of culture. one has to learn: food, greetings, idioms, appropriateness of certain aspects of the language, etc...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/loolitay

      Dsmndnmsb--it won't let me reply to you directly, but good point!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SarahBecraft

      Hebrew doesn't really need an Hebrew-to-English course: Many Hebrew speakers also speak English (as well as Levantine Arabic - or at least, afaik they're supposed to be learning it. But most people I know from Israel have had to learn English as well.) And the courses are released pending on how fast it takes for contributors to make the course with a certain degree of accuracy.

      Arabic-to-English exists in beta already, and once out of beta English-to-Arabic should also start, but like Mandarin, Japanese, and multiple other courses, it's going to take a bit longer because the writing system doesn't come very naturally to native English speakers. Hebrew isn't a Latin alphabet, but unlike Arabic it doesn't have multiple letter forms. (Some letters have two forms, but it's based on whether they're on the end of a word or not.) So it isn't very counter-intuitive to a native English speaker, comparatively. I haven't been able to make sense of the Arabic writing system yet; it's going to take a lot more guidance than Hebrew did!

      I think anyone with even a most basic understanding of the Arabic writing system would understand why the English-to-Arabic course would take more time/development to make than Hebrew. I had some friends who were very upset that DuoLingo lacked any non-European languages a month back, but they 100% understood that teaching English speakers kanji or pinyin or whatever else wasn't going to be the same as teaching the Latin alphabet to English language learners (who often have had some exposure to the Latin alphabet anyway.)

      /my $0.02 as an English speaker studying Hebrew and Modern Standard Arabic on Rosetta Stone.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/steissd

      Well, I would not say that majority of Hebrew speakers speak any kind of Arabic if they are not ethnic Israeli Arabs. English is being studied in all the schools of Israel, and Arabic is being taught only in some of them.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MusingThoughts

      Yes and many Jewish Israelis don't want to learn Arabic. This is sad as these two languages share so much in common


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SarahBecraft

      They should both be required, absolutely (then again, Spanish should be required in the USA.) However, in their defense (read: compared to the USA not teaching Spanish specifically), Modern Standard Arabic isn't really officially "spoken" anywhere, and "Arabic" has so much diversity they should really be classified into entirely separate languages.

      The west has homogenized "a language" with so much diversity in it that some "dialects" are mutually unintelligible to each other! Whereas languages in Europe that are largely mutually intelligible are classified as separate languages :/

      Like me, I'd like to learn Levantine Arabic and/or Moroccan Arabic (which is a language of my family's heritage.) But I'll probably be stuck with MSA.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jolynnedougherty

      Being from the US, we have some Yiddish words that are commonly used, like schmaltz, kvetching, oy, be a mentsch. How common are Yiddish words in other languages/countries? In Spain, Italy or Russian, are there many Yiddish words used in everyday conversation?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MultiLinguAlex

      Yiddish is much closer to German than a lot of people think =) I even could understand some very basic texts in Yiddish without having ever learnt it before.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Frosch0066

      There are some Yiddish words used in German like "meschugge", "Schnorrer" and "Schikse".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jsprwstr

      We have quite a few Yiddish words in Dutch: 'mazzel', 'mesjogge', 'gozer', 'stiekem'.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SteveLando

      the majority of jews who lived / who lives in Spain or Italy does not speak yiddish but ladino (judeospanish) and several different judeo-italian languages, for exampel judeovenetian, judeoroman, italkian, and so on - so no, there are not many jidiš words in those languages.

      The jews of Spain left that country by force already in the 15th century, hereafter living all over North Africa, Latin America and Europa, primarly in the Ottoman sultanat.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/henrymaxm

      Hopefully Ladino will be added one day as well!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VeranikaVeronica

      There is quite a number of Yiddish words in Russian, like shlimazel, mishpuha, tzures, etc. though they are less understood and hence used now as there is less Jewish population. Also, I heard that various versions of Yiddish have many Belarusian/Ukranian/Russian based words.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatityahuV

      From what I understand, Yiddish is a Germanic language heavily influenced by Hebrew and to a lesser extant Aramaic, but because so many Yiddish speaking Jews lived in Ukraine/Russia/ Belarus for such a long time the predominant form of Yiddish has strong Slavic influences. These facts alone should make more people wish to study Yiddish as it provides a fascinating study of language change and interaction.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LingvistNesor

      Will definitely learn because its a language about to die out. Meshuga mensch'n


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SteveLando

      It's no suprise considering it's probably quit easy to add germanic - and romance - languages by now when we already have several of them, and jidiš is very much like german so it will not be a problem to evolve a course in the language, it's a bit harder with hebrew. I like the flag!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/steissd

      Well, it is easier, since it resembles German. Hebrew is a Semitic language, and it is more complicated and less familiar to the German group languages speakers (including English speakers, both British and American). I know people having immigrated to Israel 20 years ago, and they still have problems with Hebrew.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/skilja

      I wouldn't say one language (Hebrew) is more complicated than the other (Yiddish). They are simply different. Different language structures. I, for example, found it strikingly new at the beginning, but kind of "easy" (everything being so logical! few exceptions of rules!) when I started studying Hebrew at University. But each language has its own complexities and difficulties. English, for example, is not "easy" at a certain level with all of its lexical nuances.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatityahuV

      I had the same experience with Hebrew in university. As a native English speaker I struggled with French, but Hebrew made a lot of sense to me. The first two weeks were confusing, but after that I quickly became one of the best students in the class. (Not that it was easy, but it is a logical language and my efforts always felt well awarded so keeping my motivation up was easy).


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LinZiyin

      Hurray! * starts dancing around the room like a Cossack * But... what will the landmark be? Surely not a fiddler on the roof...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DerGoldmann

      There are historic Yiddish arts theaters, synagogues and old buildings in New York, but I'm not sure if any of those buildings (synagogues excluded) would be iconic enough for the landmark page. Even though synagogue life is intertwined with life for most Yiddish speaking Jews I'm not sure if a religious building is appropriate. It's a bit clichéd but I like the Fiddler on the Roof idea^^


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/scarcerer

      Nobody tell these people religious buildings aren't appropriate. Unless it's different for the Jews.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DerGoldmann

      Fair point. A synagogue would be beautiful. Though I think I am now set on the Fiddler.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flootzavut

      I think the Fiddler would be really wonderful. It's just such an iconic, evocative image. I don't know if there's a synagogue that would be so immediately recognisable, and yeah... I just adore the idea of using this image! It would go beautifully with some of the other slightly offbeat icons, like Zamenhof for Esperanto :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OldSpiceGuy

      And then there's Christ the Redeemer on the Portuguese page (though it's not a building). :) I see no problems with religious landmarks, though I like the fiddler idea :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatityahuV

      I don't see a problem with religious buildings or other materials as long as it does not interfere with the ability to learn the language such as reading texts that say a given religion is correct and others are not. Personally, I much rather have people openly express their beliefs and engage in discussion rather than keep them hidden or use deceptive means to try and convince me of their religion. Honesty and respect are the best policy, but not necessarily agreement.

      However, in this case the Fiddler would be awesome.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/__heyjessie__

      Idea: a fiddler on the roof of a synagogue!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flootzavut

      Oh, pleeeeease let them use this for the icon, that would be amazing :D


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatityahuV

      Do you know the Hopak? Actually I love Fiddler on the Roof because my Ukrainian grandmother had parents who came from a similar village although they were not Jewish. It was also my Ukrainian (Christian) grandmother who inspired my love for Israel and Jewish culture in general. Looking forward to the Hebrew Duolingo course and would love to see Yiddish as well?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OzrenIlic

      It is nice to see Jiddish course here. I hope Afrikaans will be added soon (also a Germanic language).


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vedun

      Yes, we want Afrikaans!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/no.name.42

      Wow, this just made my week.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StrapsOption

      Brilliant! This language really fascinates me. Yes, it was me that posted the picture of that flag. I think they don't want to use it because it's tied to a particular religion, but they should. Because when you think about it...

      Christianity

      Christianity

      Christianity

      Christianity

      Islam

      I could be wrong, maybe it's because the flag isn't official (I'm not saying it isn't official, I'm just saying that if it is that might be a reason), but that shouldn't matter either, because it represents the language, unlike a picture of an egg.

      I can't wait for the course though!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/a_david

      We still haven't decided what the flag will be since there isn't an official flag.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StrapsOption

      Yes, I thought that might have been the problem. But besides the menorah flag and the Hebrew flag (which is obviously needed for the Hebrew course), what other options are there?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PachaTchernof

      I have some offers:
      — monument of Sholem Aleichem:
      from Kiev or Moscow.

      — Hamantashen (for their triangle form) or some yiddishe ahkile (Yiddish food).


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/judderwocky

      wow... so it really is coming soon. this is awesome.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oscart182

      True, it's not any more religious than the Israeli flag being used to represent Hebrew in the Incubator's "Apply" section.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MusingThoughts

      Hey @StrapsOption I know you are happy for Yiddish but we all know what language you really wanted...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StrapsOption

      I should hope so at this stage!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MusingThoughts

      Haha yeah... btw how many have applied for Maltese?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MusingThoughts

      Wow that's a lot actually. It should come by at least next year


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StrapsOption

      In or around then is what I'm hoping for.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MusingThoughts

      Yeah me too. when will you update Learn Maltese on Wattpad?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatityahuV

      As a devout Christian, I do not see why I should be offended by this flag. Traditionally, Yiddish was and is spoken by Jews. Not to mention, for Christians there is no reason we cannot participate in Jewish holidays with our Jewish friends. Where would Christians be without the Jews? Although I personally find it odd when Christians celebrate Pesach (without Jewish friends), unless they are Jewish themselves.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StrapsOption

      I'm Christian too. I've no problem with them using it, it just seems that someone else does.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

      Yay! Congrats to the contributors! I'm definitely going to try this out, it should be fascinating!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MongeC.

      I thought that hebrew would be added first :o


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/evankenyon2

      Same, but this is a HUGE step towards Hebrew considering a_david (Not a link to his profile, don't know how to do that) said they will at it soon ( :D ) and it is using the same alphabet


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MongeC.

      I saw the post, both of them are interesting so I will patiently wait for the courses to be released :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fer84

      I'm Really interested. Wondering how big the difference to German will be.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ConorHoughton

      This is fantastic news!

      I have a Webster's dictionary from 1930 that had a "seven language lexicon" which gives grammar notes and vocabulary in what it claimed where the seven most important languages apart from English often written with Latin letters: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese and Yiddish; reminding us of the status Yiddish and extent of Yiddish language learning and literature. It is so exciting to think that that learning and literature and the whole pattern and poetry of thought that accompanied that treasure trove will be made more accessible.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luke_5.1991

      I like to think I may have gotten the ball rolling.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shelby-gabrielle

      Wonderful, absolutely wonderful! :D


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/M4rt4a

      That's awesome. I wonder what script are they going to use. As far as I know Yiddish can be written with both Hebrew and Latin script. But I'm not sure about that. Anyway that's really a great news. Now I'm just waiting for an African language ;)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DerGoldmann

      I believe the Latin script isn't fully standardized. That might be a hassle when dealing with user reports.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/M4rt4a

      Yes, I've read some more on the matter and I found the information that when using Latin script you write according to the phonetics of the particular language, so they could probably use English but to be honest I think using Hebrew script would create less confusion.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/henrymaxm

      Ladino for example is now being written with the latin alphabet, before it used Hebrew letters.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flootzavut

      I am really hoping they go for Hebrew because I loooove the Hebrew script <3 even if the way it's used in Yiddish is wildly different,


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/M4rt4a

      I'd also prefer that . And it's really not that hard learn so I think it would be nice ;)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flootzavut

      I get the impression that the way Yiddish uses the alphabet is more intuitive (at least to speakers of most European languages) than how it's used in Hebrew, too - I get the impression there isn't that "well א is a glottal stop but it can also mean this or that vowel" in Yiddish. That might be a good way to kind of ease into it, now I think about it, for people who are encountering the aleph-bet for the first time.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/M4rt4a

      You're right. I know the script but the the way it's used in Hebrew is really complicated. I guess that, judging only by the script usage, Yiddish is better for the start - I'll be able to get more comfortable with using those letters. And then I'll have a good start into Hebrew ;)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mjaumjaupurr

      Yes, that is my impression too. Letters that would be silent or glottal stops in Hebrew are used as vowels in Yiddish.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/judderwocky

      If you have experience with Hebrew and German will this make it easier to learn Yiddish?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mjaumjaupurr

      Yes! Also, knowing vocabulary from a Slavic language like Russian or Polish should help. :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

      And, learning Yiddish should help with all the languages too, right? :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flootzavut

      In theory, Yiddish should be fairly fun and comfortable for me to learn. Will be interesting to see if this is the case!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sarefo

      Yiddish is mostly a German dialect, with some Hebrew interspersed. If you know German well, you can understand most Yiddish sentences, if there are not too many Hebrew words in it.

      I was reading up on Yiddish some weeks ago (and learned to read it in Hebrew letters), it's interesting that originally, what German Jews spoke was likely not different from what other Germans spoke. Only when they became more and more ghettoized (hundreds of years ago) they added more Hebrew to it, and started to diverge in pronunciation. I think it was in this interesting book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16365113-jiddisch-und-die-deutschen-mundarten

      Some examples (from Tatoeba http://tatoeba.org/eng/sentences/show_all_in/yid/deu/none , not an official latinization, just my own ad-hoc):

      Yiddish - German (don't know how to handle LTR properly :P )

      װי טײער איז דאס? "Ikh ferschtei das nit" "Ich versteh das nicht" "Bite, sagt das wider a mal" "Bitte sag das nochmal" ביטע, זאגט דאס ווידער א מאל. "Ein leschon is keinmal nischt genug" "Eine Sprache ist nie genug" (Hebrew לשון lashon language)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mjaumjaupurr

      What a wonderful surprise! I am so excited for the chance to learn Yiddish here. :D Thank you, Duolingo!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kingthatcher

      Oh my god I just started learning it yesterday and it is already here xD what a coincidence.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lenocent

      I noticed that like five minutes ago! Very exciting! Good luck to the Yiddish team!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PiryatJos

      What? Yiddish? Why? They should have gone with Hebrew. At least Hebrew has some use. I'm never going to ever have a chance to speak Yiddish.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/no.name.42

      Where I live Yiddish is much more common than Hebrew.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/skilja

      You could speak Yiddish with me right now :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JessePaedia

      I was just about to post that link!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CinnamonBoy
      • cj105

      Lol. Exactly.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flootzavut

      I imagine Yiddish speakers may be more widely dispersed throughout the world than Hebrew speakers. Just my guess though.

      That said, with the script and all, it's a step towards Hebrew being added!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kitty_CatMCPE1

      They have Hebrew 98% completed. @PiryatJos


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fimatic

      I was actually half-expecting this for the past few days, as I noticed that Yiddish came up in the list of languages to apply for in the Incubator a couple of days back. Also, what idea was made to support languages with a non-Latin script on Duolingo? :D


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/evankenyon2

      Where do you find the list of languages to apply for?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/evankenyon2

      Thanks! I don't know why they would add Yiddish just a few days beforehand, Hebrew's been on there for as long as I can remember and nothing has happened...... yet.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fimatic

      Key word is yet :P


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/evankenyon2

      Yeah, really hoping for Hebrew. Luckily at the top of the post a_david said that Hebrew was coming soon! Can't wait!!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flootzavut

      Oh my word, Sindarin is on that list <3 hahahaha


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PachaTchernof

      For users who wants to compare some Yiddish words with some English
      I propose 2 vocabulary lists from Vocabulary.com:

      1) Sh Yiddish Words

      This is a list of Yiddish Words starting with Sh.

      2) English Words Derived from Yiddish

      Yiddish is an amalgam of German, Russian, Hebrew and many other languages that has persevered even though the fate of the people who speak it has been consistently in danger for centuries. The fact that English, the most popular language on the planet, contains words that are recognizably derived from Yiddish is something of a linguistic miracle, considering many of the 13 million native speakers of Yiddish were wiped out during World War II. Many of these 15 words may be familiar, but the routes they took to get to English, and the literal meanings of many of them, are surprising. Here are 15 common English words derived from Yiddish.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sashaottojones

      As Yiddish is the language for Ashkenazi Jews (but not all Jews, like the menorah), I don't think that a menorah would be the best option. Maybe something distinctive of Ashkenazi culture, like a shtreimel or a yellow Magen David with a black background (like this but just a regular 6-pointed star http://goo.gl/J6OPLb)

      Oh and by the way, my grandparents speak Yiddish but my parents don't so I feel like I can finally learn the language of my people!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DerGoldmann

      Yep, I just found it. Though, I distinctively remember seeing a golden one.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Akianeart

      Are you serious? If you're correct you just made my day! I'm gonna go check.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Akianeart

      You were right! Here's some lingots.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/araparseghian

      Very cool! Interesting fact: Leonard Nimoy is a native Yiddish speaker, and Fiorello LaGuardia spoke some Yiddish as well.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wchargin

      And the estimated completion date is today, too! Impressive!

      Screenshot of Yiddish incubator page, reading "Estimated Completion Date: February 10, 2015"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flootzavut

      wow, lol, go team Yiddish! ;)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bakitgulpieter

      But the circle underneath has no blue, so it does not look they really started. It now looks like Hebrew is further along - I think the completion date is a goof up, unfortunately.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wchargin

      Yes, certainly—'twas but a joke.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dinnernugget

      Ah, such heat this morning!


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        Oh my god, I can't believe this is true...


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rhythmixed

        I didn't think Yiddish would get on the Incubator this quickly! I'm super excited; I think it would be really fun to learn Yiddish! Time to start learning the Hebrew alphabet...


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/liestef

        I'd love to learn Yiddish and Hebrew. I live in a largely Jewish neighbourhood so I see and hear both languages but to be able to understand, even just a little.

        I wouldn't mind Arabic either, come to think of it.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MusingThoughts

        We really need Arabic here too!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jsprwstr

        Amazing! Do you think it will be taught in Roman or Hebrew letters?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/no.name.42

        Probably Hebrew. I've never heard of or seen Yiddish written in Roman.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jsprwstr

        Well, I'm looking forward to learning the Hebrew alefbet then! I do love the look of it.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sarefo

        There are Yiddish dictionaries entirely without Hebrew script. But yes, everybody uses a different way, so that would probably be confusing.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/paekxilium

        I hope Farsi will eventually be here aswell.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bknckn

        Just got back from vacation today and I can't believe this good news! I really did not think we would get here so soon. Really an incredible thing not just for us Duolingo users but for the Yiddish language itself!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/henrymaxm

        Thank you for sharing! :) Hebrew and Ladino should be next! :D


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BenGoldsmi

        There is no Yiddish flag so I get needing or wanting a symbol. This grim flag is not it. It has no history and no real connection to Yiddish language or culture. Someone just made it up and started a Facebook page and campaign with motives I can't even fathom and in poor taste. Using it here lends this legitimacy it should not have. Use something of actual historical relevance. Just the word, Yiddish יידיש or simply an Alef would be preferable to anointing this fabrication.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CinnamonBoy

        Okay, so they add Yiddish before Hebrew? Come on……


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/niscate

        I was not particularly hoping for Yiddish but I'm always excited to see new languages in the incubator! :)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Belgart

        Awesome!!! Yiddish is such a beautiful language, i'm excited for the upcoming course :D


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PatrickOsa

        That flag is the most common one I could find. Certainly not a bad idea!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/smurinson

        I have been very happy to learn Spanish with Duolingo for several years, and I am looking forward to learning Yiddish too!!!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nkpnkpnkpnkp

        Yo, what's taking so long? 2022?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mikhoeyl

        We should use the JAR (Jewish Autonomous Region) or Birobizhan flag for Yiddish.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mikhoeyl

        Or even the Russian tri-band flag with the Mogn Dovid in the center.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sandyfox

        In the meantime, use www.yiddishpop.com to learn yiddish. It's free and fun and amazing.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kitty_CatMCPE1

        I need to learn Yiddish now. I-I mean want... to.. to learn Yiddish.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kitty_CatMCPE1

        OMG i just found out its going out on 2027!!! Ill be a grown up, and no longer interested in this! Please make it faster PLEEEAAASE!!!!!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GuyANDERSO2

        I can not wait for Yiddish! I just know the course is going to be amazing! But even though not a lot of visual progress has been made, I know the contributors are working hard, after 2 months of waiting (at time of writing) everyone is getting hungry for information, but I hope an incubator update will be out soon. But for now all we can do is wait and hope! Thanks to all the contributors! :)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kalexa426

        Does anyone know if there has been any progress made on the yiddish course in the past two months?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LuLu1s

        I would love to study Yiddish! I began when I was a child then it was replaced by Hebrew Study. Keep working on it guys! I can't wait!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Herr.Volker

        The black flag looks horrible. Black is so negative. I think the menorah should go, too, not because of the religious connotation but because it seems to exclude those of us who genuinely like Yiddish.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/smurinson

        Black doesn't look good - that is true , but the fact that the estimated date was in 2015, and today it is 2018 and we are still waiting for the course to me seems even more upsetting. :(


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoannaRyan4

        Is this ever going to happen? I live in Los Angeles where there are places to learn Yiddish, but I'd love to be able to do it at home, too!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/__heyjessie__

        Does anyone have any updates on when it might be coming? I really want to learn Yiddish and bring it back in the family :D The course still lists the estimated completion date as July 7th, 2018... 12 days ago. Any updates? Also, if no one knows anything, does anyone know of helpful Yiddish resources? Thanks! :)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidHefer

        In which century will the course be ready?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dave962552

        A Yiddish course! Oy Vey!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/voyceh

        when we could got the beta version?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RumoCrytuf

        Now only if we could get Arabic :P


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Herr.Volker

        I'm interested in learning it. Don't like the black in the flag; go with something more pleasant to the eyes. Why not blue bars and gold menorrah.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/whukriede

        That's quite excellent! (Btw, they should use Latin script.)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lewisjcranston16

        The Hebrew script isn't too hard to learn, don't be put off by the alphabet.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flootzavut

        I am really hoping they go with Hebrew script, to be honest. Such an interesting and beautiful script, it be a shame not to use it, even if it's in parallel with the Latin script.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MongeC.

        At least it looks easier to write than arabic :)

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