Why Yiddish is worth its place here ;)
1. You understand more than you think.
Although it really doesn't seem so, Yiddish is quite closely related to English! It is a Germanic language, just as English, Dutch, German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian..., so if you know one of these, you have some advantages. (Especially with German and Dutch!)
man - מאַן (man)
good - גוּט (goot)
cat - קאַץ (katz)
bed - בעט (bet)
And without Yiddish we woudn't have the word glitch (>גליטש (glitsh) - slippery)!
Now I hear you saying:
Of course you don't, but it's cool to understand some random words! :p
2. Yiddish covers of English songs
... are actually better than you'd think :)
Talk Dirty - Jason Derulo (Covered by PostmodernJukebox) [So much better than the original ;)]
Team - Lorde (Covered by The Technicalities)
Let it Go - Idina Menzel (Covered by Temma Schaechter)
3. Yiddish has speakers...
...in many countries! From the US (NY) and Canada (Montreal) till The Netherlands, Belgium (Antwerp), Poland, the UK, Ukraine, Russia (JAO)... So don't say it's useless :)<h1>So Team Yiddish, you can do it!</h1>
Great post, I'm glade to see people show their support for Yiddish. I would just like to add that there are significant Yiddish communities outside of New York.
Occasionally you will find a patch or komutz to differentiate between two words that spell the same way but have different sounds, like in Hebrew Chelev(fat) and Chalav(milk) (the patach would be under the Chet for Chalav )
Love this post. Anyone in the German course should definitely take yiddish. I am actually preparing for Yiddish by taking German!
Thats how I started, but I dont think a bunch of German speakers need to take Yiddish
I love the idea of Yiddish and I'll definitely try my hand at it when it arrives. Just out of plain morbid curiosity, though, how should we expect the ribbon to look? It doesn't really have a flag as such, does it? Forgive me if this isn't actually the case, I'm completely new to Yiddish haha.
It's true :) One neighborhood in my area has a significant minority of Yiddish speakers.
Its to help market Duolingo. There is a lot of quality free language education competition out there that did not exist before , and user retention is difficult(one reason they got rid of the hearts).