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

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!)

Some prove:

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>
April 22, 2015

22 Comments


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

Why people are down voting this ? This is a great post dude :)

April 22, 2015

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

Thanks! (Those trolls... :/)

April 22, 2015

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

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.

April 22, 2015

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

yet it is more German than many German dialects such as Niederdeutch I)

April 22, 2015

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

Ja, das is TRUE.

April 24, 2015

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

Excellent post! Can't wait for the Yiddish course to start :)

April 22, 2015

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

Thanks, this is wonderful! I can't wait for Yiddish! Go team! :D

April 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erven.R

Doe Yiddish use vowel markings or whatever you call that?

April 23, 2015

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

Actually, Yiddish writes out its vowels in full--even easier!

April 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erven.R

This is getting more interesting! I (used to) know all the Hebrew letters (now forgotten), so I think reading will be much more easier [./?/!]

Edit: I still memorize the Alephbet but in a song, not the characters.

April 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/doren770

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 )

April 26, 2015

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

Yes.

April 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erven.R

I went from this:

To this:

April 23, 2015

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

I just have to say that this is absolute A++++ gif usage.

I am definitely going to have a go at Yiddish when it appears.

April 23, 2015

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

Love this post. Anyone in the German course should definitely take yiddish. I am actually preparing for Yiddish by taking German!

April 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/doren770

Thats how I started, but I dont think a bunch of German speakers need to take Yiddish

April 26, 2015

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

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.

April 24, 2015

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

I think there was speculation at some point, but I don't think we have any confirmation - it still has no flag in the incubator. It will be interesting to see what they go with in the end! There's no obvious national flag or anything.

April 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/m.tastic

It's true :) One neighborhood in my area has a significant minority of Yiddish speakers.

April 22, 2015

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

Can someone please make a "Why Klingon is worth its place here" thread?

April 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/doren770

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).

April 26, 2015

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

My god that first one is the best band ever....

Thankyou

April 27, 2015
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