Wikijunior:Languages/Yiddish

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What writing system(s) does this language use?[edit | edit source]

Yiddish uses the Hebrew alphabet, the same script uses to write Hebrew and other languages spoken by Jewish people.

How many people speak this language?[edit | edit source]

Where is this language spoken?[edit | edit source]

It used to be spoken by Ashkenazi Jews across Europe, but many speakers were killed during the Holocaust, and others moved to Israel, where they spoke Hebrew instead.

What is the history of this language?[edit | edit source]

It was the language of the Ashkenazi Jews that lived across Europe. It was German based, with many elements taken from Hebrew and Aramaic.

Who are some famous authors or poets in this language?[edit | edit source]

What are some basic words in this language that I can learn?[edit | edit source]

  • Mom: מאַמע
  • Dad: טאַטע
  • Yes: יאָ
  • No: ניין

What is a simple song/poem/story that I can learn in this language?[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Yiddish Wikibook