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Yiddish-English/English-Yiddish Dictionary & Phrasebook
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Yiddish-English/English-Yiddish Dictionary & Phrasebook

by Vera Szabo

New Release
ISBN10: 0781812984
ISBN13: 9780781812986
Pages: 220Width: 3.75 inches.
Publication Date: 2/2013Height: 7.50 inches.


Yiddish is the native language of approximately 1.8 million people and serves as the second language for about 11 million people worldwide. The language is a fusion of German dialects with Hebrew, Aramaic, and Slavic languages, and has its origins in Ashkenazi Jewish culture, which began its spread throughout the Central and Eastern Europe  around the 10th century.

Nowadays, Yiddish is used throughout the world. The language is spoken and written in many Orthodox Jewish communities and is the primary language of many predominantly Hasidic neighborhoods, where it is commonly taught as a first language and used in schools and social settings.

This handy dictionary and phrasebook provides practical vocabulary and pronunciation tools to help students, travelers, or businesspeople communicate when visiting Yiddish communities in Jerusalem, London, New York, and many other major cities around the world. The reference also includes commonly used phrases and expressions to enrich everyday communication and cultivate the reader's knowledge of Ashkenazi Jewish culture.

  • Over 3,000 dictionary entries
  • All entries include both original Hebrew script and Romanized phonetics
  • Ideal for students, travelers, and business people
  • Brief introduction to the Yiddish language and grammar

About the author(s)

Vera Szabo is a graduate of Columbia University and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. She has taught Yiddish at various universities in the U.S. and currently works as a professional translator of Yiddish, Hungarian and English.

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