Germanic Languages | Beginning Yiddish I
Y100 | 2933 | Kerler

Fulfills Jewish Studies Language and Literature course

First semester of elementary Yiddish. Students are expected to have
no prior knowledge of Yiddish. They are, however, strongly encouraged
to get acquainted with the Hebrew alphabet beforehand, or to attend
some additional workshops during the first two weeks to learn or
review the alphabet.

Conducted mainly in Yiddish, this course aims to develop (a)
essential communication skills (reading, writing and listening) and
(b) awareness of the socio-cultural context of modern literary
Yiddish and its communicative, expressive, and stylistic varieties.
The grammar will include: nouns, verbs, and adjectives; grammatical
gender and the case system; word-order, idiomatic usages, and
phraseology. Particular emphasis will be placed on dialogue,
grammatical drills, and students' writing and active discussion in
Yiddish. Reading and study materials will contain: short literary
texts (prose and poetry), dialogues, songs, and selections from
Yiddish wit and humor.

Students will be required to participate actively in class and
regularly prepare their homework assignments. Grading will entail the
following components: active class participation (20%), homework
(20%), chapter review tests (25%), short quizzes (15%), final exam


Weinreich, Uriel, "Modern English-Yiddish,
Yiddish-English Dictionary"