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  • Drek!by Yetta Emmes; Kim Wilson Brandt

    Penguin Publishing Group 1998; US$ 14.00

    One doesn't have to be Jewish to recognize the words that have made their way into every fold of popular language: Chutzpah, Mensch, Tokhes, Mishmash, Nudge, Shtick, Schmaltzy, Schlep, Icky, and so on. Then there are phrases whose meaning and syntax are borrowed from Yiddish: "bite your tongue", "drop dead", "enough already", and "excuse the expression".... more...

  • Linguistic Variety of Judaeo-Arabic in Letters from the Cairo Genizahby Esther-Miriam Wagner

    BRILL 2010; US$ 146.00

    This work is one of the first studies presenting a comprehensive linguistic investigation into non-literary Judaeo-Arabic. Its main focus is the diachronic description of letters from the Cairo Genizah, while distinguishing between features of epistolary Arabic and vernacular phenomena. more...

  • Just Say Nuby Michael Wex

    St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 8.99

    A cross between Henry Beard's Latin for All Occasions and Ben Schott's Schott's Original Miscellany , JUST SAY NU is a practical guide to using Yiddish words and expressions in day-to-day situations. Along with enough grammar to enable readers to put together a comprehensible sentence and avoid embarrassing mistakes, Wex also explains the five... more...

  • New Readings of Yiddish Montreal - Traduire le Montréal yiddishby Pierre Anctil; Norman Ravvin; Sherry Simon

    University of Ottawa Press 2007; US$ 19.99

    The texts collected in this volume unveil the practice and the methods of the translators and scholars who contributed to the reemergence of Yiddish in contemporary Canada. Each of the personalities discussed enlarged the historical position and interpreted various aspects of the Yiddish language in Montreal that until recently remained obscure or... more...

  • Gelukkig nieuwjaarby Eveline Doelman

    Amsterdam University Press 2010; US$ 19.95

    Een zeer toegankelijk onderzoek naar de rituelen rond de jaarwisseling.Bij de jaarwisseling staat de uitwisseling van wensen en geschenken in het teken van hoop op een goede toekomst. In de zakelijke sfeer zijn de geschenken vaak vormen van liefdadigheid of een beloning voor bewezen diensten of goede resultaten.Het ritueel zelf en de ideeën erachter... more...

  • Talk Dirty Yiddishby Ilene Schneider

    F+W Media 2008; US$ 7.95

    "This is the Yiddish they didn?t teach in Hebrew school. Talk Dirty: Yiddish gives you the lowdown on how to really spit the Hebrew alphabet. With plenty of slang, curses, and idiomatic expressions, this book gives your Yiddish vocabulary a real kick in the toches with entries like the one below: Yiddish phrase: Groisser potz Translation: Big shot... more...

  • Yiddish: Turning to Lifeby Joshua A. Fishman

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1991; US$ 224.00

    Worldwide interest in Yiddish has often concentrated on its secular forms of expression: its literature, its theater, its journalism and its political-party associations. This all-encompassing study, covers these phenomena as well as investigating the demographic and political mushrooming of Yiddish-speaking Ultra-Orthodoxy, both in America and in... more...

  • My Mother's Sabbath Daysby Chaim Grade; Channa Kleinerman Goldstein

    Jason Aronson, Inc. 1997; US$ 45.99

    This tender and moving memoir by the great Yiddish writer Chaim Grade takes us to the very source of his widely praised novels and poems_the city of Vilna, the 'Jerusalem of Lithuania,' during the years before World War II. more...

  • Basic Yiddishby Rebecca Margolis

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 49.95

    Basic Yiddish: A Grammar and Workbook comprises an accessible reference grammar with related exercises in a single volume. The workbook is structured around 36 short units, each presenting relevant grammar points which are explained using multiple examples in jargon-free language. Basic Yiddish is suitable for both class use as well as independent... more...

  • Dear Mendl, Dear Reyzlby Alice Nakhimovsky; Roberta Newman

    Indiana University Press 2014; US$ 22.99

    At the turn of the 20th century, Jewish families scattered by migration could stay in touch only through letters. Jews in the Russian Empire and America wrote business letters, romantic letters, and emotionally intense family letters. But for many Jews who were unaccustomed to communicating their public and private thoughts in writing, correspondence... more...