The complete idiot's guide to learning Yiddish /

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Author / Creator:Blech, Benjamin.
Imprint:Indianapolis, IN : Alpha Books, c2000.
Description:xviii, 366 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Language:English
Subject:Yiddish language -- Textbooks for foreign speakers -- English.
Yiddish language -- Self-instruction.
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/4823193
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Varying Form of Title:Idiot's guide to learning Yiddish
Learning Yiddish
Other authors / contributors:NetLibrary, Inc.
ISBN:0585243670 (electronic bk.)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. [333]-335) and index.
Electronic reproduction. Boulder, Colo. : NetLibrary, 2000. Available via the World Wide Web. Available in multiple electronic file formats. Access may be limited to NetLibrary affiliated libraries.
Table of Contents:
  • Part 1. Getting to Know Yiddish
  • 1. So What Do You Think, Yiddish Is Dead?
  • Those Were the Days, My Friend
  • The Three Giants of Yiddish Literature
  • Laughing Through Tears
  • Universal Yiddish
  • Richer Than Rothschild
  • The Play's the Thing
  • Oy Vey--Why Yiddish Almost Died
  • L'Chayim--To Life: The Modern Rebirth
  • The Top Ten Reasons to Learn Yiddish
  • 2. So Where Does Yiddish Come From?
  • What's in a Name?
  • Yiddish Is Older Than You Think
  • Why Not Hebrew?
  • Mame-loshen--A Language Spoken by Mothers
  • What a Mishmash!
  • My Yiddish, Your Yiddish
  • I Don't Understand You
  • Hold the Back Page
  • 3. So Who Says You Don't Know Yiddish Already?
  • Some of My Best Friends Are Yiddish
  • And Then There's Yinglish
  • And Don't Forget the Grammar
  • Almost Identical Twins
  • So How Come?
  • So Now You Can Kvel
  • Part 2. So Let's Get Started Already
  • 4. It's as Easy as ABC--That's Easy?
  • Try It with Honey
  • A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words
  • The Sound of Music
  • Show Me You're Finished
  • Here's How to Say It
  • Try Speaking a Bisel (Little)
  • 5. The Basic Words
  • The Ten Most Popular Words in Yiddish
  • The Sexy Words
  • Asking Questions in Yiddish
  • Getting Personal in Yiddish
  • Here's Looking at You
  • Let's Be Objective
  • Short and Sweet
  • Time for Some Exercise
  • 6. Meeting People and Making Friends
  • Saying Hello
  • Opening Questions
  • A Little More About "You"
  • Giving the Right Answers
  • Infinitives and Introductions
  • Did You Notice?
  • Be Polite
  • Asking a Question
  • Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow
  • 7. The Days of Our Lives
  • Is It Shabes Yet?
  • The Months and the Seasons
  • Side By Side
  • An Ode to Potatoes
  • Units of Time
  • Timely Words and Expressions
  • Wise Idioms
  • So How Old Are You?
  • Combining Numbers
  • What Time Is It?
  • Part 3. Home, Sweet Heym
  • 8. All in the Family
  • The Mamas and the Papas
  • A Yiddish Mama
  • A Lid far der Mamen
  • Der Tate: The Father
  • The Members of the Wedding
  • It's a Zun
  • The Rest of the Mishpokhe
  • Welcoming the "Green" Cousin
  • So What Are They Like?
  • Time for Some Exercise
  • Turning Adjectives into People
  • 9. Kum Areyn--Come in, Please
  • Such Nice Rooms!
  • Looking All Around You
  • Help Me Find It
  • When "Men" Are Not "Men"
  • Wear It in Good Health
  • Such Beautiful Colors
  • Try the House "Specials"
  • Baked Stuffed Gefilte Fish--a la Ita
  • Light-as-a-Feather Matza Balls
  • What's a Meal Without Cake?
  • Your Handy Cooking and Baking Guide
  • The I'll-Do-It-Now Words
  • 10. Let's Eat--Esen, Esen, Esen
  • Don't Forget Breakfast
  • When Do We Eat?
  • The I'll-Do-It-Later Words
  • So What's for Dinner?
  • Start with an Appetizer
  • Jewish Penicillin
  • Ready for the Entree?
  • You're Entitled to Two Sides
  • A Little Dessert?
  • Part 4. On the Town
  • 11. How Should We Go?
  • Let's Take the Car
  • Travel Tips by Car
  • Oy Vey, I'm in Trouble
  • Better by Teksi
  • ... or Public Transportation
  • Did You Sing on the Trip?
  • Living in the Past
  • There's Always an Exception
  • 12. A Table for Ten
  • Pick a Restaurant
  • Two Sets of Silverware
  • The Yiddish Pocahontas
  • Words to Remember
  • At the Restaurant
  • Constructive Criticism
  • L'Khayim
  • 13. Let Me Entertain You
  • How About a Movie?
  • Let's Go to the Theater Instead
  • Agreeable Adjectives
  • Who Says It's Not Nice to Compare?
  • Where Else Can We Go?
  • Hooray, It's on Sale
  • Let's Have a Ball
  • Life's a Gamble
  • Other Diversions
  • Where Did You Buy It?
  • Look for a Metsiye
  • It's Time for a Makeover
  • A Sheyner Yid
  • 14. Let's Go on Vacation
  • Tell Me, Where Shall I Go?
  • Getting There Is Half the Fun
  • Thank God, It's Past Tense
  • Going All the Way
  • Milk and Honey
  • Room and Board
  • The Air Raid Siren
  • Part 5. That's Life
  • 15. Don't Get Sick!
  • Discussing Body Parts
  • S'tut Vey--It Hurts
  • And That's the Truth
  • I'm Not a Hypochondriac
  • If You Don't Know, Ask
  • Gevalt!
  • Don't Make Me Younger
  • The Expensive Funeral
  • 16. Get a Good Job
  • Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief?
  • What Should I Become?
  • So Many Choices
  • Call Me
  • Happiness Is
  • Show Me the Money
  • Lots and Lots
  • The -en Ending
  • Ten Dollars, Lots of Dollars
  • Move Your -s
  • To -er Is Human
  • Leave Me Alone
  • 17. God Bless You
  • What Should We Call You, God?
  • Thou Shalt Not Take My Name in Vain
  • "Kosher" Nicknames
  • The Respectful Son-in-Law
  • God Talk
  • Spiritual Words
  • 18. You Gotta Follow the Rules
  • Let's Be Definite
  • Being Accusative
  • Making a Dative
  • Please Cut It Short
  • The Ingenious Genitive
  • Learn to Be More Possessive
  • When Yiddish Is Hebrew
  • As Long as You're Well
  • Part 6. The Popular, the Powerful, and the Profound
  • 19. Comparisons, Curses, and Blessings
  • Biblical Similes
  • Descriptive Expressions
  • Rewarding the Philanthropist
  • It's Imperative
  • Put-Downs and Perfect Squelches
  • Curses for All Seasons
  • Blessings and Good Wishes
  • 20. Morons and Misfits
  • 21. Mentshen and Meyvinim
  • When the Saints Come Marching In
  • Meeting Mentshen
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful
  • The Terrible "D" Word
  • Say It Ain't So
  • Part 7. Yiddish Selections
  • 22. The Wisdom of Proverbs
  • Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
  • Es, Es--Eat, Eat
  • Good Advice
  • All in the Family
  • Friends and Enemies
  • Grow Old Along with Me
  • Thinking About It
  • 23. "Velvel" Shakespeare--and Other Classics
  • Romeo, Shmoeo--What's in a Name?
  • Ham Is Bad, but Hamlet's Great
  • "Avrohom" Lincoln
  • The Gettysburg Address (Original Version)
  • And Now for the Yiddish
  • Some Phrases to Remember
  • The Ten Commandments
  • The First Commandment
  • The Second Commandment
  • The Third Commandment
  • The Fourth Commandment
  • The Fifth Commandment
  • The Sixth Commandment
  • The Seventh Commandment
  • The Eighth Commandment
  • The Ninth Commandment
  • The Tenth Commandment
  • Exercising Your Mind
  • From Shakespeare
  • From Abraham Lincoln
  • From God
  • 24. Pop Culture in Yiddish Clothing
  • The Top Ten Movie Quotes
  • Slogans and Famous Sayings
  • Guess Who Said It?
  • The Envelope, Please
  • What Did They Say?
  • The Man and the Message
  • Take Note of These
  • 25. Voices of the Masters
  • Hello, Sholom Aleichem
  • The Treasure
  • Try This Test
  • The Popular Peretz
  • The Head or the Heart?
  • Introducing the Cast
  • How High Is High?
  • Fill in the Missing Word
  • A Nobel Singer
  • The Washer Woman
  • Try to Write Like a Singer
  • With a Song in My Heart
  • Out of the Depths of Despair
  • Song of the Partisans
  • 26. Now That's Funny
  • The Punch Line Is Yiddish
  • Say It Again, Sarah
  • The First Jewish President
  • The Yid-English Dictionary
  • Yiddish Types
  • Oy, Vey, the Rabbi
  • Listen to Your Rabbi
  • Some Words to Remember
  • Fill in the Missing Word
  • Only in America
  • Can You Figure It Out?
  • You Figure Out the Punch Line
  • The Jewish Atheist
  • How Moses Won
  • Taking No Chances
  • Getting the Last Laugh
  • Why Always Jews?
  • 27. A Little Exercise Wouldn't Hurt You
  • It Sounds Just Like It (Chapter 3)
  • That's a Good Idea (Chapter 4)
  • I Do Declare (Chapter 5)
  • Let's Have Sex Again (Chapter 5)
  • Living in the Present (Chapter 5)
  • Objectively Speaking (Chapter 5)
  • Got the Time? (Chapter 7)
  • I Can't Live Without You (Chapter 5)
  • Meet and Greet (Chapter 6)
  • Infinitives Aren't Infinite (Chapter 6)
  • Countdown (Chapter 7)
  • You Can't Choose Your Relatives (Chapter 8)
  • Clothes Make the Man and Woman (Chapter 9)
  • A Rainbow Coalition (Chapter 9)
  • Coming Right Up (Chapter 10)
  • I'll Get to It (Chapter 10)
  • What's the Problem? (Chapter 11)
  • What's Past Is Past (Chapter 11)
  • Let's Compare (Chapter 13)
  • You'll Find It At ... (Chapter 13)
  • What Hurts? (Chapter 15)
  • So What Do You Do for a Living? (Chapter 16)
  • Tell Me More (Chapter 16)
  • Wise as King Solomon (Chapter 22)
  • Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow
  • Appendixes
  • A. Suggested Reading
  • B. Take Me to the Movies
  • C. Music to My Ears
  • D. Answer Key
  • Index