Present Tense Verb Conjugation & דו (du) vs. איר (ir)

In this first video, learn how to conjugate regular verbs in the present tense. Follow along with the vocabulary list below. 

VOCABULARY

רעדן    redn – to speak

(דער שטאַם(ען    der shtam(en) – stem

ערשטע   ershte – first (feminine adjective)

צװײטע     tsveyte – second (feminine adjective)

דריטע   drite – third (feminine adjective)

(די פּערזאָן(ען   di perzon(en) – person

(די באַזע(ס    di baze(s) – base

די זעלבע    di zelbe – the same

 

 רעדן   redn – to speak  

רעד

איך ikh red I speak

רעדסט

דו du redst you speak

רעדט

ער / זי / עס / מען er / zi / es / men redt he / she / it / one speaks

רעדן

מיר mir redn we speak

רעדט

איר ir redt you [all] speak

רעדן

זײ zey redn they speak

 

 

 


The next video, a supplement to present tense conjugation, explains the difference between the personal pronouns דו (du) and איר (ir). Follow along with the vocabulary list below. 

VOCABULARY

דו   du – "thou" (i.e. you [singular, informal])

איר   ir – you (plural); you (singular, formal)

  

Want to learn more? Check out the following textbook lessons:

  • College Yiddish, page 55 #1-2 (personal pronouns and present tense conjugation)
  • College Yiddish, page 64 #3 (usage of du and ir)
  • College Yiddish, page 76 #3-4
  • Learning Yiddish in Easy Stages, page 83
  • Learning Yiddish in Easy Stages, page 114
  • Learning Yiddish in Easy Stages, page 115

And, download a review and these lessons' vocabulary lists below!

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