Language classes are offered at four levels. All four levels cover all aspects of learning the Yiddish language, including oral and written communication, grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.
Please read the course descriptions carefully before registering to ensure that you meet the requirements for the class. You will be asked questions about your language experience when you register.
Beginner: Fun onheyb (From the Beginning)
Instructor: Mindl Cohen
No prerequisites. This level is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Yiddish.
Vocabulary: Greetings, introductions, geography, basic verbs, numbers, days of the week
Grammar: Present tense verb conjugations, pronouns, word order
Culture: Folksongs, brief history of Yiddish
Advanced Beginner: Es blaybt in der mishpokhe (All in the Family)
Instructor: Asya Vaisman Schulman
Vocabulary: Introductions, basic verbs, numbers, days of the week, colors, adjectives, classroom objects
Grammar: Present tense verb conjugations, pronouns, word order, imperative, negation, there is/there are
New topics covered:
Vocabulary: Family, professions, physical appearance
Grammar: Adjective endings; the accusative case; lib hobn (to like)
Culture: Folksongs, poems, archival images
Intermediate: Leyent forverts mit fargenign! (Read the Yiddish Forward with Pleasure!)
Instructor: Kolya Borodulin
Conversational vocabulary; present, past, and future tenses; personal and possessive pronouns; and direct and indirect objects.
In this course, students will learn through multimedia (online texts, audio and video materials). We will discuss current events and the lives of distinguished Yiddishists (both contemporary and historical), and appreciate the multifaceted aspects of Yiddish language and culture.
Advanced: A bagegenish mit yidishe mayses un dertseylungen (An Encounter with Yiddish Short Stories)
Instructor: Anna Fishman Gonshor
This course is designed for the advanced-intermediate and advanced Yiddish reader. Reading ability in the Yiddish alphabet is crucial.
This class is literature-based, and as such we will read and discuss a variety of short stories and review grammar concepts relevant to each one. Biographies of the various authors will also form part of each section. Discussions will be in Yiddish as much as possible.
Learning the Alphabet:
Students in all classes are expected to familiarize themselves with the Yiddish alphabet before the program begins. We will send participants online alphabet materials to review after they've registered. To begin learning, click here.