Course Levels

Language classes are offered at three levels. All three 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.

Level 1: Fun onheyb (from the beginning)

Instructor: Mindl Cohen

Level 1 is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Yiddish.

Topics covered:

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
 

Level 2: In klas un in der heym

Instructor: Asya Vaisman Schulman

Level 2 assumes knowledge of the following:
Vocabulary: greetings, introductions, geography, basic verbs, numbers, days of the week
Grammar: present tense verb conjugations, pronouns, word order

New topics covered:
Vocabulary: classroom objects, colors, everyday verbs, adjectives, family
Grammar: diminutive, plurals of nouns, imperative, negation, there is/there are, possessive pronouns
Culture: folksongs, poems, archival images


Level 3: Lernt zikh yidish mit sholem aleykhemen

Instructor: Kolya Borodulin

Level 3 assumes knowledge of the following:
Vocabulary: conversational vocabulary
Grammar: familiarity with present, past, and future tenses; personal and possessive pronouns; direct and indirect objects

New topics covered:
Culture: Sholem Aleykhem’s life and creativity in Tsarist Russia and in America; shtetl life and customs (occupations, weddings, etc.); spiritual resistance; Yiddish creativity today
Vocabulary: topical advanced vocabulary
Grammar: Fifteen minutes at the beginning of each class will be spent working on present, future, and past tense with regular and irregular verbs; verbs with zikh; possessive pronouns; direct and indirect objects
 

Learning the Alphabet:

Students in all three 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.

Asya’s instruction was just perfect for our beginning level. Her enthusiasm and varied activities made the time fly by.
YiddishSchool participant