Learn Yiddish

Learn phrases in the Yiddish language online by selecting the Yiddish sentences and phrases that you want to learn from the list. These cover a wide variety of Yiddish topics, including the numbers in Yiddish, days of the week in Yiddish, Yiddish greetings and the months in Yiddish.

The phrases have audio recorded by a native speaker, and are in both the Yiddish alphabet and a romanized version.

A few first words. 1, A few first words. 2, Animals, Common Nouns 1, Common Nouns 2, Common Nouns 3, Common Yiddish Words. 1, Common Yiddish Words. 2, Conversation. Introductions, Conversational General. 1, Conversation. General. 2, Conversation. Filler words, Conversation. Expressions. 1, Conversation. Expressions. 2, Countries, Describing things. Colours, Describing things. Adjectives, Days. General, Days of the week, Family members, Food words, Food words. Fruit, Food words. General, Food words. Vegetables, Months of the year, Numbers. 1 to 10, Numbers. 11 to 20, Numbers. 30 to 1000, Health, Parts of the body, Places and buildings, Proverbs. 1, Proverbs. 2, Proverbs. 3, Question and size words, Talking about family, Time, The house, Useful words.

Grammatical points

Adjectival agreements, Illustrative sentences. 1, Illustrative sentences. 2, Plural nouns. Examples, Possessive adjectives, Questions. Examples, Verbs.

Yiddish proverbs

Learn some Yiddish proverbs such as 'Bay nakht zaynen ale ki royt'or 'An iberik volt hot nit keyn ort'.

Yiddish Proverbs. 1

Yiddish Proverbs. 2

Yiddish Proverbs. 3

Yiddish language learning games

As well as the flashcards for the Yiddish phrases and example sentences above, there are additional learning games for colours, days, fruit, months, numbers and vegetables.

Colours

Fruit

Numbers. 1 to 10

Numbers. 1 to 20


Test whether you know the difference between a karshn and floym, mer from a kroyt, can count from eyns to tsen and know bloy from grin.

Yiddish verbs

Learn Yiddish verbs such as 'zayn' (to be), 'hobn' (to have) and 'lebn' (to live).

Yiddish

Yiddish is a Germanic language. There are two scripts used for Yiddish: hand written and printed, both of which use a modified version of the Hebrew script. When written using the Hebrew script, Yiddish reads from right to left.

The Yiddish script can also be transliterated into the Roman alphabet, and as at heart Yiddish is a Germanic language, this is relatively straight-forward. The transliteration on Surfacelanguages is written from left to right and uses capitals to start sentences and proper nouns.

A basic introduction to Yiddish grammar outlines some basic grammar, which can be seen in many of the Yiddish phrases and sentences, and in particular the illustrative Sentences and proverbs.

Related languages

Yiddish is closely related to German.

Resources

Online Yiddish Dictionary
Hebrew and Yiddish songs
eyiddish.org An online Yiddish teaching and learning community.