Basic Yiddish: A Grammar and Workbook by Rebecca Margolis

By Rebecca Margolis

Basic Yiddish: A Grammar and Workbook contains an obtainable reference grammar with comparable routines in one volume.

The workbook is established around 25 brief units, each presenting relevant grammar issues which are explained using a number of examples in jargon-free language.

Basic Yiddish is appropriate for either type use in addition to self sufficient learn. Key good points include:

  • a transparent, available layout
  • many helpful language examples 
  • jargon-free motives of grammar
  • abundant routines with an entire resolution key

Clearly awarded and trouble-free, Basic Yiddish provides readers with the basic instruments to precise themselves in a large choice of events, making it an awesome grammar reference and perform source for either rookies and scholars with a few wisdom of the language.

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The person reads a little. When does the person read? The person is reading now. Who reads/is reading the book? The person is reading the book. Why is the person reading? Because the book is good. ” For example: Go! Eat! Stop! In Yiddish, the direct command appears in the first position in the sentence. Along with direct questions, this is one of the cases where the inflected verb does not appear in the second position. The second person conjugation of the imperative mood is formed in the singular by the base of the verb (with no ending) and in the plural by adding an ending of ‫ ט‬to the base form.

Rather, they decline using the same endings as attributive adjectives. 1 -‫ערשט‬ 1st -‫צווייט‬ 2nd -‫דריט‬ 3rd -‫פֿערט‬ 4th -‫פֿינפֿט‬ 5th -‫זעקסט‬ 6th -‫זיבעט‬ -‫אַכט‬ -‫נײַנט‬ -‫צענט‬ 7th 8th 9th 10th For the numbers 11–19, ordinal numbers are formed by adding the letter ‫ ט‬onto the cardinal number. -‫עלפֿט‬ 11th For numbers 20 and higher, ordinal numbers are formed by adding the letters ‫ סט‬onto the cardinal number. -‫צוואַנציקסט‬ -‫נײַנציקסט‬ ‫נײַן און‬ 20th 99th Examples: He is the first person.

Vocabulary: interrogative pronouns Translation Yiddish ‫וואָס‬ what which plural declines according to number only ‫וואָסער וואָסערע‬ ‫ווער‬ who singular 41 8 Yiddish word order 1: verb position, direct questions, the second person conjugation of the imperative mood (direct commands) As discussed later in this text, the pronoun ‫ ווער‬declines. ‫ וואָסער‬declines according to number only (singular and plural). The pronoun ‫ וואָס‬never declines. Examples: What is the person eating? ‫וואָס עסט דער מענטש‬ Which people are eating?

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