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Yiddish Phrases

Learn phrases in the Yiddish language online by selecting the Yiddish 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 Yiddish phrases have audio recorded by a native speaker.

The Phrases are in both the Yiddish alphabet and a romanized version.

Yiddish Proverbs

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

Yiddish language learning games

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

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 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 phrases in particular the Illustrative Sentences and proverbs.

Related languages

Yiddish is closely related to German.


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