The Joys of Yiddish is a book containing a lexicon of common words and phrases of Yinglish—i.e., words originating in the Yiddish language that had become known to speakers of American English due to the influence of American Ashkenazi Jews. It was originally published in and written by Leo Rosten. Buy The Joys of Yiddish New edition by Leo Rosten (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible. Buy The Joys of Yiddish Reissue by Leo Rosten (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.

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Lots of practical examples and real-life usages. Did you know that Oy! If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Jun 26, Rhonda Keith rated it it was amazing.

I bought one for a former employer who was Yiddish and used a lot of these same yiddosh. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

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A true delight as Rosten pairs lexicographical entries with marvelous anecdotes and the wit that has marked generations of Jewish storytellers. This book was a lot of fun to look through. Trotsky You can imagine what a roar, what an explosion of astonishment and triumph erupted in Red Square now!


In any case, if we follow Max Weinreich’s snappy phrase, “a language is hoys dialect–with an army and a navy,” then perhaps the purest joy one can take in Yiddish is that it has never really been a language. No one can say it better than Leo Rosten whose subtitle to “Joys” reads: The author brings tiddish and personal experience into the mix which lightens what could have been a very dry read. They’re all here and more, in Leo Rosten’s glorious classic The Joys of Yiddish, koys weds scholarship to humor and redefines dictionary to reflect the heart and soul of a people through their language, illuminating each entry with marvelous stories and epigrams from folklore and the Talmud, from Bible to borscht belt and beyond.

I’d recommend this book for anyone interested in learning about Yiddish and incor I’ve yidsish this book for lf 20 years, and I still pick it up and browse through it periodically. Explore the Home Gift Guide. I learned a lot about Jewish culture, and the jokes there are a lot of them kept me in hysterics.

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I uiddish out the copy I bought for myself, and this is a replacement for that one. I’ve read the French translation from Englishand the translator mentions he’s using the French transcription of Poylish Yiddish, which he had heard at home, while translating from English original with English transcriptionwhich made the whole thing a bit confusing for me, since I’ve learned only standard Yiddish, which is based on Litvish Yiddish.


BUt in the front row, below the podium, a little tailor called, “Pst! And a few are more like wikipedia entries on a broad subject, like the brief history of False Messiahs. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between a schlemiel and a schlamazel, or the grades of ‘oy’ oy, oy vey, oy gevalt! Get to Know Us. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. These funny stories may or may not have anything to do with the word being defined. I tried to not enjoy this book but couldn’t help myself. Dec 18, Retrovold rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thus for Western English speakers, Yiddish is worth the acquaintance if for no other reason than rostenn one’s own terms better.

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Unfortunately one cannot read it without reflecting on the obliteration of the vibrant centers of Yiddish culture in central and eastern Europe in the middle years of the 20th century.

I remembered the joke about the moyel moehel? A nudnik is a pest: