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So Steven, do you Read/Write or Speak Yiddish, fluently, some, or none at all?

Yiddish is written using the Hebrew alphabet, which I know. So in a sense I can read Yiddish. And while I don't know the language well enough to speak it or write it, I suppose I could take dictation, since I know how to write Hebrew.

But if I wrote, I'd have to spell everything phonetically; I'd make lots of mistakes.

I can pronounce printed Yiddish about as well as an English speaker can read and pronounce a language that uses a Latin alphabet (like Spanish or French).

Most Yiddish comes from Middle-High German, which hasn't been spoken in Germany for about 500 years. Even Germans don't speak it! Most of the non-German words are Hebrew, some of which I know.

I can probably understand a few hundred Yiddish words, and I'd like to know more. But right now I'm working hard to become fluent in Hebrew.

If I manage to master Hebrew, I'd like to become conversant in Yiddish, Arabic, and Russian. But I doubt I'll ever have the time.
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