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1st Edition

Basic Yiddish
A Grammar and Workbook

ISBN 9780203808870
Published July 4, 2013 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

Basic Yiddish: A Grammar and Workbook comprises an accessible reference grammar with related exercises in a single volume.

The workbook is structured around 25 short units, each presenting relevant grammar points which are explained using multiple examples in jargon-free language.

Basic Yiddish is suitable for both class use as well as independent study. Key features include:

  • a clear, accessible format
  • many useful language examples 
  • jargon-free explanations of grammar
  • abundant exercises with a full answer key

Clearly presented and user-friendly, Basic Yiddish provides readers with the essential tools to express themselves in a wide variety of situations, making it an ideal grammar reference and practice resource for both beginners and students with some knowledge of the language.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to nouns, articles, attributive adjectives, noun phrases, the nominative case, pronouns  Chapter 2: Introduction to verbs, regular verbs in the present tense indicative tense  Chapter 3: Irregular verb to be, the predicative (predicate nouns, pronouns and adjectives) Chapter 4: Adverbs and adjective quantifiers  Chapter 5: Numbers  Chapter 6: Possessive pronouns  Chapter 7: Negation  Chapter 8: Yiddish word order 1: verb position, direct questions, the second person conjugation  of the imperative mood (direct commands)  Chapter 9: Yiddish word order 2: conjunctions, relative pronouns, relative clauses, consecutive  word order (“so”)  Chapter 10: Irregular infinitives: to have and others  Chapter 11: The accusative case, declension of proper names  Chapter 12: Prepositions, adverbs of location/motion  Chapter 13: Indirect object, the dative case, declension of nouns, the dative as possessive case  Chapter 14: Declension of pronouns  Chapter 15: The pronoun  Chapter 16: Yiddish word order 3: Verbs with more than one part: the periphrastic verb to like, love  Chapter 17: Mood: modal verbs, conjugations of the first- and third-person of the imperative mood, the subjunctive mood  Chapter 18: The future tense  Chapter 19: The past tense  Chapter 20: Verbs with prefixes: separable prefix verbs (complemented verbs) and inseparable  prefix verbs  Chapter 21: Aspect: repeated action in the past aspectual verbal constructions  Chapter 22: The conditional mood  Chapter 23: The participle and suffixes on nouns, adjectives, and verbs  Chapter 24: Demonstrative pronouns, comparative and superlative adjectives.  Glossary of working vocabulary.  Answer key to exercises

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Rebecca Margolis is Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, Canada.