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