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YID 01 — Introductory Yiddish

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 27—Dec 13
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 17
Units: 2
Tuition: $480
Instructor(s): Jon Levitow
Limit: 27
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on October 4 and November 22
On-campus course
7:00—8:50 pm
Sep 27—Dec 13
10 weeks
Drop By
Oct 17
2 Units
Jon Levitow
Please Note: No class on October 4 and November 22
Do you carry or “shlep?” Do you aspire to be a kind, responsible person or a “mentsh?” Do you merely complain, or do you “kvetsh?” Study Yiddish and gain exposure and insights into the rich cultural, historical, and literary traditions of this superbly blended language. A fusion of Hebrew, German, Old French, and Polish (among others), Yiddish is spoken today by nearly 1 million people worldwide. It is a pathway to the Hebrew language and Jewish tradition as they thrived for a thousand years in Europe, and as they have emerged in modern Israeli and Diaspora culture.

This language course welcomes students at all levels, whether starting off fresh or brushing up, providing a review of basic grammar and vocabulary while immersing students in Yiddish conversation and authentic texts. By the end of the course, beginners will be able to exchange greetings; talk about themselves and their immediate world, including family and friends, work, and personal interests; and ask and answer simple questions. Students with previous exposure to the language will hone their skills so they can narrate and describe with greater ease.

Jon Levitow, Visiting Scholar in Yiddish, Stanford

Jon Levitow teaches Yiddish at Stanford and UC Santa Cruz. He has published English translations of works by Yiddish poets Yisroel Shtern, Aaron Zeitlin, and Yosl Birstein, and has written on Shtern in the Yiddish periodical Afn Shvel. He received a PhD in English literature from Princeton.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Various Authors, YID 01 Course Reader (Only available at the Stanford Bookstore)