Elementary Yiddish (Yiddish 101) presented by U.C. Berkeley
Elementary Yiddish 101, taught by Alec Burko, at U.C. Berkeley. Not being offered in Spring 2022.
In this beginners’ course, students will learn to speak, read, and write Yiddish, the language of Ashkenazi Jews for the past thousand years. Following the communicative method and using the new textbook “In Eynem,” students will focus in class on oral communication by playing out short dialogues. Grammar will be taught inductively, based on examples that have already become familiar. The course will offer an introduction to Yiddish culture through a variety of songs, stories, film clips, and other illustrations. By the end of the semester, students should be able to express themselves with some sophistication about a variety of topics—even better than Marlon Brando.