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Born To Kvetch CD: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods Audio CD – Unabridged, Feb. 28 2006
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As the main spoken language of the Jews for more than a thousand years, Yiddish has had plenty to lament, plenty to conceal. Its phrases and expressions paint a comprehensive picture of the mind-set that enabled the Jews of Europe to survive persecution: they never stopped kvetching about God, gentiles, children, and everything else.
In Born to Kvetch, Michael Wex looks at the ingredients that went into this buffet of disenchantment and examines how they were mixed together to produce an almost limitless supply of striking idioms and withering curses. Born to Kvetch includes a wealth of material that's never appeared in English before.
This is no bobe mayse (cock-and-bull story) from a khokhem be-layle (idiot, literally a "sage at night" when no one's looking), but a serious yet fun and funny look at a language. From tukhes to goy, meshugener to kvetch, Yiddish words have permeated and transformed English as well. Through the fascinating history of this kvetch-full tongue, Michael Wex gives us a moving and inspiring portrait of a people, and a language, in exile.
- Publisher : HarperAudio; Unabridged edition (Feb. 28 2006)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0061131229
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061131226
- Item weight : 231 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 14.61 cm
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I loved this so much I bought the Audible book and use the 2 of them together to rally learn some Yiddish at its core. Although by far an incomplete course, the book gives me a complex enough and entertaining framework and enough material to really keep my interest. Its not a Yiddish course though, its just how I am using the materials at the moment.
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It may not have been the reading I was expecting but it delivered well providing an insight the t I would have been poor with out.
It's a well written book