English 9 Unit 4, Week 6: Night 3/11-3/15
Oy Vey! Yiddish Terms for Everyday Use
What is Yiddish? • Yiddish is a language that can be traced to the Ashkenazi tribe of Jews. Yiddish and Hebrew are similar in many ways, but they are also different. Hebrew is a more classical language that can be traced to different roots (though they both use the same alphabet). Yiddish has grown and absorbed parts from other languages, even Italian and Russian.
Who speaks Yiddish??? • Who doesn’t speak Yiddish??? • Yiddish words are used by all sorts of Americans every day! • Have you ever felt like a klutz? • Have you ever eaten a bagel? • Have you ever encountered a glitch? • Have you ever gotten your tushpinched? Or your tushy?
Videos to get you in the spirit Barbara Streisand shows up on “Coffee Talk”: • http://www.yourememberthat.com/media/1182/SNLs_Coffee_Talk_With_Mike_Myers_A_Classic/#.UTjNcdaDmuI • “Yiddish with Dick and Jane” • http://vimeo.com/13834044
Mensch: an honorable, or good person • Bubkes: nothing, trivial, nonsense • Chutzpah: self-confidence, guts • Kvetch: complain
L’chaim: to life! • Meshugah: crazy, absurd • Nosh: munch, snack (verb or noun)—have a nosh; nosh on this • Oy, oy vey, oygevalt: OMG! Oh no!
Shlep: carry, drag, lug around • Shtick: someone’s talent, gimmick, routine (as in act) • Yenta: gossip, blabbermouth • Mazel tov, mazel: congratulations! Hooray!
Plotz: to burst or explode (as from laughing) • Verklempt: overcome with emotion • Kibosh: to put an end to something/ veto
Assignment • Write a two-to-three paragraph story using each term once. Underline each term you use.