Yiddish vs. Hebrew

This is from one of my recent posts on the LingQ forum

Yiddish is a Germanic language with Hebrew (Semitic) influence, while Hebrew is simply a Semitic language.

Here is the the Our Father in German:

Alle Menschen sind frei und gleich an Würde und Rechten geboren. Sie sind mit Vernunft und Gewissen begabt und sollen einander im Geist der Brüderlichkeit begegnen.

Here is a transliteration of the Our Father in Yiddish (I capitalized some nouns for comparison):

Yeder Mentsh vert geboyrn fray un glaykh in Koved un Rekht. Yeder vert bashonkn mit Farshtand un Gevisn; yeder zol zikh firn mit a tsveytn in a gemit fun Brudershaft.

And here is a transliteration of the Our Father in Hebrew:

Kol benei ha’adam noldu benei xorin veshavim be’erkam uvizxuyoteihem. Kulam xonenu batevuna uvematspun, lefixax xova ‘aleihem linhog ish bere’ehu beruax shel axava.

As you can see, Yiddish and German are quite similar, and if you speak German you can understand even spoken Yiddish quite well. You can listen to the above examples by searching each language here http://www.omniglot.com/

As far as learning them, I imagine there are more resources for Hebrew than for Yiddish; however, Yiddish will be easier for you to learn as it’s a Western European language. But, where there’s a will, there’s way.

Check out these Google searches for Hebrew resources I recently did for a friend:

http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1SKPC_en___US35 5&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=learn+hebrew
http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1SKPC_en___US35 5&aq=f&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=hebrew

and these two sites I’ve already checked out and they’re quite good:


The same search in Yiddish yields some interesting resources as well.

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