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Old 07-05-2012, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Does anyone here speak Yiddish? I don't think many speak it as their first language anymore.
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:48 AM
 
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I don't speak Yiddish. But my stepmother and her siblings do.

Currently in Israel, ultra-Orthodox/Hassidic Jews use Yiddish as their first/native language as they believe that Hebrew should only be used for holy stuff (prayer, bible reading, etc.) or when necessary (meaning to communicate with regular Israelis who don't speak Yiddish).
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:05 PM
 
Location: The Ranch in Olam Haba
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Yes. Spoke it and still read it. But it has never been a first language.
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Nashua
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From my life experience in the Long Island/ New York area,Yiddish has been used in quotes or individual words rather than whole sentences or in general conversation.
A high school buddy was trying to read up on Yiddish as a cultural thing. He had heard the words used in conversation but did not understand all the meanings and the contexts they should be used in. There are numerous examples of someone using a Yiddish word when they didn't fully understand how bad a word it was. In effect they often used curse words without knowing how inflammatory it was to those who understood.
This many years on there are not many Yiddish speakers outside the Hasidic community and they all speak English.
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:40 AM
 
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From my life experience in the Long Island/ New York area,Yiddish has been used in quotes or individual words rather than whole sentences or in general conversation.
A high school buddy was trying to read up on Yiddish as a cultural thing. He had heard the words used in conversation but did not understand all the meanings and the contexts they should be used in. There are numerous examples of someone using a Yiddish word when they didn't fully understand how bad a word it was. In effect they often used curse words without knowing how inflammatory it was to those who understood.
This many years on there are not many Yiddish speakers outside the Hasidic community and they all speak English.
There are some Yiddish words used by English speaking NYers and they aren't normally curse words.
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:08 AM
 
Location: The Ranch in Olam Haba
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In effect they often used curse words without knowing how inflammatory it was to those who understood.
There are no words in Yiddish at this point that their English counterpart that are not stated on broadcasted TV or even in G rated films. Even ones once considered not PC, are now blurted out without issue.
This many years on, there are not many Yiddish speakers outside the Hasidic community, and they all speak English.
The ones in NY outside of the Hassidic community that still use Yiddish and still speak bad English are the communities that have Holocaust survivors within them. Most are in Brooklyn, very few are left in Queens or the Bronx. Then there are those of us known as second generation survivors who carried on the language. There a few communities in Nassau County near the Queens border and some communites along Bedford Ave south of Bklyn College. Both are either Conservative or Conservadox.

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