>>Tzi redst di yidish, Rowan? Talk to me!! I need the practice.<<
Do you know I had to read that out loud to get it?
Actually, I SPEAK Yiddiah only haltingly, but I understand it to listen to.
My favorite aunt has Yiddiah as a first language-- she spoke it to her kids, and I spent a lot of time at their house when I was growing up (I by far preferred my aunt and uncle to my own parents), and to her parents and brothers and sisters when they visited.
I got to the point where I could understand it just fine (otherwise I didn’t get the jokes!!), but I never really spoke until I was a teenager and I asked my aunt to start teaching it to me.
I barely read it, and don’t write it.
Unfortunately, my Russian is getting just as weak. I saw a Russian movie just a couple of months ago, and understood it fine (the subtitles were white, and didn’t show up well), but sometimes I try to think of the Russian word for something, and I can’t for the life of me remember it. I did speak it fluently once, but that was twenty years ago.
So much for true confessions. Actually, you’re motivating me to see if there’s a class or something I can take…
Anyway, I don’t know that I’m such good practice. But there’s a couple of great Yiddish websites. One has weekly Torah lessons in Yiddish.
Shopping is still cheaper than therapy. --my Aunt Franny