Jiddisch I

Course Code :1108FLWJST
Study domain:Linguistics and Proficiency
Academic year:2020-2021
Semester:1st/2nd semester
Contact hours:30
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Vivian Liska
Paul Gybels

3. Course contents *

The course Yiddish I can be taken as a day-time course (Thursdays 13.30-15.00h) OR as an evening course (Thursdays 18.00-19.30h).

Because the Yiddish language is written in the Hebrew alphabet, which is being taught and practiced at the beginning of the course, the first semester is dedicated to reading proficiency, using simple texts and short fragments from Yiddish literature (mainly poetry).
As concerning speaking skills, students are encouraged to overcome their initial fear of speaking Yiddish. Grammatical correctness is commendable, but of secondary importance at this stage.
The active vocabulary is systematically built up using the following topics: 1. greetings; 2. a simple conversation; 3. how does someone look like? 4. at the doctor’s (body, health); 5. the weather; 6. the Jewish holiday Hanukkah; 7. family; 8. clothing; 9. food; 10. labor.
Listening skills are enhanced using audiovisual fragments.
The inevitable grammatical part includes: syntax and word order, the Yiddish case system, articles and their declination, verbs and their conjugation, nouns and their plural forms, adjectives and their declination. The grammar is taught contrastively, with emphasis on differences and similarities between Yiddish and Dutch. The grammatical part is practice-oriented: not the theory itself is important, but the practical use.
Whenever possible, links will be made with the rich Ashkenazi (Central and Eastern European) Jewish culture and traditions.