Class Overview

Plenty of Yiddish words have made their way into English, even though many people have no idea what they mean!Yiddish Expressions & Idioms - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

This class will take that familiarity as an entry point into the Yiddish language and its rich cultural history.

Become familiar with everyday expressions and idioms, along with enough Yiddish vocabulary to carry on a simple conversation.

Learn practical, often humorous, expressions, as well as terminology for greetings, family members, health, the weather, and other practical topics.

Practice using the phrases and language in conversation and activities such as songs, poems, and colorful art displays.

No prior Yiddish knowledge is required.

Learning idioms and expressions will be a fun way to learn more about the Yiddish language and culture in this interactive class.


Learning Outcomes

• Learn the meaning of common Yiddish expressions that have crept into English via popular culture
• Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and expressions from a wide range of topics
• Develop conversational skills in exchanging information – introducing yourself, family, job, hobbies,
your day, etc.
• Gain exposure to Yiddish historical materials such as songs, poems, and newspapers

Who Should Take This Class?

Anyone who wants to learn useful expressions and idioms in Yiddish or who is curious
about the language, regardless of whether they have family background in Yiddish culture.


Session Details

  • Class ID: 6233
  • Instructor: Marianne Tatom
  • When: 10 Thursdays; 9/26/2019-12/5/2019;6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Total Number of Hours: 20
  • Where: 1701 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122, Room 4151; 1701 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122
  • Fee: $219
  • Additional Notes: No class on 11/28