Yiddish Words and Phrases in American Culture

Wednesday, May 18

11:00 am to 12:00 pm
via Zoom

Yiddish Words and Phrases in American Culture

Do you speak Yiddish?  It’s unlikely since there are only about quarter million Yiddish speakers in the United States (and most of them are Hasidic Jews living on the East Coast). 

Still, many words and expressions from Yiddish have become part of mainstream American English for Jewish people living in the US and other Americans too! You’ve probably even used some of them without even knowing their origins.

Michele Toll, Assistant Professor of English at MCCC will highlight some of the most popular of these terms (think: glitch, shlep, shvitz) and help attendees understand their pronunciations, definitions, connotations and use in American English.

We can’t wait to see your shayna punims (lovely faces) there!

Wednesday, May 18 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Presented by Michele Toll, MA, English Professor MCCC


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