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Learn, Practice, and Perfect Your Hebrew: Talking About the Holocaust

The StreetWise podcast from TLV1 in Israel tells us how the word ‘sho’a’ is being used in a number of contexts

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Yiddish in a Jiffy, in Omaha, Nebraska

As an experiment, I immersed myself in the Yiddish language for three months to see how much I could learn

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Learn, Practice, and Perfect Your Hebrew: What’s Kosher?

The StreetWise podcast from TLV1 in Israel can help you use Hebrew to express what’s kosher, dodgy, and fit

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Learn, Practice, and Perfect Your Hebrew: Casting a Vote

The StreetWise podcast from TLV1 in Israel can help you use Hebrew to vote with your finger

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Learn, Practice, and Perfect Your Hebrew: Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

The StreetWise podcast from TLV1 in Israel can help you use Hebrew to get properly caffeinated

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Learn, Practice, and Perfect Your Hebrew: To Die For

The StreetWise podcast from TLV1 in Israel can help you use Hebrew to properly talk about happiness with death-related terms

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Learn, Practice, and Perfect Your Hebrew: That’s a Bummer

The StreetWise podcast from TLV1 in Israel can help you use your Hebrew to talk about being bummed out, annoyed, and pissed off

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Learn, Practice, and Perfect Your Hebrew: ‘I Don’t Know’

The StreetWise podcast from TLV1 in Israel can help you use your Hebrew to communicate what you do and do not know

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Learn, Practice, and Perfect Your Hebrew: Crazy, Crazy, Crazy

The StreetWise podcast from TLV1 in Israel can help you use your Hebrew to properly talk about the many definitions of craziness

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Learn, Practice, and Perfect Your Hebrew: Weary, Bleary-Eyed, and Spent

The StreetWise podcast from TLV1 in Israel can help you use Hebrew to talk about how utterly exhausted you are

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Learn, Practice, and Perfect Your Hebrew: Navigating Recorded Menus, Not Humans

The StreetWise podcast from TLV1 in Israel can help you use Hebrew to navigate those buggy recorded menus, or automated answering services

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That English You’re Speaking? It’s Hebrew. (Well, Some of It.)

The derivations of the words cinnamon, ruthless, scapegoat, and amen

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Embrace the Ivrit

The Academy of the Hebrew Language has released a new set of words intended to help Israelis lean less on English. Will it catch on?

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Which Words Still Shock Me? Not Many.

Seven thoughts on obscenity in honor of Carlin’s ‘Seven Words’

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The 12 Jewiest Non-Words You Should Be Using Right Now

Because every Jew needs inventive language for situations involving anxiety, misery, disaster, melancholy, and your bubbe’s saliva

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The Wall Street Journal Needs a Linguistics Lesson

Hundred percent, as the Orthodox say

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University of Texas to Bring Back Yiddish

The Austin university last offered Yiddish language classes 10 years ago

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When My Baby Says Her First Word, Will It Be in English or in Russian?

As a Soviet Jewish émigré, I broke all ties to Russia and its language—or so I thought, until my daughter was born

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Hebrew’s Special Pride

Firgun is the ungrudging pleasure one takes in another’s good fortune, and there’s no English word for it

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Fighting Words

Kids are exposed to many loaded terms each day, from ‘gay’ to ‘Yid’ to the n-word. Some are OK to use, in some contexts, for some people. Some are not. How can we teach them which are which?

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Amid Dying Languages, Yiddish Lives On

Reports of its death are greatly exaggerated

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Slips of the Tongue

What the use of Yiddish phrases can tell us about contemporary American Jewry

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The ‘Nakba’ Catastrophe

Israel bans an Arab word, unwisely

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Resurrecting Hebrew

A fascinating biography as well as a moving personal journey.

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Tongue Tied

The romantic, bumpy road to learning a new language

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‘Blessed With This Sense of the Exotic’

Since the American language was available to everyone, Bellow and his Jewish peers were determined to “use it with a certain spirit.”

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