So, You Want to Speak Yiddish


3:10 PM ‚Äď 4:50 PM

9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31

Whether you remember some phrases from your childhood or just know the words used in sitcoms, you can begin to speak this colorful language. Build a vocabulary and learn enough grammar to be able to speak rudimentary Yiddish.  Have fun learning the more common idioms and expressions that can be used in everyday conversations.  If you always wanted to know what your parents or grandparents  were saying or baffle your kids and friends, enjoy  fun learning this old language. No prior knowledge of Yiddish is required.


8 sessions starting Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 3:10 PM

Syllabus: So You Want to Speak Yiddish?

Gilda Simkin

  • Week 1: Words and Expressions we all know
  • Week 2: The Meaning of Common Names
  • Week 3: Pronouns and Verbs Make a Sentence
  • Week 4: Naming and Describing Your Family and Relatives
  • Week 5: Talking About Food, Of course
  • Week 6: Naming What You Wear and How it looks
  • Week 7: Traveling and Visiting Other Places
  • Week 8: Conversing with Your Peers

Facilitator: Gilda Simpkin

Gilda Simpkin earned an M.S. in Counseling and Human Resource Development and has enjoyed a 30-year career as a Learning Consultant and Corporate Trainer.  She has led personal development and management skills programs all over the world.  Gilda has been on the faculty of Fairfield University and Marymount College and has served in the Career Development Department of NCC. She is the author of the forthcoming book, My Baby Chase.