I would like to learn Yiddish in order to further my understanding of Chassidus and other Torah topics that are presented in Yiddish. What are your suggestions for sources to use that would focus on the type of Yiddish I would expect to find in those places? Books, online and interactive programs are all helpful.
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Well, seeing that no-one else has answered so far... I don't know about Hassidic Yiddish specifically but the standard textbook for learning Yiddish is Weinreich's "College Yiddish".
I'm sure there are many helpful resources online; I would start with YIVO and WikiBooks. Once you've got some basics and you want to practice, you can check out Der Forvetz, and even Hasidic Yiddish Twitter and Facebook! There's another list of more online Yiddish gathering places here.
Hope this helps! Zei gezunt and zol zayn mit mazl!
Try and learn a new word everyday-use it in a sentence.
For the Lubavitcher Rebbe's Sichos, they have a booklet of Yiddish-Hebrew translations. It's called the LSD. Likutei Sichot Dictionary.
They might have it at that place on Rehov Yishayahu, I forget the name.
you might find this sheet helpful they pass it around the Mir yeshiva for guys who dont know yiddish the pronunciations are in litveshe' havarah though...
You can learn Yiddish online! I did, and my Yiddish is tried and true with people who learned in a yeshiva. Go to these websites:
www.yiddishacademy.com (They have a free PDF book!)