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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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Spend some time with older people from the generation where they spoke yiddish.. I picked up a lot just listening to my grandparents and other people from that generation because they interweave the words with english so you have some context to learn.. –  Zach Leighton Jun 1 '14 at 14:43

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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!

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Yivo might not be helpful, their standardised spellings may differ from other dialectic forms and their approach is towards a secular variant of Polish/Litvish, rather than one used by Chassidim. –  Noach mi Frankfurt Jun 1 '14 at 14:29
@NoachmiFrankfurt fair enough. If there were a similarly prominent organization devoted to Hassidic Yiddish that I knew of I would have recommended it. I suspect that even despite the differences, our OP may have to learn 'standard' Yiddish and then adapt to Hassidic, rather than jump in at the get-go (sort of how I'm learning Moroccan Arabic but via MSA). –  Noam Sienna Jun 1 '14 at 15:23
Forverts also runs a Chassidic Yiddish blog, called Yiddish with an Alef. You can also double-click on a word to see a translation. –  magicker72 Jun 1 '14 at 17:04
Since the question asks specifically about the sort of Yiddish used in Torah sources, and this doesn't seem to address that, I'm planning to delete it unless it's heavily edited. –  msh210 Jun 2 '14 at 5:16
@msh210 I appreciate your concern but I'm not sure my answer isn't helpful — Yiddish is Yiddish (despite dialectical variations in spelling). For example, having taken only standard Yiddish, I can read the linked Forverts Hassidic Yiddish blog with no problem. If one wants to understand grammar and actually be able to read Yiddish texts, one needs a stronger foundation than just picking up a few words here and there. –  Noam Sienna Jun 2 '14 at 13:00

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...enter image description here

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Do you have a clearer image? –  Shmuel Brin Jun 1 '14 at 16:44
this is what posted, i dont know how to upload a better picture if anyone has a suggestion please tell me –  Nafkamina Jun 1 '14 at 16:48

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.

http://merkazstam.com/index.php/likkutei-sichos-dictionary-new-edition.html out of stock

In Israel: http://www.chish.co.il/product.asp?productid=15

They might have it at that place on Rehov Yishayahu, I forget the name.

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