Google Lies

Here’s a terrifying thing…

1) Go to Google Translator

2) Set English > Yiddish

3) Translate “AIDS”

4) Copy the answer

5) Paste it back in to be translated into English

6) Set Yiddish > English and translate.

7) Panic

via @MandyPandy32 and blameitonthevoices.com (more…)

Yiddish karaoke

A thing about my family and the Yiddish karaoke at the Jewish museum in the Guardian. By Tanya Gold.

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Everyone’s a critic

klezparkIf you put “wanton self-indulgence” into Google it’ll probably come up with this post. So if you have anything better to do, please carry on…

That said… (more…)

Top 5 Yiddish kvetches

No idea what was happening here but it must have involved an insect. Or an antisemite.

No idea what was happening here but it must have involved an insect. Or an antisemite.

I’ve always been fascinated by Yiddish. Though it wasn’t my mame-loshn (“mother tongue” — the name Yiddish speakers give to Yiddish), it was my Mama’s loshn. As a kid she used to do things like stand over me when I was eating and say: “Shlof gikher, ikh badarf dos kishn” (“Sleep quicker, I need the pillow”). (more…)

My Yiddishe Mother Tongue

books-thecatinthehat-yiddishSholem-aleykhem! Which is Yiddish for hello…

Not really a video this, but a couple of extracts from a documentary I did for Radio 4 about my mother’s parents – a Yiddish playwright and actress – and my general obsession with the language and culture of Yiddish.

First extract is where I take my mother back to the site of the Grand Palais Yiddish theatre in the East End of London where my grandmother was an actress and my grandfather a playwright.

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The second is part of an interview about Yiddish with former head of ITV Michael Grade, sharing a couple of his favourite insults.

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Want a bit more Yiddish? Well, here’s a link to an article I wrote for the Jewish Chronicle…

Yiddish kvetches

And, whilst we’re at it, here’s a nice review from the Guardian that I’m posting  here so my family can kvell, which means glow with pride. In a Jewish way…

The Guardian: My Yiddishe Mother-tongue

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