די שפּראַך פון די צוקונפֿט … טאָמער (COURTESY OF THE GOOGLE TRANSLATION TOOL)

Interesting article in the Chicago Tribune on the resurgent popularity of Yiddish: http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/chi-talk-grossman-yiddishjan12,0,6963325.story.

Yours Truly doesn’t know any Yiddish, and he would like to learn it, if only, by default, to some basic extent. For his Pale-born maternal grandparents, it was their first language, but they never spoke it in his or his younger brother’s presence, cognizant as they must have been of the fact that having been born Jewish, for the Soviet kids of YT’s generation, was quite enough of a handicap already, even without the confusing and exacerbating influence of the dead language of long-gone non-Soviet, Tzarist-era Jews.

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