04 February 2008

Ohio: Yiddish with Michael Wex, Feb. 6

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland, Ohio will present noted Yiddishist Michael Wex on "Daytsh aftselakis: How Yiddish Stopped Being German," at 7.30pm, Wednesday, February 6.

The meeting is at Menorah Park in Beachwood.

For more information, click here.

Don't dispair if you can't get to Cleveland in time for this meeting, as Wex's
website is headed:

"Yiddish language and culture in all of its moods. Yiddish - whether you want to read it, hear it, learn it, ask a question about it, curse in it or wear it - this is the site for you."

Among the features: A weekly Yiddish dialogue from Wex, Yiddish-y gifts online store, his blog series, book excerpts and all about the art of Yiddish curses.

Wex says "Remember - you don't have to be Jewish to use this site. Previous knowledge is unnecessary and possibly dangerous."

Wex wrote Born to Kvetch and a follow-up phrasebook, Just Say Nu. A novelist, playwright, lecturer, performer and authority on language and literature, he has been called "a Yiddish National Treasure" and “the finest translator around.”

He provides "a deadly accurate and wickedly funny overview of the language and culture from the Middle Ages to the present day. Whether he’s revealing the real origins of well-known Jewish customs or explaining how The Three Stooges helped bring Yiddish to millions of unsuspecting children, Wex can turn your world into different — and much funnier — place."

Just Say Nu explains the five most useful Yiddish words – shoyn, nu, epes, takeh, and nebakh – what they mean, how and when to use them, and how they can be used to conduct an entire conversation without anybody ever suspecting that the reader doesn’t have the vaguest idea of what anyone is actually saying.


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