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Is Yiddish a dialect of German?

I would call it a dialect of German, and I wonder if people would agree with that characterization? I am posting a link to my musical translation of the epic Yiddish poetic ballad "Monisch" so people ...
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More on Ambiguous Diminutives

There is an interesting discussion going on about the word for rabbit, Kaninchen which looks like a diminutive but (probably) isn't. The question arose in that thread over whether there are other ...
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Yiddish phrase for “turn out the lights and go to sleep”

My mother grew up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, at a time when the neighborhood was largely inhabited by Yiddish speaking Jews. This led to the amusing situation of her Irish-born grandparents, and to a ...
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Comprehensive resource for Yiddish etymology?

I'm interested in a comprehensive resource that gives the origins of Yiddish words. I am aware that Wiktionary sometimes contains this information, but it is often sorely lacking. (For instance, I ...
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Beziehungen: as “attitude towards”

In Yiddish the word baziehungen of course means relationships as it does in German, but it can also mean "attitude towards", which I don't think is found in German. I came across the phrase "the ...
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Translate this quote from The Producers?

In the Broadway play The Producers (and subsequent movie), the character Max Bialystock recalls a quote from his dying mentor. He says it's in Yiddish, but more than one person has told me that, in ...
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Learning German and Yiddish at the same time [closed]

I need to learn German for professional reasons to a relatively high level (say C1 on the standard European scale). At the same time (or within a couple of years, say), I would like to learn Yiddish ...
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Yiddish: common in Europe?

This answer introduced me to Yiddish. Is Yiddish taught and used in Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Lichtenstein? Is it a dialect of German or a separate but similar language?
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Buchstabieren = to spell?

In another question Carsten mentioned that buchstabieren has a somewhat narrower meaning than to spell. I wonder if people would care to elaborate on this? Also, does German have the Yiddish variant ...
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What's the matter: Yiddish “was is der mehr?”

We have in Yiddish an expression for "what's the matter" that sounds like "was is der mehr?". Is this German or what? I can't make sense of it.
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Spittings, shellings, etc

One quaint usage we have in Yiddish is the suffix -echts which converts a verb to a noun. It is usually used with unsavory items like saliva (speiechts) or a pile of sunflower seed shells ...
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Marmelade = Eingemachts?

A recent question on this site motivates me to ask if our Yiddish "eingemachts" has currency in any German dialect or regional variant?
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Was “träumen” ever a reflexive verb?

This is another Yiddish-motivated question. I wonder if "träumen" was ever used in a reflexive construction, as in "es hat sich mir geträumt...". This is how the Yiddish phrase is constructed, except ...
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More Yiddish: “Es Lauft die Jauch, die Millech brennt…"

This couplet by Peretz (from "The Ballad of Monisch") describes how the Rabbi's wife has neglected to pay attention to her cooking on the stove: “Es Lauft die Jauch, die Millech brennt Un sie ...
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Change of meaning: are words whose meaning has been “verschlechtert” preserved in Yiddish?

In a recent discussion Grimm was quoted who describes Jauche as a word whose original meaning has been "verschlechtert". Interestingly, Yiddish preserves the original meaning, "broth". I know a few ...
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Is “Säegermacher” the Yiddish word for “watchmaker”?

I wonder if the Yiddish word "Säegermacher" (Seegermacher?) has a German origin. It seems obvious that it must, but I can't see it.