Yiddish Gender

Welcome to the fifth Yiddish lesson about gender. This time we will view a list of people, feminine and masculine, followed by grammar rules, finally a list of expressions in Yiddish to help you practice your daily phrases.

man
man
מאן
woman
woman
פרוי
husband
husband
מאַן
wife
wife
פרוי
boy
boy
יינגל
girl
girl
מיידל
father
father
פאטער
mother
mother
מאמע

Gender Grammar Rules

In general, gender is used to distinguish between male and female, sometimes referred to as masculine and feminine. For example: my son and daughter are students the noun [son] is masculine, while [daughter] is feminine. The following examples use gender in different ways and places to demonstrate their behavior.

Grammar + Rules
Yiddish
my son is a student
[masculine + noun]
מיין זון איז אַ תּלמיד
her daughter is a student
[feminine + noun]
איר טאָכטער איז אַ תּלמיד
he has a tall brother
[adjective + masculine]
ער האט א הויך ברודער
she has a tall sister
[adjective + feminine]
זי האט אַ הויך שוועסטער
his brothers are young
[plural masculine + adjective]
זיינע ברידער זענען יונג
his sisters are young
[plural feminine + adjective]
זיינע שוועסטערס זענען יונג

The list below will probably provide more clarification. These are family members (males and females). I think it would be wise to memorize them as part of your important vocabulary list.

son
son
זון
daughter
daughter
טאָכטער
brother
brother
ברודער
sister
sister
שוועסטער
grandfather
grandfather
זיידע
grandmother
grandmother
באָבע
child
child
קינד
children
children
קינדער

Expressions in Yiddish

Now it's time to practice expressions used in daily conversations. If you're a beginner in learning Yiddish, then the phrases below are something you would want to know.

English
Yiddish
What do you mean?
ןןאָס מיינט איר?
I don't understand
איך פאַרשטיי ניט
I don't know
איך וויס ניט
What is that called in Yiddish?
ווי הייסט דאָס אויף יידיש?
What is this?
וואָס איז דאָס?
What does that word mean in English?
וואָס מ’’נט דאָס וואָרט אויף ענגליש?
Sorry (if you made a mistake)
אַנטשולדיקט!

I hope you enjoyed this lesson about the gender in Yiddish. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. Now it's time to check the next lesson below.

Yiddish Plural   Yiddish Plural

Yiddish Numbers   Yiddish Numbers



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