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Author Wex, Michael, 1954-

Title Just say nu : Yiddish for every occasion (when English just won't do) / Michael Wex.

Imprint New York : St. Martin's Press, c2007.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library International Languages    Yi 439.181 WEX    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    439.181 WEX    Available
 PAS Hastings Branch Non-Fiction    439.181 WEX    Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description ix, 303 p. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 7-8) and index.
Contents Greeting and meeting -- Stages of life -- Food and drink -- Family life -- Protective phrases -- Madness, fury, and driving -- Health and illness -- Love and sex -- Happiness and pleasure.
Summary A practical guide to using Yiddish words and expressions in day-to-day situations, along with enough grammar to enable readers to put together a comprehensible sentence and avoid embarrassing mistakes. Wex also 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. Readers will learn how to shmooze their way through such activities as meeting and greeting; eating and drinking; praising and finding fault; maintaining personal hygiene; going to the doctor; driving; parenting; getting horoscopes; committing crimes; going to singles bars; having sex; talking politics and talking trash. There's nothing in the world that can't be improved by translating it into Yiddish, and this book shows you how.--From publisher description.
Subject Yiddish language -- Terms and phrases.
Yiddish language -- Social aspects.
Yiddish language -- Idioms.
Proverbs, Yiddish.
Yiddish wit and humor.
ISBN 9780312364625

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