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Download Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (571 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Wex Narrator: Michael Wex Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As the main spoken language of the Jews for more than a thousand years, Yiddish has had plenty to lament, plenty to conceal. Its phrases and expressions paint a comprehensive picture of the mind-set that enabled the Jews of Europe to survive persecution: they never stopped kvetching about God, gentiles, children, and everything else.

In Born to Kvetch, Michael Wex looks at the ingredients that went into this buffet of disenchantment and examines how they were mixed together to produce an almost limitless supply of striking idioms and withering curses. Born to Kvetch includes a wealth of material that's never appeared in English before.

This is no bobe mayse (cock-and-bull story) from a khokhem be-layle (idiot, literally a sage at night when no one's looking), but a serious yet fun and funny look at a language. From tukhes to goy, meshugener to kvetch, Yiddish words have permeated and transformed English as well. Through the fascinating history of this kvetch-full tongue, Michael Wex gives us a moving and inspiring portrait of a people, and a language, in exile. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mathew | 2/20/2014

    " Very funny. I think. I'm not sure. If I knew Yiddish or more about Jewish culture, it would probably be funnier. Or not. I'm not sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Laura | 2/17/2014

    " I'm actually listening to this book on CD. It's perfect for the car. I enjoy dipping into the book. There are certain phrases that just mean so much more to me - I should have such luck. I like how the book relates words to a frame of thinking. How language has power. I also enjoy Michael Wax's voice. He's perfect to read the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenny | 2/14/2014

    " An informative and occasionally amusing book about the roots and uses of Yiddish language. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brook | 2/13/2014

    " I don't think I got to finish this book, but what I did read was really funny. "

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