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|Native to||Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, and elsewhere|
1.8 million (no date)|
11 million L2 speakers
|Writing system||uses a Hebrew-based alphabet|
|Official language in||Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Russia|
|Recognised minority language in||
Bosnia and Herzegovina |
no formal bodies;|
YIVO de facto
yid – inclusive code|
ydd – Eastern Yiddish
yih – Western Yiddish
|Linguasphere||52-ACB-g = 52-ACB-ga (West) + 52-ACB-gb (East); totalling 11 varieties|
Yiddish is a language used by some Jews. At first it was a dialect of the German language which Jews began to use in Europe about a thousand years ago. It was (and is) used in the United States, especially in New York. Most of its words are of German origin. Also, Yiddish has many words from Hebrew and Slavic languages, notably Polish. Yiddish is usually written in Hebrew characters.
In the whole world, Yiddish is spoken by about 3 million people. It is mainly spoken by Hasidic Jews.
In the Netherlands and Sweden, Yiddish is protected by the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.
|This language has its own Wikipedia project. See the Yiddish edition.|