Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Yiddish?
How Much Do You Know About Yiddish?
By: Annette Parks
Image: Shutterstock

About This Quiz

According to an article in the New York Times, "Yiddish was invented by Jews who had arrived in Europe with the Roman army as traders, later settling in the Rhineland of western Germany and northern France." Yiddish is unique because it mixes Hebrew, Aramaic and Romance with German, and is not just a dialect of German. The similarities between Hebrew and Yiddish are clear when comparing the written language as they use the same set of written letters.  However, the vowels used in the Hebrew language are often omitted in Yiddish. 

What is amazing is how many Yiddish words and phrases are still used in today's language. For instance, go to any deli and ask for a schmear of cream cheese on your bagel and they won't question your order as they spread the cream cheese on your bagel. But don't be a schmuck and ask for white toast at the deli, that's a goyim thing to do. And if you've ever used "Oy vey" as an expression of grief and exasperation, or  "glitch" to describe a minor problem or error, consider yourself knowledgeable in Yiddish. Try this quiz now. You'll be surprised how much you know. Then we can say "matzel tov" because you received such a high score.  

About HowStuffWorks

How much do you know about how car engines work? And how much do you know about how the English language works? And what about how guns work? How much do you know? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks is about more than providing great answers about how the world works. We are also here to bring joy to your day with fun quizzes, compelling photography and fascinating listicles. Some of our content is about how stuff works. Some is about how much you know about how stuff works. And some is just for fun! Because, well, did you know that having fun is an important part of how your brain works? Well, it is! So keep reading!

Receive a hint after watching this short video from our sponsors.