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Free language-learning app Duolingo now offers Yiddish lessons

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 07 Apr 2021


<bi-shortcode id="disclaimer" class="mceNonEditable" data-type="insiderpicks">&nbsp;</bi-shortcode><p><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/606c9bfc70954f00191956fa-1667/Duolingo Yiddish 4x3.png" border="0" alt="Duolingo (Yiddish) 4x3" data-mce-source="Duolingo; Insider"></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>If you're just starting to explore a new language or want to easily build on what you already know, Duolingo is a fun, free, and low-key way to squeeze in a few minutes of practice every day. Using cute animations and short, gamified lessons, it's <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/best-online-resources-to-learn-new-language" target="_blank" rel="noopener">one of our favorite apps for learning a new language</a>, whether you're brushing up on high school <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-learn-spanish-online-beginner-classes-apps-books#for-the-truly-committed-spanish-scholar" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Spanish</a> or <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-learn-french-fast-online-courses-apps-duolingo-babbel-rosetta-stone" target="_blank" rel="noopener">French</a> or learning <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-learn-korean-language-online-classes-apps-videos-books" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Korean</a> or <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-speak-write-hindi" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hindi</a> for the first time.</p><p>And now, Duolingo just added Yiddish to its impressive roster of languages, which includes ones like <a href="https://www.duolingo.com/course/nv/en/Learn-Navajo" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener sponsored">Navajo</a>, <a href="https://www.duolingo.com/course/sw/en/Learn-Swahili" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener sponsored">Swahili</a>, and <a href="https://www.duolingo.com/course/gd/en/Learn-Scottish%20Gaelic" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener sponsored">Scottish Gaelic</a>.&nbsp;</p><bi-shortcode id="commerce-link" class="mceNonEditable" data-cardtype="small" data-pid="606c68673d35010018fe1147" data-purchase-option="">Yiddish (small)</bi-shortcode><p>One unique part of Duolingo is that it uses <a href="https://incubator.duolingo.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener sponsored">volunteer contributors</a> to develop new courses. For its Yiddish course, Duolingo used "a team of dedicated contributors representing the three major Yiddish dialects and from a variety of backgroundsfrom a civil engineer who grew up speaking Yiddish at home as a former member of the Hasidic community, to three Gen-Zers inspired by their heritage to carry on the tradition," according to the company.</p><p>By relying on a pool of Yiddish speakers across different age groups and regions, the lessons feature culturally significant phrases and examples on top of the core grammar and vocabulary basics of Yiddishwhich can be especially useful if users are taking the course to connect more with their family or culture.</p><p>Duolingo is free to download and use, though Duolingo Plus ($79.99 for a year) offers perks like an ad-free experience and downloadable lessons.</p><bi-shortcode id="commerce-link" class="mceNonEditable" data-cardtype="button" data-pid="606c68673d35010018fe1147" data-purchase-option="">Yiddish (button)</bi-shortcode><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/duolingo-yiddish-review#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p>
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