On the hybrid language of Yiddish.
English has also been enriched by colorful Yiddish expressions, such as bagel, schlemiel, and kibitzer. For an idea of what this language is like, “Good morning, my name is Esther,” in Yiddish is, “Gut morgen, mein nomen is Esther.” (GOOT MOR-gen, MYN NO-men IS ES-ter.)
The fact that Hebrew was the formal language of Judaism was important in the development of Yiddish literature. The stories, plays, and poems usually show the special flavor of Jewish village life and the warmth of personal relationships.
Yiddish may be a vanishing language for several reasons. Several million Yiddish-speaking Jews were killed in Europe during the 1930s and during World War II. Hebrew, not Yiddish, is the official language of Israel. In North and South America, the number of new Jewish immigrants is small, and new generations tend to drop the language.