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Extinct: no
Family: Indo European
Branch: Germanic - West Germanic
Continent: Europe
Country: Germany
Region: Also spoken in 40 other countries including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan.
Countries Where Spoken: United States, Israel, Argentina, Brazil, United Kingdom, Russia, Canada, Ukraine, Belarus, Hungary, Mexico, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Australia, France, Sweden and elsewhere
Countries Where Official: na
Native Speakers: 1,763,000
Speakers Total: 13,000,000
Phrasebase members who speak Yiddish at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Yiddish at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Yiddish: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Yiddish: 0
Three Letter Code: YID
Alternative Names: Mame-Loshn
Dialects: Western Yiddish, Eastern Yiddish
Summary: Yiddish was the primary spoken language of the Ashkenazi Jews and once spanned a broad dialect continuum from Western Yiddish to three major groups within Eastern Yiddish, namely Litvish, Poylish and Ukrainish. Eastern and Western Yiddish are most markedly distinguished by the extensive inclusion of words of Slavic origin in the Eastern dialects. While Western Yiddish has few remaining speakers, Eastern dialects remain in wide use.

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