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  •  I barely know it... (1+ / 0-)
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    But did grow up with a grandmother who used it occasionally...it was probably her original mame loshn, though she moved to America quite young.

    It struck me as I was listening to Robeson's version of Zog Nit Kein'mol it sure sounded like flawless Yiddish to me, but what do I know? Hearing it from you means something!

    By the way, a former land lady and friend of mine used to (don't think she still does, but could be wrong) work helping a library preserving Yiddish literature. She isn't Jewish (though her ex-husband and her current boyfriend are). In fact she is of New York Italian origin, but took an interest in Yiddish. Not even sure she KNOWS Yiddish much!

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    by mole333 on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 06:17:12 PM PDT

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    •  In NYC, that would most likely be.... (1+ / 0-)
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      YIVO?

      My niece, who does know a little Yiddish one generation down, worked there, but so did her husband of Italian/Brooklyn/NJ ancestry!

      "So, am I right or what?"

      by itzik shpitzik on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 06:24:52 PM PDT

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      •  Sorry...wasn't clear... (1+ / 0-)
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        The landlady lives in Los Angeles now. I lived in her house in grad school...still stay there any time I am in LA. Before the library she was president of the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra. That was the era I lived there.

        The house itself is interesting. It is in the foothills of the Hollywood hills and originally was DW Griffith's house, though I think it has been rebuilt since then.

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        by mole333 on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 06:36:07 PM PDT

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