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How to use the dictionary


To find an entry you can use the index and search through it letter-by-letter like using a traditional dictionary. This advisable if you are trying to find words with the same root, or if you do not know the correct spelling. Entries are arranged from right to left in the following sequence:

Clicking a letter from the list will direct you to the start of entries with the chosen letter.

search engine

If you want to find a specific word and you know the exact spelling, it will be easier to use the search engine. It is located on every site in a gray column between nawigacja and narzędzia sections. The search word may be entered using Hebrew letters, Polish phonetic prononciation (the way you hear it – fi. ווערטערבוך → werterbuch) or YIVO romanization (ווערטערבוך → verterbukh). If you don't know what latin letters correspond with Hebrew letters check out the annex, which contains both systems. If you are looking for a word derived from Hebrew, it is better to use the Polish phonetic prononciation (fi. שבת → szabes). If you use the YIVO romanization, remember to write the word without using vowels, exacly the same way as in Hebrew (fi. שבת → shbs).

If you have a Yiddish keyboard installed and you want to search for a word based on its original spelling, you have to avoid the use of ligatures like: װ ,ױ ,ײ. To assure correct sorting all ligatures are replaced by constitutive letters (e.g. ו and י), except for ײַ – pasekh tsvey yudn, which has no substitution. The same applies for pasekh, komets, khirik and others.

You can also use IPA in the search engine.

polish translations

Another way to find a Yiddish word is to look for a Yiddish translation in the corresponding Polish entry. Not all of the Polish entries have Yiddish translations, but the number of those that do is increasing. That way our dictionary works both ways.

Babel Tower

Here you can check the level of Yiddish knowledge of specific Wiktionary redactors.

yi דער באַניצער רעדט ייִדיש אַלס מוטער־שפּראַך.
yi-4 דער באַניצער האָט ייִדיש כּמעט ווי מוטער־שפּראַך.
yi-3 דער באַניצער האָט זייער גוטע ידיעה פֿון ייִדיש.
yi-2 דער באַניצער איז אַ ווײַטהאַלטער פֿון ייִדיש.
yi-1 דער באַניצער האָט תּוך־ידיעה פֿון ייִדיש.
yi-0 דער באַניצער רעדט נישט קיינ ייִדיש.


Watch the growth of the Yiddish dictionary!

Diagrams prepared based on data from the Wiktionary statistics.
Vertical axis: date of the database monthly dump. Horizontal axis: number of existing entries.

Since the beginning:

Last three updates: