Here you can see Willem hunting Yiddish language for the first time, with the help of fluent speaker Selma Zack, in February 2011.

Just moments before the video starts, Willem has begun by asking Selma, “How do you say ‘What is that?'”. Almost all of the rest of the language hunt is spent immersed in Yiddish. This is a good example of a typical language hunt with an elderly fluent speaker – just fun conversation, sitting at her kitchen table.

Yiddish is an endangered Jewish language with a vast body of literature.

Written by Evan Gardner