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  • Does Wordle have you 'farblundget'? Try these Hebrew and Yiddish versions

    Michelle Krasovitski|Jan 28, 2022

    (JTA) — There’s a good chance that when you logged on to Twitter today, you were met with tweets showing off grids of yellow, green and black squares. There’s also a good chance that you posted a similar grid. Many of the more than 2 million people who have taken to playing the Wordle word game online have been posting their results, either boasting of their victories or lamenting how they’ve been stumped. The suddenly and wildly popular game, an invention of Brooklyn-based software designer Josh Wardle, asks players to guess a five-le...

  • From Judeo-Greek to Karaim, Oxford courses on 12 rare Jewish languages aim to keep heritages alive

    Michelle Krasovitski|Oct 22, 2021

    (JTA) — In April, the language-learning app Duolingo added its 40th language to its program arsenal: Yiddish. A couple of decades ago, it would have been unthinkable for a mainstream non-Jewish language program to offer an expansive, comprehensive course in Yiddish. But Duolingo’s Yiddish addition only serves to reflect the increased global interest in learning a language that once had as many as 12 million speakers. Ladino, a Romance language of Sephardic Jews still spoken by hundreds of thousands worldwide, has also garnered much int...

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