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13 Amazing Yiddish Words That Can’t Be Directly Translated Into English

13 Amazing Yiddish Words That Can’t Be Directly Translated Into English

Yiddish, originating during the 9th century, has an important influence on the grammar and vocabulary of the Hebrew spoken in Israel today. From it, we can learn a lot about Amercian Jewish history and culture, which is very interesting.

Below are 13 amazing Yiddish words that can’t be directly translated into english.

1. Kibbitzer

Through the nature of “Kibbitzer’s” definition, a Kibbitzer is a person who usually gives unwanted advice. Furthermore, a Kibbitzer continues to talk when a person is in the midst of work. Kibbitz is a word that means to socialize; Kibbitzer on the other hand has a negative connotation.

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2. Naches

Naches is the satisfaction, pleasure, or enjoyment a parent receives, in particular to the accomplishment and achievement of a child. It’s like excitement, pride, and joy all at the same time. If only this could be translated into English but alas it can’t.

3. Kvetch

A Kvetch is a person who complains all the time. I am a guilty Kvetch because I constantly find myself complaining to my family.

4. Plotka-macher

A “plotka-macher” is a person who loves to gossip and tell terrible tales of other people. This is the “Gossip Queen” or if need be “Gossip King.” A Plotka-macher stirs everything up, making it more juicy, or exaggerated. Stay clear of Plotka-machers.

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5. Nudnik

“Nudnik” is someone who is annoying, obtuse, and dull. Not a direct word but this is the meaning of what a nudnik can be.

6. Yichus

This is an extremely weird word with an even weirder kind of meaning that to me is a bit scary and a little bit quirky. A Yichus means “good blood” or someone who is “well born.” A person who is a Yichus lives up to their family and their family standards. However, this is something I can’t completely understand and I think is a terrible word for someone who is not a Yichus. I mean after all, who cares if someone lives to something. We all are meant for different things and comparing people is awfully taxing and needless.

7. Shvitzer

A Shvitzer is someone who sweats a lot. To make this a little bit funny, this is totally my brother, who can always be seen with sweaty palms and hands, and do not even get me started about after the gym workout. He is all sweaty afterwards after his gym routine.

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8. Luftmensch

Someone living on air or someone who may have accomplished a lot but does not have that much to be able to have a healthy or stealthy living.

9. K’velen

We all know that particular someone who constantly brags about their family member’s accomplishments, which in my opinion, is one of the most annoying qualities any individual can have.

10. Shlimazl

“Shlimazl” is a funny sounding word. It means that a person is highly unlucky.

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11. Farpotshket

In this case, the word here is a bit tricky to translate. To define it is not easy but doing my best I can say this: Farpotshket means that something is wrong or what we say “in a mess” or even “messed up.” It can even be making something worse while trying to fix it up.

12. Nu

“Nu” expresses a couple of things; it expresses both confusion and indifference when new information is learned. It is often translated as “So What” but to say it is its’ actual definitive translated word would be completely and utterly wrong.

13. Yahrzeit

The word above means that the one year anniversary of a family member’s death has arrived. Of course, it comes once a year, and a family member lights a 24-hour burning candle in memory. Alongside this, a special prayer is said, while the grave is also visited.

Source: http://betterthanenglish.com/category/yiddish/

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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