The Encino School Board has declared Jewish English a second language. Backers of the move say the district is the first in the nation to recognize Hebonics as the language of many of America's Jews. Here are some descriptions of the characteristics of the language, and samples of phrases in standard English and Jewish English.
Samples of Pronunciation Characteristics:
Jewish English or "Hebonics" hardens
consonants at the ends of words.
The letter "W" is always pronounced as if it were a "V". Thus "walking"
are transformed to a guttural utterance that is virtually
Samples of Idiomatic Characteristics:
are always answered with questions:
The subject is often placed at the end of a sentence after a pronoun has been used at the beginning: "She dances beautifully, that girl."
The sarcastic repetition of words by adding "sh" to the front is used for emphasis" mountains becomes "shmountains", turtle becomes "shmurtle" Sample Usage Comparisons:
|Standard English Phrase
"Sorry, i do not know the time"
"I hope things turn out for the best"
" Anything can happen"
a fly in the ointment he walks"
"What do I look like, a clock?"
"You should BE so lucky"
" It's never so bad, it can get worse"
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