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Yiddish Word of the Day as seen on Feed Me Bubbe

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Click on the Yiddish Word* to hear Bubbe say the word.

Episode # Yiddish Word Definition
1 Bubbe Grandmother
2 Luchen noodles
3 Fleishig Meat
4 Nosh Snack
5 Kotletan Hamburger
6 Shpilkes Pins and Needles
7 Kaledz-Student College Student
8 Kneydlach Dumplings
9 Tam-or-Taam Taste
10 Fartik Finish or Done
11 Geshmak Tasty or Delicious
12 Mitsve Good Deed
13 Gelt Money
14 Mentsh Honorable, Hepatitis
and Decent Person
15 Mazltov Congratulations, find
and Good Luck
16 Yontev Holiday
17 Mishpokhe Family
18 Poeme Poem
19 Tsdoke Helping poor, Helping with aid
20 Heymish Traditional, Homey, Friendly
21 Fraynt Friend
22 Tsuzamen Together
23 Balabusta Homemaker
24 Kopveytik Headache
25 Lebedik Lively, Alive
26 Oy Gevald Oh my goodness, Dismay
27 Farmisht Mixed up
28 Farblondzshet Lost
29 Zadie* Grandfather
30 Shmeykhl* Smile

*Bubbe saying the Yiddish words unavailable at this time.


24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Joan Lucas // Oct 25, 2008 at 11:16 am

    I’m an 80 year-old computer savvy Jewish Bubbe in Tucson, AZ, and I am an eBay seller (and buyer). Contact me.

  • 2 Busia and Alex // Dec 26, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    My grandson and I love Feed Me Bubbe and have tuned in since the start. She even e-mailed us!! Whatever the ethnic heritage {mine is Polish} Bubbe reminds us of how important family ties are. You go Girl!!

  • 3 Rivka // Jan 25, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Enjoying so much all your cooking lessons. Do you happen to know the Yiddish word for “go slowly” something like gay pavaya? My mother said this to me and she recently passed and I am trying to get the correct spelling. Thanks you! and Happy cooking! You are a sweetheart.

  • 4 Elisse Goldstein-Clark // Mar 8, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Doesn’t “shpilkes” actually mean “butterflies”? 🙂
    Not complaining- love the site & put it on our facebook page!
    My fave Yiddish Word of the Day “tuchas”, is in a quote from my Bubbe- Grandma Tanya: “kish mir in…” 😀

  • 5 Craig // Nov 3, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Rivke, “go slowly” in Yiddish is “gey pamelekh.”

    Elisse, no, “shpilkes” literally means “pins,” as in clothespins. It’s used in an expression equivalent to the English “on pins and needles,” meaning excited, nervous, etc. The Yiddish word for “butterfly” is either “fleterel” or “zumer-feygele” (lit. “little summer bird”). I don’t believe that the expression “butterflies in the tummy” is used in Yiddish.

  • 6 Gloria Machlis Heyman // Jan 10, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    To Rivka on her 1/25/09 comment: I just started following this site. I hope you get this answer even though it is a year later!

    Go slowly in Yiddish is gey pamelech – an expression my mother and my babeh always used.

  • 7 Maraiah Hartweg // Jan 30, 2010 at 3:50 am

    Hi! i think Bubbe is amazing and adorable!!

    and i didn’t know that many yiddish words are similar to german words


  • 8 Dvorah // Feb 1, 2010 at 8:04 pm


    Yiddish IS a (High) German language!

  • 9 Mary Foster // Feb 3, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Hello Bubbe,

    Today for the first time I was introduced to your site by PBS. They were doing a show on how technology affects our interactions with people. I am happy to have seen it and just signed up for your newsletter. Wonderful site, looking forward to the recipes and videos. Particularly LOVE your voice and choice of words on speaking Yiddish. I plan to use some of the words when speaking with colleagues I visit who are Jewish at a local nursing home. Thank you for your site. You are terrific!

  • 10 chester // Feb 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    How about the great phrases like (my spelling is not good) “oyse gerfuffen gelt!”and so many others?

  • 11 DEBBELA // Feb 16, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    You make me miss my Bubbe even more than ever!! What a shayne punim!!!!!!!

  • 12 Brett Hetherington // Feb 20, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Fantastic page for a beginner like me. You’re a real mentsh for making it. (How am I going?) My grandmother Jessica Vera Starkey had Jewish parents but I am having a really hard time finding out this in factual documentation. I could do with some help!

    Anyway, congrats again on the site. Mazltov!

  • 13 Charles Pennington // Feb 27, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Saw you and your show on a vido seent to my e-mail…Looked you up through Google Search and watched Episode 27 – Sweet and Sour Turkey Drumsticks. It looked interesting and simple and I’ll try it. Thanks…and for you
    “You Go Girl”

  • 14 Pearl Gertzbein // Mar 25, 2010 at 9:10 am

    All comments bring so many wonderful memories to mind.

  • 15 Barbara // Mar 27, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Why can’t I find “tzimmes” on your site?
    I’ need a recipe… but I need it now!
    I’m not Jewish but have had 3 Jewish husbands (and 2 kids 1/2 Jewish). All of them were non-religious but once in a while we like to delve into the traditional foods etc, and I love Yiddish expressions. Go Bubbe!

  • 16 Gennette Diggs // Apr 21, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    My husband and I discovered Bubbe on You tube today and we love her. she is just cool. I will try her recipes. Thank you, we adore you.

  • 17 Beth Dunn // May 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Just discovered Bubbe today. Can’t wait to try making my own fricassee and mandel bread!

  • 18 Cookie // May 25, 2010 at 12:33 am

    I love the show & the recipes! I recently found out that my great, great grandparents were Ashkenazi Jews, speaking Yiddish in the home. They had 8 kids, one of them didnt follow Judaism; this would be my great grandmother. At any rate, its never to late to convert and celebrate one’s heritage; and although I never got to meet my Bubbe, your show helps me to imagine what it might have been like. Keep up the good work!!

  • 19 Jennifer Cohen // Jun 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    We love you Bubbe! Keep up the wonderful recipes. My friends and family count on me to keep up the traditional food presentations on the holidays.

  • 20 Eric // Jul 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I jokingly said I was starting a group: People Opposing the Perception of the Extintion of Yiddish Ethnicity (POPEYE). Recently I saw that there was a group here in Miami trying to preserve yiddish. Wow! Love watching your show.

  • 21 Auriel // Jul 28, 2010 at 4:36 am

    I’ve been craving the food I ate as a child and found the web site this morning when googling recipes. I must try the Borscht soup!

    I am laughing reading all these Yiddish words, I knew quite a few and had no clue they were Yiddish, just thought they were a weird form of German that Grandma spoke when she was excited. I did not even know I was Jewish until a long lost relative found me recently!

    WOW, too bad I did not know more about the culture as a kid, maybe I would have picked up on the little clues.

    Anyway, love the recipes, will have to try a Brisket next.


  • 22 Bubbe of 5 // Aug 4, 2010 at 10:33 am

    My whole family is enjoying your recipes and your programs. Thank you sooo much for bringing “yiddishkite” to our world again.
    Love it

  • 23 Norm // Aug 7, 2010 at 11:23 am

    From Chester
    Feb 3, 2010

    Oyse gevorfenes Gelt = Thrown out (Wasted) money

  • 24 Carole Rosenthal // Sep 1, 2010 at 4:41 am

    Hi! Just discovered this network and feed me Bubbe. I am now a Bubbe, and I kvell when I see your program. I, of course, miss my Bubbe and Zaidee. It feels like I’m in my Bubbe’s kitchen. Do you have a recipe for Flat Apple Pie which my Bubbe made. She was a “brentfire!” We need to go back to our roots and preserve them, especially the Yiddish! Thank you so much for the program and the network. La Shana Tovah (Happy New Year!).

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