- The two languages have almost nothing in common except that they are spoken primarily by Jewish people. Yiddish (from the German jüdisch, "Jewish") is a modified German dialect and thus a part of the Indo-European family of languages. Hebrew is a Semitic tongue and therefore is more closely related to Arabic. Yiddish writers use the Hebrew alphabet, but the two languages are no more closely related than, say, English and Swahili.
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