Friday, May 16, 2014

Yiddish Expressions 1.13

How do you say in Yiddish 'to go at it alone” or “do your own thing” or march to one's own drum”
איך אומרים ביידיש "אחת שעושה דברים על דעת עצמו" או "פורש מן הציבור"

מאַכן שבּת פאַר זיך

makhn shabes far zikh

make Shabbos for yourself

לעשות שבת לעצמו

Yiddish is rich with expressions. In fact, sometimes the same phrase can be said in a number of different ways. I try to bring the unique ones, where it is is not obvious from the literal translation what the expression means.


  1. It's great to learn these expressions -- they're not in the dictionary!

    Good Shabbos, Chaim, and thank you,

  2. Thanks for your comment. I grew up with many of them and love the one's particularly that don't translate literally.