Review Comment

[YIDD W1101] Elementary Yiddish I

January 15, 2006

Vendenyapin, Yuri
[YIDD W1101] Elementary Yiddish I

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THIS CLASS IS HORRRRRIBLE!!!! DO NOT TAKE IT WITH YURI--ONLY MRS. HOFFMAN!!!! IT is NOT an Easy A, it is a HARD A-/B+ and totally focused on gramma!!!! Taking this class will make you hate Yiddish and hate Yuri even more. YIddush is great--but not with this teacher!!!!

Workload:

midterm was way too hard!

December 14, 2005

Vendenyapin, Yuri
[YIDD W1101] Elementary Yiddish I

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So I got stuck taking yiddish-supposedly one of the easiest four credit classes you can take at Columbia-with this guy.
Not only does he not know how to teach for his life, he expects that after about 3 weeks you will be able to speak Yiddish fluently and he can begin to conduct class completely in yiddish. I mean it was so bad he became a total laughing stock among the people in the class - he just did not get that just because he knows yiddish fluently, people who have been learning for just a few weeks do not.
The midterm, thankfully a take home, was a total disaster since he felt he could ask about anything and everything that he obviously did not teach in class. He redeemed himself a bit by making the final easier since he knew we all hated him but whatever you do, take this class with Hoffman at all costs. If you cant, dont take the class.

Workload:

nightly homeworks, take home midterm, take home final

December 28, 2003

Masor, Alyssa
[YIDD W1101] Elementary Yiddish I

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Khane is awesome. She only speaks in Yiddish in class and has her students do the same, unlike the other Yiddish instructors. The class is long, but she always tries to incorporate fun activities into the lessons (to learn family roles, she brought in the Simpsons family tree). She is extremely approachable, and her number one gaol is that her students learn and love the language.

Workload:

A few easy quizzes that you can correct for a higher grade, 3 short compositions that you are allowed to rewrite, 2 movie reviews, very short homework every night

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
GERL / YIDD GERL YIDD W1101: Elementary Yiddish I 2012 Fall MWF / 10:10-11:25 AM 2
GERL / YIDD GERL YIDD W1101: Elementary Yiddish I Miriam Hoffman 2012 Fall TRF / 10:10-11:25 AM 1
GERL / YIDD GERL YIDD W1101: Elementary Yiddish I 2011 Spring TRF / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
GERL / YIDD GERL YIDD W1101: Elementary Yiddish I Adi Mahalel 2010 Spring F / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
GERL / YIDD GERL YIDD W1101: Elementary Yiddish I Miriam Hoffman 2010 Fall TRF / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
GERL / YIDD GERL YIDD W1101: Elementary Yiddish I Jessica Kirzane 2010 Fall TRF / 9:10-10:25 AM 2
GERL / YIDD GERL YIDD W1101: Elementary Yiddish I Miriam Hoffman 2009 Fall TRF / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
GERL / YIDD GERL YIDD W1101: Elementary Yiddish I Jordan Schuster 2009 Fall TRF / 1:10- 2:25 PM 2
GERL / YIDD GERL YIDD W1101: Elementary Yiddish I Agnieszka Legutko-Olownia 2009 Spring MTR / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
GERL / YIDD GERL YIDD W1101: Elementary Yiddish I Adi Mahalel 2008 Fall MTR / 1:10- 2:25 PM 2
GERL / YIDD GERL YIDD W1101: Elementary Yiddish I Miriam Hoffman 2008 Fall MTR / 11:00-12:15 PM 1