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 American Jews.
Here are some descriptions of the characteristics of the language, and samples of phrases in standard English and Hebonics.
Samples of Pronunciation Characteristics
Samples of Idiomatic Characteristics
Questions are always answered with questions:
Question: "How do you feel?"
Hebonics response: "How should I feel?"
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
mountains becomes "shmountains
turtle becomes "shmurtle."
Sample Usage Comparisons: