Type Yiddish by transliteration: type Shin with sh or Pasekh Tsvey Yudn with ay.
You can use idle keys to speed up typing but you do not have to:
c = ts (cf. Eastern European orthographies) j = ey (the name of j rhymes with ey) w = sh (looks like) x = kh (phonetic symbol)
Khof, mem, nun, fey and tsadek are shaped automatically: they take their final forms at the end of words and their regular forms otherwise. Isolated final forms can be typed with shifted keys:
Shift+C -> final tsadek Shift+X -> final khof
Shtumer Alef is automatically inserted before ay, ey, i, oy, or u at the beginning of words. You can type a word-internal shtumer alef with Shift+A.
Occasionally, you may need initial ay, ey, etc. without a shtumer alef, e.g. when you want to list the letters of the alefbeys. You can type them with the following key combinations:
Shift+E -> ey Shift+I -> i Shift+J -> ey (the name of J rhymes with ey) Shift+O -> oy Shift+U -> u Shift+Y -> ay (the name of Y rhymes with ay)
Hebrew-specific letters are typed with shifted keys, too:
Shift+B -> veys Shift+H -> khes Shift+K -> kof (Hebrew kaf) Shift+S -> sof Shift+T -> tof Shift+W -> sin
Geresh is typed with Shift+G and curley double quotes are typed with the Q key. The opening quotation mark is low if Q is unshifted and high if shifted.
The backslash key functions as a temporary place holder to separate letters or parts of compound words. Type s\h to output samekh hey instead of shin, or type ge\aylt to insert a shtumer alef between the ayen and the pasekh tsvey yudn.
The hyphen key outputs a makef after a Yiddish letter and a hyphen otherwise. If, for some reason, you need a hyphen after a Yiddish letter, press the hyphen key twice.
A hyphen after a hyphen turns the hyphen into an en dash.
A hyphen after an en dash turns the en dash into an em dash.
A geresh after a geresh turns the geresh into gershayim.
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