So I'm trying to get my foot in the door of the Germanic languages by learning Yiddish -- learning to read it at least. Since almost everything written in Yiddish is written not in Latin script, but in Hebrew script, this mean I have to learn the Hebrew alphabet. It's absolutely maddening -- the letters simply look too much alike, even worse than Burmese. As much as I look at the alphabet charts and lists of common words, it all just looks like long rows of ]|]N"]'|]']N to me. "Hm, and which of the seven letters that looks like ] is that supposed to be?"