My father 's mother was Hungarian, his father, Austrian. My mother's mother was Polish. My mother's father died before I was born and I don't know where he was born. I learned a lot of Yiddish from my grandparents (and from my parents). What I learned was from listening to them speak it, and I enjoy when I have the opportunity to speak Yiddish - often called a dying language because of how few younger Jews speak it. Of note is that many Yiddish words are similar or alike to German words meaning the same things.