"Is the dad coming?"
They're available when you first start a lesson - just scroll down. Alternatively, to learn the letters, go here: https://www.memrise.com/course/1087087/hebrew-alef-bet/
I have a Mac and this worked great for me: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4605950?start=0 Just be sure to use the keyboard viewer or you'll be guessing at what letter on your keyboard matches which Hebrew character.
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Why does אבא become האבא ? Is the second one the nominative form or something?
The definite article ("the") in Hebrew is ה, and it is attached to the beginning noun it modifies.
Also, there's no declension for nominative/accusative/dative in Hebrew, you just use prepositions that attach to the beginning of the noun. Pretty much the only thing that could be considered declension is possessive/genitive endings for nouns being possessed by the subject or possessive pronouns.
Thank you very much! I'm a complete newbie to Hebrew (and I don't know any other Semitic languages either) and I'm still just kinda guessing how its grammar works so your comment really helps.
If you're using Windows, you can add a number of language keyboards (go to language preference settings --> region & language --> add a language --> Hebrew --> choose your keyboard preference). Be sure to put on the on-screen keyboard option while you're getting use to the keyboard.
How was I supposed to know to add whatever that short second word was? I could recognize אבא and האבא from using them in earlier questions, and I was able to eliminate 'love' by having just seen it a moment ago, but I literally haven't been shown how to ask a question, not construct the sentence with a question word.
There's no question word here. בא is a verb meaning "to come" or "he/it comes."
I do believe this lesson is starting out on the wrong side. It's quite hard to understand what to do and how to make sense of it. Japanese on the other hand was very easy to get a hang of.
More audio would be nice. Most of us are still trying to learn how to pronounce things.
In modern Hebrew, is it possible to swap the sentence order? It wasn't accepted.
I gather you mean the order of words in this sentence. In this particular case, no. The word order is as it should be and swapping the two words will not yield something intelligible
Independently of that, Duo currently has trouble keeping question marks in their correct place the question. They should come at the end of the questions, on the left. So look out!
I'm using my android phone. How can i get the Hebrew keyboard? Oddly enough, the app asked me if I wanted it. I ignored the ? at that time. It never came up again. Anybody have any suggestions for using my android?
It will vary somewhat depending on what kind of phone you have, but if there isn't already a Hebrew keyboard in language and input settings (there should be, you just have to download and/or enable it) then installing swiftkey or swype will do the job, or you can try this (I've never used it).
I typed ?בא האבא האם and Duo says Almost correct! ?בא האב האם
Actually, I typed them in the correct order, and so did Duo! I can't make them be in the right-to-left order here for some reason, not even by cutting and pasting!
Anyway, what I don’t understand is why “the dad” is spelled האב this time. Why is the last letter omitted?
They are two different words. אבא means dad/daddy, as used by children, whereas אב means father. However, Duo should accept them as interchangeable. As for why things aren't in the right order, it could be your browser, OS, keyboard settings or something else, but I will say that punctuation never wants to go to the right place when typing right-to-left, no matter how smoothly the typing of letters works.
(av)אב is more formal like father whereas (abba) אבא is more informal like dad or daddy
This app is nice. However there are so much room to improve. Please consider all the possibilities of the learners as well as features. For example: one could learn how to read and listen but unnecessary to learn how to write (type). I can't be able to move forward with my basic reading and listening skills.
I gave the correct answer: האם האבא בא and it said that there was a typo, but it corrected me to as this: האב בא which is wrong, right?
The place to input this answer is messed up; it reads in two directions at one instead of the normal Hebrew order.
A website called "Memrise" does the letters. And, you can quiz yourself over & over until you're satisfied that you know them. I felt the same way as you, joanatamar, so I looked to find a way to do the letters first. It was a big help.