The contributors only recorded audio for the sentences for now. There is no tts for the course so duo hired people to voice them. That means individual words won't have audio, but the sentences will be exellent quality unlike some of the tts sentences in other courses. I personally like this trade-off as the sentences will be very clear.
Maybe it works for people already speaking some Hebrew but not for people not knowing it at all! On Duolingo there's no Hebrew keyboard: how can I write what it asks without a keyboard? I'm a complete beginner: maybe this course is not suitable for people like me.
Are you on windows? There is a Hebrew Keyboard layout just waiting for you in the Windows Control Panel, click on Regions and Languages, from there click on Keyboards and Languages, click on Change Keyboards (Don't worry you will be able to access English easily also.), Click on "Add", scroll down to Hebrew (Israel) and pick a keyboard, click "OK", click "Apply", click Advanced Key Settings, click on English, click Change Key Sequence, click the box next to Enable Key Sequence, choose a Ctrl + number (I like CTRL + 1 for English myself), click OK, then click on Hebrew and do the same for another number ( I use CTRL + 3 for Hebrew, because I use many other languages also.), Then click "Apply", then click OK You will have a little language bar on the top of your screen or on the bottom on your task bar. You can right click it to put it in the other place if you prefer. Click on Settings , I like it (docked in the taskbar.) Now you can click on the little icon to switch languages are just use the CTRL+3 or whatever number you assigned to it to switch to Hebrew and CTRL+1 or whatever number you assigned to English to switch back.
You can also easily add keyboards to phones, I switch back and forth on my android phone with a press and hold on my space bar. I first studied the Hebrew alphabet on another free site, Memrise:
https://www.duolingo.com/comment/16251269 Hebrew Welcome page which has more keyboard information, as well as other links.
Oh and try this link which has pronunciation by native speakers: http://forvo.com/languages/he/ Specifically for this page, I typed the word into a search: http://forvo.com/search/%D7%90%D7%91%D7%90/ When you click on the word: http://forvo.com/word/%D7%90%D7%91%D7%90/#he
Also, if you have a Chromebook you can add Hebrew as one of your languages and add the Hebrew keyboard from Language and Inputs in the Settings.
Did you follow the link provided that tells you how to add Hebrew to your Mac?
nooooo iddk hebrew at all but this taught me the letters and iam gonna start now with the basics
Not to speak about the people who have no idea about the alphabet! I see there is a "letters" part but until then I'm tapping in the dark.
Hi rajuncajun09, this post is around a years old now and I wanted to know if there's any update about the tts absent in this course. I am really excited to have Hebrew in Duo but feel kind of discouraged by not being able know the sounds of individual words without having to go to a third party learning site. Are there any plans to incorporate tts into this course, is there any work in progress, or is this a definite product? I would even be willing to get the paid version if necessary to support this course in particular and probably many others would be too. I know Forvo and YouTube can help a lot, but at the same time having to leave Duo every time to look up a new word kind of defeats the purpose of these beginning lessons.
Any updates on the development of this course? Any plans to include tts for individual words? I would happily go on a monthly payment plan to support Duo and help further develop this course and many other people would probably do too. What to do?
There is no audio for this one. If it has the circle with the sound logo thing than you can click it and you will hear thr audio
I agree with previous posts - this is not a program for beginners. There is no review of letters or basics. It seems to assume a working knowledge of hebrew.
Scroll back up, I just added some different links that might help in several different posts. Oh, some of the links are also below, so you might also want to scroll down.
the letters are explained in the tips and notes. If you're on the mobile app, you should use the browser version
Dad or father is אבא. If you would like to say "the insert noun", you would place a ה before this noun. For instance - the dad/father=האבא (ha'aba), the mom/mother=האמא (ha'ima).
hi, saw this just now! I checked out the website that CJ.DENNIS mentioned, FORVO, its really good, you can change the language but still search for hebrew :)
I had to look that up. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/nikud So, yes, I think that would be helpful, perhaps an option could be added later to have them show or turn them off. Maybe they teach that later? Here is a memrise course that also teaches those: http://www.memrise.com/course/198775/hebrew-vowel-markers/
Thank you for the Hebrew dictionary, I picked up the verb conjugator on another page, heraklesyank, תודה.
I got the word for thank you from this English to Hebrew dictionary: http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-hebrew/Thank%20you
I looked up our new word in your dictionary, then I did a reverse look for the definition of dad and that is where I saw the nikud shown on the word. Very cool tool!
My dictionary doesn't have that, but it does have the ability to show words in context: http://context.reverso.net/translation/english-hebrew/Thank+you
It would be great to start any language that doesn't use roman letters with the actual learning of the letters/alphabet. I love duolingo, but this is massively difficult.
This section is to introduce us to a small subset of the Hebrew alefbet by giving us whole words and grammatically correct (if unlikely) sentences. You can also read the introduction which should help.
Comes from the Proto-Semitic *ʾab-, meaning "father", also giving אָב (same meaning). Cognate to Arabic أَب (ʾab), Amharic አባት (äbat), and Ugaritic (ảb), all meaning "father".
This page has not been created yet.
The pages that would be helpful now are: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D7%90%D7%91%D7%90#Hebrew and: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D7%90%D7%91#Hebrew
Corrected! It seems Duolingo didn't detect the hyphen at the end as part of the URL.
Great! You might also warn people that they will be leaving this lesson and have to start the lesson over if they use your link. Mine will open in a new tab for me. I think it depends on how our settings are set up. A person can right click on your link to choose to open it in a new window or another tab so that their place in this lesson is not lost, if they don't wish to start the lesson over.
Yes, I can middle-click on my links and they will open in a new tab, but when I middle-click on your link, it replaces this lesson and I have to start over.
I just used my page http://duolingo.howyousay.it/link.html to create a link that will work well for everyone:
I need a more elementary lesson format since i dont know the hebrew alphabet
I agree completely but since they don't teach the letters individually, the best thing to do is read the "Letters" page a couple of times to familiarise yourself with them. If you are using Duolingo on your browser you could have that page open in another tab for quick reference.
My first school was a Jewish school so I've called my parents Aba and Ima since I was a kid. Now I know how to spell Aba!
I'm out. It looked like fun but the keyboard issues are too much for a beginner. You should make some kind of announcement if they're reduced....
I don't understand how as beginners we are expected to just know what the words mean. Can you help me?
I'm trying to start with the alphabet, but it's already assuming I know that!
the real problem is, we would have to learn the hebrew alphabet (reading and writing) before starting this course. it would be great if the course could teach the alphabet as well.
The aim of the first three subjects is to gradually introduce you to the alefbet. If you have access to the website, you can see the alefbet in its entirety, unfortunately not the case on the app. I'm currently on level 7 Hebrew, but I haven't completed Letters 3 yet, because I want to become more familiar with them before moving on.
They are teaching the alefbet first! They're just doing it with whole words instead of individual letters. It's taken me about 2 months to learn the letters by repeating the first 3 topics over and over again, and in the process I've also learnt a few basic sentences! I make sure I know the letters I've been taught fairly well before moving on to the next lesson.
A dad/dad=אבא. The dad/the father=האבא. In Hebrew, you don't put anything like an "a" before a noun.
Try reporting this, as it is in Beta still and all options might not have been programmed in yet. Perhaps though, the period could be meant to show a complete thought. You could call "Dad" and that would be a complete thought, but "a dad" would not be used as a complete thought. It is a phrase.
Hebrew keyboard with translation in English :
I can't hear anything!!! And it expects me to know the letters off the bat? I clicked "Learn the Letters" for a reason! ==''
I would think that learning the Hebrew alphabet would be a slightly better way to start this course - it's what the Japanese course on mobile does.
Otherwise, it's just a game of "match the squiggles."
one major problem with this course is that it does not go through and teach you how to convert the Hebrew letters into English letters before giving you these random words written only in Hebrew.
There's no audio??? How can I learn the alphabet when I don't know what sound the letter makes? How can I learn new words when I don't know what they sound like because I can't read them???? This is awful!
I'm another person who isn't able to input the Hebrew alphabet. The only way I could translate "love" was to get the answer wrong, then copy and paste the right answer. I'm thinking it will probably be worth waiting until the mobile version is available, as the iOS keyboard will be so much easier!
I do not know what is your navigator. But if you use Chrome on your pc, then you should try installing Duolibro. Here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/duolibro/ogianofickehjjgaopiohbgjhmhbdafn
Whatever your operating system, you'll be able to install Hebrew as an additional keyboard. You can then switch layouts as you do your Duolingo lessons.
Ok, I'm using a Mac and I have the Hebrew keyboard installed but - and correct me if I'm missing something - obviously the plastic keys on my Macbook still show the Roman alphabet (!) so I don't know which keys correspond to which Hebrew letters.
Is there a way around this? A different way? Or do I just have to learn which keys go with the Hebrew letters?
There is on screen keybord. I don't know how to use it on mac but Youtube know how.
This might sound strange, but I'd suggest learning to type without looking at the keys. I can type in French (français) and Sinhala (සිංහලා) on my English keyboard and I have now started learning Hebrew (עברית). Strangely enough, the key for the letter that sounds like "R" is always the same! The letter א is on "t" and the letter ב is on "c".
If you go to the tips and notes for this lesson you will see the entire alphabet and which letters are taught in this lesson.
I can figure out it's pronounced ABA but I don't know what that means as I'm a complete beginner!!! I can see now it means dad, but surely this is assuming some previous knowledge?
Every time you're given a new word it's highlighted so that you know to hover/tap on it to see its meaning.
Which is the purpose of the last א in אבא since the /a/ sound is below the ב?
The letter "א" is pronounced /ʔ/ which is the glottal stop. In English, the glottal stop occurs between the vowel sounds in "uh-oh!", approximately where the first "h" is. You can think of "אבא" as sounding like "abah".
- "uh-oh!" Received Pronunciation: [ˈɐʔəʊ]
- "uh-oh!" General American: [ˈʌʔoʊ]
Can someone explain to me why these words don't have the dots/lines that tells you which vowel it is?
There is no audio pronunciation in Hebrew but only pronunciation in English. What we should be learning is the Hebrew pronunciation. Is there a technical fault?
What do you mean by pronunciation in English? I've only ever heard Hebrew phrases spoken in this course. Duolingo doesn't have TTS software for Hebrew so they had to hire voice artists to record some of the phrases. Unfortunately, it wasn't possible to record all of them.
Hebrew Word of the Day (Words and Phrases) http://www.transparent.com/word-of-the-day/today/hebrew.html
I was surprised to learn from CJ Dennis comments that Duolingo uses TTS (Text To Speech) software to input course sounds, and the voice artists hired were not able to do everything (Expensive!'. And these courses are currently still free!).
Before this, I guessed that each language's team of volunteers recorded their own voices!
If technically possible for the apps and/or web, I wonder if the single words and alphabet sounds can be added?
I will send this request directly to Duolingo.
No audio. Also, as a beginner, this course fails to support non Hebrew speakers. Aside from the heart in the picture, I had no idea what the translation for love was. Unfortunately, I cannot use this. ;(
USE ON-SCREEN KEYBOARD SEARCH FOR IT IN THE START MNU FOR [WINDOWS] AND YOU CAN ADD ANY LANGUAGE YOU LIKE INCLUDING HEBREW FROM INPUT SETTINGS .
To a non Hebrew and a beginning I'd like to suggest to start with the Alphabet first. Something is similar to Korean. I've on this Hebrew for months and its hard to catch the alphabet or at least to read it out. But for Korean i could be able to assemble a simple sentence.
How on earth can we read it i mean atleast if there was letters at first lol this is the hardest
No I mean give a Roman alphabet option. Like on the Russian courses you can switch between the 2.
Not so much a Latin alphabet as a phonetic option would be useful for those still learning which Hebrew letter makes which sound.
The word אבא means "dad", but it can be used for father
אב means "father" and is probably used for the honorific. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Abba
I always think of the Swedish group though: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ABBA
It can also be an individual's name. http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-hebrew/Abba
Okay, I am not sure how to fix that above. I was trying to put the hebrew word at the beginning of the English sentence, but of course the Hebrew word order is different.
Older browsers (such as Opera 12) assume that every sentence is Left-to-Right (LTR) and display it as you intended. Newer browsers (such as Opera Chromium) assume that the first word dictates the word order for the whole sentence, so they think you've written a Hebrew sentence with embedded English. Try this:
אבא means "Dad"
The word אבא means "Dad"
Thank you! Oddly, I changed the first word of the first sentence and it fixed both of them.
Yeah, I made some assumptions that turned out to be wrong once I'd posted the message. It's just the first word in your comment that determines whether it's LTR or RTL.
Do you mean is "aba" a Hebrew word? As far as I can tell there is no word "aba" in English that means "dad" or "father". https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/aba#English. I do call my father "aba" but that's only because I went to a Jewish school and I'm aware that it's a Hebrew word.
Yes, thousands of people know how and some of them have provided instructions on the internet. Just search and follow the instructions.
To the downvoter: do you think a million identical questions should be given a million answers (which may be different) or is it better for people to find their own answer on the internet, especially when the person asking the question hasn't given enough information to solve their problem, i.e. what type of phone they're using, etc? This is not a technical help forum, it's a language discussion forum.
How do you access Tips and Notes from within a lesson? There should be a link at top left, but I don't see one. I'm doing the lessons on a PC, not a mobile device.
From the "Home" screen, click on the lesson circles, then click the "lightbulb" icons. That takes you to "Tips and Notes", which are currently available only on a PC.
Hi my friends good morning! I need a help for you? In translator and typewriter hebrew to english, I get not find the type writer in the lessons? Where is it, or what things I must do in that case? Thank to help my.
I find it interesting that the "Letters" part of the course didn't actually start with teaching the letters. I had previous Hebrew background so that wasn't a problem, but it might be good for the letters section to actually teach the letters.
How come we will learn herbew if we cant read the words atleast if there were lessons of letters at first
First of all we dont know hebrew script and we are learnt to speak hebrew wtf!
i don't really get this i mean i want to learn it just doesn't help that much i guess i could try the audio :) thanks for reading SHALOM!!!!!! ANI OHEVET OTACH GAMMMM!!!!!!
Lol. This has to be the worst language ever.
As a suggestion, for every symbol that represents a word, why not put an English transliteration of each single symbol above or underneath it?
Because what you have now is rather amusing. I just guessed the word was "father", but how lucky will one be along the line.
For now i will Savor my guesses as to what the symbols mean.
The one for love is "dodo" for father "aba" and for mother is "$gdyiesyih".
It's the worst because it's just symbols, symbols and no way of knowing what the symbols mean.
But you are right. I don't have to learn it. And I'm not.
Keep the Hebrew flag flying. Language learning of Hebrew is only for already grounded Hebrew speakers, so why call it learning when nobody can learn it? Call it instead Hebrew for Hebrew speakers, and save every other person the stress of trying to get started.
Dead end course.