Reading and writing vowels?
I see that, in the Tips & Notes, the examples in Hebrew are written without vowels. I also know that the Hebrew script is a consonant-only abjad. Am I supposed to remember what the vowels and their positions are?
Yeah, sort of. There are things called niqqud, which can help you read what sound the letters make. Niqqud is to help beginner learners understand the sounds that the words make.
it is not that complicated, really. and the i, o and u vowels usually get י and ו , too.
this would be like writing your sentence this way: So, bsiclly, fluent speakrs of Hbrw mmorize wht vwls go whr?
once you get the hang of the language, you see it is'nt that difficult to read with half of the vowels missing
As we are supposed to be beginners, niqqud should be included, for at least the first half of the course.
No, because niqqud are not used in everyday writing, it's much better not to get used to relying on them, and to learn how to read and write Hebrew without them. Otherwise you will just have to kind of relearn everything without reliance on them later - it's way better to learn without from the start.
In Hebrew, traditionally the vowels are not written but speakers understand what vowel goes where. There is also a variation of written Hebrew that includes vowels as marks to help beginners and children read without struggling as much. All languages that use abjads (Hebrew, Yiddish, Arabic, Urdu, Persian, ect) work this way. If you're struggling with this, you can make notes that include the vowels in the words. That helps me with Arabic.
Jeez, this is going to be like Russian or Ukrainian, where you have to remember where the stress goes.
basically, yes, only with Niqqud you can really tell (but you would rarely find Hebrew with Niqqud). however, Hebrew is not a pure abjad: there are 4 letters: א ה ו י that may serve as vowels (but sometimes also as consonants, and often can be omitted). still, it should give you some indication for pronunciation. confused? well, hmmm... eventually Hebrew is very "pattern" oriented, and you can develop some good "intuition" pretty quickly