The Hebrew Course...
... is excellent. The long time spent preparing it was worth it. Very high quality!
Polite criticism: the course if now out of beta, yet
half of the voiceovers are missing
the RTL script order is wrong in multiple choice questions (the punctuation marks are on the right)
why no niqqud and no transliteration ? combined with the lack of voiceovers, it makes it quite impossible to know how a word is supposed to be pronounced.
Not quite. There is a LOT of work left to do on it, plenty of inconsistencies and errors. Something is horribly wrong if I can't as a native speaker get the full tree after trying to go through the different skill tests about 7 times now. I've been reporting around 40 different sentences already. With all due respect - you cannot make such a fundamental grammatical mistake as 'I are' and release it to beta.
I'm on a Windows 7 computer, but pretty much any Windows OS after XP will include the binaries for you to add additional foreign language keyboards. Look up the process through Google (don't know what your native language is). Once you've added the Hebrew keyboard, it is easy to switch from your native language keyboard to the Hebrew keyboard by a simple key sequence of your own choosing. It will take you some time to memorize the keyboard, but the more you use it the better you will get at it. Good luck! /בהצלחה!
For learning Russian i've downloaded a phonetic cyrillic keyboard. It took me a day or two to get used to but it's a good solution to the different alphabet problem. I've looked online to check if there is a phonetic Hebrew keyboard and I found one: https://egarc.ku.edu/installing-hebrew-ku-homophonic-keyboard-windows-7. I didn't try it, but it looks fine.
I was so excited for this course (waited 1.5 yrs for it on here), and now it's a bit of a let down. They don't have any practice over the Hebrew alphabet (given I'm an English speaker, not having similar letters makes it extra difficult compared to learning European languages). Nor is there an option within Duolingo to use the Hebrew alphabet to answer any of the questions. I'm seeing on here that I have to get a special keyboard or downloads? Isn't the point of Duolingo is that it's free...without having to BUY keyboards for particular languages? If I wanted to purchase stuff, I'd have simply purchased a Hebrew language program outright. Couldn't Duolingo put a Hebrew keyboard within the program and one select the letters needed to answer? I could only get through the first lesson without the need for a Hebrew keyboard, so cannot continue now with the course.
You don't have to pay anything. Your computer will surely already have a Hebrew keyboard, you just have to select it from the language settings. Or you could use an online virtual keyboard, or you could use the Chrome extension Duolibro which switches automatically to whichever language keyboard is required while doing Duolingo exercises.
And you can make your own stickers and apply them to your keyboard so you know the positions of the keys, or you could memorise the positions without the stickers if you're good at that sort of thing.
You have many options available to you which will all be more beneficial to you in the long run than having a keyboard provided to you by Duolingo (something the developers either refuse or are unable to do).
You can download the thing to get the keyboard settings for free and make stickers yourself or not use them.
I'm on Linux and the Hebrew locale was already installed, so I just switch between Fr/He keyboard settings and work from memory/muscle patterns (?)
I know there are free apps for Windows and Mac that were posted either there or on the FB page that allows you to use Hebrew keyboard settings. Also: http://gate2home.com/Hebrew-Keyboard