Just learning the alphabet should be enough to get you started. From there, Duoling will help you to read. In Hebrew most vowels are not written plus some small grammatical words can join regular words, etc. Learning to read Hebrew is more than learning the alphabet. I suppose they don't teach the Hebrew alphabet in this course for the same reason they don't teach most of the alphabets of the other languages. They do for Korean though.
Indeed, the dove does like wine.
When the animal protection ask me what I'm doing, I will say "giving the doves wine! They like it! Duo told me! Sheesh!"
This is a good way to learn Hebrew, PS why does a dove drinks wines.
There are Christian Israelis, but very few of them are primarily Hebrew speakers. Most Christian Israelis are either Arabs or Russian-born.
I did not downvote, but I assume some take your comment to be a bit missionary. Many don't like that.
And as I've written elsewhere on this thread (and I realize that you don't see all messages on the phone app), this is a profane word-play (or "minced oath"), not any religious allusion
I heard, "יונה", "a dove", so that's what I wrote . Then I hit, "Check", and it says I answered correctly, (without warnings about typos or any other 'tiny' mistakes)
But, the actual spoken line apparently started with, "היונה", "the dove", according to the spelled out answer at the top of the dialog.
Is this how/where I report such an error?
It depends on who the person is, and what the situation is, and if that person knows you. Someone might correct you on the spot, someone might overlook the error. My experience has been that nobody has laughed at my errors in Hebrew. Quite the opposite, they were delighted that I even study their language.
However, the goal is to know it better every day.