SERVIETTE IS THE WORD FOR NAPKIN IN ENGLAND. IT SHOULD BE ACCEPTED AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO NAPKIN.
זה - masculine singular
זאת - feminine singular
They both mean "this". So, for example, you would say:
l זה מזלג- this is a fork (fork (mazlég) is a masculine word)
l זאת מפית - this is a napkin (napkin (mapít) is a feminine word)
In plural, for both masculine and feminine nouns, you use אלה (ele)
l אלה כפיות - these are spoons
Once you get to the intermediate stage, they will become very handy. Looking up forms of verbs (pealim.com is perfect for this) or specific pronunciations of other forms of words on milog.co.il (a native hebrew-hebrew dictionary) would be impossible without knowing the neqqudot. This becomes important as you want to start reading more native materials.
Well, I wouldn't complain if you used it at a daily basis :D I am a bit distrustful towards the Semitic languages. To me it looks like:
- Well we don't need to write those stupid little sounds in between. Who cares?
- Hey, you know, I think we should be able to tell apart these words... What about some random dots around?
- Who cares about these dots anyway? We already know how to pronounce it, right?
PS Thanks for the links :)
Haha. I hear you. One of the ways I review all of the Hebrew I learn (since I started about a year ago) is to add vowels to everything I haven't already learned and shove it into anki. I suppose I just became used to them.... the same way I finally became used to touch typing with the Hebrew keyboard. It serves a purpose, so eventually I learned it and now I don't think about it.
https://www.cartoonhebrew.com/kamats . There is also a nikud course at Memrise. But right now imho I'd suggest starting with Memrise Duolingo Hebrew vocab course. I don't know how anyone lasts longer through this course without it, there's just not enough audio.
This is the course I started before Duolingo: http://www.memrise.com/course/1031737/hebrew-duolingo/
It's all the vocab used in Duolingo broken up the same way Duolingo does with audio. But no grammar. I'm on #35,
I've found it very helpful to know the vocab before using it sentences.