Do other people notice that the very first syllable in the audio is always cut off or cut extremely short so you can't notice it?
Yes the beginning and end of words are often truncated making it a matter of pure guesswork. I do wish they'd fix this. I'm using the Memrise app (it pronounces all the words in the Duolingo course) to help. Without the Memrise, I'd have given up on the Duolingo lessons long ago because of the impossible audio.
Hi Chris, can you please give a clue which app is that? The Memrise I found can't do that. Thanks a lot! תודה
Hi, Csaba - it's online, https://www.memrise.com/home/ and you sign up for a free account. Then you need to search for the "Hebrew Duolingo" course - I think there are other Hebrew courses on there, but I think this one was user-created from someone on this Duolingo course and he's recorded all the words.
It's awesome, I've done others before Duolingo on Memrise, I use a second one just for the to wear & remove grammar , also a Duolingo user... But he did an amazing job
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 #32, I've found it very helpful to know the vocab before using it sentences.
Here's the tips & notes that aren't in app, http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Hebrew
Is there any connection between bear (duv) and honey (dvash) in Hebrew? It won't be suprising, as in some slavic languages the word for bear is derived from the word for honey. For example, in Russian: медведь (medved', a bear) and мёд (myod, honey).
Tell that to the children who mocked the prophet Elisha. But I also don't think they're related.
To be fair, maybe they were more common in biblical times. But I can't find any evidence the words are connected looking at etymologies.
I didn't know that bear and honey in Russian are cognates, although I'm a native Russian speaker! Spasibo!
Really! I would never have realised that a медведь is an animal which knows (ведать) where honey (мёд) is, or more probably an animal which eats honey (медовый и edъ). The Hebrew words on the other hand are certainly not related, a דֹּב (root דבב) is an animal, that walks softly. Compare the Arabic verb دَبَّ to creep, to go on all fours, to walk slowly.