They're teaching the alphabet through words with similar sounds/spelling. This kind of teaching method reinforces the letters better than just looking at them individually I feel and it also starts you on the language faster
It might reinforce the visual identification of the letters but how about their connection with sounds? I think what many people are trying to say is that we as beginners need to be able to recognize the sounds of single letters before we can attempt to pronounce them.
There are a lot of Apps for learning the hebrew letters. I learned before the letters and now I work with this app. I 'm enthusiast. I work together also with an other app, where I can save the vocabulary and how to pronounce in my language. So before I continue I check in the other app, if I remember me all ready the vocabulary.
That's a very interesting point. However, I like how the Japanese course starts you out by matching characters to their sounds. It has helped me enormously in getting to grips with the hiragana and katakana, and even some basic kanji, and I strongly believe that the Hebrew course could benefit from something similar. By the time I reached skills with a few more complex sentences in the Japanese course, I felt a lot more confident with them with the thorough initial grounding the course gave me in the hiragana and katakana characters.
Start with individual letters so we can get a good basic grounding in them, then go on to do the words with similar sounds and spelling. It's like building blocks. With a language like this, learning the basic alphabet is the initial foundation, then you build on that with simple words and sentences, and eventually you can get to a point where you can start forming more complex sentences and developing a reasonable vocabulary.
That said, I am slowly getting to grips with the Hebrew alphabet and starting to figure out a few ideas about how Hebrew words are formed (for instance, I've noticed aleph and vav go together a lot, and chet is frequently used at the end of words). But if the Hebrew course started out more like the Japanese one, I would have found it a bit less of an early struggle.
Meria is right. I heard the reason is that there is not a very good quality automatic voice for Hebrew as of now.
The pronunciation is "Ah-Hah-Vah".
Because there isn't one. For the Hebrew course, Duo uses a real person for pronunciation and has only recorded full sentences.
To me that is a rather poor choice. Obviously the need to hear words is the highest when you are trying to understand a new set of symbols.
If you're on Android, open Settings>Keyboard and Input>Languages and check Hebrew as one of them. Then there should be a little globe button to switch languages (with the Gboard keyboard, anyway.)
It is, but in the present verb tense. As in "I love pizza". This is the noun form, as in "Love is a wonderful thing." - "אהבה היא דבר נפלא".
The sound difference is 'ah Hah vah' for this noun form, and 'oh heyv' for the form I was familiar with.
I download a hebrew keyboard app its working i just dont understand the hebrew letters
I now use the DuoKeyboard plug-in, which I find very helpful for Hebrew and other languages (e.g. Russian, Greek) with non-Latin alphabets. The only thing it doesn't support is Japanese characters (maybe because Japanese has three distinct writing systems). It has improved my DuoLingo experience no end to have this plug-in.
Why there is no like transliteration so you can understand how you can pronounce the word correctly.Because there are no vowels and i cant understand how i should read this without already knowing the word.
Duolingo has another app called Tiny Cards. I used that to learn the Hebrew alphabet. Now I can call the letters by their actual names instead of "x-thing", "broken N", "line", "longer line", etc.
It is too bad that the Niqqud are not taught in courses like these to help new speakers figure the rules. I am new and cannot decipher between vowel sounds between the consonants at times, when I am reading new words I have never seen before.
There are many apps that teach just the alephbet. Start there. It is well worth a few weeks of time to learn the symbols and sounds. Or try the free stuff on youtube from hebrewpod101
On your phone you should easily be able to add different keyboards in your settings.
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I know this isn't directly related to the course, but I really need some help. I got into this course and a Spanish one (because the app would not let me exit the Evaluation/Basic/ Language Selection screens unless I took one) and the app won't let me delete them off my language selections. Is there way I can simply quit the courses and get them off my screen? Any help is appreciated thank you!
I believe you can from a computer... their support can probably also help better than a random question as a comment on one of their sentences
Sorry, do I read it from right to left? I can't understand which sound stands to which letter:(
They shouldnt teach you so many ways to sa i or im or am or a it's stupid
Don't worry, Type what you think is the closest and then proceed. Just make sure you look closely at the symbols for the next time Duo asks them. If you get it hard to remember write them down or copy them to Notepad if you are on a PC... There are also another awesome website called Teach Me Hebrew that can give you some basics. Link: http://www.teachmehebrew.com/
If you do your lessons on a PC, you can access introductions to each lesson. From the "Home" page, click on the lesson circle, then click on the "light bulb" icon. The aleph-bet is explained there.