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.
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.
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!
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. Update:The "light bulb" icon is not used anymore. The explanations are now under "Tips".
do I have to go to another site to get the Hebrew keyboard? It counts as wrong if I transliterate on Roman keyboard. This is frustrating. I know the Hebrew alef-bet just fine, but I can't satisfy this program...I'm NOT going to jump from website to website just to copy the words from a Hebrew keyboard.
If you do your lessons on a computer, go to your settings and install a Hebrew keyboard. If you don't know how, google the instructions. Smartphones also have the Hebrew keyboard. You can also google how to install those if you don't know how. If you use a computer, you can buy Hebrew letter stickers for your key board or you can print out a picture of a Hebrew/English for your type of keyboard. You can also go online and buy a Hebrew/English keyboard.
Duolingo also has detailed instructions. Click on "LEARN" on your Duolingo tool bar to go to your Start page. Then click on one of the lesson circles for Letters 1,2, or 3. The first sentence says: NEW USERS AND PEOPLE NEW TO HEBREW: See here for quick instructions on typing .... Click on the blue word "here" for detailed instructions on setting up different types of keyboards, including a virtual keyboard.