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Siddur/Prayerbook Hebrew?

I LOVE this course. I took a modern Hebrew immersion course several years ago and this course has been amazing for both refreshing my memory and learning new words. Whoever made this course did an amazing job. I was wondering if you could add some modules for words in the siddur? I would love to be able to follow along with the siddur better and know what all the words mean. I guess that would be departing somewhat from the other languages that are on here but I know many American Jews would appreciate modules specifically to learn to follow the siddur. Just curious. I really appreciate these great modules for learning modern Hebrew!

August 3, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/LeviPolasak

The siddur isn't in modern hebrew though...They're not the same to me at all, I don't speak enough Hebrew to know too much, but the way they sound and the words itself you see the difference

August 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/yahel26

When you get better you'd start to understand the words in the Siddur. The Ancient Hebrew and the Modern Hebrew aren't that different at all. Good luck!

August 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LeviPolasak

They are different actually. I failed every single Chumish class (same language as the siddur) Yet I never failed any Hebrew classes. Maybe I didn't care much about school back then, but I surely remember it was not the same

August 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/yahel26

I don't know what you're talking about. The words you use in daily life are different from the ones that are in the Siddur, sure. E.g. in daily life you'd say "Cheese" and "Milk" and "Cucumber", but you almost never talk about foods in a Siddur. But the language is still pretty much the same, it's just the content is different. Every child in 1st grade can read a Siddur and understand the most of it. You just need to get better at Hebrew.

August 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/learnylo

That's exactly what I mean. The grammar is very similar, and of course there is overlap for pronouns, etc., but words like "cheese", "milk" and "cucumber" don't come up in the Siddur. I know the Siddur doesn't have that many words and there is a lot of repetition. It would be faster for me to learn the Hebrew that is in the Siddur, though, with a duolingo-type course, and if it were targeted at those words it would be of more benefit to me, because I would see those words again more often than I would see any words about animals, colors, food etc.

August 7, 2016

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