Is there any special method to learning how to connect letters in one word and pronouncing it? I recognize the letters but can't form the sound of them for the word. I notice in Duolingo some words are pronounced and some aren't... unless it comes later. I'm struggling with this!
I'll try to answer but I am not sure I understand the question 100%.
I am assuming you are having trouble pronouncing because there are no vowels in Hebrew. This course does not include niqqud (a system used to represent vowels in Hebrew). So the only real way to know how to pronounce when you start is to hear the word. In sections where the word is not pronounced, copy the word onto forvo.com and you can hear it pronounced. Eventually you will notice patterns in Hebrew that will help you pronounce a word that you are unfamiliar with.
For example if you knew:
and you stumbled upon שוכח
you would be able to guess that it is shokeaH
Another thing in Hebrew is that letters change sound depending on their position. For example ב is pronounced as b in the beginning of a word and at the end it is pronounced as a v. There are exceptions though like in מכתוב where it is pronounced as a b at the end. The same rule applies for כ and פ. Generally כ is pronounced as a k in the beginning and a kh at the end of a word. While פ is pronounced as a p in the beginning and as an f at the end. With ש which can be pronounced either sh or s there really is no rule and often you are guessing blindly.
Hope that helps.
That helps a lot. I understand the variations in pronunciation of some of the letters at beginning and ending but did not understanding interjecting the vowel sounds. Appreciate your help! I'm going to look for "niqqud" to help me out!!! I really want to know, read, speak this language and understand!!!
My friend, the problem is that in Modern Hebrew there isn't nikkud, so you have to study and memorize a lot of worlds in order to learn several patterns. For the verbs, in my opinion, it's quite simple...less for the words, because I think it's easier to recognize the patterns of a verb, but, of course, you have to learn them very well... About the words, as I told you, there are several patterns...for example:
Schemes of professions: ספר sApAr, barber טבח cook, tAbAch זמר zAmAr, singer
As u can see, the pattern is always: xAxAx, where xxx are the three letters of the root.
Other example, places where an action is did (in all the words there is the prefix מ):
מכתבה desk, mIchtAvA מסעדה, mIsAdA, restaurant
Here the pattern is: מ IxxAxA
I hope I was quite clear. Regards, MaO
Memrise is very good. I used it to learn the alphabet but did not know that it did more. Thanks, will try.
Don't be silly--it's not a matter of intelligence, it's a matter of practice and using the right materials for you. There are plenty of idiots who have learned Hebrew. If you're willing to spend a little money, you can use Italki.com to find an Israeli teacher via Skype. Maybe try checking a few books out of your local library or buying them from a bookstore. Listeningpractice.org is good for working on your listening comprehension. Basically, try every resource you can find until you figure out which ones work for you and which don't, and then just keep pounding away with the ones you like. Trust me, it'll be hard at first, but so rewarding in the end.