Why are you learning Hebrew?~
Hebrew is a very fascinating language in MANY ways. It is the basis for many modern cultures, and exists as one of the most ancient languages we have today spoken by modern people!
My question to others is. "Why did you choose to learn Hebrew?"
Well, honestly it started with me randomly finding a "My First Thousand Words in Hebrew" book in my house. In the back, it had a brief explanation of the letters and their sounds, which I was able to catch on to pretty quickly. It was at that point that I realized, "Hey, maybe I could actually learn this!" I haven't looked back since. :)
I'm learning Hebrew, because I'm a Jew and want some more attachment to Eretz Yisrael and her wonderful culture. One day I would like to make Aliyah, and would like to be ahead of the game so to speak.
Because I love Jewish culture and kafe shakhor hazak (Israeli-Ethiopia really cool rap band)
And of course because of ?למה לא
Because I really should know it.
I grew up as the son and grandson of Hebrew School teachers... we spoke Hebrew in the kitchen in the summer (which led to very few conversations aside from "אני רוצה את החלב, בבקשה". And as I've gotten older, I've regretted not learning it more seriously.
And now, as I've been considering aliyah at various points, it makes sense that I should learn it and just get it done.
EdwardHabeckIV Hi! I arrived to Israel many ears ago from Russian and studied Hebrew. I can work on my previous profession. Now I learned English from Russian and Hebrew from English with Duolingo. My aim is to improve my Hebrew and English. I am very proud to see above seven hundred thousand people are studying Hebrew in Duolingo. I send many thanks to all team Duolingo and team Hebrew in English for beautiful work.
I have always wanted to visit Israel and will be spending two months there this spring. It's tough to learn a new language as an adult, and I wish I could learn it faster. (I'm plodding through one new Hebrew lesson per day.) But even in just under two months, I have picked up a fair amount of Hebrew, and I know I will learn faster once I get to Israel and am surrounded by people speaking Hebrew.
How about you, Edward? Why are you learning Hebrew?
רציתי ללמוד עברית כי השפה הזאת כל כך מעניינת ויפה, לגמרי שונה מהשפות שכבר למדתי. אני אוהבת לכתוב בעברית, זה כל כך שונה. הפעם ראשונה שראיתי עברית, הייתה כמו שפה של חיים מחוץ הכדור ארץ. (אל תשאל אותי למה אני זוכרת את המשפט ״חיים מחוץ כדור הארץ״, המוח שלי מוזר.) וגם כמובן, ישראל מדינה יפה. אני רוצה שהפעם הבאה שאהיה בישראל (יום אחד... אני חולמת!) לדבר עם ישראלים בשפה שלהם. אני מקווה שלא עשיתי יותר מדי טעויות, ניסיתי רק להשתמש המילים שאני זוכרת, מצאתי כמה מילים במילון, אבל רציתי לכתוב מהראש שלי ומהלב שלי. באמת, אם אני יכולה ללמוד עברית, אני יודעת שזה אפשר כולם. אני לא גאון. אוקי, עכשיו אני ממש עייפה, קשה לכתוב הרבה בעברית, אבל כיף, רציתי לנסות. בהצלחה לכולם!
Okay, full disclosure, I ran that through Google translate just in case I'd made some really dimwitted spelling error and accidentally said something rude, and I checked a few words in the dictionary. I probably still made at least a few errors and/or phrased things weirdly. but I tried! :)
העברית שלך מצויינת! כמה תיקונים: "כמו שפה של חיים מחוץ לכדור הארץ" במקום "הכדור ארץ", באופן כללי בצירופי מילים (כמו בית חולים, מקום עבודה, וכו') ה' הידיעה נמצאת במילה השנייה (בית החולים, מקום העבודה).
"אני רוצה שבפעם הבאה" במקום "הפעם הבאה" - בעברית תמיד מוסיפים "ב" כשמדובר על משהו שהולך לקרות בזמן כלשהו.
"ניסיתי רק להשתמש במילים" במקום "המילים" - בעברית משתמשים "ב"משהו, ולא "ה"משהו (אם צריך להוסיף גם ב' וגם ה', מוסיפים רק ב' ומבטאים עם פתח (במקום שוא))
"אני יודעת שכולם יכולים" במקום "אני יודעת שזה אפשר כולם" - תרגום ישיר של "I know that everyone can"
סה"כ - הטקסט שלך כתוב היטב, והיה לי (בתור ישראלי) מאוד קל להבין מה שכתבת. כל הכבוד!
I'm a Christian who would like to learn the original language of the Old Testament.
Good luck with that! The Duolingo course won't even get you to conversational modern Hebrew. You would need a course at least 3 times more rigorous. Also, there is some vocabulary in ancient Hebrew which isn't used in modern Hebrew and there are even vowel sounds that modern Hebrew doesn't use. I would say get familiar with conversational modern Hebrew, then tackle the Biblical Hebrew with a Strong's concordance and an Interlinear Bible like the one at biblehub.com - you'll get a better, more accurate understanding of the original text. LOTS of study involved.
I love to read the Bible and want to understand ( lifetime goal) it more in the original language. I also want to tour Israel in a year or two, as I love the culture very much.
Because both my parents are Israeli yet they never bothered to teach me their language :( Also because I love Hebrew and Israeli culture <3
I'm a native speaker who's curious to see what happens when I finish the entire tree :D
Worked on project in Israel for almost a year. Learned to the point where I can read a menu in a restaurant, order a meal, and such things. And because I just hate to give up, even when realize that I will need much more time then I taught at first, I continue to learn. I started with Duolingo and Memrize recently, and I am very sorry that I didn't find it earlier.
I've had previous interest, but this it totally practical. We are making Aliyah in a few months (Fall '17). I've been learning on Rosetta Stone, but it's hard to motivate myself there. Just started DL and it seems a bit more fun. Doing both now and of course, ulpan after Aliyah.
I have been learning because I'm a curious language nerd who likes patterns <3 :P But there are many other reasons! (https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-benefits-of-learning-Hebrew/answer/Marta-Krzeminska)
Well, you pretty much stole my reasons lol. I've read the Bible in English, but of course, there's nothing like getting the full meaning of the source language, even if it's not exactly the same as modern Hebrew. There's also the fascination of learning a right to left language and an abjad script (consonantal alphabet). Also, there's quite the relevance with a spoken language that is revived over 1600 years later. Finally, I love Israeli culture and the sound of the language.
Hebrew is a unique language. It was not spoken in everyday life for so many years and still "survived". It is so fascinating to me that the language is still existing and that it is spoken by more and more people. For me, this is a miracle which shows that God still loves his people (like the existence of Israel is too, btw)
I am learning Hebrew because I find it very interesting. Abjads are fairly foreign to me. If I were to learn a language based on just its orthography, I'd probably choose Arabic because of the flowing lines. There are two reasons why I didn't go with Arabic
1: Duolingo doesn't have an Arabic course :I and 2: I heard some samples of Hebrew and I found it to be a very elegant spoken language (imo, anyways)
I first got the idea to learn it from this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAyJAd16_bYlc=z23zchkwiyexxn5af04t1aokgk54uzlalwmxoks2lspyrk0h00410.1509753938313456