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?"

February 23, 2017


Because I am a Jew and I want to learn my culture

February 24, 2017

That's cool. =)

February 24, 2017


February 24, 2017

B.c I used to live there and loved it. Am Yisrael Chai

February 24, 2017

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. :)

February 25, 2017

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.

March 31, 2017

Because I love Jewish culture and kafe shakhor hazak (Israeli-Ethiopia really cool rap band)
And of course because of ?למה לא

February 28, 2017

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.

March 4, 2017

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.


February 24, 2017

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?

February 25, 2017

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! :)

March 5, 2017

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!

March 6, 2017

תודה רבה! תודה בשביל העזרה וגם אני ממש שמחה שאפשר להבין מה שרציתי להגיד. לפני שישה חודשים, יכלתי רק לכתוב ולדבר כמה משפטים קלים. אני עדיין רוצה לדבר יותר טוב, אבל אני חושבת שיש לי התחלה טובה!

March 9, 2017

I'm a Christian who would like to learn the original language of the Old Testament.

March 16, 2018

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 - you'll get a better, more accurate understanding of the original text. LOTS of study involved.

March 17, 2018

Went to Israel to visit family and really, really liked Tel Aviv.

February 24, 2017

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.

April 19, 2017

Because one day we will make Aliyah

May 4, 2017

I started just because I wanted to learn a new alphabet, and the Hebrew one looks really cool. Then I discovered that the sounds are beautiful too, and I got "stuck". It's my fourth day here, and I'm really loving it. Thanks for this lesson, guys!

January 14, 2018

Because both my parents are Israeli yet they never bothered to teach me their language :( Also because I love Hebrew and Israeli culture <3

February 24, 2017

I have friends that speak Hebrew

February 24, 2017

I'm a native speaker who's curious to see what happens when I finish the entire tree :D

February 25, 2017

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.

March 9, 2017

To get a touch of the blessing Israelis have

March 14, 2017

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.

July 26, 2017

I have been learning because I'm a curious language nerd who likes patterns <3 :P But there are many other reasons! (

February 7, 2018

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.

February 27, 2017

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)

August 20, 2017


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:

November 4, 2017

It's my native so i just learn it to earn some lingots :) :)

August 18, 2017

I'm traveling to Israel.

March 13, 2019

I hope I'm not too late to this thread, but I'm learning because I love ancient languages, and I hope to read works in a variety of them someday.

July 4, 2019
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