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How do you memorize the Hebrew cursive aleph-bet?

I'm been studying the Hebrew aleph-bet and I need some help... I mean like the block font is so much easier to memorize but I need some help memorizing the cursive font. HELP!!!! ☺

August 23, 2017

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Write. A lot. Find some Hebrew and copy it down in cursive. Doesn't really even matter if you understand what you wrote yet, just find some and write it. Copy from cursive, but also practise reading print and writing cursive. Write your name, your family and friends' names, your dog's name. Write English in Hebrew letters. Write. write, write.

Don't bother with block print. If you can read and type machine Hebrew, then you can read and reproduce block letters if you ever really need to; the cursive, in my experience, is what everyone actually uses and is also harder to relate to the printed letters, so concentrate on that. Yes, it's harder, but it's also many times more useful, and you kinda get the ability to deal with block print as a free add on ;) Learning to write cursive, in my experience (in any language) = learning to read cursive, so if you practise writing it, you'll start to find you can read it too.

Don't be put off, it's not learn-in-an-hour easy, but it isn't impossible and you can do it :)

August 23, 2017

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https://www.memrise.com/course/749463/hebrew-handwriting-with-numbers-2/

I just found this course I'd forgotten about in Memrise. I honestly don't think I'm ever gonna learn the numbers associated with each letter ;) and it's only going to help you indirectly with actual production of the letters, but for drilling the print versus the cursive version, it's pretty good. Some of the letters are in slightly extreme versions of cursive that see, even further removed than usual from the print versions, but arguably that might be useful, since if you can recognise a line with a tiny hat on as equivalent to ק, then one that looks more like ק is going to seem easy ;) :D

August 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ShoshanetMayyim

Is there a point to learning numbers as letters? I thought everyone used same number system..... Anyway I actually wanted to ask if everyone uses the same cursive or if there are variations because I took the memorize course you recommended :D but some of the letters are different then the way I learned. So are they both right or what lol I'll see if I can find the list that I learned from, since I got it from Google images I think

August 30, 2017

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https://i0.wp.com/www.esperanzaeducation.ca/wp-content/uploads/hebrew-alphabet.png?w=749 This is the one I learned from, with a few moderation. My ם has a curved tail to differentiate better from ק for example. And my ל is much looser, but that's simply because I've seen it written that way. I don't have much practice in reading other people's handwriting.... which is why i did that memorize course in the first place

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Sandy309557

The handwriting in this example is lovely. The Memrise handwriting is horrible. And the app is slow. I actually used to know this alphabet, and found it came back to me now that I have seen this nice sample. I saved the image and printed it out.

October 12, 2017

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Like I say, slightly extreme versions of the letters in some cases!! In my semi-limited experience, once you have the basic shapes down, most variations are obvious. That set of shapes is one of the more extreme I've seen, but the bonus is that simpler versions seem easier by comparison.

I haven't had a lot of practice reading cursive, unfortunately, but so far I haven't had too many problems.

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ShoshanetMayyim

I'm sure you're right, I hadn't thought of it that way. Although I had come across one of those variations somewhere else once before and couldn't figure out what it was supposed to be lol. Of course extra vocabulary would help to I'm sure :D

September 1, 2017

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The ף and ץ are the ones that I still really struggle with in cursive. But it definitely gets easier with time and practice, I promise!

September 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ShoshanetMayyim

I always get those two mixed up too, it's about fifty-fifty whether I do or not lol maybe because so far I haven't run across too many words with them. For some reason I could not reply to your last post... so I replied to this one lol. Just out of curiosity, and if you don't mind me asking, what does your name mean?

September 1, 2017

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I have got to the point where I mostly get it right, but I have to think about it every time. The other one I have issues with is ג ז in handwriting - they tend to be the same/similar but just mirror images, and I have to think. Those two are actually worse than ף ץ when I'm writing, if I'm gonna write anything in Hebrew I put them at the top of the page so I can check. I don't know why it's so hard to get my head around it...

Flootzavut kinda sorta means "They call me Floot/My name is Floot" in Russian.

I play the flute, and went by Sarah-flute most places, but a French friend took to calling me Floot (because flute is somewhat ambiguous in French); I started using Floot as a username, but a few places it had already been taken. "Zavut" (which is the pronunciation, rather than the spelling, I don't remember when I made that decision, but it stuck) corresponds more or less to the קוראים part of קוראים לי... in Hebrew; I studied Russian at uni a million years ago, so when I was looking for a way to make Floot more unique, flootzavut was the way forward. So far, I've never found anyone who beat me to registering it!

September 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ShoshanetMayyim

Incidentally the Wikipedia page for Hebrew cursive looks just like the cursive in that memrise course

September 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ShoshanetMayyim

Occasionally I have problems with those two letters also. And I like your name :) Better than mine, which I picked for that very reason of no one EVER has it lol except it doesn't mean anything at all

September 3, 2017

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You could always make up a meaning! Or pop it into Google translate - as a whole or in pieces. You may find it means something to someone, somewhere... :D

September 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ShoshanetMayyim

Hahaha that never occurred to me. But I tried and it really doesn't mean a thing lol too bad :D

September 4, 2017

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Ahh, too bad! Maybe make up a meaning, then... ;)

September 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ShoshanetMayyim

LOL :D

September 6, 2017

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Just write down the letters with its equalances in latin alphabet and read them loudly, try to write some words.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBVpQzvrJ4w

Good luck

August 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/uc5Q3

This You tube Hebrew teacher is one of the best! Shlomo Eitan. He teaches in cursive, so I finally was forced to learn it. It is easy/fun with practice. Just like when you learned your native language. Write every day. alef- CI can write cursive. (right to left of course) . I Hope Mr. Eitan will add more lessons. They are still good to review/ drill. https://www.youtube.com/user/HebrewForAll/playlists

December 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/toggitang3

Thx ☺

August 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/toggitang3

Thanks everyone☺

August 24, 2017

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בהצלחה!

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AdamOlean

If you have a Hebrew text that you're able to read with accompanying audio, then download a Modern Hebrew cursive font and listen while reading/scanning along. You'll learn to distinguish the characters in no time (well, a little time, anyway!).

If you want to add typing and writing, you should then type and write, just as Vologirl-chan already suggested! Hopefully you have a good model to work from. Also, be careful not to let written scripts mislead you when learning the sounds of Hebrew. Transliterations into English can sometimes mislead language learners since Hebrew has its own unique sounds and character.

There are many fonts available online. I don't have much time at the moment, so you can check out Ktav Yad as just one example. http://culmus.sourceforge.net/fancy/index.html

August 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ShoshanetMayyim

Find a reference of cursive Hebrew and it's print equivalent, write yourself a copy. When doing a course on duolingo, write each new word down in cursive. Use the reference copy as often as you wish until you feel confident writing without. This is what I did, it was far easier than I anticipated, because it looks hard. Just don't write in block anymore :)

August 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ArthurMolho

I taught my kids reading Hebrew when they were preparing for their Bar/Bat Mitzvot, and found that the easy way for them to train themselves in the alphabet (whether print or script) was to have them SING the typical American alphabet song "a,b,d, e,f ,g" with the Hebrew letters. : "Aleph, Bet, Vet, (bet without the 'dot' called a 'dagesh') Gimmel, Dalet, Hey, Vav, Zayin, Chet, Tet, Yud, Kaf, Lamed, Mem, Noon, Samech, Ayin, Pay (& Fay),Tzadeh, Koof, Raysh, Shin, Sin, Tav, Now I know my ALEPH BET, tell me what you think of that!" The melody helps chain the letters together. Then while you are LOOKING at the letters while doing it, you'd be surprised how much better and faster you retain the alphabet. I always encourage learning to write the script as soon as possible, so you can add the speedier and easier script WRITING as a way to entrain the alphabet and spelling into your memory. Also, making flashcards with script is faster than block printing by far. Also, get an English/Hebrew paperback dictionary, and you'll find that you can look up the Hebrew words easier because as you search for your word, you have memorized the order of the alphabet--which using the dictionary reinforces. Hope that helps someone.

November 29, 2017
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