Learning Hebrew, what is your progress so far?

Hey guys,

I started learning Hebrew, it's going great. How's it turning out for you? Any suggestions on how I can learn Hebrew better?


November 23, 2017


My main suggestion is to use a flashcard program, like Anki, so you will actually memorize all the words you learned. Otherwise it's very hard to retain anything.
And also don't give up, look for ways to renew your desire to learn Hebrew all the time.

November 23, 2017

Hebrew has taken a lot of practice for me to be able to learn what I have.

November 24, 2017

I've also started recently. It is going well for me. You can use memrise to build a vocabulary

November 23, 2017

here is a memrise course for duolingo with audio, created by Mazzorano

December 6, 2017

I'm now able to read most of the letters which is really exciting! But I definitely need to employ something to maintain vocabulary - I find myself forgetting most of the words that I've 'learned'!

November 24, 2017

Anki is what I use for this.

December 11, 2017

Hey! Nice to see someone new at Hebrew as well. I've started yesterday, currently it's going very well. I recommend writing down every word and grammatical pattern that you spot and revise it later. Enjoy! :)

November 23, 2017

Congratulations! Mazel tov!

Make sure you know the alphabet. And until you ear learns the Hebrew sounds you may want write down the spoken sentences to type when you review. (Just put in something and you are incorrect, it will tell you the right answer.) I resorted to that in the beginning. Now I just do them over until I get them right. I learn to spell that way!

You will also need to master the Hebrew keyboard if you have a laptop. I did that during my lessons, by stabbing away, one key at a time, until I found the right key for each letter. Not sure how that would work with the new lesson layout that covers up the typing area when you view the answer in the pop-out.

Once you get to Pa'el verbs you probably want to try tinycards or something to master all those different verbs. The review won't review much of the lesson in one go. There are too many words for that.

Try timed practice on the easy lesson to increase your typing proficiency and speed. To do this or any lesson easily on the keyboard when the keyboard is Hebrew, try all caps when you need to type English. You won't need to switch languages then. Good luck! !בהצלחה

November 24, 2017

You can speed things up even more by using the DuoKeyboard addon. Then you don't even have to think about which keyboard you're using, it's automatic.

December 11, 2017

I agree with the other comments. I have been learning for six months maybe. I haven't written down anything. The reinforcement comes when you do strengthening exercises. DO at least one lesson or two or three everyday. Do them morning, midday and evening. As I've progressed, the words from my first lessons appear and they are becoming easier and easier to know from my memory! Repetition AND Don't give up. It grows on you! Also, the written portion gets easier and easier, but not perfect! I've a long way to go, BUT I've come a long way already! KEEP IT UP!!!

November 25, 2017

Hebrew is a lot like boxing sometimes you knock it down, sometimes it knocks you down but the main goal is to get up and stay in the fight. The more often you spar with it the more you will recognize it's moves

November 27, 2017

I absolutely second the advice to use Anki or Memrise to retain vocabulary. I also strongly suggest you get some practice speaking (even when you can hardly say anything), which was by far the most helpful thing for me.

November 28, 2017

I can honestly say that Hebrew for me is really fun! It's phonology is surprisingly simple compared to something like Icelandic or even Arabic. And, owing to its modern standardization over the decades, a lot of those emphatic consonants are long gone (consonants still present in Arabic albeit). It's fun, straightforward, and has little to no arbitrary exceptions governing its writing system unlike, again, Icelandic. Personally, I use Living Language along with Duolingo.

December 3, 2017

I'm learning in a pretty slow pace. Sometimes I find myself wanting to give up because of the lack of practice and also the hardness of memorization of the vocabulary. I think I should use something alongside with Duolingo and Memrise to improve my learning speed, and move to a more active learning where I write things down, because only answering prompts or recalling words on Memrise isn't working very well for me.

January 2, 2018
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