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Learning Methods for Hebrew

I just wanted to post this in case anyone else is in the same boat. I have several Hebrew learning materials, but the Duolingo has been the best. However, I have had a few complaints -- namely that too much is introduced in each lesson and there is very little discussion prior to the lesson. This has resulted in me taking copious notes and relying too heavily on checking words and items while doing the lessons. It has seemed like this has turned into too much time wasted.

I started with doing vocabulary cards, but since there is no nikkud in the course, I noticed quickly I was making up my own vowel pronunciations (I know everyone seems to do this, but I would rather use something more native-level), especially since there is no easy dictionary or way to look up the pronunciation. I also question some of the words the course introduces -- not that they aren't worthwhile, but that they should be left to later stages of learning (i.e. the many verbs for to wear).

I recently found the Memrise course for Duolingo vocabulary and this has solved all of my problems. I can now know the vocabulary before starting the lesson, I won't have problems with mispronunciation (except for my own memory and difficulty in learning the language), and I can make sure I really understand all of the words before proceeding.

March 4, 2018

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The best thing I have found is on eBay you can buy keyboard stickers for the Hebrew letters that go over your existing keys so you can see both English and Hebrew. See here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hebrew-White-letters-Keyboard-Sticker-Best-Quality-Transparent-Sticker/262044489873?hash=item3d03119891:g:xygAAOSwAoRXFix8

Adding the language support is dependent on your computer Operating System. What are you running? i.e. Windows 7, Windows 10, Mac OS X, etc?

March 4, 2018

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Ooh fantastic idea, I'll check that out!! I think it's MacOS High Sierra? I can add a Hebrew keyboard but it's just knowing where the letters are so the stickers are a great shout! Thanks!

March 4, 2018

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Here's an article on setting up a foreign language keyboard on MacOS Sierra:

https://support.apple.com/kb/PH25311?locale=en_US

March 5, 2018

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I'm struggling to even start the Hebrew course because I don't have a Hebrew keyboard and I'm not sure how I can complete the exercises that require me to type! Do you have any tips or suggestions on how to get the Hebrew letters?

March 4, 2018

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On a mobile device, go to settings and then to language and add a keyboard (or something similar to that). On a computer you can get an add-on called Duokeyboard.

March 4, 2018

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Great suggestion, thank you!! I didn't even think about using it on my mobile!

March 4, 2018

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On a computer you can also use online Keyboards like "Gate2Home" and just keep the tab/window open while you practice.

March 5, 2018

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If you use all caps when typing on the "Hebrew keyboard" you will get English. Just a handy tip.

March 6, 2018

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I had the same issue, but I have windows 7 so I was able to figure it out, I can't help you with a Mac though, sorry

March 5, 2018

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On PC: Just add another keyboard layout in your keyboard settings. Personally, I don't use the Hebrew keyboard stickers. Just open an image of a Hebrew keyboard and look at it while typing and you will quickly memorize all the letters/keys. This will allow you to type much faster and you will also be able to use any other keyboard later on. Bonus: your keyboard will look much nicer without ugly stickers :)

On Mobile: Go to the setting of you keyboard and add another language. In some rare cases you might have to install a new keyboard App. On Android I (personally) prefer the Swype-Keyboard.

I also would recommend to start with a mobile device with virtual keyboard and then move to your PC with a keyboard without stickers.

March 9, 2018

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Keyboard for phone, I use Swype, you just hold down the space bar and choose the languages you want set for quick grab. So if you're doing Duolingo multiple languages you can have them all within reach, and it has nikkud options. I like swiping instead of typing because it will guess the spelling and offer you other options in case it's wrong.

April 9, 2018

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For pronunciations, check out forvo.com. They've got a lot, but not everything. Could you link to the Memrise course? It sounds pretty handy!

March 4, 2018

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Here is the Memrise course. I did find out about forvo.com, but that goes back to my complaint about just spending too much time on simple things like looking up every vocabulary word. Although, it is a big help if I need it.

https://www.memrise.com/course/1031737/hebrew-duolingo/

March 5, 2018

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I love the memrise course, I think it should be shown to new Duolingo Hebrew users, I would have given up the first week without it. Especially since I was in the app, I didn't see tips and notes were available. I got through first five skills, to level 4 before I read they were available (and it was a fluke, I was searching outside the app for how to get my microphone to work in the app (I'm assuming that's not available because at 50 days in I've never had a speak question.

April 9, 2018
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