Honestly the Hebrew letters are not sticking in my head, nor are any other non Latin character languages such as Russian. German and French are easy for me to visually remember because of their Latin characters and even if they have a symbol over them are still way easier than trying to remember non Latin characters. Does anyone have any tips, tricks, or other methods for remembering/learning the alphabet and characters for Hebrew, Russian and any other non Latin character language.

April 28, 2018


I second writing them, also this would help get you used to reading right to left. I used Memrise to learn the Hebrew alphabet and also wrote them out from the list I found on another website, because it shows the proper way to write the letters out.

April 29, 2018

One more thing, when I first started learning Hebrew, every new word from a lesson I wrote down in a notebook, one word a line, and then finished off the line by just writing the same word. I don't really know how much it helped but I did get more practice writing.

April 29, 2018

Could you post the link, where it shows you how to properly write the hebrew alphabet step by step, please?

April 29, 2018

I primarily used the pdf from the first link, but I started with the second link. Either one should work, although the second website has a page for each letter. They both show the direction and number the strokes for each letter.

April 29, 2018

I find writing them does help with retention, but even before I did any writing (and only used duolingo) they started to stick after awhile.

Don't give up! You'll remember them with time and practice.

I'm currently studying ancient Greek, Hebrew, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese, all of which require a different set of characters. With time each has become a little easier to read, but in the beginning I remember all of them just looking like nonsense! It won't get harder, I promise.

Perhaps you need an objective way to measure your progress? See if you can memorize one Hebrew character. Start with that everyday, and if that's simple, add a second (perhaps write them down each day).

Having a more objective way to measure your progress will keep you from believing things like "Hebrew is hard", or "the letters aren't sticking in my head", which is half the battle. I use anki (flashcard program) to learn all of my languages, which lets me know how well I'm doing by virtue of how many flashcards I get in each language each day.

If I see less than 20 flashcards for a particular language (less than 40 for French, Hebrew, Ancient Greek, and less than 100 for Japanese) then I add more until I have done 20 (or 40, or 100) that day. Rinse and repeat. Eventually this results in knowing many words over many languages!

You can do it. Find an objective way to measure your progress and stick with it. You'll get it!

April 28, 2018

I learnt the Hebrew letters thanks to: Free ressources: These songs I would play on repeat: I would also watch the other Sesame street songs on Youtube. I played this Memory game countless times: I also used the ressources of the website Morim: To do cursive letters: (in French but I guess this page is understable for English speakers?) Plus the Memrise app, look for the Hebrew classes/lessons, and you have some which are only to learn the abc: The paying ressources I used are: This "notebook" in French, and I guess they exist in English: And I also had the courses of e-teacher Hebrew And I also tried to learn the russian ABC, it doesn't "stick" but my guess is: I don't learn russian abc as fast as Hebrew because I didn't find games and songs. Bonus: I love watching disney songs in Hebrew, so I guess it familiarised me with the ABC as there are subtitles in Hebrew and English:

May 5, 2018

Russian has 33 characters in its alphabet. And you can ignore 2 of them (ь and ъ) for the moment. So really it's only 31 for our purposes.

Compile a short list of cognates -- SIMPLE words, just 3 or 4 letters.

бар (bar) кофе (coffee) дуэт (duet) класс (class)

That's 13 letters in only four easy words and it covers 42% of the alphabet. You're almost half-way there.

Run a Google search on "simple russian cognates". You'll find sites like:

Make flashcards.

Hebrew is a bit trickier. Best bet is to download ANKI and use one of their pre-made shared decks of the Hebrew alefbet.

April 29, 2018

I recommend going to Memrise first to learn the alphabet. The alphabet course by Mazzorano is very good. He's one of the Duolingo Hebrew course creators too.

April 29, 2018

I learned the Hebrew letters (without duolingo) while I was still at school and I wrote the alphabet down on the side of my notebooks during the lessons again and again, repeating the names of the letters in my head.

When you know all the letters, just go on and do the lessons, it takes some time until you can read and write them easily

April 30, 2018

Learn the alphabet through a typing game. Every time you see the letter while typing it, repeat its name out loud. So you can learn to type in that language and the alphabet together, 2 birds with one stone.

May 1, 2018

I learned the alephbet first by using the free videos on eteacherhebrew website. Then I took a hebrew song I liked from ofra haza, wrote it down in hebrew in a paper, and startled to listen and transliterate above each word, while checking the hebrew one. I like copying song lyrics for learning new alphabets, I did the same with the korean one a long time ago, before Duo. Don't try to learn just by looking and trying to memorize, you need to write them down. With your hand.

May 4, 2018

i know full hebrew (cuz im from israel) and contact me if u want (i would like some help with spanish

May 11, 2018

You might be interested to try this free vocabulary course:

November 22, 2018
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