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Best way of learning the Hebrew alphabet?

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I find the way duolingo starts on Hebrew to be really confusing, but I couldn’t find a good way to learn the alphabet. Lists online had multiple variations of letter pronunciation etc. based off the ancient types.

I studied Arabic in the past, so I think it’d be more helpful if I could compare the letters and their sounds to that. I know they can be quite similar, I think it’d be easy if I knew the letters to recognise vaguely similar words.

Also I know that in Arabic how you write letters is very different than how they look typed (so maybe this is part of the problem) but a lot of alphabet lists have what probably isn’t the way letters are actually written.

1 week ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas_Wesley
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Shalom Sesame's "Alef-bet" song was enough to clarify things for me (for the most part):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzjHjXe-2XU

Best of luck!

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https://www.duolingo.com/MissSpells
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I always recommend www.cartoonhebrew.com as an introduction.

If you use apps there is a free app called WriteIt! Hebrew that is very helpful.

There are only a handful of Hebrew letters with two forms, regular and final, otherwise all the letters always look the same. Hebrew letters look the same as they are typed (there is a cursive form as well, but you won't see that in print or online, only in handwriting, so you don't need to worry about it). They use a slightly different font in Duolingo than I was used to, but it really is just a sans serif font (I guess it looks a bit more modern)

Most modern Hebrew and the duolingo course does not include the vowel markers for the most part though.. so you have to memorize each word by sound, though a few letters (י and ו) sometimes act as vowels.

The 'Duolingo Memrise' course is very helpful once you get to learning words. I also second the Sesame Street songs recommendation!

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I think it is will be hard to learn from lists online if you don't speak the language, so I think the best way is to get a teacher. It can be a friend that speaks hebrew or a teacher for hebrew and even someone from this site. Hebrew is my native language so I can try to help you, if you want you can contact me

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https://www.duolingo.com/JGduolingoer

have a look on this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_alphabet have you read the Tips and Notes?

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https://www.duolingo.com/MiloBem
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My problem with Arabic is that even in print they imitate handwriting, which makes it very difficult to distinguish some letters or even borders between letters. Printed Hebrew doesn't have this problem. Each letter stands out from it's neighbours. Most letters only have one shape, not four like in Arabic. It shouldn't take more than few days to learn it. Handwritten Hebrew is different story, but this is general problem with handwriting, not with Hebrew. I still can't read some of my brothers notes in my native Polish.

As for learning Hebrew. My advice would be - don't bother with aleph-beth as such. This is just a list of twenty something abstract characters, and not all of them are as common as others. Ask someone to write your name in Hebrew and write it in your scratchbook 10 times to make sure it looks nice and then once on the cover. Then learn few very basic sentences like

«Hello» = «שלום» = «Shalom»

«I love you» - «אני אוהב אותך» = «Ani ohev otakh» (be careful, this is a gendered sentence),

«bye» - «להתראות» = «Lehitraot»

This will give you almost half of the letters, and let you progress with Duolingo course and learn the other, less common letters when you need them.

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