https://www.duolingo.com/JacobBarides

I completed the Hebrew tree for the second time.

I have had two Duolingo accounts for a while. I finished the Hebrew tree a while back, and being that the common follow up (the reverse tree) isn't an option, I just decided to start from scratch again.

Totally worth it! Repetition is so Important, I got reminded of so many words. Now I just need to get everything to level five... And finish the Spanish tree.

Thoughts: The Hebrew course is underrated {in my opinion}. The vocabulary is so vast, it has so many topics, all the verb tenses were very clear and comprehendible {in my opinion} Yes, it might be an unpopular opinion. People often complain how they fail to teach the alphabet properly, or add the vowel dots. I got used to it fast, and I'm sure you can too :-)

The pronunciation is great as well. They speak fast, but considering the robotic pronunciation I've come across in other courses, the Duolingo Hebrew pronunciation is just phenomenal. Besides, Israelis speak very fast. It's amazing how I got so used to the fast speech from Duolingo (again, repetition is very important) and it has really helped me master my listening skills, which is one of the largest challenges with Hebrew learning.

Thanks to Duolingo for this wonderful, FREE opportunity. Duolingo has been my main source of motivation to pull through the tough stages.

Completion of the Spanish tree, here I come!

April 12, 2019

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Catuvolci

If you can read Hebrew and understand Spanish, you would be able to understand Ladino, too :)

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JacobBarides

Knowing Ladino would be spectacular!

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EmmaIngels

There is a lot of great music in Ladino.

April 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/anyom

I want to learn arabic, would you suggest doing the hebrew course first as the languages are very similar?

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JacobBarides

If you're waiting for the Arabic course, then in the meantime it would definitely be beneficial to begin with the Hebrew course. However if you have different material to learn Arabic, I would start with it right away. Learning similar languages can get very confusing.

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Angelic12345

I'm struggling with that one.

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hmada993

In awe of your hard work and dedication, truly impressive.

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JacobBarides

Thanks so much! I just took it course by course, sentence by sentence. I never paid attention to the overwhelming burden of finishing the entire tree.

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Darius568602

I'm impressed with the Hebrew course too. I studied Hebrew in university years ago and use Duo to freshen up my knowledge. What I find very helpful is the active side of it, where you have to type in translations. And having to type in spoken sentences is very helpful too. Learning a language from a book tends to keep your language skills very passive. My mother f.i. can read English, German and French as well as she reads Dutch, she speak English, although not fluently, but not German or French. So, using a language actively helps enormously. My passive knowledge is quickly becoming active knowledge. I plan on watching Israeli movies and documentaries soon. That will speed up my learning no end. Soon, I'll be able to have simple conversations. Oh, and in the tinycards system there are flashcards with Hebrew slang. סבבה!

April 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AndresGarner

Buen Trabajo! keep up the great work!

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JacobBarides

Gracias!!

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ApplePieii

Good job!

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TravelingHeather

I am happy to hear such positive comments about the Hebrew course. I just started it recently as a fun mental break between spanish lessons. I'm only doing 1 or 2 lessons per day and I don't plan on becoming fluent in it but I think it will be an enjoyable learning experience.

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas_Wesley

I'm not nearly as far, but I agree completely. Forcing myself to keep at this tree has helped me immensely. You'll start to understand spoken Hebrew!

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ahsbr

!מזל טוב

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JacobBarides

תודה רבה !

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MissSpells

Wow, congrats! That is dedication.

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Giovanna-Louise

Jacob!!

Congratulations!!! Awesome achievement

I I sign under every word you said about the Duolingo Hebrew course. It is absolutely underrated and it is by far one of the most advanced and well written course on Duo in my opinion anyway. Beginners cannot handle it because it was not really designed for a total beginner. It has A REAL DEAL rich everyday Hebrew vocabulary and grammar/sentences are refreshingly varied (compared to French and Spanish courses..) It is smart, clever and fun to learn and challenging enough.

I do have a previous knowledge of Hebrew (was fluent many years ago) so I can judge the value of this course..

It is fantastic for review, like you mentioned, even going twice through this course still teaches you !

It also has words and expressions/grammar points that I find to my surprise that I did not know or used incorrectly even after living in Israel for few years.

Many thanks to Duolingo staff and contributors for this course

Jacob, keep up enjoying your amazing learning adventure ..:-))

Edit:

A note about pronunciation in this Hebrew course.Again, I agree with you! Very clear and very normative Hebrew pronunciation from real life speakers is outstanding. It is adequate to how news anchors and well spoken people speak in Israel. Street talk or variety of speech accents will be of course a lot more challenging as it is in any country..:-)

מזל טוב ובהצלחה עכשיו עם ההמשך של לימודיך בספרדית ובעברית..

April 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JacobBarides

Thanks so much! It's truly a great course.

ובטח שאני אמשיך ללמוד עברית וספרדית עד שאני חלק כמו ישראלי/ספרדי

April 14, 2019
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