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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrianLaRue

Very little audio for Hebrew. Please Help

It seems that there is audio for, at most, only half of the exercises in Hebrew. This is discouraging to my study of Hebrew, as, without audio, I have no clue how to pronounce words. I actually gave it up for several months because of the frustration of the lack of audio, but have since returned to it because of sincere desire to learn this beautiful language. Is there any way to resolve this?

May 25, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ce4LLDy1

Try this site:

https://www.pealim.com/

I use it when Duo doesn't offer the audio. At least you'll find the transliteration.


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

Brian La Rue, Bonjour..Shalom..Hello..:-) I understand your frustration with the audio lacking what you can find in other courses , but the fact is that Hebrew course is just about the only Duolingo course (there is maybe one more) that uses LIVE real human native speakers and not robotic TTS.

One of the Hebrew course contributors answered these concerns in another discussion, basically they opted not to use TTS because it was very poor quality for Hebrew and mispronounced. Instead they used recordings of native speakers. So that is why they could not cover all audio bits and there are no slower speed /separate words options. However what they did record is adequate , clear and has great quality (I know Hebrew and lived in Israel for an experience)

I am taking this course as a review and absolutely love it.

The reason for your frustration is that this course is very advanced. It is not for a beginner. It presumes that person uses other resources to learn to read , write and speak.

I recommend find Utube videos or try to see if you would like to buy a Pimsleur Audio course in Hebrew, I heard from a friend , that it is very good..At any rate You tube is full of videos teaching Hebrew pronunciation,words or grammar..

Good luck to you, bonne chance..


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ESxF4

I love Pimsleur! It is expensive, but I found some at my local library.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ESxF4

Same!!! Someone posted a few days ago about the "light bulbs" on each lesson....I had no idea...those have helped me tremendously. I supplement with YouTube videos and Audible (HebrewPod101 Learn Hebrew Word Power). Honestly, you are not going to be able to learn a language on one platform as well as you would on multiple platforms anyway.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrianLaRue

Totally agree. I have learned French and Spanish through listening to as much as I can in the language (mostly the Bible) by watching videos, listening to music and talking to as many people as possible in the language. I am relatively familiar with the process. However, the audio issue on duolingo's Hebrew tree is still a problem and a deterrent.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TeribleT

The light bulb, is the tips and notes. You only see them on the website. But you don't need to use them via the lightbulb.

how to get tips and notes: (my favorite ways are the first two)

By the same guy who created the Memrise Duolingo Hebrew vocab course: organized by skill in one pdf for the whole course: https://www.docdroid.net/JnfmyEV/tipsnotesbackup.pdf

Replace your username where USERNAME is for information on your progress & the tips & notes: https://duome.eu/USERNAME/progress

The whole course tips and notes are here (and the site has one for each Duolingo language): ,organized by skill individually: http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Hebrew

You can also get them on the duolingo.com site (make sure your browser is in desktop view mode so you can see the other duolingo features like discussions & timed practice. From discussions you can search for all the discussions in this course (like this one you're reading, as well as see general duolingo discussions). If you can't see discussions on the main screen once logged into duolingo you're not in desktop view.

The app used to have the (now defunct) clubs. Instead many of us are using DISCORD language servers. For Hebrew: https://disboard.org/servers/tag/Hebrew (to use another language, switch out "Hebrew" and type in another language).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Darius568602

You can go to this site:

https://forvo.com/languages/he/

and type in words when you are unsure about the pronunciation.

I found this site when I was looking for resources for Greek. But it has many languages on it, resources for some are better then for others.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissSpells

There is an excellent Memrise/Decks companion course called "Duolingo Hebrew" which contains all the words for the duolingo course, skill by skill, with audio for each word. Personally, I like to learn the words on Memrise first and then do the corresponding duolingo unit.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TeribleT

I do the exact same thing with the Memrise course. Duolingo, imho, is not suitable for learning vocab. It's actually pretty bad to learn vocab this way. You shouldn't learn similar words in the same group together, it makes the process much more difficult. (They've studied this). You can learn more about the most efficient way here: https://blog.fluent-forever.com/efficient-way-to-learn-vocabulary/

So I use Memrise for Duolingo vocab, but when I come across similar words in the same section I skip them and come back later. There's no reason to impede my progress just because Duolingo can't be bothered to teach vocab correctly.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/leonidBr__

BrianLaRue, hello!

I agree with everything with Giovanna-Louise and I love to read her piece advice here in the forum.

I would like to advise you to listen to Hebrew songs in which there is a clear pronunciation. For example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDO59u76Vak

Good luck


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TeribleT

You can get most if not all the words through Memrise and Anki courses. (Mostly Hebrew Duolingo vocab courses on both sites) as well as other Hebrew courses. You can use wiktionary.org and pealim.com for the transliteration as well. I wouldn't trust forvo imho, even in English, people pronounce words wrong (and I'm a native English speaker so I can hear the mis-pronunciation clearly).

Pealim also has a list of links to helpful sources like Hebrew dictionaries with nikkud and audio. https://www.pealim.com/articles/links/ If you can read nikkud* you can see the pronunciation if you can't find transliteration . ( Lyricstranslate.com and Hebrewsongs.com are also great sources).

*regarding nikkud, jbs/Shalom tv has a learn Hebrew course/video series and one of the most interesting things I've learnt was about syllables/pronunciation. I think it's in video 2 or 3. There are as many syllables as nikkud in a word..... (there's more, watch that video https://jbstv.org/category/from-the-aleph-bet/ or on YouTube, for all the info)

Just a warning, Duolingo is terrible for learning vocab. Here's a good explanation why: https://blog.fluent-forever.com/efficient-way-to-learn-vocabulary/ So you're better off learning the words first and then doing the section.

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