I Made It to the End
I just now completed Level 1 of the last lesson of the Hebrew tree. It took me 181 days to do it. Duolingo gave me a cute cartoon trophy for it. Now I have 182 crowns and 792 lingots. Strange, I can't see what Level I am anywhere, although the last time I saw it, it said "17."
מזל טוב! A great achievement! The Hebrew tree requires a lot dedication, I am only half way through mine. After reaching the end, how do you feel your comprehension level?
Thanks for your comment. As for my comprehension, the simple answer is "I don't know." Duolingo certainly gives lots and lots of exposure to sentences in what seems to be natural speed. It also allows us to click the button to repeat these sentences as many times as we like. But I haven't been put to any real front line experience with it yet. I sometimes try to listen to videos but they still seem pretty far out of reach, although I do recognize many more words and phrases than before. I'm looking into arranging for some one-on-one interaction with a teacher via iTalki but I've been holding off until I have what I think is a good basic understanding. Combining this with Memrise has been extremely helpful. Now I suppose it's time for the big step into real conversation with an actual person. I'm sort of hesitant and nervous about it. It also costs money. LOL
מזל טוב! I think you will really be glad when you take that "cliff jump" into real conversation! I love my iTalki teacher AND the group class that I'm taking with her. I'm still not great at understanding videos at natural speed, but I am talking more in Hebrew. Duolingo wasn't enough. It took one-on-one interactions. I think I mentioned it to you before, but my Hebrew teacher is trying to improve her Japanese. I think you two might enjoy interacting with one another. Just a thought :-)
Yes, I remember you saying that. At this point I want to stay one-on-one for any actual speaking work instead of being in a group (too shy about mistakes in front of others I guess), but maybe later, that's for sure. Maybe I should contact her and then go from there. Can you give me her contact information?
You can contact her at https://thehebrewhub.com under the usual "contact" tab. She invites any questions.
You can also find her on iTalki (Alisa Zingerman)
She's also planning on attending The Polyglot Conference 2019 in Fukuoka in October. I don't know if that's something that interests you? She's a language enthusiast who, as a learner herself, is interested in and patient with other language learners, especially Hebrew learners. She's looking forward to her first "immersion experience" in Japanese :-).
Excellent, I will contact her. It's also interesting that she's going to be in Fukuoka next month. I lived in that city for three years. It's where I arrived in Japan for the first time more than 40 years ago. Wow, how time flies! I'm not sure her experience will be immersion. From past experience, those kinds of events in Japan are mostly attended by Japanese people who are crazed to practice their rough English with anybody who does not look Asian. Still, she will certainly have fun. Maybe she can be coaxed into including a short jaunt up to Tokyo as well. I'll send my contact inquiry right after I post this message.
Linguistix Hebrew https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfwqVVFqlT1v0tS9hhTg7kL1cUVyO4oFY
Daniel Ganor https://www.youtube.com/user/dbura1
I'm a week away from completing level 4 (so I'm finishing level 3 and will be starting level 4, the last before 5/end, because the first level is really zero) AKA one level left). I can honestly say there's a huge difference between completing level one and level 3. Duolingo is still not enough but there is a definite difference. Btw, There is also hebrewpod101.com
Hello again. I sent Alisa a message via the message function on the link you provided. Alas, no response. I think I'll have to let that one go because I'm thinking a male teacher would probably be better for me. If Hebrew is like most other languages, there are subtle distinctions in speech patterns between men and women. There certainly is in Japanese, and one mistake many guys make when learning is to learn from women. It gives them a very feminine sounding style which can rub people the wrong way. Still, many thanks for remembering me about this.
Mike Mistovev and Daniel Ganor are both male teachers online. Linguistix Pro has Hebrew pronunciation classes (which I love). They all have free YouTube videos for you to check out.
Thanks for the information TribleT. I know about Daniel and have watched every video he's made. He's where I got started last year in November. But he declined when I asked him about some one-on-one lessons and instead steered me to somebody who was asking for quite a lot of money. That's when I decided I would focus heavily on Duolingo and Memrise until I felt I have a solid foundation from which to build. But I'll have to decide on somebody as a teacher pretty soon, that's for sure.
Again, thanks for all the information. I've done through Level 5 on many of the lower lessons and through Level 3 on a bunch after that. I'm now pushing to complete Level 2 through to the end, and when I get pretty far along, I'll go back to the Level 3s and complete those through Level 4, and so on. It's like a caterpillar. I'm guessing I will have a really sound foundation to move to some real time live lessons when I've got 5's on all the lessons. I'm also combining it all with Memrise (review, review, review). This is a great way to spend one's free time.
Thanks to whoever gave me 10 Lingots. I really need as many as I can get LOLOLOL
Congrats! I've started only 2 days ago and for now it seems to be a little bit easy for me. But I'm not going to give up :)
I would definitely combine your study here with the vocabulary course over at Memrise (https://www.memrise.com/home/). But I can promise that it will get more difficult. I set my daily target at 20 xp and made sure I hit it every day. Sometimes that's all I did in a day and other times I did 100, 200 or even more. Just don't let up and keep your streak alive.
That's awesome. Did you start from scratch, or did you already know some Hebrew before starting the course?
Good question. Before I found about Duolingo, I watched the series of Youtube videos produced by Daniel starting with the Hebrew alef-bet. Then I discovered Memrise because Daniel prepared a vocabulary course to track his videos. That's where I spent the first four months. Then somebody somewhere told me about the Duolingo Hebrew course (maybe it was on Daniel's Facebook page). And it would be another couple of months before I found out about the course on Memrise that tracks the Duolingo course. It was also awhile before I learned enough to install the Hebrew keyboard and toggle between the regular English letters and the Hebrew letters. I found out about both the keyboard trick and Memrise course on this bulletin board. Good luck with your studies. Stay with it and be sure to reach your daily goal every day.