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Getting Started In Hebrew

I am having a lot of trouble getting started in Hebrew? I do not have a reference for the spoken phrases so they are difficult to translate. Any tips or sites that can help me get started?

September 30, 2019

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

Do you know how to read the alphabet yet? If not I would start with:

cartoonhebrew.com WriteIt! Hebrew (free app) and/or Alef-Bet on Memrise as well as looking at some videos on youtube (I like Sesame Street Alef-Bet)

For vocabulary practice with audio 'Hebrew Duolingo' on Memrise has all the vocab for the Duolingo course with great audio

Drops also has good audio for Hebrew and is a fun way to learn some basic words (free five minutes a day) especially for visual learners.

Mango Languages also has a Modern Hebrew course which is free if you have a library subscription (just enter your library card number on their webside to see is your library is affiliated) and has great audio. I think it might be a bit more beginner friendly than the Duolingo course, but not as in depth grammar or vocab wise.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nick1174

Thank you. I will check it out! I appreciate it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juliet569059

following this discussion in hopes of an epiphany. Hebrew pronunciation is a bear. At least in Arabic we have the diacritics to help at first. Reading Hebrew without knowing where the vowels would be is steep climbing.

w cn d t n nglsh bt nly bcs w knw th lngg.

even that doesn't make sense?

we can do it in English but only because we know the language.


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

I really wish the Hebrew course included vowels. Alot of it is just memorization. That said, this post helped me understand the no vowel spelling better: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/7388681/Hebrew-Time-9-Reading-without-vowels


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nick1174

I agree. I have been using the snipping tool and it is starting to work. I can now recognize mom and dad and love and wine, etc, and it is a slow process. I am going to figure it out because it is challenging and fun. The tips should from other users should help. I have found primer books at book stores for other languages but not Hebrew and of course, that will not help when listening.


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

Even though duolingo does not use vowel dots (or uses them very sparingly) one reason I think they that are important to learn is because if understand them you can look up any word in the dictionary at https://www.morfix.co.il/אבא and get the full pronunciation with vowels, if you are ever in doubt.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IslandGirl.2019

☆ Amazing stuff - thanks!

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