Duo Goes To Israel (ישראל)
First off, I would like to thank StrapsOption for helping me with the pictures.
Duo has decided to go to Israel because he wanted to see the sights before deciding whether or not to add Hebrew for English speakers to the Incubator.
First Duo wanted to take a map of Israel and pinpoint one of the cities he will be going to, Jerusalem or ירושלים in Hebrew.
When Duo was finished he flew to the Airport in Tel Aviv that was named after Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel. After the long flight across the Atlantic Ocean he finally got there.
He then decided to take a little break at a beach at the Dead Sea. He was fascinated that the salt content was 29% compared to the average of 4% for oceans. He was also fascinated that this meant there was no life in the dead sea. Since Duo had a small paper cut from all the great work he's been doing on Duolingo, he did not want to go in because he knew it would sting.
Duo decided that he was going to buy some souvenirs for the hard working people back at Duolingo, so he decided to take a stroll on Ben Yehuda street in Jerusalem. When talking to some Israelis in the bit of Hebrew he knew, he found out that on Yom Ha'atzmaut (יום העצמאות), people took foam and sprayed each other because it was Israel's birthday that day.
Duo was feeling like he was on the ground too much, so he decided to fly around Masada (מצדה) which is one of the most popular tourist attraction, where the Jews used to live and survive.
Duo decided to go back to Jerusalem and go to the Western Wall. To the Jews this is known as הכותל or The Kotel. It is the holiest site in Judaism because it is believed to have been the Western Wall of the 2nd Holy Synagogue or בית המקדש.
Unfortunately as all trips end, Duo had to go back. As he was telling the staff about his adventures, how in some cases knowing more Hebrew would have helped him, and the amazing Judaic culture they decided to release Hebrew in the Incubator! It eventually went into Beta and then into Phase 3, a full course! People from all around learned Hebrew on Duolingo and had a great time in Israel!
Please add a Hebrew for English speakers course to the Incubator Duolingo! I would love it if you did! Thanks in advance!
I would also like to thank StrapsOption again for helping me with the pictures!
Here's the Duo Goes Series Directory: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/5949692
Here's the Memrise course on learning Hebrew: http://www.memrise.com/course/364795/modern-hebrew-complete-with-audio/
Good to see some Israeli Duolingo users (אני גם ישראלי) We should make a group hehe :) I also applied to contribute on Hebrew-Englsih course and I hope Duo will repply me and other people back so we can start working (unless there is a course being built right now and I dont know it).
This is great! what a lovely pictures :) Hebrew is my native language and I applied a few times for the course but unfortunately there is no answer from duolingo at all. I hope that one day duolingo will decide to add a Hebrew for English speakers course to the Incubator because I really want to contribute!
I second the recommendation for rajuncajun's Memrise course. It's not as interactive as Duolingo wil be, but it's well put together and will give you a good start learning the alef-bet and some other basics :) I'm enjoying it, though I'm concentrating on other languages so I'm taking it v slowly.