When you start planning your trip to Israel, it will be very helpful to learn some basic Hebrew words. Having some vocabulary will help you navigate all kinds of different situations. Knowledge of basic Hebrew words can also help create rapport when you meet the locals who live in Israel. The locals like to hear a hear a foreigner use a few basic Hebrew words. Is shows they are making an effort.
Choosing which basic Hebrew words to learn
Before you embark on your journey to learn basic Hebrew words, decide which ones you need to learn. You may only have a limited time to do some learning, so if you have a focus, it will make it easier to choose which ones. For example, you may decide to learn basic Hebrew words for directions and eating in a restaurant. This will help you find vocabulary that are relevant.
This blog started writing about some vocabularly before traveling to Israel. However, it might be for another reason entirely. Perhaps you are interested in learning vocabulary that is relevant to the Jewish prayer book or the Jewish scriptures. If this is the case, it would change your focus entirely.
How to start learning!
It is all very well to have the good intentions to start learning, however, it is important to have a plan in place. If you cannot read Hebrew, that is a good place to start. It will make it easier when visiting Israel or reading the siddur and/or Jewish scriptures. Some people may choose to learn to read Hebrew through an online course. Others may choose to attend face to face classes.
There are pros and cons with both options. You need to choose what format suits your personality and your lifestyle. You could try and both and see what works.