Easy Hebrew – free info, a simple way to learn.

I recommend you start with easy Hebrew when you start to learn Hebrew. Whatever age you decide to start on your journey of learning this ancient language, you need to start with the basic concepts. As the saying goes, ‘You need to learn to crawl before you can walk. You need to learn to walk before you can run.’

Learn to crawl first: apply it to everything!

ThThe saying, ‘learn to crawl before you can walk’ applies every time a person starts learning a new skill, including learning ‘easy Hebrew.’ Recently, I began attending Karate classes. Some people dismiss the idea of starting karate at this age. (do I want to reveal my age? forget it!), Fitness and core strength is not my strength (excuse the pun!) It doesn’t matter that there are children who are better than me. I’m starting with the basics!

I have told myself that slowly, I will build up my skills, and eventually, I will progress and become stronger! The same can be applied to learning easy Hebrew. The first step is to learn Hebrew alphabet. Whoops! I meant to say learn the Hebrew alphabet. Once you have mastered this skill, you can move on to reading, writing, and Hebrew grammar.

Easy Hebrew – start with the basics!

You have learned the aleph bet (Hebrew alphabet), which is a great start, but it is just the beginning! Once you have that skill nailed, you can start learning Hebrew reading. If you are not sure where to start and want to learn online, a great website is www.easylearnhebrew.com. This online program teaches the aleph bet and Hebrew reading for beginners.

As with learning to read English, learning to read Hebrew is a fundamental part of learning the language. Once you are able to read the language, the rest will follow quite easily. You can move on to writing and learning Hebrew words and phrases. When you start learning to write in Hebrew, you will familiarise yourself with the words that you are reading!

One thing people need to realise is that the characters for writing in Hebrew are different from those in textbooks, signs in Israel, or ancient biblical texts. The books and signs are written in block characters (also known as print), whereas the written Hebrew is called script. Whilst the same is true in English, the characters are somewhat similar; however, in Hebrew, they are entirely different!

Next level Hebrew

At the same time, as you work to embed your reading and writing skills, you can also learn some Hebrew phrases and words! At least, if you want to travel to Israel, you can ask important questions, such as where the toilet is or where the bus stop is! Learning Hebrew words and phrases also gives you the opportunity to have basic conversations with people.

If you decide to take your journey of learning easy Hebrew to the next level, you should attend Ulpan. Ulpan literally means ‘studio’. It is a place where people can take their Hebrew learning to the ‘next level’. The first ulpanim (plural for ulpan) started in Israel (and continues to run there) and is also found around the world in major capital cities.

People who migrate to Israel, also known as making Aliyah, enrol in an ulpan to learn Hebrew from scratch. If a person already knows basic Hebrew, they will enrol in an ulpan to learn a higher level of Hebrew to enable them to integrate into Israeli society quickly and easily. As a person progresses through the levels of ulpan, they will learn Hebrew grammar.

Learning Hebrew grammar

An integral part of a person’s Hebrew journey is learning grammar. Many people do not realise that Hebrew nouns are also assigned to feminine and masculine nouns. Trying to learn which is masculine and feminine can be frustrating, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes second nature (well, almost). Do not worry if you make a mistake; people will correct you!

It is rewarding when you are able to recognise which noun is feminine and which noun is masculine! It means that when you start reading short stories, you can make a game of recognising which is which! Whilst some people are more inclined to read the Torah rather than modern-day short stories, you can still play the ‘recognise the gender of the noun’ game (LOL).

Easy Hebrew and Hebrew immersion

The most obvious way to immerse yourself in any language is to live in the country where it is spoken as the mother tongue. The same applies to Hebrew. Living in Israel will undoubtedly improve your spoken, written and grammatical grasp of the language. I lived in Jerusalem for 14 months (albeit I was not a complete beginner), and by the end of my time, I was speaking fluently.

Unfortunately, not everyone has the opportunity to pick up (and pack up) their lives and move to another country to immerse themselves in the language. However, living in an online world, there are opportunities to find other ways to immerse oneself in the language. For example, find an Israeli dance group that is taught in Hebrew (which is what I do). Instant immersion for two hours!

I have not spoken or listened to Hebrew in 25 years, but when I go to this dance group, I pick up so many new words and phrases! However, this is just one example of immersion if you cannot live in Israel. Explore your city, and I am sure other opportunities exist!

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