Rabbi Richard G. Lampert
Easy Hebrew reading
Everyone who wants to read Hebrew wants to enjoy easy Hebrew reading. They want to be able to pick up a book and read. The book might be a children’s story book or a book from the Torah. Either way, they want to engage in easy Hebrew reading, without having to struggle.
So, how does one achieve easy Hebrew reading? The first step is to learn the letters and vowels of the Hebrew alphabet. However, it is all very well being able to recognise the characters, but what about actually reading the words? To achieve easy Hebrew reading, the student needs to be able to break the word up into syllables. Hebrew words are actually incredibly easy to read, once the student can recognise the patters of the syllables in the words. As I say to my Hebrew students, it is all very well having the skill of knowing the characters, but if someone does not know how to break the words up into syllables, then easy Hebrew reading will be difficult to achieve.
The key to learning how to break a word up into syllables is learn the patterns of the syllable breakup. For example, the sh’va (or in colloquial terms – 2 vertical dots) ends a syllable. However, when there is a dageish (or a dot) in the letter and the 2 vertical dots underneath, it is pronounced as a separate syllable on its’ own. These are just two examples of how to recognise syllable breakups in a Hebrew word. There are six different types of syllables all together (which I have identified). Once a student can recognise the patterns in a word, it makes it much easier to achieve fluency in Hebrew reading.
To summarise, to achieve easy Hebrew reading, the student needs to learn the letters, vowels and syllable breakups. Once this has been achieved, all he or she needs to do is practice!
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The Easy Learn Hebrew story began in 1986 when I became involved with Rabbi Lampert's teaching methods as a tutor in the 'Learn To Read Hebrew In One Day' course.
This course took students, who could not read a word of Hebrew at the beginning of the day, and by the end of the day they could read Hebrew, slowly, but correctly.
In 1999, I completed my Bachelor of Arts majoring in Hebrew, and, as part of my degree, spent a year in Israel studying Hebrew at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 2008, I became the primary instructor for the 'Learn To Read Hebrew In One Day' course.
Whilst conducting these face to face courses it occurred to me that this unique classroom-based method could be transferred to an online format to make it accessible to people all around the world, and so the Easy Learn Hebrew program was born!
The Easy Learn Hebrew program is the 'Learn To Read Hebrew In One Day' classroom course 'online', however offering much more in terms of being able to revise the 'classroom' content online repeatedly via the videos, take the online quizzes and being able to print out the associated hard copy learning materials as required.
I am very excited to make this program available and look forward to welcoming you as an online Easy Learn Hebrew student.
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