Rabbi Richard G. Lampert
Hebrew reading practice
As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. The same goes for Hebrew reading practice. To achieve fluency in reading Hebrew, a student needs to practice on a regular basis, I would even go as far as to say, to practice every day. Researching theories of practice, Malcolm Gladwell stated in his book “Outliers: the story of success”, if a person practices for 10,000 hours, they will become an expert in their chosen area. 10,000 hours is equal to approximately 6 hours a day for 4-5 years. This theory can also be applied to Hebrew reading practice.
What does Hebrew reading practice look like? And can it be done for 6 hours every day for a number of years? I think Hebrew reading practice is subjective. For some people, it might mean reading texts in Hebrew to achieve fluency. Realistically, would a person read texts for fluency every day for 6 hours? For others, Hebrew reading practice might mean learning how to translate Hebrew, learning the grammar whilst they are reading. If a person has this level of interest, they may need to go to university to study in Hebrew, and perhaps complete a PhD majoring in Hebrew. If this is the case, indeed, they may spend 6 hours every day practicing Hebrew. Be it reading, researching, grasping Hebrew grammar, it will require a deep level of commitment.
Can a person achieve fluency in Hebrew reading without spending 6 hours a day on it. I would hazard a guess, and say yes, they can become fluent. However, will they become an expert in their field? I honestly cannot say if they will or will not be an expert, but they certainly would have put in the hours of Hebrew reading practice to be extremely fluent in Hebrew reading.
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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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