Rabbi Richard G. Lampert
Like anything, Hebrew reading is actually incredibly easy – once you know how to do it!
The question is how to read Hebrew? It is all very well learning the aleph-bet. Do not underestimate what I am saying. It is the most important step when you want to know how to read Hebrew. That is the first step – learn the consonants and vowels. However, it is just the beginning. Once you can recognise the consonants and vowels, the next step is learn how to recognise syllable breakups. To learn how to read Hebrew properly one needs to know these crucial, yet simple, rules, otherwise all the syllables can run into each other, and the reader has a staccato way of reading, and will never learn how to read Hebrew fluently. Once you have the syllable break-up rules in front of you, it is best to use a pencil to actually put the syllable break-up markings in the text to help you learn how to read Hebrew.
Another tip for how to learn to read Hebrew fluently is to read out aloud. If you start to practice reading silently to yourself you won’t be able to hear the sounds and possible mistakes that you might make. It is even more advantageous if you can read out loud to a fluent Hebrew reader, so this person can correct your mistakes, listen to the flow of Hebrew and give you general feedback.
Furthermore, it is important to choose a variety of texts to read from to get a variety of consonants, vowels, syllable breakups etc… Tip: before you start, put in all the syllable lines into the words to help you read the word fluently.
Knowing the aleph bet, using the syllable breakups and reading out aloud is a sure fire way to learn the skill of how to read Hebrew.
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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