Rabbi Richard G. Lampert
So many people from different walks of life want to learn Hebrew for a variety of different reasons, be it conversing with people from Israel, being able to follow (and understand) the Jewish liturgy in the services, or to be able to read the Bible in the original text, the Torah. Whatever the reason, we need to acknowledge people who want to learn Hebrew, as it is a difficult language to start learning – either reading or speaking. It is difficult simply because the characters of the Hebrew alphabet are so different to the Latin characters used in alphabets across Europe and the English speaking world. A handy hint, if you are able to recognise each consonant and vowel through a quirky story or mnemonic, it would make remembering the consonants and vowels a lot easier.
So, how do you start to learn Hebrew if you have no exposure to Hebrew, do not live in Israel or do not have family who can help you with reading and conversation? The first step is to decide why you want to learn Hebrew, then the “how” will flow through quite easily; If the purpose of learning Hebrew is to be able to participate in a synagogue service, or to read the Torah, then a quality online Hebrew reading program would be perfect for this scenario. However if you want to engage in a two-way Hebrew conversation on a regular basis, then it is necessary to find someone who can help you with this, either online or face to face.
Regardless of why you want to learn Hebrew, the first step is actually learning the aleph-bet, the Hebrew alphabet. It is essential that you can recognise each consonant and vowel and be able to read fluently to assist in the next stage of your journey in learning Hebrew.
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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.
Founder - EasyLearnHebrew.com