Rabbi Richard G. Lampert
Easiest way to learn Hebrew
Before 1881 Hebrew was extinct as a spoken language. I imagine the easiest way to learn Hebrew in those days would be to attend synagogue and read the prayers and the Torah, as that was the only way that Hebrew could be learned.
Fast forward to 1881! Oh, how I wish I could tele-transport myself back to 1881 and sit down and have an in-depth conversation with Eliezer Ben Yehuda to ask him what he would recommend the easiest way to learn Hebrew would be. He would probably say “do not overthink it, just start learning it”. I also wish I could be a fly on the wall in Eliezer and Devorah’s (his wife) apartment. I would love to hear them talk about re-establishing Hebrew as a spoken language. I would give anything to listen to the conversations between them to decide on the easiest way to learn Hebrew.
According to the Jewish Unpacked website, Eliezer forbade any other language to be spoken in his house. Therefore, Devorah, who did not speak a word of Hebrew (she only spoke Russian) essentially became silent. Ben Yehuda was steadfast in his conviction that not speaking in any other language, would eventually be the easiest way to learn Hebrew.
Fast forward again to 2022, Hebrew is now a language that has been spoken for approximately 140 years.
So, what is the easiest way to learn Hebrew? Unfortunately, I was not able to tele-transport myself back to 1881 to speak to Eliezer Ben Yehuda, but looking at how people learn, there are numerous opportunities to find the easiest way to learn Hebrew. One could be moving to Israel (radical, but it can be done!) Another could be refusing to speak any other language, just like Ben Yehuda did in 1881.
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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