This section is
addressing those who have just started learning Hebrew from scratch. Meaning,
from total zero.
Whatever your reasons for
learning Hebrew might be, this page is for you if you don't know what it means
"Aleph", "Patach", "Schwa", "Guttoral" consonants, and what's the difference
between Daggesh and Tzeireh.
If all this sounds like
an total gibberish, this section is for you! You'll be explained about Hebrew
letters, what is vocalization, why you need diacritic marks, how you write
Hebrew, and so on.
Semitic languages in general and Hebrew in particular have one interesting feature:
word structure. Understanding of Hebrew word structure allows you couple of things:
Makes it possible to accumulate Hebrew vocabulary faster
Makes it possible to understand words you
haven't even heard or seen before
Makes it possible to even "invent" new words
(but be careful with that one).
Same is possible true for Roman or Germanic
languages too, but to a less extent.
Another remarkable thing about
Hebrew is its ancient (3000 years or so) writing system. In spite of this
ancient and barely evolving writing system, on the one hand, and a unusual
history of spoken language, on the other hand, written Hebrew doesn't always
exactly reflect the modern pronunciation of spoken language.
In our lessons we will use either modern "Mixed" spelling, or classical
vocalized spelling (one you can find, e.g. in Hebrew prayer books).