Hebrew For Everyone
What makes this site special and unique is the desire to
provide opportunity to learn Hebrew for free for everybody who has a desire to
learn. As ambitious as it sounds, learning Hebrew (as well as any other
language) should not and will not take fortunes to pay for classes, books,
exercises, etc. Yes, it is for free. Yes, it can be done. And, yes, this web
site is free and will stay free for everybody.
I lived in Israel
for over a decade, and I can assure you that Hebrew is not complicated at all.
In fact, learning Hebrew should be much simpler than learning languages like
English, French, Russian, or Finnish. For those readers who knows some Yiddish,
I can say, that Hebrew is much simpler than Yiddish too.
First of all, we
should thank to the unique nature of Semitic (in fact, Semito-Hamitic or
Afro-Asiatic) languages. Once you understand the principle, learning new
words becomes as simple as building a lego. Also, due to extensive contacts with
Indo-European languages (both in ancient and modern era), even classic ancient
Hebrew has much more flexible sentence structure than, say, Germanic languages
(such as English or Yiddish), and even simpler than another Semitic language,
widely spoken - Arabic.
pronunciation is heavily "Europeanized", and although Hebrew is mother tongue
for several million Israelis, still it's not uncommon to meet people with heavy
accent on the streets of Israel. Meaning, an accent is not an issue here, for
most Israelis you accent will not be an issue.
What It Is, And What It Is Not.
This is definitely
not a "learn to speak as Israelis in just 7 days" kind of site. Also,
this is not a complete guide to Hebrew right now. The development contunues, and
more materials are being added all the time.
We consider the
majority of our target audience to be typical American Jews who read Hebrew
fluently with really little understanding of what exactly they are reading. From
the other hand, some people would like to learn rather conversational Hebrew.
And what about children preparing to their Bar- and Bat-Mitzvah?
The site is
structured in a form of "Levels" or "Books" covering different aspects of Hebrew
- is a collection of explanations about the alphabet and how to read words.
- Number is Hebrew
- there is a good reason this topic deserves a separate section. For Hebre
student it's convenient to have it handy; and discussions on this topic don't
really fit into anything else. See, Numbers in Hebrew are quite complicated
compared to English, but that's an important topic.
Understand What You Read section will cover "written" Hebrew, both in
prayer books and Israeli newspapers. I almost hear many people saying at this
point that "modern language is much different than ancient one", but I have my
own opinions and approaches to study this amazing language. Thank you. :)
Speak Hebrew - language spoken on the streets of Israel,
including common idioms used by everybody, curses and polite language,
mass-media and oficial language, "bazaar Hebrew", some army and youth slang,
Articles - this section will cover topics such as What Is
speak of unique Hebrew history, or discuss differences between official and
spoken norms - information which is typically not covered by most classes, but
is very useful up to essential to everyone who wants to learn modern language.
Each section is in constant development (until the opposite is announced.) I
keep adding lessons to every section every time I feel like it. The goal is to
get at the end a whole textbook covering everything related to Hebrew...
ambitious goal, isn't it?
By the way, I'll be glad to hear any remarks from anyone who is willing to
contribute to this site or make a correction to mistakes I made ('cause nobody
Good Luck and
Enjoy the Learning!