Learning Language Online. Learn Hebrew Online.

Online learning is supplementing classroom learning

Nowadays reality gives us so many opportunities that the list is endless. No matter what you plan to do and especially if you are not an expert in this, you just open a Google page, type what you’d like to search into Google search line and you have pages to read and learn how to do it.

You can even have a degree online, learning online, attending an online course. Online learning is supplementing classroom learning now. Not likely that it will replace it, but online learning is wildly used for sure. 

Learning new language is fun

When I was a student in a middle school, we had a phy-ed teacher also teaching a history class and a chemistry teacher also teaching an art class, because the school was short of teachers. If we had internet at that time maybe we could benefit from information we could find online to supplement the studying.

Online classes can help if you are interested to learn a foreign language. Learning language online is a convenient way to understand how foreign language is functioning. Many friends of mine here in America often ask me what is the meaning of this or that word in Russian (which is my native language), or in Hebrew (which is my second language). Even if it is more for entertainment, it is very beneficial if you know at least several phrases in foreign language.

Hebrew is my second language that I learnt while we lived in Israel for 10 years.


What's interesting in Hebrew language?

Oh, there's a lot of interesting and different things about Hebrew language.

  • Hebrew language is dating back over 6000 years. It belongs to a completely different family than the English language. English is part of "Indo-European" family of languages, while Hebrew belongs to the Haimo-Semitic family.
  • Hebrew is one of the oldest and at the same time one of the newest languages in the world. Hebrew was used centuries and centuries ago, Old Testament was written in ancient Hebrew.
  • Hebrew became almost dead through the centuries and though Jews could read TANACH, Hebrew was not a spoken language. As a live language Hebrew was revived less that 200 years ago and it is a spoken language in Israel. Jews living in other countries study and speak Hebrew too.
  • Unlike English, the Hebrew language is written from right to left. Letters are not connected with each other. Each letter is written separately.
  • Hebrew is a logical language. The base of a word is the root; usually the root is built of three letters (consonants) which contains the essential meaning of the word. Knowing the root (which is usually a noun or an infinitive if it's a verb) you can easily understand or build other parts of the speech.
  • Hebrew is a very compact language too. Sometimes meaning of three English words can be expressed by one Hebrew word.
  • Hebrew prefixes and suffixes are never written separately by their own, they are written together with the word they belong to.
  •  Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters (consonants), five of which use different forms at the end of a word. The Hebrew alphabet has printed or written letters, but uses one case; there are no capital or lowercase letters.

First step is learning alphabet.

If you learn a language a natural way, like a child learns his native language, a learning process starts from sounds and words, from images.

First a child learns how to speak and then later he is introduced to letters and writing.

The way is different when we start learning a language as adults. We go both ways, learning how to speak and how to read and write at the same time.

We are introduced to a new language alphabet. This is the first step in learning any new language- to learn its alphabet.

The Hebrew alphabet was used as the basis for the ancient Greek alphabet.

Actually, English word "alphabet" comes from the names of the first two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, Aleph and Beth.

Hebrew alphabet is written and read also from right to left! 


Here is Hebrew alphabet (the picture comes from here)

Hebrew "Alef-Bet" (letters are read from right to left)

Printed version
Printed version
Handwriting version
Handwriting version

Sing Hebrew alphabet.

Points (nekudot) representing vowels.
Points (nekudot) representing vowels.
Example of Hebrew text with points (nekudot). These are the first verses of Genesis.
Example of Hebrew text with points (nekudot). These are the first verses of Genesis.

Hebrew alphabet has no vowels

Hebrew alphabet has no vowels. People who know Hebrew well enough, do not need vowels to read Hebrew. Most things written in Hebrew in Israel are written without vowels.

However, the beginner learners need a special system of dots and dashes that represent vowels.

My first Hebrew study books were written with this system. Also elementary school books for kids use this system.

Dots and dashes, called Points (nekudot) are put inside the letter, or above and under it, thus not alternating the space of the text.

Studying The Hebrew Language.

The best way to learn Hebrew is in the language environment. Many American Jews come to Israel and live there for several years just to learn Hebrew. When we immigrated to Israel and I went to study Hebrew in Ulpan (studio) one of the students in my group was Ben Hammer, a young writer from New York, who came to Israel for the sake of studying Hebrew. After half a year course in Ulpan he enrolled to Kibbuts to work there and master his Hebrew, and later he even took a course of study in Yeshiva (Hebrew religious school). I am sure he came back to America with good knowledge of the Hebrew language.

Another option is to study language on your own, with the help of books. This method is very boring and you never know if you are doing things right.

Thanks to the internet and online learning method people now have a great opportunity to study a new language under a supervision of native speaking teachers. There are lots and lots of websites offering Hebrew Language study online. I hope that some of the courses that I picked might be helpful for those who want to read Bible in its original language.

"Teach" your computer some Hebrew alphabet with this Hebrew letters keyboard from Amazon!

When you get to the level that you'd like to type in Hebrew, there is a very easy way to do it!

"Teach" your computer some Hebrew alphabet with this Hebrew letters keyboard from Amazon!


Product Features

  • Hebrew - English. This bilingual keyboard provides great opportunity to type in Hebrew; it also maintains the key locations in the standard 104-key layout so you don't have to relearn how to type. Keyboards do not Localize your computer. You must have a Localized Program or Windows with a Multi language capability. A Keyboard is just an inputting device to Help you Recognize Multilingual Characters on the Keyboard.
  • The keyboard makes typing quiet and comfortable.
  • Its durable, spill-resistant design ensures little accidents won't cause worries. With so many benefits for such an economical price, this keyboard offers incredible value. The keyboard costs much less than any translational soft wear.
  • You will need to go to the "Regions & Languages Settings" in the "Control Panel" to enable the desired language and set as the Default Language of Windows, as required by some Applications. Then you can switch back and forth via toggle button in Start Bar.

Technical Details

  • Works with all Windows no need for CD. Windows 7, Vista, and XP
  • This bilingual keyboard provides superior comfort without forcing you to relearn how to type;
  • Not Stickers, Hebrew and English Characters on one Key by Factory - Enhanced key layout - High-quality membrane switch
  • English and Hebrew Print keyboard provides superior comfort without forcing you to relearn how to type

I am planning to write more hubs about how to learn Hebrew, and also I am going to write some hubs about learning Russian. So, keep an eye on my hubs. Thank you!

Hakuna Matata in Hebrew! Have fun!

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Thanks for a very interesting hub. I would love to learn a new language and Hebrew would be wonderful. I've tried to learn French in the recent past but somehow I never retain anything except how to order a bottle of wine!


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Pop, it is very important knowledge, you can take us to some French bar and treat for a bottle of wine, for I don't know how to order it in French.


sweatha 6 years ago

thanks for this interesting hub.i love learning new languages................


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

sweatha, start from the alphabet. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Another great hub from you. I can't say anything. This hub was beautiful. You want to share this with us. I never know about Hebrew language. The Hebrew alphabet was amazing, like ancient letter. I learn much from you, my friend. I also want to thank you again for your kindness to give correction to my hub. I really appreciate that. Thank you very much. I hope both of you (mother and son, right) always success not only in financial but also in life. Have a great day. Take care and God bless you.

Warm Regards,

Prasetio


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Prasetio,

thank you, I appreciate your visit! I enjoy your hubs too, the topics you find to share with us are amazing, fresh and unusual. Bless you.


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livelonger 5 years ago from San Francisco

Great hub - I believe you said that you were not a native speaker of Hebrew. How long did it take for you to learn it to the point of fluency?


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ReuVera 5 years ago from USA Author

livelonger, thank you for reading and commenting! I studied Hebrew for 6 months in a studio (ulpan) and then I used every little opportunity to talk to native Hebrew speaking people. I was pretty fluent in Hebrew within one year. It took some hard work, though. Sitting over the study books every day for many hours. I was watching kids' Hebrew TV shows, it helped a lot too.


Joshua526 5 years ago

This is a fun way to learn Hebrew!


kelsmcdaniel 3 years ago

Great resources! Thanks!

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