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Since my childhood I have had to study several foreign languages. By now I speak fluently two languages in addition to my mother tounge, and can also speak some of a third language, so I can say that I know much about learning foreign languages. This method, however, is the easyest and fastest I have ever tried, giving me the advantage to begin from the fist words with an almost native accent, which is something you do not usually get if you go to a language school.
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Pimsleur Modern Hebrew I
I took a year of Biblical Hebrew in college and have spent a lot of time deciphering Hebrew Scriptures since then. But that is what I do. I decipher it. I don’t really read it. Over the years, I’ve set up programs to help me review and improve what I learned in college, and perhaps take it even further. Some of that has worked to a degree. This year, I’ve decided to use the Pimsleur programs with Modern Hebrew to help me with my Biblical Hebrew.
I’ve enjoyed it. I always like Pimsleur, I’ve used it for Spanish and French and Swedish in the past. I like it because it works. I listen to the programs while I go for a walk in the morning with my dogs. I do the readings in the mornings with breakfast. I never fail to learn the language when I use Pimsleur. They should really do Navajo.
I have always wondered how much correspondence there is between Biblical Hebrew and Modern Hebrew. I guess I’m still in a learning phase on that. However, I do think this has been helpful in that endeavor. There are of course loan words from modern languages. But Modern Hebrew has, for the most part, resurrected the Hebrew of the Old Testament. (Which itself changes over the millennia in which it was composed book by book. Each book reflecting the Hebrew language as it was used in its own era.) The structure of the language is largely the same as its Biblical counterpart. As I’m listening to the lessons I hear words and remember them from flashcards I kept busy with for years. Thing is, now that vocabulary and its morphing is drilled into my memory to be used in conversation, and not merely recalled when reading. With Pimsleur you become familiar with the flow of the language, first, second and third person forms become second nature.
I also figure this will make my next trip to Israel a lot more fun.
I would recommend this to a student who is planning on studying Biblical Hebrew. This will give you an understanding of the language that will make many aspects of a Biblical Hebrew course much easier to comprehend. You will learn the alphabet and have a working vocabulary that will get the common words out of the way to be augmented by vocabulary perhaps a bit more particular to Biblical themes. All said and done this is more value for your money than the credit hours you are purchasing, and will be a great tutor. As an added bonus, this allows you to study on the move rather than spending that beautiful spring day chained to a desk in the library.
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