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I really like this program and I have tried many because it requires that you stay focused and talk back. I have studied Biblical Hebrew in the past so I am able to catch it quickly but I believe this is the best spoken Hebrew program I have come across and plan on completing them all.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
I went through the whole Pimsleur Hebrew (1, 2 and 3) and I it is a very efficient method to unlock speaking difficulties as well as oral understanding.
However the course does not provide with sufficient grammar explanations (especially with regard to the verbs), and the reading material is too poor.
I highly recommend to start by an alef-bet and then go on with pimsleur + a book for reading skills (Ora Band or Ester Raizen are excellent to get familiar with the reading in hebrew).
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
What about Pimsleur’s performance did you like?
The American narrator was a bit irritating, but the Hebrew speakers were pleasant to listen to.
Any additional comments?
If you've studied any Hebrew at all prior to using this, or if you're an experienced language learner, you will probably find it quite slow and somewhat frustrating. Units build on one another, but at such a slow rate that for an experienced language learner it quickly gets frustrating and therefore boring, which is a very bad thing for actually learning well and retaining information.
I speak Russian and French, and I am a false beginner in Hebrew. I really, really don't need a whole hour devoted to whether or not I understand a little Hebrew or English, and asking someone the same questions. I had it down after fifteen minutes 8-o Frustrating!
That said, for true beginners or for people who don't have experience learning languages, I can imagine this would be very non-threatening whilst also making you speak aloud. I also think the pronunciation drills are valuable.
My main issue with the pace is that it means to progress, you really need to buy a lot of lessons, and it would rapidly become a big budget spend. I don't know exactly how many words per unit one learns, but two units = I, you, understand, yes, no, Hebrew, English, American, a little... and not much more. If what you're after is a non-threatening intro to a language, this might be great, If what you want is to learn to speak a language, to use your learning time efficiently and be able to talk to people... eh. There are way more efficient and effective ways to spend both your time and your money.
Like I say, I do think this would be effective as a method. If you have the money and you are willing to/want to go slow, Pimsleur seems like a pretty good option. If you're on a budget or you want to progress more quickly, you will likely get just as frustrated as me.
Try the free unit one sample, it gives a pretty good picture of what you're getting. Then bear in mind unit two is going to contain much of the same stuff shifted sround slightly to keep you on your toes. If that sounds like it's going to drive you mad, don't bother buying any more. (If you can borrow Pimsleur from your local library, then it would gain in value significantly, since you'd only be spending time, not your hard earned cash.)
I do wish there was an easy way to figure out where one is at. I feel that some of the more advanced units might be helpful to me, but I've no way of knowing without buying a whole bunch until I find one that's at the right/helpful level. As it stands, there's no way I'm slogging through a bunch of slow and expensive lessons just in the hope I'll eventually get to something I'll find useful.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I found my spoken Hebrew improved and found the lessons very thoughtful and helpful. the phonetic breakdown of words was useful