Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Learn Hebrew - Restaurant Vocabulary

This is great! Hopefully there will be more of these.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Borat in Hebrew on Israeli TV!

There are a lot of Israeli videos on youtube, some from Israeli TV, some from Israeli movies or American movies dubbed in Israel, and some from Israelis just filming themselves and their friends. They are great to watch if you have a few minutes, and you can learn a lot of Hebrew.

Here is Borat in Hebrew with an Israeli journalist!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Watch Israeli Television

This is good for intermediate or advanced students. Go to the Israeli Broadcasting Authority's site and click on "Broadcasts" in the upper right hand corner to see a list of options for programs. Click on "TV Broadcasts" and then "On Demand" to get a list of replayed programs to watch. They speak very fast and you can learn a lot if you pay attention. Before watching, I recommend reading an Israeli newspaper in English such as the Jerusalem Post or Haaretz, so you are somewhat familiar with the popular stories in that day's news.

Listen to Hebrew Shiurim

One great way to learn Hebrew is to listen to shiurim in Hebrew, which are classes on the Torah. The speakers often speak slowly and clearly, and the subject matter is very interesting. Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh has some good options here. They describe the quality of the recording, so try to find shiurim you are interested in where the audio is listed as "High Quality". The files are either in Windows Media format (.mp3), or RealPlayer (not .mp3).

Beginner Hebrew Resources

1) Rosetta Stone. This is the first place you should go. If you have several hundred dollars to spend, I strongly recommend purchasing the Hebrew Levels 1 & 2 bundle. You can also try to find it for a little less on Amazon or eBay.

But even if you don't want to spend the money, you can still go through some of the Hebrew demos for free on Rosetta Stone's website, just click here and click "Continue to free demo". Then select your language as "English" and your country as "United States", and keep following the steps to do the online demo. You can do a few of the Hebrew lessons and will begin to see the words and connect them to the pictures and the sounds.

2) Foundation Stone. This isn't as slick as Rosetta Stone, but once you get a hang of it, you can learn a lot, whether as a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student. There is free software to download and a free online tutorial.