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Frequently Asked Questions About
Ulpan La-Inyan

Why Ulpan La-Inyan?

Where is Ulpan La-Inyan located?

What's our track record?

How does Ulpan La-Inyan work?

Will I become fluent in Hebrew?

What is Pimsleur's method and why use it?

What is the time frame?

What is the cost?

Why an hour a day, every day? Why not a few hours at a time, a couple of times a week?

Will Ulpan La-Inyan help even if I'm a senior and have a cloudy memory?

Does Ulpan La-Inyan help people who have a mental or emotional block for Hebrew or language in general?

What about reading and writing?

Learn Hebrew online?!

What about grammar?

What are the Ulpan La-Inyan levels? How does this compare to regular ulpan?

Is Ulpan La-Inyan free for new immigrants to Israel?

What if I signed up for the wrong level?

What if I feel I need to repeat a course?

Can I try out a class before committing?




Why Ulpan La-Inyan?

  • Learn to Speak Hebrew - The focus of Ulpan La-Inyan is conversation - and its primary goal is to produce confident Hebrew speakers. Reading and writing are important, but speaking and listening form the bedrock of real communicability.

  • Optimal Class Size - At no more than ten students per group, our classes are large enough to offset expenses yet small enough to ensure ample opportunity for speech and personal attention. This combination enables us to offer our excellent courses at a comfortable price.

  • Excellent Instruction - Our teachers are the best and friendliest out there.

  • Save Time - Classes last for about an hour a day. The student goes on with his/her daily life while acquiring a new language, integrating the material and skill into long-term memory.

  • Classes are Accessible - they are offered in person in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv (if a group of eight or more approaches us from somewhere else, we'll be happy to set up a course for you), as well as online, from the convenience of your home or office.

  • The Best Methods - Ulpan La-Inyan employs the world-class methods developed by Dr. Paul Pimsleur to accomplish its goal of producing confident Hebrew speakers.


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Where is Ulpan La-Inyan located?

  • Our four branches are in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv (both with AACI), Raanana (with Telfed) and Efrat.

  • Our program has also been taught in various educational institutions, such as Yeshivat HaKotel, Yeshiva University High Schools of Los Angeles, and the Menachem Begin Heritage Center.


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What's our track record?

  • We have been in business since August 2008. Check out our testimonials page to read what students' experiences have been.

  • More systematic results will be posted as they are collected.


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How does Ulpan La-Inyan work?

  • Ulpan La-Inyan consists of daily lessons (five days a week for most courses) of approximately one hour.

  • The bulk of the learning takes place in the first half of the lesson, the audio portion. During this portion, no more than 12 participants in a class are introduced to new words and then prompted to recall them according to a specific schedule - in interesting, practical (and often entertaining) context.

  • During the second portion of the lesson, participants familiarize themselves with the Hebrew writing system by matching letters and written words with the sounds they represent. They learn to read the way children do - with prior verbal knowledge of the language. (More advanced courses use this time for lively discussion, reading of various texts and writing exercises.)


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Will I become fluent in Hebrew?

  • Ulpan La-Inyan students build their proficiency by combining their classroom experience with immersion in a Hebrew-speaking environment. While students do not become fluent in the classroom alone, our program enables them to do so.


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What is Pimsleur's method and why use it?

  • Dr. Paul Pimsleur's approach teaches first the most important words necessary for everyday speech in the context of everyday conversations. Learners are prompted to repeat words in these contexts, according to a schedule that maximizes long-term acquisition while minimizing boring repetition. Grammar principles are also taught in context, seamlessly and enjoyably. To find out more about Dr. Pimsleur's method, visit the Wikipedia article on the subject.


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What is the time frame?

  • After completing courses Levels 1-3, a student has learned the essential words, phrases and structures for effective everyday communication in Hebrew. Levels 4 and 5 upgrade these skills to more sophisticated "grown-up" communication.

  • Each course lasts six weeks. Levels 1-3 meet daily for one hour. Levels 4 and 5 meet less frequently but provide more homework.


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What is the cost?

  • The cost of an Ulpan La-Inyan course varies according to factors such as whether it's a private or group class you're registering for, location of courses, etc. Please see our location options for more information. Discounts are given for AACI and other memberships, senior citizens, new immigrants and for continuing students.


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Why an hour a day, every day? Why not a few hours at a time, a couple of times a week?

  • When learning a new language, one must maintain daily contact with that language in order to develop core vocabulary and confidence. Our classes meet five days a week (Levels 4 and 5 meet for fewer), and provide review materials for the weekend.


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Will Ulpan La-Inyan help even if I'm a senior and have a cloudy memory?

  • Yes. Although it is certainly easier to learn a language at a younger age, people of senior age have built their Hebrew vocabulary and confidence in Ulpan La-Inyan.


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Does Ulpan La-Inyan help people who have a mental or emotional block for Hebrew or language in general?

  • Absolutely. Our friendly methods and teachers have assisted several people in breaking down their cultural barrier towards Hebrew, as well as their belief that they cannot learn to speak a foreign language.


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What about reading and writing?

  • Reading and writing are critical skills in today's world. However, being able to speak a language is a more basic and essential skill. Ulpan La-Inyan has reading and writing components, but our focus is on conversation.


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Learn Hebrew online?!

  • Yes! It's easy - just sign up for Skype, hook up a good set of headphones, make sure there's a microphone either built into your computer or plugged in, and you're set!

  • It's convenient - participate in a live, interactive class from the comfort of your home or office.

  • It saves time and money - instead of traveling to and from class, you can sign on from wherever you have fast internet access.

  • It's reviewable - it's easy to record class and then review it as often as you like.

  • It works - since the Ulpan La-Inyan program relies on your sense of hearing more than any other sense, the Skype medium has proven excellent for learners, possibly even more so than in-person instruction.


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What about grammar?

  • Students gain a sense of what "sounds right" in the course of the lessons. Thus, grammar is taught intuitively rather than systematically.


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What are the Ulpan La-Inyan levels? How does this compare to regular ulpan?

  • Courses Levels 1-3 allow a student to learn the essential words, phrases and structures for effective everyday communication in Hebrew, achieving "professional working proficiency" or S-3 on the ILR proficiency scale. Levels 4 and 5 upgrade these skills to more sophisticated communication, allowing students to reach S-4.

  • Levels 1-5 of Ulpan La-Inyan compare roughly with the Kitah system of the state-funded ulpans.


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Is Ulpan La-Inyan free for new immigrants to Israel?

  • Ulpan La-Inyan is a private program and is not funded by the government. Thus our classes are not free to new immigrants at this point in time.

  • Since our classes last for an hour a day, new immigrants who qualify for free ulpan have attended Ulpan La-Inyan since it has allowed them to pursue other goals throughout their day.

  • The specific cost of a six-week course depends on the location taught, but it usually falls around NIS 950 (about $250 US).


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What if I signed up for the wrong level?

  • Though we take care to place students at a course level appropriate for them, sometimes students find themselves in a class that is too easy or too difficult. In that case, a student may switch to the appropriate class if it is available. If the class is not available, the student may either wait until the next time the class is given or receive a refund.


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What if I feel I need to repeat a course?

  • Our methods are world-class, but they are not perfect. Occasionally a student feels that s/he has not improved enough in Hebrew communication to advance to the next level.
    Our goal is that our students graduate from Ulpan La-Inyan classes speaking Hebrew. In the event that a student wishes to repeat a class, we offer it to them at a discount of 15% of the original course.


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Can I try out a class before committing?

  • Students are welcome to sit in on a day of class prior to committing. They can then register for that same course, provided there is still a spot available.


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