It’s one thing to learn Hebrew from afar, using resources like Israeli friends, videos in Hebrew on YouTube and Your Daily Dose of Hebrew. But to learn Hebrew in Israel itself takes your learning experience to a whole new level of effectiveness and efficiency, since you’ll be surrounded by Hebrew everywhere you go, from street signs to the news on the bus to the taxi driver or the guy at the shuk (open market) who speaks in Hebrew only, and you need to pay him the right amount or else you’ll get ripped.
How to start?
Once you’re on the ground in Israel, self study can certainly take you far, so use your surroundings to advance your cause of learning the language of the people of Israel. But your learning will get compounded if you also study Hebrew systematically, in a formal-but-informal setting such as that offered by Ulpan La-Inyan. Think of Ulpan La-Inyan as a sort of lab, where you participate in simulated conversations that you will be able to use right away as you leave class and go about your day in Israel. These conversations progress in complexity but are always focused on the vocabulary you need day-to-day, whether on the street, in a cafe, at work or at a dinner party. Of course, Ulpan La-Inyan will also teach you to read and write in Hebrew, but since the skill of conversation is the basis of any living language, it is our first educational priority.
If you’re not able to study Hebrew in Israel, you can still engage yourself in this “lab” called Ulpan La-Inyan with a personal tutor online. But if can, visit
As for self study, ulpan.com has all kinds of resources for you including:
Basic writing: Hebrew script looks different from printed Hebrew, which appears in newspapers and books but is not written by hand. So it’s importan
t to learn to write using that script. This page features animated images showing you how to write Hebrew in a script.
Grammar pages: Get to know the various Hebrew verb structures, how they work (how to conjugate them), and some rules of thumb (but remember – rules, especially grammar rules, are meant to be broken).
Learn Hebrew through music: Nothing advances language learning like feeling attached to the words. So listen to some Israeli music, study the words, pick your favorite, and then memorize it. This will increase your Hebrew vocabulary as well as deepen your intuition for Hebrew grammatical structures. You’ll also enjoy
Your Daily Dose of Hebrew: Be enlightened and delighted with Your Daily Dose of Hebrew. YDDH entries are presented
clearly, complete with examples,
etymology, audio and sometimes video clips to help you learn to pronounce and use your new Hebrew like an Israeli. Build your Hebrew vocabulary with one dose a day. Sign up using the form below: