The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You'll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Hebrew Level 1 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty 30-minute lessons. In the first 10 lessons, you'll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You'll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level but with near-native pronunciation skills.
In the next 10 lessons, you'll build on what you've learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations, and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You'll understand more of what you hear and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
In the final 10 lessons of level 1, you'll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You'll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.
Reading lessons are included at the end of lesson 30 to provide you with an introduction to reading the Hebrew alphabet. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A reading booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.
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"Pimsleur programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." (AudioFile magazine)
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.
Also, there are reading lessons at the end! The PDF booklet is available online. Phase I reading includes all consonants and vowels with modern pronunciation.
These simple and intuitive lessons have helped me immensely in my quest to master Hebrew. I love hearing the native speakers, and modeling my speech patterns after theirs. The 30 reading lessons at the end were a pleasant surprise. I have to pause the reading lesson sometimes to sound out difficult words, but only rarely. The half hour a day approach worked well for my schedule. Often I would do a lesson in the morning, and repeat it in the evening to cement it in my mind before hitting the next segment. Very difficult lessons might take me a couple days, but that happened leess often.
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