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This audio book is really not worth much at all. There is no structure to it whatsoever, random words are blurted out once in English and then once in Hebrew. eg. "the green pees... Tuesday... the airport... the boy... the gasoline..." no joke, it really is all over the place! Luckily my limitted Hebrew vacubulary helped my figure out that at some point the program switched to Hebrew first then Enlgish second (there's no intruduction between chapters, it's all guesswork). It's so rediculous and so useless that I found it almost comical and almost amusing but what I really found was that it is a complete waste of money and time. My only other experience with Vocabulear ("Italian Word Booster") was worth the moneny because it had structure and was easy to follow. I don't think I'll be spending any more credits on Vacubulearn any time soon :(
The authors of this tape forgot to learn anything about learning or memory when they made it. The words are not presented in any organized way; they appear to be totally random. There is not enough time between words for the learner to make any meaningful connections. What a waste!
Wow! This promised to teach me the language "the way you learn best." Somebody spits out random words while classical music plays in the back (ever so annoying). That has never been the way I learned best, but maybe I need to get out more. It
is almost hilarious, since it is impossible to figure out how they chose the order in which these words are given.
guys, trust me. do not buy it. it is random words said once in Hebrew, they in English. there is no method, no repetition, no "connector". just random words.
I can already speak a little Hebrew. I bought this audio book thinking it would be similar in nature to Pimsleur's approach or one of the "On the Move" or "Learn in your car" type programs. Instead, right from the start, there is very inappropriate and annoying Western classical music playing in the background, which has absolutely NOTHING whatsoever to do with Israeli culture or with creating a setting conducive to remembering anything specifically about Hebrew. On top of this muzak-garbage is a completely useless, random spouting of vocabulary words that have nothing whatsoever to do with each other, create no theme, are not presented in any way which might encourage memorization or incorporation into practical conversation, and have no provision for repetition or use in context. This is the most useless "beginner's" language learning tool I have ever come across and if it had been more expensive, I would have complained and demanded a full refund. I imagine that maybe a year from now after my ability to carry on basic conversations is more solid, I might be able to use this audiobook by hitting the pause button after every single word and repeating it, using it in a sentence, doing ANYTHING besides what VocabuLearn provides to help me "remember" these words. We will see if this thing ever proves useful.
The previous review is outright misleading, to say the least. There are four sections, noons, adjectives/adverbs, expressions, verbs. So no, it's not like you will have to speak with no verbs... far from it.
BTW, verbs are given in present singular masculine tense, which is not the best way to memorize them, in my opinion. Adjectives are given in both masculine and feminine (singular only), which is good. Noons are always proceeded by the definite article - not sure why this was necessary. Expressions are only given in one form.
Each section is split into two roughly equal subsections: first Hebrew words follow English, and then the other way around.
Overall, I think this is a very good way to refresh Hebrew words you know and perhaps learn a few new words. This cannot be your only source of learning Hebrew, or even the main source, and I am pretty sure it was not intended to be one.
So, take this for what it is, and you'll like it.
The VocabuLearn system is useless. It just spouts random nouns, no adjectives or verbs. So, if you plan on speaking Hebrew without using any verbs, then go ahead and buy it. However, if you learn enough to have an actual conversation, then get something else.
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I am attempting to learn Hebrew with the Pimsleur tapes, which I have found to be very good, but very intense. Listening to to the vocabulary words is an excellent way to supplement Pimsleur. After many, many repetitions of the vocabulary words, I expect they will eventually sink into my think skull. They can ditch the music though.
I found VocabuLearn an excellent aid for extending my Hebrew vocabulary. I enjoy the pleasant music played in the background as the words are pronounced in Hebrew first and then English and then switching to English first and then Hebrew. The adjectives are presented in both the masculine and feminine singular forms. The nouns, adjectives and adverbs which are in abundance, are spoken by a native Hebrew speaker. I found this a very relaxing and natural way to learn. In fact I liked it so much that I bought Level 2 also.
"A good companion for the serious hebrew student"
Excellent choice of words and phrases - very enjoyable. You might find some of the pronunciations difficult without a system for discerning the subtleties
You won't seriously learn hebrew with only this material but otherwise this is a great way to pick up additional vocab.
The audio quality of this is very poor and it's hard to hear the pronunciation, which is vital in the case of this audiobook as that is exactly what it's about!
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