10 Tips to Help you Improve your Hebrew

Are you interested in learning Hebrew? Do you already know basic Hebrew and want to improve your knowledge?

Learning a language is a wonderful experience. You may be surprised to hear that you can learn Hebrew without investing all your time.
The idea is to learn while you’re doing chores around the house, traveling, driving, or just sitting outside and enjoying the sun.
If you do it correctly, you’ll be able to learn Hebrew relatively quickly and without too much effort.

10 Tips to Help you Improve your Hebrew:

  1. Listen to Audio Recordings

Listening comprehension is an important tool in incorporating a language. That’s why we recommend listening to stories and conversations in Hebrew. A major advantage of this method is that it’s relatively passive. You can do it while you’re doing other things, such as driving, walking,  working out, or even while doing household chores. This way you’ll learn Hebrew easily without having to set aside precious time. It’s also a good idea to listen to the same recording several times, to get a better feeling of the language.

  1. Watch Hebrew Videos with English Subtitles

Watching people speak makes it easier to understand what they’re saying because you’re seeing them in context. We recommend finding short videos and movies in Hebrew online that will suit your needs.

  1. Read in Hebrew

Find texts in easy Hebrew, then you’ll be able to read without too much difficulty. Reading is basic and primary when learning a language, and it’s important to do so regularly.
We recommend our easy Hebrew newspapers, BERESHIT – for beginners, and YANSHUF – for the more advanced readers. You’ll find numerous articles in easy Hebrew, at various levels, as well as Hebrew-English dictionaries of the more difficult words. You can even get audio files that read the articles out loud to help you improve your listening comprehension and pronunciations.
Having these extra tools (the dictionaries and audio files), certainly makes the learning experience easier and more enjoyable.
Click here to find out more about these easy-Hebrew newspapers: https://hebrewtoday.com/shop/
If you are at a more advanced level, we suggest reading books in Hebrew on topics that you find interesting.

  1. Notes and Stickers

When learning a language it’s important to recognize the names for common objects around you, such as: door, handle, closet, etc.
We recommend putting identifying stickers on these objects, so that every time you use them, you’ll be reminded of their names. This will help you absorb the language in a natural way without making much effort.
We have the perfect product for you: an expansive set of small stickers with translation and transliteration, that you can use around the home, office, and garden. Click here to learn about them, and order:https://hebrewtoday.com/product/stick-with-it-stickers-for-learning-hebrew/

  1.  Listen to Music in Hebrew

Create a playlist of Hebrew songs. Listening to them will help you understand and recognize different Hebrew words. This is a fun and enjoyable way to improve your language skills.
It’s obviously also a good idea to look up the lyrics and their translation.You can make a glossary of the difficult words in a song and use it to increase your vocabulary.
It’s a good idea to listen to the same songs a few times so that you’ll learn the words.
Another idea is to listen to famous Hebrew speeches. Translations of these are also often available online.

  1. Computer Games in Hebrew

If there’s a computer game that you enjoy playing, try operating it in Hebrew. By reading the instructions multiple times in Hebrew. you’ll improve your language skills.

  1. Waze in Hebrew

You may be surprised to hear, but Waze, which was invented in Israel, can also help you learn Hebrew. Simply, change the language setting to Hebrew, and get driving instructions in Hebrew. You’ll quickly learn key words and phrases involved in driving. Without realizing it, you’ll have a whole new set of words in your Hebrew vocabulary.

  1. Speak Hebrew with Friends

    If you live in Israel, just go out and speak with people. However, if you live elsewhere, it might be harder to find people who speak Hebrew. Try finding forums of Hebrew speakers online and join them. Find friends and relatives who are also interested in practicing Hebrew and try speaking with each other in Hebrew only! Personal use of a language is a critical element in learning Hebrew.

  2. Ulpan in Hebrew or a Private Teacher

    A highly recommended way to learn Hebrew is with a teacher. While this may be a bit expensive, it is likely the fastest and most effective method, especially for a beginner. Another, cheaper option is learning in an ulpan, or Hebrew class. This will be less expensive, and possibly more fun since there will be other students as well. Nowadays, you can find many such classes online which makes it even more convenient.

  3. Visit Israel

    Probably the best way to learn any language is to visit a country that speaks it. So to learn Hebrew, come to Israel! It is the only country in the world where Hebrew is the primary language. Therefore, just being here will encourage you to speak the language, and your Hebrew will definitely improve.

    It’s a good idea to include a Hebrew language workshop, ulpan, or meeting with a Hebrew teacher in such a trip. If you have a private teacher, we suggest doing some of the lessons on the streets or in a marketplace. This way you and your teacher can speak with people on the busses, walking on the streets, shopkeepers, etc.

In Conclusion:
In order to learn Hebrew in the most effective way, it’s a good idea to do it on a daily basis. As you’ve seen, it doesn’t necessitate a large investment of time. Try several of these tips, and you’ll find that you’ll know Hebrew in no time at all!

Good Luck!

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How do you read the name of the following letter?

Do you recognize all of the following letters?
א – ש – ד – ג – ץ – ף - ס

Which of the following letters is not a special "final letter"?

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שֶׁמֶשׁ – שַׁמָשׁ

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The meaning of the Hebrew word שְׁלֵמִים is:

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