Some great tips for Hebrew beginners

Many people think that you are either born with the knack for learning a new language or not. In fact, anybody can learn a new language. As we’ve already said in previous articles, learning a new language isn’t an easy task. It demands patience and perseverance, motivation and a positive attitude. If you have those traits then you are well on the way to mastering Hebrew.


But everybody needs a helping hand. Even the best students studying with the best teachers can always use some tips to help them on their way. So that’s why we’ve put together 10 helpful tips that will help you progress faster and easier.


1. Learning a new language means learning new words. With Hebrew it also means learning a new alphabet and a different language direction – from right to left. The thing is, that you don’t have to memorize each new word because, as you become more proficient in Hebrew, you’ll automatically begin “filling in the blanks”.


2. Don’t spend hours every day studying Hebrew. It’s counterproductive and you’ll wear yourself out. Limit yourself to anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour a day. It’s more than enough and you’ll be amazed at your progress.


3. Set yourself goals – but obtainable ones. Don’t set yourself a goal like being a native Hebrew speaker in just three months – it’s unrealistic and if you fail to achieve it, the disappointment could cause you to give up.


4. Read, read, and then read some more. Gaining a good understanding of Hebrew comes not only from speaking and writing it, but also reading.


5. By the same token, practice your Hebrew writing daily – even if it’s only a sentence or two a day it will make a difference.


6. And yes, you guessed it – speak your new Hebrew to get used to the sound, the vocabulary and the general use of the spoken language.


7. Look for YouTube clips in Hebrew – it’s a great way to listen to everyday spoken Hebrew and you can even try to interact with the clip.


8. Learning is a process of trial and error. There is no such thing as instant perfection. So don’t be embarrassed or disheartened by your mistakes. They’re a natural part of the process and will help you learn.


9. Hebrew has a complex grammatical structure with lots of different “rules and regulations” – but concentrate of the verbs, they’re the foundation for good Hebrew.


10. While we’re not great fans of rote learning, here is one tried and true tip that has been around for centuries. If there’s a word that you think is important to your progress, write it down al least three times (use a pen not a computer). The physical act of writing seems to hook up connection in our brains that make it easier to remember the word.


So there you have them, 10 tips that should make the process of learning Hebrew a whole lot quicker and easier. But remember, each of us is an individual, each of us has their own strengths and weaknesses. Remember those four basics? Patience and perseverance, motivation and a positive attitude are all you need to learn Hebrew.

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