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Learning Hebrew – Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why does Hebrew read from right to left and use a different alphabet?

Most European languages such as English, French, and Italian etc. have their roots in ancient Greek and Latin. In fact, the word “alphabet” comes from the Greek names for the first two letters alpha (a) and beta) b. Hebrew is based on an entirely different character set, known as the Alephbet that originated in the Middle East. Researchers say that Hebrew evolved from a set of pictographs that were written or drawn from right to left – and so we have the language of today with its unique character set and direction.

2. How long will it take me to become fluent in Hebrew?

There is no one answer to this question. It all depends on what your ultimate goal is and the amount of time you are prepared to invest in learning Hebrew. Of course, the teaching method you choose will also have a critical effect on your progress but if you are patient, motivated, have a positive attitude and persevere, then you should soon be speaking Hebrew.

3. What is gematria?

The Hebrew language has no separate number characters as in English. In place of numbers such as 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on, Hebrew assigns a numerical values to each letter.

Thus Aleph (א) = 1, Bet (ב) = 2 and so on up to Yod (י) = 10. Following letters express units of 10 or of hundred’s. By the way, there is no zero in Hebrew and final letters have no value.

The number 35 would be written Lamed-Hei (ל"ה), 109 would be tsadik-tet (צ"ט) and 1010 would be Tav-Tav-Kuf-Yod (תתק"י).

However, in everyday usage, the conventional number system (1, 2, 3…) is used.

Value

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Hebrew

Aleph

Bet

Gimel

Dalet

Hei

Vav

Zayin

Chet

Character

א

ב

ג

ד

ה

ו

ז

ח

Value

9

10

20

30

40

50

60

70

Hebrew

Tet

Yod

Kaf

Lamed

Mem

Nun

Samech

Ayin

Character

ט

י

כ

ל

מ

נ

ס

ע

Value

80

90

100

200

300

400

Hebrew

Pei

Tsadik

Kuf

Resh

Shin

Tav

Character

פ

צ

ק

ר

ש

ת

4. How can I continue to improve my Hebrew after finishing the course?

The simple answer is to use what you’ve learned as much as possible. If you concentrated on spoken Hebrew, use Skype to talk to friends in Hebrew. If you want to improve writing and reading skills, get a pen pal or find another way to write Hebrew such as an on-line course in Hebrew. To improve your reading – read, read and read some more.

5. Do I have to use the same computer every time I log-in to my on-line course?

No. As long as the computer you’re using meets the minimum requirements, you can access your course from any computer in the world

6. Do I have to be a computer “geek” to take the course?

No. The course is designed so that anybody who can use a computer can join and learn Hebrew.

7. Why should I study on-line from home rather than a regular course?

We discuss this in one of our articles. Click here to see the article “ Learn Hebrew on-line from home”

8. Does the Moses Method use real teachers?

Yes! There is no substitute for an experienced teacher who will mentor each student to ensure that they make the best progress possible.

9. Do you have courses for kids?

We’ve designed our courses to be suitable for students from the age of 10 and up. So, whether you’re 10, 20 or 80, you’ll be able to learn Hebrew with the Moses Method.

10. Can I study at my own pace?

If you want to study Hebrew at your own pace, we recommend that you take a private course which we can adapt to suit your specific needs.

11. How long is an on-line class?

Each on-line group class lasts for 55 minutes with each student getting an extra 15 minutes to review homework with the teacher. On-line private lessons last 90 minutes each session.

12. How many sessions are there in a course?

Each course consists of 35 units.

13. What happens if I miss a lesson?

Every lesson is recorded. At the end of each lesson, students are given a link to the recorded session which they can watch and even download to their computer.

14. Can I get extra private tuition as well as the group class?

Yes. You can either take a private lesson in a specific subject or a series of private lessons in addition to the group class.

15. Do I have to take all of the courses or can I pick & choose?

Yes and no! Before we accept you for any specific course we ask you to take a short evaluation to see if you have the required level of Hebrew to make the most of the course. If you do, if not, then we will advise you as to the course you should take

16. What happens if I start a course and then realize that it isn’t for me?

If this happens, then you can transfer to another course. We’ll give you recordings of all the lessons you’ve missed so that you can catch up.

17. Are the on-line lessons recorded so that I can go over them later?

Yes. Every lesson is recorded. At the end of each lesson, students are given a link to the recorded session which they can watch and even download to their computer.

18. Do you give homework and what if I need help?

Yes we do give out homework. And if you need any help, we have a 24/7 help forum waiting for you. If you still need help, you can arrange a 15 minute one on one help session with one of our axillary teaching staff.

19. Do you have any extra materials that I can use to practice with?

We have developed a lot of extra materials that you can use to practice your Hebrew and improve your fluency. All our materials are specially developed to give students the practice and extra help they may need to achieve their goal of speaking, reading and writing Hebrew.

20. Do you provide any printed materials or media?

Students are given all they need to complete their homework including workbooks, which are given to students at the beginning of the course.

21. I don’t need an entire course and would prefer private lessons.

We realize that taking an entire course isn’t what every student needs. So we also provide private lessons (complete courses or individual lessons) that can be adapted to meet the specific needs of each student.

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