Six steps to increase your Hebrew vocabulary

Becoming fluent in Hebrew depends on many things, but perhaps the most important is your vocabulary. Building up an extensive vocabulary takes time, patience and effort. But of you persevere, then the results will be worth it.

As part of our course we provide you with a “Vocabulary” book. This aid is designed to help you increase your vocabulary by adding words that are essential to understanding and using the language.

However, it does more than this and also encourages you to add “quality” words that are important to you, your life style, your work and your interests.

We recommend that you follow our six step plan to increase your vocabulary, write all the new words you learn in your “Vocabulary” book and use a marker pen to color code them:

  • Verbs – blue
  • Nouns – red
  • Adjectives – green
  • Adverbs – Yellow
  • Phrases - Orange


12 words a day

Your daily goal should be no more than 12 new words: 4 verbs, 2 nouns, 3 adjectives and 2 adverbs.

Step 1: Buy an exercise book. It’s important to get one with squared paper rather than lines. This will make writing the words and correct spelling easier and help you get used to writing in a regular fashion.

Step 2: Write each new word three times on a separate line and read it to yourself three times.

Step 3: Define each new word out loud, three times.

Step 4: Add another word to each of the three new words – for example, to the word Fence (גדר - Gader), you could add an adjective – a green fence (Gader Yarok – גדר ירוק)

Step 5: On a sticky note, write down today’s new words and their translation and stick it on the side of your computer screen until the same time tomorrow. This way, the words are in front of you whenever you’re at the computer and you can easily go over them.

Step 6: The following day, copy the new words into your “Vocabulary” book in their alphabetical order. Throw away the sticky note and go over the words once again to be sure that they’re firmly fixed in your memory.

Repeat this process at least 4 times a week, more if you think that it won’t “overload” you. Try to use the words in your conversations and when doing written exercises. As the old saying goes – practice makes perfect!

One important tip – don’t get too worried if you don’t remember all the new words at once. Our memories are wonderful devices and even though you may think you’ve forgotten a word – it’s still there. So don’t try to force the process by relearning words – always concentrate on new words to expand your vocabulary.

12 new words a day in six steps – your gateway to an expanded vocabulary and Hebrew fluency.

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