Can We Really Have You Speaking Hebrew in Just Ten Days?
Lock in fundamental language material after just one listen! Join in simple, every day Hebrew conversations – the kind you really have in a country. Like meeting someone, introducing yourself, ordering a drink. Hard to believe, isn't it? Till you ask yourself one simple question: How did you learn English as a child? Did you wade through text books? Did you struggle with grammar? Did you drive yourself crazy trying to get the accent right?
No. You just "picked it up." You heard adults speak, and you uttered your first word. Well, that's how the Pimsleur method works. It's the natural way to learn Hebrew.
In easy half hour "bites" on CD, our scientifically sequenced lessons will have you speaking Hebrew the way the Hebrew-speakers do–or you pay nothing. Guaranteed. Just give it a try.
Why it's Important to Learn Hebrew
One of the most ancient and sacred languages in the world, Hebrew is spoken by over seven million people in Israel and over two million more across the globe.
Anyone who has an interest in the Jewish faith or history can benefit from learning Hebrew in order to be able to understand historical documents, as well as the Torah. In addition, many Christians are drawn to Hebrew to better study the Hebrew Bible.
Israel has designated Hebrew as its official language, and many countries do business with, and enjoy diplomatic relations with them. Knowing Hebrew can help you if your aspirations lie in diplomacy, religious studies, history or politics.
Many people visit Israel each year, either on vacation to take advantage of the rich history, beautiful beaches, great food and nightlife, or to take part in a kibbutz, a type of collective community that contributes greatly to Israel's industry and revenue
Conversational Hebrew vs. Academic Hebrew
Subjects like math and science are better learned in classrooms and by reading books, since a lot of explanation and experimentation are required. Language is different. While there is some logic to it, language is a more abstract concept, and is best learned by listening and repeating. By listening to the proper accent of native speakers, you're halfway to speaking Hebrew yourself because those things can't always be determined by reading words in a book.
That's why the Pimsleur Approach is such an effective way to learn Hebrew. There's no reading, and no struggling to figure out how a word is pronounced. The native speakers in the audio lessons take care of that for you, so it's just a matter of listening, repeating and then speaking. This is especially important when learning Hebrew since some of the pronunciations vary a lot from English pronunciations.
A Logical Way to Learn Hebrew
Only after 20 years of scientific research did Dr. Pimsleur hit upon the right method to teach language–by watching his own children. Children have the ability to pick up languages quickly and naturally. What makes Pimsleur courses so successful are the specific scientific principles that replicate the speed and ease at which children learn languages. Read more about how this unique system–which has been purchased by the FBI–works.
Since Hebrew doesn't use the Roman alphabet, learning by listening allows you to pick up the language much more quickly than if you had to learn an entirely new alphabet and phonetic system before you could even begin speaking.
No matter what situation you find yourself in–making new friends at a party, in a business meeting or negotiation, or just asking the way to the railway station or a good restaurant–you will find Pimsleur has given you the right Hebrew words and phrases, the ones that come naturally, without thinking. Read more about what you'll learn with Pimsleur.
Hebrew dates back to the 10th century BCE. At that time, it was a widely spoken language. By the 4th century BCE, it was nearly extinct, surviving mostly in literature. It enjoyed a revival as a spoken language in the 1880s, and has been growing ever since.
More than nine million people speak Hebrew around the world. It's mostly spoken in Israel, but approximately 200,000 people in the United States speak Hebrew at home.
Hebrew is a Canaanite language. It is considered a Northwest Semitic language. In addition, the Modern Hebrew of today was much influenced by Yiddish, and contains some Yiddish idioms and other vocabulary.