Editors Choice – Best Hebrew Language Books
Rosetta Stone knows that learning Hebrew is about more than speaking the words. It’s also understanding the rich historical, religious, and cultural significance of the language.The story of Hebrew is a remarkable example of language revival. Considered a holy language or lashon ha-kodesh by the Jewish people, Hebrew had ceased to be spoken sometime between 200 and 400 CE. For two millennia, Hebrew existed as the language of sacred, religious texts or Jewish law but was seldom spoken in everyday life. However, in the first decades of the 20th century, as the birth of the nation of Israel became imminent, spoken Hebrew experienced a modern-day resurgence. Today’s modern Hebrew is the language of eight million speakers, the lingua franca of Palestine’s Jews, and the national language of the state of Israel.
Though traditional Hebrew has been studied primarily by religious scholars and academics, learning modern-day Hebrew has many practical benefits. Currently, about 53% of the Israeli population speaks Hebrew as a native language, but many others in the region use it as a second language, making it the most commonly spoken language in Israel. The United States is home to the second largest Hebrew-speaking population with about 220,000 speakers.
Why is Hebrew an important language to learn?
Do you love history, especially ancient times? Are you religious and want to walk along the path of the many before you in Jerusalem and Nazareth? There are so many reasons why you may want to take the time to visit Israel, but do not make the mistake of not learning the language before your visit. Hebrew is one of the official languages in that country and it is spoken by approximately five million people there. You will also hear Hebrew spoken in many other countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This language happens to be one of the oldest ones in the world, so once you learn it, you will find that you have opened your mind up to many new discoveries that were not available to you before. Imagine all the historical texts that you could now read in addition to the Hebrew Bible! For years, this language almost became extinct and no one wants that to happen again, which is why everyone needs to learn at least a little bit of Hebrew. As you learn more words in Hebrew, you will discover that you can understand the history and culture of the Jewish communities around the world much better and you never know where that may lead you.
Learn to speak Hebrew
This three-volume course is the ideal Hebrew program for English-speaking high school, college, and adult education students. The only entry requirement is the ability to recognize Hebrew letters and to read basic words. This course requires only one or two hours of class time each week.
Hebrew, Complete Edition is a unique multimedia course that takes you from a beginner to an advanced level in one convenient package. At the core of Hebrew, Complete Edition is the Living Language Method™, based on linguistic science, proven techniques, and over 65 years of experience. Our method teaches you the whole language, so you can express yourself, not just recite memorized words or scripts.
Written especially for adults, this is a complete self-teaching course. Ten lessons teach students how to pronounce any Hebrew word.
This course includes Lessons 1-10 from the Hebrew Level 1 program – 5 hours of audio-only effective language learning with real-life spoken practice sessions. Get a chance to test drive the incredibly effective and efficient, world-famous Pimsleur Level 1 Program.