Learn Beginning Hebrew with a group of 8-20 other students using a textbook, audio tapes, specially designed exercises and assignments, and a unique online discussion forum for "members-only". You won't be alone, you can ask questions of your teacher or your fellow students. Basic knowledge of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet is required. If you need to learn the Hebrew Alphabet, click here.
If you have already read the details of this course and want to order now: Click here to order the starter kit now.
|Forming Now||early-mid Feb 2002||Could be you!|
|Prior Classes||Feb 2002 through now||Approx 30|
|Next Class||August 2004 - Don't Wait!||NA|
|Self Study||Start Anytime||Could be you!|
This chart last updated on Jan 5, 2004
Our textbook will be J. Weingreen's A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew.
Click here to see more info about the book on Amazon.com
This class is primarily for students who are unable to attend a "normal Hebrew class".
If you can find a real "live" class with a teacher, I encourage you to go!
Perhaps you live in "the boonies", and their is no synagogue, church, or
university that teaches Hebrew anywhere near you. Or perhaps you work
a strange work schedule, travel out of town a lot, and cannot faithfully attend a local class.
This class requires that you know how to phonetically read the printed style
of the Hebrew Alphabet.
If you want to take the course, but don't know the alphabet, I suggest you buy
my CD/ROM called "At Home With Hebrew". It includes a lot
more than just the alphabet, but with it, you can learn the basic alphabet in 13
easy lessons, then you would be ready for the Biblical Hebrew course. Most people
can complete these 13 reading lessons in about 2-4 weeks. Actually, once
you take the 13 lessons in "book-style" Hebrew, you can repeat the
same lessons in "cursive" Hebrew also. You may choose to use
cursive Hebrew to write out your assignments, or you can print the block-style
learn more about the "At Home with Hebrew" CD/ROM software, click here. I also recommend
Danny Ben-Gigi's book, tape, and flashcards called "Living Israeli Hebrew -
for the Very Beginner". You can get both the CD/ROM and the Living
Israeli Hebrew together for a special price.
Testimonial of a Recent Modern Hebrew Students
To anyone seriously interested in learning Hebrew, I strongly advocate taking Neal's course. And I also strongly suggest, if at all possible, Gold membership -- receiving tapes (and extra materials printed up). The tapes are an outstanding aid -- two 2-sided tapes for each four lessons. The extra materials and Lesson plans also greatly enhance and solidify learning.
Out of curiosity, after only 7 lessons, I took a Hebrew proficiency test for a 4-level series of courses in Hebrew, and already I qualified for the 2nd course. This is purely thanks to Neal. I am extremely grateful for the availability of Hebrew Resources and this course and also for the time, care, hard work, and thought Neal puts into preparing the wonderful tapes, exercises and other learning aids and in keeping up with the bulletin boards. Neal has shown himself to be a very kind, responsive and helpful instructor. He is flawlessly responsible. He seems to think of everything, and welcomes, seeks feedback and questions. I most highly recommend this course.
I also give utmost praise to the
"At Home With Hebrew"
program. It provides an exceedingly strong basis for the study of Hebrew. Like
everything Neal offers -- including Hebrew Word Of The Day, which I would
terribly hate to miss -- it is surprisingly thorough and enjoyable.
Testimonial of Another Student
I am so happy to have had the opportunity to take the HaYesod Hebrew Language course. I had been struggling along with other books on my own for about a year when I found Neal and the HaYesod Course on the Internet.
I have learned more in the few months of taking the HaYesod course than I did in the year with other books and tapes.
I like the progression of the lessons in HaYesod especially in the way it deals with verb conjugations. It is not overwhelming.
The text is good, but Neal makes it better with his exercises and tapes. The drills reinforce the learning process. Without them the learning process would lack the needed practice. Neal seems to understand what is needed to reinforce the learning material in each lesson.
I also enjoy the Gold Membership because with each lesson comes not only the drills but tapes reinforcing the vocabulary and story. When Iím in the car, I pop in the tape of the lesson that Iím working on so I can also hear the material. I would recommend Nealís Gold Membership of this HaYesod course for anyone who would like to learn this wonderful language.
For the love of learning,
Testimonial of a Third Student
| I just returned from Nashville, TN. and
on the plane, I actually sat next to a college student, who is a second semester Hebrew student. Imagine my surprise.
I questioned him about the requirements for his college course and he showed me his text book. They are not required to learn the cursive script, or engage in conversation or read without vowel marks. I don't exactly know what it is he is studying, but he was amazed at the scope and depth of this course. Not to mention that his text book was all in English, with an exception of the lessons, which were in Hebrew. It didn't contain pages of Hebrew text like ours does. I gather that his text was printed in America where ours was printed in Israel.
How could someone study a foreign language and not also learn how to write and speak it?
Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I feel this Hebrew class is one of the best Hebrew courses available. Thank you for giving us all a chance to learn Hebrew.
Here are details about the Biblical Hebrew class:
The Hebrew class will use the book "A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew" (Second Edition) by Joseph Weingreen. The first edition was published in 1939, and this is the book that everyone else quotes! The book is 314 pages, consisting of 42 exercises.
We will work the book by the exercises. Weingreen does have content
separate into sections (he doesn't call them chapters). Sometimes there
might be two or three of these sections before an exercise. So we will
consider Lesson 1 to be the material up to and including Exercise 1, Lesson 2 to
be the material after Exercises 1 and up to and including Exercise 2.
The Members-Only web site benefits include the following:
1) Get your questions answered. A discussion forum will be provided,
organized by lesson number. I will regularly answer questions, and your
fellow classmates can answer your questions.
3) Exams - I may offer a written exam at the end of each 8 to 10 lessons. You would take the exam and mail it to me for grading. Upon passing, I would send you a certificate of achievement.
Other benefits of my course:
1) Audio Tapes - In my HaYesod modern Hebrew course, I send two 90-minutes tapes for each 4 lessons (thus 45 minutes recorded material per lesson). I have not yet made the tapes, but I'm anticipating a similar amount of material. I will make up drills for the tapes, so hopefully you can learn a lot of your Hebrew while driving to work.
2) Answers to exercises - I may make the answers available only after you have taken the quiz for each lesson. I know that it is too tempting to look at the answers if you have them in front of you.
3) My exercises will push you to learn to read without vowels.
The Weingreen textbook does not emphasize this. This, along with
grammar and vocabulary will prepare you for Torah reading in the future.
How fast will we go?
Ideally, we could do one lesson a week. But based on pass students results, I think it would be better to allow for two weeks per lesson. If this is too slow for you, you can work at your own pace.
How far can we go in Weingreen?
My initial commitment is only for the first 8 lessons. At two
weeks per lesson, that
Can you tell me more about the textbook?
Click here to see more info about the book on
Outline of Material Covered in First 16 Lessons:
Don't be scared of the terminology used here. It helps if you know what nouns, verbs, adjectives are, but you will probably learn a lot about English grammar as you go through this course.
What are my qualifications to teach and facilitate the class?
I have taught using the Ha-Yesod Modern Hebrew book and the Weingreen
My schooling includes a BBA in Accounting, a MSBA in Management
Each Ha-Yesod lesson
is usually 4 to 6 pages, and introduces
and one major point of grammar (and sometimes a secondary poin)..
I think a good guess would be four 30-minute study sessions per week, plus maybe 30 minutes/week of internet interaction with me and the other students.
Everybody learns at a different pace, some students take more time, some
Q. How can I pay?
Q. How do I get future lessons?
When you sign-up for the course, you are registered as a student of that course. You then can order any of the lessons available for that course from a special online catalog listing.
Q. Is this a fair price?
A. Our local Jewish Community Center charges $10/week, thus $40/month for Hebrew lessons. (Books probably separate.) And they don't have my exercises, online quizes, or audio tapes!
Q. One last question: What if I want to join the class later? Can I?
|You purchase the Biblical Hebrew starter kit from my web site. This
includes the "Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew" textbook and 2
audio-cassette tapes. printed exercises for the first four lessons.
I'm still trying to determine the initial price and materials. I'm trying to also create flashcards, and have not determined their price yet.
The retail value of the textbook alone is $39.95 at Amazon.com.
Estimated Price: Price $49 to $69 + $7 shipping/handling.
This also includes
your first month access to our members-only web site for students taking
Deadline: To start the online class, forms should be submitted by Jan 15th, 2002 in order to ship the materials to you on time to be able to start in February, 2002.
ORDER ONLINE, then when you get your starter kit, you will get instructions on how to sign-up online for the ongoing membership. Starter kit is $59, other order options for people who have textbook, or want a package deal are also available here.
Do you still have questions? Rather than emailing me directly, please post them to http://HebrewResources.com/discus
and I will answer them there. There is a
special topic for this called "Online Internet Hebrew Class".
Someone else may have already asked the same question, and this allows
me to answer it once - and everyone can benefit from the answers.