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Hebrew is a Semitic language that is also considered to be a language of the Jewish culture. It is an official language of Israel, used there and by Jewish people living in other parts of the world. It can trace its history back to the 10th century BCE, though it was only revived at the beginning of the 20th century. It is written using a Hebrew alphabet, with writing going from right to left. Both a more formal squared script and an everyday rounded, cursive script are used.
Leshon HaKodesh or The Holy Tongue is the term used by Jewish people to describe their language.
This page gives access to courses, Hebrew/English/Hebrew dictionaries, grammar, vocabulary activities, tutorials, podcasts, current events, cultural information, free and fee-based software, other resources and information.
- Foreign Services Institute - Hebrew Basic Course
PDF student text, 60 MP3 audio presentations to go with the 40 units of the course.
‘Created for those seeking an easy, fun, interactive and most important free way to learn the Hebrew language. Filled with colourful pictures and audio files. Best for beginners and those who want to expand or improve their vocabulary’.
- Hebrew 101
‘Learn Hebrew Online for Free’. Includes the Foreign Services course, vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, writing system, more.
- Hebrew for Beginners
‘If you are looking for a jump-start into the Hebrew language, “Teaching Myself Hebrew” is a series that I have been doing for the past couple of years’.
- Hebrew Lessons
A ‘new Audio Course for those who want to be fluent in Hebrew’.
- Instant Hebrew
‘Will teach you how to read Hebrew in just 120 minutes directly from your computer’.
- Learn Hebrew with eTeacher
‘Hebrew courses for adults in 7 different starting levels and 2 Hebrew for kids courses’. You can see samples of their lessons at Free video lessons in Modern Hebrew.
Courses, resources, free sections. Everything online.
- The Online Hebrew Tutorial
Lessons [with separate appendices], exercises [with answers], resources, further information. Now available in PDF format rather than bookmarking.
- Alef-Bet - Hebrew Alphabet
‘The Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters, five of which use different forms at the end of a word. The chart below has the block, script, Rashi letters and numeric values’.
- Alphabet, Hebrew [Hebraïque]
Audio, PDF files, cursive writing file.
- Animated AlefBet Page
‘Point and click on any letter to view its animation page’.
Ma Kore Hebrew. Audio presentations for each.
- Hebrew Alphabet
History, description, pronunciation, orthographic variants, numeric values, vowels, Gershayim, special sounds, unicode & HTML, references, links, more. Wikipedia.
- Interactive Hebrew - Alphabet
‘Click on the letter to hear how it sounds’.
- Learn the Hebrew Letters
‘The first step in learning the Hebrew language is to learn the names of the letters. The sound of the letter is usually the beginning sound of the letter’s name’.
- The Alefbet the Easy Way Through Pictures
An interesting presentation from CartoonHebrew.com.
- Hebrew Alphabet Part 1
Hebrew Alphabet Part 2 is found here.
- Learn the Hebrew Alphabet Part 1
‘Combines the sound of the letters with visual images and repetition to help you learn the Hebrew alphabet’. Part 2 is found here.
75 Hebrew to … dictionaries, Bilingual English/Hebrew dictionary.
- Hebrew Dictionaries
Links to dictionaries, glossaries. Also links to Hebrew grammar.
- Hebrew English Dictionary [Babylon]
‘Contains words, phrases, abbreviations & acronyms, terms from a variety of subjects such as Medicine, Electronics, Zoology, Business, Computers, Religion, etc.. American and British spelling’.
- Learn Hebrew with Pictures and Audio
Three groups, index and videos.
- Hebrew Dictionary - LEXILOGOS
Dictionary plus links to several others.
- Online Hebrew Dictionary
Bi-directional English and Hebrew.
- My English Hebrew Dictionary
Done in multiple topics rather than alphabetically.
- Hebrew Basic Phrases
Android, Free. ‘Select an English phrase and view its translation and how to pronounce it in the foreign language’.
- Hebrew-English v.v Dictionary
Apple, Free; In-app purchase. ‘Comprehensive bi-lingual dictionary with up-to-date vocabulary, including slang and useful expressions’.
- Learn Hebrew Ma Kore]
Apple, Free; In-app purchase. ‘Quickly learn essential vocabulary, phrases, and grammar concepts’.
- Learn Hebrew Writing
Android, Not Free;. ‘A Simple ’n Easy, on-the-go learning App for Hebrew Writing’.
- Nemo Hebrew
Apple, Free; In-app purchase. ‘The most essential words and phrases of the language, each with native speaker audio. All audio is downloaded to the device ’.
‘Application, support materials designed to allow the most efficient learning of its Hebrew vocabulary. The Online Hebrew Tutorial [see above] is part of the download’. Not for young children.
‘The Jewish Children’s Learning Network’. Multiple sections. In the Hebrew for Children section there are Aleph Bet, Children’s Dictionary, Worksheets, Phrases, Vowels, more. Others cover Holidays, Israel, Torah, traditions, more.
- Hebrew Virtual Keyboard
- Learn Hebrew Resources
Resources range from the Alphabet to Hebrew writing. 16 sections included with Tutorials, texts, blogs, games, more.
- Links to online Hebrew Language Resources
Omniglot. Multiple sections with links for specific topic areas in each.
- Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar
‘This grammar focuses on Biblical Hebrew only’. First published 1813.
- Hebrew Grammar
Note on examples, history of studies, sentence structure, verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, miscellaneous, references, bibliography,other links. Wikipedia].
- Hebrew Grammar by Example
30 lessons covering specific aspects of grammar.
- Hebrew Verb Conjugator Tool
‘A unique software to aid in learning Hebrew verbs and their conjugations’.
- Learn Hebrew - Grammar
Use the menu on the left to look at specific aspects of grammar.
- Digital Dialects : Hebrew
Games covering the basic numbers.
- English Hebrew Dictionary
‘For anyone looking to increase their Hebrew vocabulary. Find over 10 000 thematically organised terms in a broad range of topics’.
- Hebrew Vocabulary Guide
Audio files for all sections. ‘Intended to encourage active learning and allow users to actually hear and practice speaking the language ’.
- Learn Hebrew Online [Loecsen]
‘Find on this website the method of how to learn vocabulary, useful expressions and good pronunciation to speak Hebrew ’.
- Learn Hebrew Phrases with Audio
‘54 topics with 1 200 Hebrew phrases and sentences. Presented as images with nciku [vowels]. English translations and transliterations. Includes 152 Hebrew study sheets for learning offline’.
- Learn Hebrew Signs
‘Modern Hebrew in Everyday Use. A resource to learn Hebrew words in a fun way’.
The Alphabet, lessons on grammar and vocabulary. From Wikibooks.
- Wikijunior : Languages - Hebrew
Writing system used, how many people speak the language, where it is spoken, the history of the language, some famous authors or poets using the language, basic words in the language, a song/poem/story to learn in this language, references.
- Culture of Israel
History, language, education, literature, visual arts, music, dance, museums, cuisine, references, links, more. Wikipedia.
- Culture of Israel Quiz
Short quiz with links to other Culture information.
- Ancient Hebrew Resource Centre
Introduction, alphabet, vocabulary, language, culture, learn Hebrew, lessons with audio, video, more.
- Hebrew at Stanford : Multimedia
‘Designed not as an online course but as tools to enrich and support other courses and programs’.
- Hebrew Language
History, Hebrew in Judaism, Modern Hebrew, development, Modern Israeli Hebrew, Aramaic, Phonology, Grammar, writings system, references, links. Wikipedia.
- Hebrew Today
‘HebrewToday offers easy-to-read Hebrew newspapers by subscription. Each issue available with audio narration in clear, correct Hebrew pronunciation, as well as Hebrew-English dictionaries and English explanations for each article’.
- Jim Becker’s Hebrew Page
Collection of links for Hebrew. Culture, grammar, games, dictionaries, search engines, more.
- Learn Hebrew Sites
A fairly lengthy listing of sites for all aspects of the Hebrew language.
Podcasts, Blogs, Videos
‘A painless and free way to bone up on the language and culture in a relevant, real world way ’.
- Hebrew Podcasts
‘Enrich your mind with self-study lessons of contemporary Hebrew. Each lesson has a short Hebrew dialogue that’s explained and further practised’.
- Learn Hebrew Pod
Multiple audio lessons at different levels. Worth using.
- SBS Podcasts : Hebrew
‘Podcasts of news stories, sports, entertainment’, more.