This course enables you to start using Hebrew in real life.
After this course you will be able to use Hebrew websites, to start participating in conversations of your Israeli friends and relatives, as well as to strike up a conversation with a Hebrew-speaking attendee of an international conference or meetup.
To say nothing of such pleasant trifles as understanding Hebrew prints on T-shirts, finding mistakes at Hebrew tattoos (usually inked backwards or displaying inadequate Google translations) and even browsing some biblical verses here and there.
And – what's even more important – you will develop personal relationships with this ancient modern language, and, if you let it, Hebrew will become part of your life - cozy, warm, wise and familiar.
Whom can I ask if I have questions? Are there other people taking this course?
From the very first moment you are not alone: I take you by the hand and lead you through it, lesson after lesson. You can always ask me anything in comments to the lessons or share your thoughts and feelings in one of my FB groups. After all, this website is meant to become the beginning of a Hebrew-learning community, so that even after the course is over you'll stay connected, knowing where to find Hebrew-learning materials, online events and fellow learners.
How long does it take to complete this course?
This course requires dedication.
To complete it (and – what's even more important - to enjoy it!) you need to take it seriously, since each lesson will take you 1-2 hours to complete. Yes, this course is NOT intended for recreational or casual study.
In my experience the shortest period of time to digest all the materials here (if you start from complete zero) is 4 months, and that's a very intensive learning. To make the best use of it, I recommend to start fast and intensive and then slow down, according to the following pattern: 1st week - complete the first 1-4 lessons (they are somewhat easier, because we are taking our time to learn the alphabet then) 2nd week - 5-6 lesson 3d week - 7-8 lesson 4th - 15th week - do one lesson a week, covering lessons 9-20 (trust me, it is going to be very intensive!) As well, for the best results, I strongly recommend two things at this last stage, when you start doing one lesson a week: a) along with the course, explore all the additional links and materials that I provide and that you'll occasionally find yourself, and use them for expanding your vocabulary! Just learn more words, it's definitely worth it, trust me. :) b) Start speaking. It may sound funny, but you can start from speaking to yourself, just translating some random thoughts and naming objects. Then, when you feel ready, find some time for an on-line conversation with a fellow-learner. Then venture into finding a native-speaker as a conversational partner (you'll see my recommendations as to where to find them in the "Links" doc at the "projects" section of this site.)
Whatever I may say, at the end of the day everything depends on you - on your learning habits, on your needs, on your preferences. And in any case, if you want real results and are ready to work effectively – this course for you.
How soon will I be able to speak?)
Somewhere at lesson 7-10 the elements will start to gather together, at lesson 15 you'll be able to say quite a lot, upon completion you'll be able to express pretty much anything with simple phrases, but! really in charge of your speaking you'll feel only after two months of active practice (I strongly recommend not to wait and start along with the course).
Remember - this course gives you only the survival vocabulary - the very necessary basics to get you started and never to be lost on your way - but learning a language is a process, and it's all about time and effort you invest into.
Is the course free?
The first lesson is always free, and the rest of the course (including all the lessons, practice sections and additional materials) costs 99 USD.
Alternatively, there is a monthly subscription of 19 USD.
Do you teach Biblical Hebrew?
This course is a course of modern Hebrew. However, considering the fact that modern Hebrew stems directly from the Biblical, with not too much natural evolution between them, I can assure you that learning Modern Hebrew will enable you to understand the Bible. Consider this - in Israel at the Bible lessons in schools children read the Bible with no special preparation, being helped with the rare vocabulary and some obscure grammar, of course, but all in all - it's definitely the same language.
But of course, if reading the Bible is your only and sole purpose I'd recommend to take a course that specializes in Biblical Hebrew. (Unfortunately, I haven't really researched this area, so I can't recommend you any specific course, but I trust there are some good ones out there.)