Because of you, the night is no longer the night

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Our teacher recommended this song to us today – בגללך.

During this ulpan I’ve been trying to find songs that highlight the grammatical parts we are learning.

One of the songs I found (to highlight the feminine form of ‘you will be’:


Starting intensive ulpan study

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Hebrew has taken a bit of a back burner while working on a couple other languages.

However I’ve still managed to keep a lot of Hebrew song listening — which has helped me remember the words I learned and keep on getting better acquainted with the sounds.

Then this spring I discovered Hello Talk.I downloaded the app and got a lot of practice talking. Hello Talk allows you to make profile with your native language and the language you are learning and connect to other people who are interested in exchanging language practice.

One of the reasons Hello Talk was such a find for me was because I wanted to prepare for this summer’s ulpan in Israel.

I enjoy studying Hebrew by myself but I wanted to try something different and take an official ulpan and see how it helped my language study. Also I wanted to score well in the oral test so that I could progress as much as possible this summer.

The oral test was pretty anti-climatic. (It mainly just was asking what I had studied and whether I had studied with any books. But I was able to conduct almost completely in Hebrew, so I was pleased.)

I got placed in Bet. It’s been good so far. I know almost all the grammar (except for some of the particular rules about the future tense) but am learning a lot of new vocabulary and getting lots of listening and speaking practice.

And it’s fun being reborn into a new language with a group of comrades. No longer am I the only one struggling with new words, wondering how to express something, falling flat on my face trying to create a new sentence, or or puzzled about the meaning of a confusing clause in the text. Instead we are in it together. . . helping each other, encouraging each other, sometimes laughing at each other and helping each other get up and keep going.

The teacher does almost all her teacher-talk in Hebrew and grades her language very well according to what we have studied so far, making her speech more and more complicated as she introduces the grammatical points or vocabulary.

It’s been so fun and such a good immersive experience, I want to come back after this month and take more intensive ulpans as soon as I can.

Kickstarting our Anki deck

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The last few days I’ve been thinking of hosting the Tatoeba Hebrew Anki deck on KickStarter. That way we can pay for both the recording and some of the segmenting as well.


More audio for Tatoeba Anki


Now 524 of the sentences in the Tatoeba Hebrew Anki deck have audio files. At present there are 3,2477 sentences in all, so there are still 31,953 sentences left to go. Onward ho!

Update: Audio is at 704. August 6 2013,  11:35PM

Update2: Audio is at 941. August 7 2013, 11:27PM

Segmenting Hebrew audio files like there’s no tomorrow

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The last few days I’ve been spending almost all my free time on segmenting audio files for the Tatoeba deck — and I now got almost all of the first thousand sentences segmented (I have 120 sentences more to go.) I’ll have to quickly input them into anki because. . .

I already have the next 1400 sentences recorded and I need to segment them as well and put them into Anki as soon as possible.

So far the Tatoeba deck is 32,473 sentences but I’ve been hanging around a bit in the Tatoeba website (it get’s rather addictive) and it seems like there are loads of new Hebrew sentences being added every day, so I’m sure I’ll eventually want to update the deck again.

I’ve leached the sentences that don’t have mp3 files yet and am studying with the sentence files I already have added.

Biblical hebrew


I haven’t really started Biblical Hebrew in earnest (although earlier this year I did a lot of listening of the Psalms). However, later on when I do work on it, I’ll probably follow this guy’s method — making anki decks of sentences from the Tanach (with audio).

Studying grammar first seems like one of the worst ways to study classical Hebrew. And since text and audio are easy to get, it’s mainly a matter of segmenting sections and then reviewing them on anki.

The one sad thing is that I haven’t been able to find audio for the whole Tanach cantilated yet. I really enjoy the cantilated version and I think it should help for memorization as well.

אלוהים שלי

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