Upper Intermediate in 2 months

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After a fun trip to Turkey for twelve days to learn Turkish, I’m eager again to get back to Hebrew. Unfortunately due to the couple week Turkey hiatus I feel that I have forgotten all the Hebrew I learned before. Hopefully as I keep on intensively studying, everything will quickly come back.

Where am I now? 

I’m past the beginner stage. . . I can have basic conversations with people about the weather, shopping, introductions and short conversations about things that happen every day. I can read a bit as well. I can send basic texts and chat online in Hebrew (with help). I can’t write Hebrew at all, and I can’t read notes.  I have only one friend who I spoke with regularly (95% of the time) in Hebrew.

Before I left for Turkey all my conversations in shops or on the street were in Hebrew. After I came back, I found myself using English (although ten days later, I find myself  (happily!) switching back to Hebrew again).

I think I’m basically low/weak intermediate.

Where do I want to go?

Conversationally. In the next two months I’ll have much longer conversations in Hebrew much more often with many more people. Some of the things I want to be able to talk about comfortably are: university, jobs, career choices, basic life events (marriages, weddings, deaths), future hopes, and living choices, and people’s characteristics. In the next two months as I learn more I want to keep adding topics of things I want to talk about.

I’ll also continue in more depth to talk about things that I’ve already had some practice talking about: daily events, food, favorite books, favorite movies.

Reading. I’ll be much more comfortable reading simple newspapers and books. I’ll be able to read handwritten notes that I or another person wrote.

Writing. I’ll be able to handwrite Hebrew fast and easily. . . whether it’s notes, postcard, or a letter. I’ll also be able to text and send emails without help.

How will I go there?

So far I’ve found Anki incredibly helpful so I’ll continue to use it. . . and use it even more than I have been.

I’ll also start scheduling language exchange more often — I would like to have a several hours every day speaking Hebrew, either on the street randomly, in scheduled language practice sessions, or with friends.

Language is mainly relational, and I’d like to focus much more on that aspect as I make more friends where I just speak Hebrew with and find more ways to plug myself in the community and get to know people. One way I’ve thought of doing that is finding ways to volunteer here in Haifa, like in a soup kitchen or something.

This intermediate stage is in someways the most unpleasant of stages. . . progress seems slow and uneven. Some days I feel like my Hebrew is quite good, other times I feel I know nothing. But the key is to persevere. . . it can be done. . . this language too, can be learned!smilesmilesmile


New goals, new challenges


I came back from a short trip to Turkey Tuesday evening, but have been energy-less and motivationless the last few days . . .

But it’s time to get back into the swing of things. . . and harder and better than before.

I was able to meet my basic conversational Hebrew level very well in the seven week challenge I did before. . . now I’m trying to make a bunch or concrete goals for the next six weeks or so. The hard thing is I’m now somewhere in the intermediate stage — which is nice that I’m not a beginner. . but there are still loads of things I can’t talk about yet. My conversational skills are basic. . and need honing. My reading and writing skills definitely need work as well.

I’ll plan on increasing my skills in all areas — conversation (speaking/listening), reading, and writing. Anki will play a bit part in my strategy, as well as regular  (scheduled and random) speaking and conversation practice.

I’m listening to a Hebrew news station for the first time in several weeks, and am surprised how many parts I understand.  This is fun!^^