I have a question for any Hebrew speakers reading this. I’m watching
עונה 5 פרק 5 :: מחזה מהזבל
. The lady and the guy are kissing and suddenly the lady says ‘ani bichit’ (Time: 16:51) What does ‘bichit’ mean?


Watching . . .


A few days ago Katz said:

Never let people scare you into doing boring things. Watch that anime.

I haven’t found Hebrew anime yet, but I’ve been taking these ideas to heart and watching   עונה 5 פרק 5 :: מחזה מהזבל several times. It’s fun being able to understand bits of the conversations.

Discipline & Time

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Lately I’ve started to record my Hebrew study time (à la Elaborate Korean) and I’ve been rather shocked how few hours I’ve actually had Hebrew input the last few days. Although other means of input are very valuable, I would like to schedule several hours every day to just inputting Anki sentences and reviewing Anki reps.

I’m definitely not spending the amount of time I wanted to or enough to learn this language and culture well fast.

The last few days I have been watching some Hebrew youtube movies, listening to Hebrew music, and doing some intensive listening to audio books. Even though these do not feel like studying, I sometimes find them often more useful than Anki (and often they reinforce what I learned in Anki — when I hear the same words and phrases I had learned before.) I want to do more of this as well.

I need to find more ways to talk more! The last few days I haven’t spoken anymore Hebrew than a couple sentences here and there throughout the day running errands.


Input versus Output

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I was reading a forum discussion on Fluent in Three months and it got me thinking about input and output in my own language learning journey.

For Hebrew my listening skills are better than my speaking skills but when I was studying Turkish it was the opposite. I spent my whole time speaking, so even though I could speak a decent amount I couldn’t really understand much (which was a bit frustrating).

For develop listening skills you have to listen lots,
speaking skills you have to speak lots,
reading skills you have to read lots,
writing skills you have to write lots.

I do think though that I want to keep my listening skills way ahead of both my speaking and writing. I feel if I can understand things, eventually my speaking and writing skill will catch up (like they have largely for Korean). Actually it seems (at least in my experience) that the better my listening skills were the faster I could catch up my other skills when I needed to.

If you keep on listening and processing the language. . . it’ll eventually come out spontaneously when you need to communicate something.

Also if you think of us learning a native language — our passive vocabulary (and listening ability) is much greater than our active vocabulary.

Torah reading


I just found a cool site — the weekly Torah readings. The English and Hebrew are side by side, so that one can easily read the Hebrew and check the meaning with the English.

Even though I’m not focusing on ancient Hebrew, I want to try reading the weekly Torah reading regularly. It was fun to read some today and being able to understand a decent amount of the text.

Intensive listening

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Anki has been going well the last few days. I’ve been using time-boxing to get a lot of reviews done. I still haven’t been able to reach my goal of a hundred new sentences in a day. I’m going to keep trying to input as many as I can and experiment with what is a good daily goal.

I’m starting to understand much more from the radio station and the audio books I listen too. To develop my listening skills more I’ve started ‘intensive listening’ where I concentrate carefully while listening. Especially for audio books where I’ve already read the English version many times, I can understand quite a lot if I pay attention. Intensive listening is also nice because I can do it walking outside. I’ve been trying to get out of the house more and get more sun and exercise. This focus on intensive listening lets me be outside walking or hiking and still get Hebrew learning done.



I told a telemarketer in perfect Hebrew that I only spoke English and she hung up. Hehe 🙂

That’s the one time I don’t mind pretending not to speak Hebrew. (Usually I pretend to speak Hebrew even when I’m struggling.)

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