Lighting the menorah

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I got to light the last candle of the menorah and say the blessing (in Hebrew) for Hanukkah tonight at a friend’s house!

I had to use a script as I hadn’t got it memorized yet — now that’s next on my list of things to do — find an audio recording and put it in line by line into Anki so I can remember it.^^


It’s Hanukkah! . . . Looking for Hanukkah songs

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It’s Hanukkah. . . and to celebrate the festive season I’ve been looking up Hanukkah songs on youtube.

I found a few video compilations of songs — with lyrics.

In this one the lyrics are even more easy to read.

Challenge goals

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I’ve decided to revise my original goals for this month.

I’ve been making more progress on listening than on my Anki or speaking so I’ll focus more on that in the next ten days instead of trying to finish my Anki and speaking goals in time.

Hebrew train announcment

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I’ve started recording Hebrew announcements I hear.

Here is the first one.

הרכבת לנהריה תתעכב מספר דקות
אנו מתנצלים על העיכוב שנגרם לכם, תודה

Hebrew today

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I spent two hours studying Hebrew today with a friend and teacher. — I was mostly trying to understand a couple articles written in Hebrew. . . but we spent a bunch of time talking about things in Hebrew both while we were studying and before and afterwards.

I haven’t had so much Hebrew speaking practice in a while — and it was very nice to be able to understand and take part in the conversations. (Even though it was at a rather limited level.)

My listening focus the last several weeks has really helped. I find myself suddenly understanding rather long sentences even when I don’t know all the words or exactly what grammatical construction is being used. I want to keep up my focusing on listening . . . Even though it’s nice to feel the improvement, I still have a ways to go. 🙂

Emails, Drama & Animation

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I wrote a bunch of emails in Hebrew today. Actually when I get down to it is not as hard as it feels before I’ve started anything.

I’m keeping on looking for fun dramas to watch. I’ve been watching a bit of a Japanese animation translated in Hebrew – סיילור מוןEven though there aren’t any subtitles I’m finding it a lot easier to understand the dialogue and what is going on than the other dramas or comedy shows I’ve been watching. Perhaps its partly because it’s written for children. The fact that it is translated might also mean the sentence structure and word choice is easier than other stuff. I want to watch all of סיילור מון and see if I can find other Japanese anime dubbed in Hebrew. . . I’m sure I’ll get tired of watching more than a hundred of these episodes. . . even though I can follow the story pretty well.

One thing I like about the animation is that there’s much more dialogue in a regular animation episode compared to a drama episode. And the speaking tends to be faster.

One drama I have enjoyed though is גיא אוני . It seems to be set (if my interpretation is right) in Israel a long time ago when Jews were first coming here and settling the land (seventy, eighty years ago?). Perhaps because its historical (I love history) I’ve found it quite intriguing, although unfortunately I’ve only found the fourth episode online. frown Hopefully I can find the first three episodes somewhere.

Slow going

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Hebrew study is going rather slowish at the moment.

Yesterday I spent a lot of time watching different drama episodes that I found on youtube — and downloading them to my harddrive so I can clip, edit, and work with them more. I haven’t found a good easy way to mine sentences from dramas. I have to find out how to do this simply (the hard part is getting the audio) and then make sure that some of the sentences I add every day are from dramas I’ve been watching.

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