A new word


Yesterday i learned a new word —

B’irtzinut really



Yanshuf ~ Digital Hebrew newspaper with audio


When I was in Israel I would often buy the Sha’ar La’Mathil. I never got the digital version. (I hadn’t even realised one existed). Then several months ago the newspaper ceased publication.

Browsing the internet for useful materials I came accidentally upon two other easy Hebrew newspaper — the Bereshit and Yanshuf. The Bereshit is a beginner’s newspaper and the Yanshuf is for those who are intermediate or advanced. They have a test you can take to determine your level. I was originally planning on getting the Bereshit but I scored a 90/100 on the test so they recommended I get the Yanshuf instead. I ordered my 2 year electronic subscription earlier this week and just got an email today that the first two issues were available.

In Israel when I read the Sha’ar La’Mathil with friends we had to get someone to read the text for us. We then recorded it so we could use it for listening and pronunciation practice. Words we couldn’t figure out we also had to ask a Hebrew speaker. However the Bereshit and Yanshuf come with a dictionary sheet and (best of all) audio.

I’ve added the audio into itunes. I’ll sync it with my ipod touch and listen to it to familiarize myself with the articles before I dive in and read the articles.

Audio resources for Hebrew

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Someone on the How-to-Learn-Any-Language Forum asked about Hebrew audio books. This is my response, which I’m posting here as well because the how-to-learn-any-language forum restricts posts after a certain time period.

Fortunately, there is quite a wealth of material audiobook-wise for Hebrew. You can buy audio books at Sonic Books

I also used the New Testament in Hebrew as it’s been translated into modern Hebrew and the audio and text is available freely online. Just search Itunes podcasts for ‘Bible’ — 
New Testament in Itunes 

There are lots of copies of the Torah as well with audio but that is Biblical Hebrew and slightly different. One thing nice about the New Testament is it’s word-for-word but it’s dramatised so even without any Hebrew knowledge you can guess what’s happening in the story by who’s speaking. 

Librivox also has 21 things read in Hebrew. Some of the books recorded there are 
Biblical, others are in more modern Hebrew. 

Hebrew strategies

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The last several months I’ve been continually listening to Hebrew music and (to a lesser amount) to news and talk programs on youtube. Besides that though I haven’t focused on Hebrew much.

However in the next two weeks I want to use Learning With Texts much more extensively than I’ve done so far.

For some languages there are large libraries of texts with audio over at LingQ. Hebrew is not one of them. However, there are a huge amount of Hebrew videos on youtube that include Hebrew subtitles. My plan is to transcribe the subtitles and input that into Learning With Texts with audio that I’ve ripped from the video after I’ve downloaded it from youtube. I’ll also include the audio on my ipod so I can listen to it on the bus to and from work or when I’m outside walking.