I’m in Israel trying to immerse myself in Hebrew as I wwoof around. I want to become native-like in Hebrew as fast as I can.


Q: What languages have you studied earlier?
A: I’ve studied Korean. You can see my posts about learning Korean over at my Korean learning blog.

Q: Why are you studying Hebrew?
A: When I was little I really liked studying old languages and so tried to learn Greek, Latin and Hebrew. I was specially fascinated with Hebrew because although it is an ancient language, it’s been resurrected so it’s very much alive and spoken today. Although I tried learning Hebrew as a child, I never got very far at all — so I figured I’d better come to the country and try.

Q: Why Anno?
A: When I started studying Korean I used a wordless picture book called Anno’s Journey by the Japanese artist Mitsumasa Anno. In it the hero takes a journey through Europe.

When I used it for language study with my first nurturer (language helper) I was surprised at how the story unfolded. The first pages were very simple with only a few details. However very quickly the pictures became more and more detailed. I felt this paralleled my languacultural journey. I was not learning a language but re-learning the world, and just as the pictures got more and more detailed as Anno’s journey progressed, so I also, as my learning progressed, was able  to understand and describe more of this new world I had entered.

So, I too, am Anno.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kieran Maynard
    Sep 24, 2013 @ 23:11:13

    Visiting from your Korean blog. Great to see you are making progress on new languages.


    • Anno
      Jul 21, 2015 @ 19:51:25

      Thank you!


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