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

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Reading and vocabulary

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Thinking about this quote and how it applies to my Hebrew language learning:

“The entire question becomes somewhat simpler when you realize one major principle: memorizing words produces a linear increase in vocabulary, whereas reading lots of books produces a cubic or even exponential increase in vocabulary.

In other words, reading gives you compound returns on the time that you spend.”

~Audrey Walton

Diligent at being lazy

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I met a good friend today who tried (again) to talk me out of learning Hebrew the way I am learning it and join a regular course at the university instead. I wanted to show respect (he was an older friend) by listening to his advice but at the same time I wasn’t going to change my study program.

Eventually he admitted that since I had learned Korean my way I could learn Hebrew the same way as well. I’m sure though that the next time we meet he’ll try to advise me to take a university course again.

Besides having no money for a university course, I think my way is More

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.