Hebrew anki deck

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The last couple weeks I’ve spent a lot of time on listening to Hebrew — either radio, podcast, or youtube movies.

Today I updated my Tatoeba sentence deck. Originally it was 7,000 Hebrew sentences but I added an odd 25,000 more Hebrew sentences with the English translations. I also added  audio files to t237 of the sentences.

I’ve already recorded around 1,100 sentences. My goal for the next few days is to segment the remaining sentences and add them to the deck, as well as record another thousand sentences.

Segmenting the sentences and inputting them into Anki is rather time consuming, but since I’m listening to the audio and looking at the translation while I’m doing it, I feel it’s partly study as well.

The more I work on the Tatoeba deck, the more I like it. It starts out with really simple sentences and then goes to more complex sentences. It also often includes several different ways to say the same thing, which I find it fun to learn at the same time.


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.

Hebrew Anki


A few weeks ago I found a pretty cool Anki deck — 7000 Hebrew sentences with English translations, ranging from rather simple sentences and to longer more complicated ones. The sentences for this deck seems to have come from two rather wonderful sites — Tatoeba and Many Things Anki page. Although quite a great find, there was one problem; there was no audio with the sentences.

Today though I was able to get 1200 of the sentences recorded. I’ll eventually want to get the audio for all 7000 sentences but for now I’m going to segment these with audacity and add them to my Anki cards.

Favorite Hebrew blog these days

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My favorite Hebrew blog these days hands down is Ktzat Ivrit. Every day they introduce a new word and explain some of the background of what it means and where it came from. They also include several example sentences with each word.

Although it has been fun reading the posts (and you can get them in your facebook feed as well) because they didn’t have audio with the sentences I haven’t been able to really use the words or sentences in my studying.

However, starting today they seem to be including audio for the sentences along with the sentence and translation. This has become an amazing resource. I’ve already put today’s sentences (with the audio and explanations) into Anki. Going on into the future I’m going to make these blog posts and audio a regular staple for my Hebrew study.

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