- Paperback: 362 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1st edition (April 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764554891
- ISBN-13: 978-0764554896
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 116 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hebrew For Dummies Paperback – April 1, 2003
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Covers common expressions, conversations, and cultural notes
With this guide, you can return to your roots or create new ones
Want to discover how to speak Hebrew? This easy-to-understand guide explains basic grammar and usage, covering everything from the alphabet and numbers to making small talk, planning a trip, and changing money. You'll also discover the basics of Hebrew blessings and prayer, as well as the significance of the holy days.
Pick up Hebrew the easy way through actual conversations
Features dialogues by native Hebrew speakers
Allows you to hear Hebrew as it's really spoken
Reinforces lessons from the book
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About the Author
Jill Suzanne Jacobs, MA, is a writer, Jewish educator, and part of the editorial team of MyJewishLearning.com. She has taught and helped create course materials for Hebrew and Jewish studies classes.
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This book is ideal for people who think that they can memorize lists of words and then use them without knowing the structure of the language, in other words, for dummies!
Well, here's the common cure. Hebrew For Dummies provides a CD, a basic guide as to how to decipher the Hebrew alphabet, and practical nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and all you need to make headway in the kitchen-and-garden dialogue suited for dozens of everyday occasions. The Dummies series has always been a great starting point for millions of students the world over for thousands of different areas of study. This is no exception.
For those inspired to learn the language written by the finger of God on Mt. Sinai, Hebrew For Dummies is a great place to start.
Additionally, what I really liked was that there is a whole section on Biblical Hebrew (*BASIC* prayers - such as the Sh'ma) and a little biblical grammar.
Another great part of this book is the accompanying audio CD which compliments the book nicely . It contains pronounciation guides and conversations to repeat and practice.
The only downfall of this book is that there is NO HEBREW lettering - everything is transliterated (hence, the simplicity of "Dummies" books). The only place where Hebrew can be found is in the Biblical section in a small number of the prayers.
Overall, this is an excellent guide for beginners who want to start learning Hebrew - you'll get a lot out of it - but for those who already have some prior knowledge of Hebrew, I highly recommend "Hebrew: a Language Course (levels 1, 2 & 3)" by Band & Bergman, all of which can be purchased here at Amazon.