Hebrew Tutor: Learn Biblical Hebrew with Your Own Personal, Interactive Tutor CD-ROM – October 1, 1997
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- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- ISBN-10 : 1572640618
- ISBN-13 : 978-1572640610
- Product Dimensions : 10.3 x 8.92 x 1.59 inches
- Publisher : Findex (October 1, 1997)
- Language: : English
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- #564 in Christian Bible Language Studies
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The problems arise relating to the technology. Hebrew Tutor was created in 1997 and has not been updated since 1997...and it shows. The fonts that come with the program are not compatible with modern operating systems (XP/Vista, so in order to run the program you will need to contact the publisher, or as in my case the seminary using the program in order to even get the fonts to appear semi-correctly). Even with updated fonts many screens simply do not show all of the letters appropriately (Many only show half the letter). This is not enough to render the program useless by any means.
A second problem that arises is that the program is written for a 16-bit operating system. Most modern computers (running XP or Vista) are 32-bit and can run a 16-bit program without a problem. The computer from which I am writing this review and an increasing number of machines are 64-bit systems. At this time, 64-bit Windows simply cannot run a 16-bit program, so I need to go to a separate computer in order to run Hebrew Tutor.
Finally, the since the program is old, it looks old and runs like an old program. When it was written, gigabyte-sized hard drives were just coming into use, so it was unfeasible to have the 500 MB of files on the cd copied onto the hard drive for quicker access. The problem with this slower access to the program's data files is that the program runs very slowly (By modern standards), needing to fire up the cd-rom, find the audio file, and read the file prior to being able to pronounce any words you click on.
Nevertheless, the program has effectively served me to teach me Hebrew, with more than a little bit of frustration. I would hope that after more than a decade with a successful piece of software, Parson's would publish a more technologically up-to-date version.
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First of all, the problems: If you're thinking of buying this, look carefully at the tech requirements - not because your computer might be too old to run it (this is HIGHLY unlikely!!!) but because your computer might be too NEW to run it.
In my case, I'm running Windows 7 on a 64-bit machine. HEBREW TUTOR can't cope with that (I suspect '64-bit' is the problem rather than Windows 7).
I was able to solve this by downloading the free VIRTUALBOX software, setting up a virtual machine, and installing Windows XP in that. It was then easy enough to install HEBREW TUTOR inside that.
Even then there were problems. The program requires two special fonts to function. But it was unable to install either of these automatically. I installed one manually, then found that the second was broken - windows refused to recognise it as a font file.
I thought this must be just my bad luck - a dud disk, or something - but a web search revealed that I wasn't alone. One kind soul had found a way to fix the broken file and uploaded it. Using the fixed version, the program works, mostly (the software seems to want lower resolution graphics than I can give it!!! This means that sometimes the Hebrew letters get truncated and illegible.
With a modern piece of software, of course, none of this would have been necessary.
The software, once it's finally working, is very good at helping you learn paradigms, vocab, etc., etc., - but trust me, you can do much better than this.
For quite a bit less than the current price of this software, you can buy The Cambridge Introduction to Biblical Hebrew with CD-ROM
The Tekscroll software that comes with that book does almost everything that HEBREW TUTOR will do - and a LOT more besides! And the software is up-to-date and hassle-free. You'll also get lots of PDF goodies.
I use both, but I wish I'd discovered Tekscroll before I bought HEBREW TUTOR. Google Tekscroll,and you'll find various rave reviews.
As a comparison... My personal points out of 10: HEBREW TUTOR 2 TEKSCROLL 9