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Hebrew (עִבְרִית ʿIvrit) is a West Semitic language of the Afroasiatic language family.  The earliest examples of written Paleo-Hebrew date from the 10th century BCE, in the form of primitive drawings, although "the question of the language used in this inscription remained unanswered, making it impossible to prove whether it was in fact Hebrew or another local language".

Hebrew had ceased to be an everyday spoken language somewhere between the first and fourth centuries CE and survived into the medieval period only as the language of Jewish liturgy and rabbinic literature. Then, in the 19th century, it was revived as a spoken and literary language, and, according to Ethnologue, is now the language of 9 million people worldwide, of whom 7 million are from Israel. The United States has the second largest Hebrew speaking population, with about 221,593 fluent speakers, mostly from Israel.

Modern Hebrew is one of the two official languages of Israel (the other being Arabic), while pre-modern Hebrew is used for prayer or study in Jewish communities around the world today. Ancient Hebrew is also the liturgical tongue of the Samaritans, while modern Hebrew or Arabic is their vernacular. As a foreign language, it is studied mostly by Jews and students of Judaism and Israel, and by archaeologists and linguists specializing in the Middle East and its civilizations, as well as by theologians in Christian seminaries.

The Torah (the first five books), and most of the rest of the Hebrew Bible, is written in Biblical Hebrew, with much of its present form specifically in the dialect that scholars believe flourished around the 6th century BCE, around the time of the Babylonian exile. For this reason, Hebrew has been referred to by Jews as Leshon HaKodesh (לְשׁוֹן הַקֹּדֶשׁ), "The Holy Language", since ancient times.

ResourcesEdit

Rosetta StoneEdit

  • 5 levels available

PimsleurEdit

  • 3 levels available

DuolingoEdit

  • In beta

FSIEdit

  • Available free of charge. Thanks Uncle Sam![1]

Books and .PDF filesEdit

NewsEdit

MediaEdit

Books and .PDF filesEdit

MoviesEdit

Subtitle websites

Israeli-made movies are notoriously shitty. Kalevet at least manages to be hilariously shitty.

TV ShowsEdit

The old tv show Ha-Comedy Store (הקומדי סטור) was, and still is, incredibly hilarious.

Ktsarim (קצרים) - Is newer and also hilarious. season 1, season 2, season 3 (not full).

WebcomicsEdit

הו-לא - Humor and despair.

BlogsEdit

עד כדי קבוע - Science blog.

לא מדויק - Science and math blog.

לא למות טיפש - Redpill blog about the occupation of Gaza and the west bank.

MusicEdit

Monica Sex (מוניקה סקס) - Classic israeli rock band.

Mashina (משינה) - Classic israeli rock band.

Tamouz (תמוז) - Classic israeli rock band.

גבריאל בלחסן - Alternative/Prog rock. Was in and out of mental wards until he killed himself in 2013. Despair aplenty.

Habiluim (הבילויים) - Folk-rock band with some of the most cynical and biting lyrics i've heard.

Berry Sakharof (ברי סחרוף) - Prog rock musician.

Natasha's Friends (החברים של נטאשה) - Classic pop/rock band.

Yoni Bloch (יוני בלוך) - Pop/rock musitcian.

Knesiyat Hasekhel (כנסיית השכל) - Alternative rock band, often comprising of a huge-ass orchestra. an israeli Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra.

Meir Ariel (מאיר אריאל - as stated above, he's the main reason i'm glad i know hebrew btw)

Dr. Kasper’s She-rabbit Show (מופע הארנבות של ד"ר קספר) - Great rock band.

Metropolin (מטרופולין) - Electronica/synthpop band.

מרסדס בנד - Popular rock band.

עמיר לב - Rock/Folk-rock musician. Great fucking guitarist, i mean just listen to this solo holy shit.

המכשפות - Rock band.

ג'ירפות - Rock band.

Rockfour (רוקפור) - Rock band. They've got some medicore english stuff as well, but האיש שראה הכל, העולם המופלא and בחזרה לשבלול are where it's at.

Anime/CartoonsEdit

3000 Leagues in Search of Mother  (הלב) was translated and is fully available on youtube. except for episodes 1 and 2 for some reason.

Once_Upon_a_Time... was translated to Hebrew. It's very educational, though old. fully available on youtube: man and life. Space was also translated but i can't find it.

Yotam Perel Is a cartoonist who produces wonderful shorts in Hebrew. Greats stuff. It even has English subtitles for the noobs!

BrotipsEdit

  • Find an Israeli or at least someone Jewish, he or she should be able to hook you up as far as Hebrew goes.
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  • Stop using niqqud as soon as you can.
  • Learn the cursive script, it makes handwriting a lot easier. Just pull up an article in printed Hebrew and transcribe in cursive until you've gotten all the letters (and the five final forms) memorized.
  • Try to get a good grasp of the weird-ass grammer rules. The infamous בניינים ("Modern Hebrew verb conjugation"), the gendered nouns and so on. Get a good book; You'll need it.

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