This course takes a non-academic approach to guide you through your journey into Biblical Hebrew teaching you to recognize "sight words" in bible verses as you learn Hebrew letters. Start to learn the Biblical Hebrew language using cutting-edge methods. Start to learn Biblical Hebrew as a living language.
Learn how to Start Reading the Hebrew Bible.
At the End of the Course: You'll Open a Hebrew Bible and Start Picking Out Words.
Sight words, often also called high frequency sight words, are
commonly used words in the Bible that you can automatically recognize without having to use any strategies to decode.
There are no lectures or talking heads in this course. Instead, E-Vreet helps you study, engaging you in activities that help you practice what you have learned. It is carefully designed to guide you in a step-by-step process from recognizing the Hebrew letters to being able to actually read simple sentences. It builds on what you just learned, so you are always reviewing previous lessons. This course is great for home-school as well as college.
This course does not cover the vowel points but contextualized the letters in meaningful sight words and sentences.
At the end of the second lesson, you can read and write a simple sentence in Hebrew.
1. Introducing the letter
Each lesson focuses on one Hebrew letter. Find out the name, meaning, and English letter equivalent. The names and place that you already know like Adam, Bethlehem, and David, will help you learn how to recognize the target letter.
You will also see how a words that have been borrowed from English--avocado, banana, and guitar--look in Hebrew.
2. Treasure Hunt in Scriptures
Go on a treasure hunt with the help of our friend, Ben Abraham, (not unlike Bart Simpson). Your mission, (if you choose to accept it), is to find the target letter on signs on roads and shops all over Israel.
Then, like Indiana Jones, you will search the ancient scriptures for the target letter. Usually, the verses come from the book of Genesis. The scriptures have been carefully selected for simplicity and to inspire you.
3. The English translation mirrors the Hebrew structure
To help you get familiar on how Hebrew makes sentences, the English translation of the verses will reflect the Hebrew format.
For instance, the English translation will hyphenate words that are one word in Hebrew: "In-the-beginning." In later units, it will show you how Hebrew changes the verb: "And-said-David."
Take time to read the verses in English. By familiarizing yourself with the Hebrew format through English, you will be prepared learn the grammatical principles in a more advanced course.
4. Special Features
Find out about the Special Features of the target letter--its extra sounds, weird sounds or if it is sticky! Find out how sticky letters help you put sentences together.
5. Learn the write the target letter
Get video instructions on every stroke that you need to make in order to create each Hebrew letter. You will also be given instructions on how to write words and sentences.
6. Snap together the letters
As soon as you learn the first letters of the Hebrew alphabet, you will learn how snap together the letters--like lego blocks--to make simple words.
Just as you did with the letters, you will travel through Israel and locate these words on signs in Israel and in Hebrew verses of scripture.
Finally, you snap together the words and that you have learned to form sentences.
7. Listening to Biblical Hebrew
In order that you can get used to hearing Hebrew, there is even an extra video of the target letter's section of Psalm 119 where you can follow along. Some of the verses are also in mp3 format.
8. Understanding Ancient Isreal's Culture is key to the language
9. The course studies for you.
The course does a lot of the work for you: it has be especially designed to constantly review material--it helps you study and retain the material.
10. PDF files
All of the videos have PDF documents in order that you can go over what you learned and also to meditate and study the scriptures provided.
Try to find someone else with whom you can study--this is the traditional way. You can even have a class at your home with a few like-minded friends. We encourage you to join other students for discussions and to ask questions to learn from each other at our Facebook group called E-Vreet. And I am always available. Don't hesitate to message me on Udemy. Students are encouraged to join our Facebook group to discuss what they have learned.
When you say E-Vreet, you are saying Hebrew...in Hebrew.
P.S. Please not that we do not teach Biblical Hebrew using the vowel pointings or nikkud. The E-Vreet method teaches Hebrew using context, words and sentences. After completing the E-Vreet courses, the student is ready for the traditional courses that teach the nikkud.
This video will help you know what to expect for your first unit of Learn Hebrew through the Bible.where you will learn how to recognize the first four letters of the Hebrew alphabet. You will begin studying Biblical Hebrew right away by learning how to recognize these letters in scriptures. You will also learn how to make words with these four letters. Then you will practice recognizing these words in verses in the Bible.
Learn about the first letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet, the Aleph.
You will see the Aleph as it appears as the first letter of words you know.
Then your mission will be to find the Aleph it on signs all over Israel and then in Hebrew scripture.
The pdf file is password protected. The password is evreet. The mp3 files are the Hebrew verses used in the lesson. Listen to them over and over again to develop your ear for Hebrew. You can also find the verse in the pdf and try to follow along.
There is also a video of the Aleph section of Psalm 119. You can follow along and listen for the Aleph at the beginning every verse, taking your first steps in studying Biblical Hebrew.
Now that you have learned how to recognize the Aleph א in scriptures, learn how to write an Aleph א. You will also review the Hebrew words that start with Aleph.
Listen to the Aleph section of Psalm 119. The yad (pointer) will take you to each verse. Try to pick out the sound ofthe Aleph as it starts each verse. Watch the video a few times. Get used to the sound of Biblical Hebrew.
The letter Bait is pretty straight-forward as long as it is at the beginning of a word or syllable. It's just like our B in English. You will learn how to recognize the Bait using words that you already know in Hebrew. You will also practice recognizing the Bait in verses in the Bible.
Follow the yad (pointer) as the Bait section of Psalm 119 is read. Learn to listen for the Bait sound. Learn to appreciate the music of Biblical Hebrew. Don't try to understand the words yet; you are just getting used to the sounds.
Vait a minute! When the Bait ב is in the middle or end of the word, it sounds like a V. It is then formally called a Vait but still looks like a Bait ב. Vait ב and see the video for yourself! The two letters that you know, א and ב now make very important word. You will learn to read your first word in Hebrew and be able to identify it in biblical texts, continuing your journey in studying Biblical Hebrew.
Oh, if only all the Hebrew letters could be like Gimel. It is a simple, straight-forward letter that won't give you any problems. It's just like our hard G. In Biblical Hebrew, there is no soft G or giraffe!
Listen for the sound of the Gimel at the beginning of each verse. This exercise trains your ear as you study Biblical Hebrew.
Now that you know the letter Gimel ג, you can learn to recognize a new word in Biblical Hebrew. You will learn about your first grammar point: what Biblical Hebrew does with the indefinite article a/an. Also, we have special added feature at the end just for fun that will tell you about a super hero in Biblical Hebrew.
You will be pleased to know that the Dalet is one of those simple letters in the Hebrew (E-Vreet) alef-bet. It is just like our D. You will learn how to recognize the Dalet in Hebrew words that you already know. You have the opportunity to practice recognizing the Dalet in signs in Israel as well as in the Bible. These exercises help you begin to read Biblical Hebrew.
Listen for the sound of the Dalet at the beginning of each verse. Perhaps you can tell when the speaker is starting a new word. These listening exercises are helping you pick up more and more Biblical Hebrew sounds.
Because you now know how to recognize four letters of the Hebrew alphabet, you will be able to learn and recognize two more words in Biblical Hebrew. You get to find these words in verses from the bible. Not only that, you will be able to make sentences with them which gives you an idea how Biblical Hebrew works.
You should really be proud of yourself. You have completed the first unit of the course. You not only know the first four letters of the Hebrew (E-vreet) alef-bet, but you know how to read and write a few words in Biblical Hebrew. Not only that--you can read and write some simple sentences in Biblical Hebrew. So let's just do a recap and prepare you as you advance to the next unit.
This is a great way to review what you learned in Unit One.
This is an intro that will give you a head's up on the next unit. Some letters that you will learn about in this unit act as what we call "sticky letters." In Biblical Hebrew, you can have one letter that means a word, usually a preposition. So while you learn about the letter, you also learn about what it means. You can take these letters and literally stick them on words. So instead of having a separate word like "the" or "and", Biblical Hebrew has just one letter. When you get a hold of the concept of the sticky letter, it will really help you begin to read the scriptures in Biblical Hebrew.
The next letter is very important and versatile. We will spend three videos on the letter Hey. This first video shows you how the letter Hey is like our letter H. There aren't many Hebrew words that begin with a Hey, but there is one special one that you know: Hallelu-yah that is used in Biblical Hebrew as well as Modern Hebrew, and practically every language.
Listen for the Hey sound at the beginning of the verses.
Just like the H in English, the Hey ה has an "ah" sound at the end of the word. In this video, we'll review some words that you have already met that have a Hey ה at the end.
Meet the first letter of the Biblical Hebrew alphabet that is a sticky letter: the Hey ה. When Hey ה acts like a sticky letter, it means "the." Instead of using a separate word "the", you stick a Hey ה at the beginning of a word. In this video we'll use words that you have learned in earlier lessons and stick a Hey ה on them.
You learned about the letter Vav ו in our first course, Meet the Hebrew Alphabet. You might remember that Vav ו was the only letter that didn't have an English word, so you had to learn a Hebrew word that began with Vav ו. And that word was...Vav! And just to remind you, the Hebrew word "vav" means hook. In this video, you will learn how to recognize the letter Vav ו. There aren't many words in Biblical Hebrew that begin with Vav 1 so this is a short video. But don't worry, there are four videos on the letter Vav ו.
Vav is another sticky letter that goes at the beginning of the word. When the scribes wrote the ancient scriptures in Biblical Hebrew, it was not tradition to have spaces between the words. As you can imagine, that would be nearly impossible to read. So the Vav came to the rescue. The Vav lets you know when a sentence or a story is going to begin. It's also a sticky letter that means "and."
This video will really help you understand one of the basic concepts on how sentences are formed in Biblical Hebrew.
These videos are longer, but they serve as a review for you. You will get to practice all the words that you have learned so far in the course with the letter Vav.
In the Vav section of Psalm 119, the writer has used the Vav as a sentence marker--just as you have learned in the last video. In each line, the Vav is translated in most bibles as "and," but now that you are learning Biblical Hebrew, you know that the "and" is really a sentence marker as illustrated in this section of Psalm 119.
As you try to learn Biblical Hebrew, you will learn that the Vav is one of the most versatile letters in the Hebrew alphabet. Throughout your studies in Biblical Hebrew, you will learn more and more about the Vav. In this video, you will see how It can sound like a "u" or an "o" in the middle of a word. Sometimes the Vav grabs the Alef to make one of these vowel sounds as we'll see.
The best way to learn this concept is with common words that you will come across as you learn to read Biblical Hebrew. So you will be able to practice with some new vocabulary.
You will really love this letter Zayin ז. It is just like our Z.
Close your eyes and listen for the Zayin ז at the beginning of each verse. Then watch the video and see if you can follow where the new verse starts. It is good to watch the video three times.
The letter Xhet is what gives Biblical Hebrew its unique sound. Even wonder why you don't know how to pronounce Chanukkah, Chutzpah, or Challah? Unfortunately, the Ch is inaccurate. These words do not have the sound found in church. You may know the great composer, Bach. If you say his name the German way, then you know how to pronounce the Xhet. It's like an H sound deep in your throat. Contrary to popular belief, there is no need to sound like you are clearing your throat. Remember, pronunciation is caught and not taught. Keep on listening to Hebrew, and you'll get the Xhet sound when you least expect it.
Identify the Xhet as the yad (pointer) moves from verse to verse. This exercise will really help you with the sound of the Xhet ח. Don't worry if you can't reproduce the sound. Right now, it is important that you can identify the sound with the letter.
In Part 2 of Xhet ח, you will learn more words with letters that you know. You will also learn more sentences in Biblical Hebrew.
Can you believe that you got through Unit 2? You are closer to your goal to read Biblical Hebrew. Well done! Remember that we will be reviewing what you learned throughout the rest of the lessons. Let's recap Unit two with a reading exercise. You can also practice it in the pdf file. Remember, the password is evreet.
Review what you have learned in Unit Two.
Mazel Tov! You are ready to start Unit 3. While learning four letters, you will also learn about where adjectives go in Biblical Hebrew. Does that sound complicated? Well it isn't if you know Mazel Tov. Although Mazel Tov isn't Biblical Hebrew, it will help you learn the concept of how adjectives work in Biblical Hebrew.
Take your time on this unit: it has some twists and turns. There are more sticky letters. And remember those letters from Meet the Hebrew Alphabet that change shape when they come at the end of a word? Well, they are making another appearance in this unit. After this unit, it's downhill skiing.
If you use the pdf files as you follow along on the video, it will help. Remember, the password? evreet
You will be happy to know that Tet ט is one of those straight-forward letters. It's just like our letter T. When foreign words come into the Hebrew (Evreet) language--like telephone, tea, and Tokyo, Hebrew uses the Tet ט. The letter ט is more common in Modern Hebrew than in Biblical Hebrew.
But I must confess, it's not the only letter in the Hebrew (Evreet) alef-bet that sounds like a T. There is one other letter but that isn't until the last lesson.
In the video for Psalm 119, listen for the word טוב
This is more of a review video to help you practice your Biblical Hebrew using the new word you have learned: טוב. Here are some sentences to help you practice the new words in this lesson and words from previous lessons.
The letter Yod is the smallest letter of the Biblical Hebrew (Evreet) alef-bet. It looks like an apostrophe because it hangs in the air at the top. It's a rather cool letter. It sounds like a Y at the beginning of words. A lot of names you know or you might even have begin with the Yod.The most important name starts with the Yod. Traditionally, scholars show respect for the name of God and pronounce it as Adonai which means Master. The video will show you.
Learn the sound of the Yod י by listening and then watching this video a few times. It will help you with learning and studying Biblical Hebrew.
There is no letter "J" in Biblical Hebrew. So there are many common names that are pronounced a bit differently in Biblical Hebrew. Learn some cool words with the letter Yod that will help you read more Biblical Hebrew.
Now when that Yod comes in the middle or the end of the word, guess what letter it sounds like? The "i". Sometimes it sounds more like an "e," but you get the picture.
The Caf is a pretty cool letter because it looks like a backwards C and it sounds like a K. Well, it sounds like a K when it's at the beginning of a word or syllable.
There's a little surprise for you on this one.
I was really happy that you were familiar with the name Zachariah--because that name will help you get your head around the Caf in the middle of a word. It has that Xh sound. You'll see when you watch the video. But I'm not finished yet. As you may recall in our previous course, the Caf grows a tail when it is at the end of a word. In that case it always has the Xh sound.
Caf is a sticky letter which means as, or like, or according to. As with a lot of things in Biblical Hebrew, the more you read, the more you get used to it.
The Lamed is the tallest letter of the Hebrew (Evreet) alef-bet. It towers over the others and goes lower too. It's one of our straight-forward letters: it always sounds like an L. It doesn't change shape or sound. You can breath easy on this video. Wait--the Lamed is also a sticky letter and it means to/for: toDavid or forDavid. But it always sounds like an L!
You will have even more fun with this one.
Now that you know the Lamed, you can learn one of the most important words: Elohim. The short form of Elohim is El.
There's a lot of cool words that you can learn with the Lamed. Enjoy!
You're just completed a challenging unit. Take your time to review what you have learned.
Review what you learned in Unit Three.
Mazel Tov! You have completed the more challenging part of the course. Now, it will get easier as you go along. You do have three letters that change shape at the end of words, but you already knew about that from the last course--and they don't change their sound, so it's not too difficult. At the end of this unit, you will be able to read a little story, so hang in there! You will find the pdf files will help you. Password: evreet
The Mem is just like our M. As you will recall, it is part of the Unique family because it has a distinctive shape.
See how Psalm 119 was originally formatted in ancient scriptures.
Learn about how Mem changes into a box when it is at the end of words.
Here's another sticky letter-the Mem. It means "from." It will allow you to design a lot of cool sentences. When you use a sticky letter, you don't need "the." So you have frombrother.
The letter Nun is not a Catholic nun--think of high noon or afternoon. So you can guess what letter it sounds like, right? The N.
A new exercise: Read the English as you listen to the Hebrew.
You will be glad to know that the Samexh is a straight-forward letter that sounds like our S. You don't see it too often. In this video, you will learn about the horse from Dr. Seuss.
In this activity, listen to the Samexh section of Psalm 119 and follow along the best you can. There is one word that you know. Many times, the second part of the couplet begins with the letter vav. These are in red to help you recognize them. In the second part of the video, you can see what each word means in Hebrew. Pause the video for each verse. Take you time.
This is a video like none other. We go back in time---back to the future. Are you ready?
You've been waiting for this letter, Aiyn! It is the first letter for the word Evreet. Aiyn is a peculiar kind of letter. It takes on different vowel sounds, like with Evreet. Take your time with this one.
The goal of this activity is to see what some Hebrew words mean in English.
This video shows you some cool words that use the Aiyn.
You have learned so many letters and words and sentences that you are now ready to read a very short story.
Learn about the letter Pey that begins the word pizza! Pey is just like the Caf: it has different shapes and sounds.
Get the feel of Hebrew sentences.
Learn how the Pey changes into a Fey.
Learn words that end with the Pey sofit (end Pey). It's going to have the Fey sound. You'll find out what the word for nose and anger have in common.
You have learned a lot on this unit; so take your time and review what you have learned. It may just stick like the sticky letters!
Learn about the letter Tsadi that starts the word Tsunami. This is a funny sort of letter for English-speaking people. But it's really not that hard if you have cats ;)
The Tsadi is probably a sound that you are not used to having at the beginning of a word. Listening to the Tsadi section of Psalm 119 will help you to "hear" that TS at the beginning of words.
Learn words that have the Tsadi end form or "Tsadi sofit". Yes, the Tsadi grows a tail when it is at the end of a word. Find out how the word rats will help you learn a new verb (finally).
This is the easiest letter to learn. The Koof (rhymes with goof which means "body" in Hebrew BTW) has the K sound. It's a big letter and has a tail that goes below the rest of the letters. One of the most important words that begin with the Koof is cafe (coffee in Hebrew).
The Koof is one of the easier letters to learn. Too bad it wasn't at the beginning of the alphabet!
By this time, you probably know this letter, Resh. It is a straight-forward letter. Just remember that it is not pronounced quite like the R in English. If you know French, use the French R. Again, remember that pronunciation is not taught but caught. Keep on listening to Hebrew and you'll eventually get it. Don't worry if you don't: you will still be understood.
The Resh sound is different than it is in English. Listen to the Resh sound at the beginning of each verse. The better you can "hear" it, the better you will be able to make the sound yourself at a later time.
The letter Sheen has two sounds: it can sound like the "sh" in sheep. But it can also sound like an "s" in sale where it is called the Seen. This video deals with the Sheen and the words beginning with the "sh" sound.
This letter can be used for words like Sarah and Israel. When it has the "s" sound, we call it a Seen.
By this time, you are probably familiar with the Tav. But there are some special words to learn.
The Tav is a simple letter to learn, so we've added a bonus: we show you how to make feminine words.
This is a recap/review of all the words you learned in Unit Five.
The best way to finish this course is with a story. Listen and read a story in Hebrew with all the words you have learned. (Don't worry; the English translation is there!)
I have studied Linguistics and Applied Linguistics or how people learn languages. I have taught EFL and trained teachers. I facilitated training seminars in Business English. I have studied Biblical Hebrew for four years and taught courses. I have been coaching students in Biblical Hebrew for three years. I have lived in the East for 15 years where I travelled to Israel. I am also an instructional designer, which means I design courses for busy people like you who need to take courses online. I use what you already know to guide you into the Hebrew language and make it alive for you.