Meet the Hebrew Alphabet
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Meet the Hebrew Alphabet through their five families of shapes. Then learn the sounds of the letters through Hebrew words that you already know.
Learn the Hebrew Alphabet by Learning the Five Basic Shapes and Sounds.
Goals of this course:
When you first look at the Hebrew alphabet, they don't even look like letters--they look like 22 weird shapes. Well, E-Vreet discovered that each letter belongs to one of the Five Families of shapes.
Instead of trying to learn 22 shapes all at one time, meet the Five Families of the Hebrew Alphabet. Each family has special a family traits. Every letter has that family resemblance. The purpose of this section is to help you get used to the shapes of the letters in order that you can recognize them in later courses.
SECTION 1: S H A P E S
Meet the Five Families:
Oh, and find out about the Endings: 5 letters from these families that do something different.
VISUAL STIMULUS: You'll meet the five families flying through Israel. They are so big that you feel like you can touch them, and that's the whole point--to actually feel like you can feel them--it helps imprint them in the language center of the brain.
AURAL STIMULUS: Why is Music so important in learning? Music also helps calm the brain to learn new things as well as helping it to focus--so E-Vreet has carefully selected different kinds of music to go with each family to help you learn as you watch the videos.
BRAIN EXERCISES: E-vreet doesn't just present you with the material--like in the gym, it gives you different exercises for your brain in order that you will be able to subconsciously recognize the Hebrew letters.
SECTION 2: S O U N D S
Now that you have met the Hebrew letters, you are ready to learn about how they sound. E-Vreet has a special methodology to help you match the Hebrew letter with the sound.
There are many Hebrew words that you know--but you just don't know what they are. The first thing E-Vreet does is uncover 22 of these key words for you. Like magic, you know 22 Hebrew words that you didn't know before and you didn't have to study!
Why 22 words? Because each of these key words begins with one of the 22 Hebrew letters. You already have these key words in your brain. You know what they sound like. E-vreet matches the first letter or sound of each word to a Hebrew letter.
By associating the key word with the corresponding Hebrew letter, your brain can build on what you already know by grasping the Hebrew letter and cement it to the key word.
From the beginning, E-Vreet uses an image with the key word and Hebrew letter. For instance, Adam's letter has a painting of Adam next to it. Once your brain has started to recognize the Hebrew letter with the key word, E-vreet only uses the image to stimulate your brain to remember the Hebrew letter.
Imaging is an important step in learning how to read Hebrew. Since you only have an image to help you with the sound, your brain is beginning to rely more on the Hebrew letter to register the sound.
NOT LEARNING THE NAMES OF THE LETTERS
Why doesn't E-vreet teach you the names of the letters? Because at this crucial point, E-Vreet wants your brain to focus on processing the letter only with the target sound. Learning the names of 22 letters entails another learning process which E-Vreet uses in the next course, "Learn Hebrew through the Bible."
Each section has games after the lessons in order to help you remember what your brain just received. You get to reinforce what you have learned and help the letters stick in the language part of you brain.
There is a pdf file on each lesson in which you can review the lessons to prepare for the games at the end of each section. Print them out and have a hard copy so you can look at the letters when you are not at your computer.
This is a quick course to map your brain and get it used to seeing the Hebrew letters. It is based on the principles of semiotics and neuro-linquistics. So don't try to memorize anything. Just enjoy!
This course prepares you for E-Vreet's next course that will teach you how to read called "Learn Hebrew through the Bible."
And remember, when you say E-Vreet, you are saying Hebrew--in Hebrew.
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|Section 1: Meet the Hebrew Alphabet - Part One: SHAPES|
This course prepares you to read Biblical Hebrew. It introduces you to the Hebrew letters through their shapes and sounds. There are exercises with the letters that will map your brain in order that you will be able to read Hebrew more quickly in the future. You are introduced to the sounds of the letters through Hebrew words that you already know. Later, you will learn the names of the letters in Course 2: Learn Hebrew through the Bible.
This short video will introduce you to the shapes of three letters who belong to the Horn Family. It helps you distinguish these letters from the rest of the letters in the Hebrew alphabet. Then in the next course, you will learn about each letter in a separate lesson.
This video will help you distinguish the letters from the Circle Family from the rest of the Hebrew alphabet.
This video will help you distinguish the five letters in the Square Family from the rest of the Hebrew alphabet.
Relax and sit back as this video introduces you to the Staff family. There are five members of this family, each has the shape of a staff. See for yourself. By learning to recognize the Staff family, you will be able to learn how to read Hebrew in the next course.
This video will help you distiguish a very special family: The Uniques.
|Quiz 1||21 questions|
This video introduces you to four letters that modify their shape when they come at the end of a word. It also introduces you to a letter than changes into a box when it ends a word. This video is only to give you a head's-up on these shapes. We'll go over each letter in the next course.
|Quiz 2||10 questions|
This quiz will let you practice the end forms. You will be given a pair of letters. Click "true" if one letter is the end form of the other letter. Click "false" if the letters do not pair up. If you have any questions, message me.
Here's a quick review of the Five Families of Shapes and the Five Endings of the Hebrew alphabet.
|Section 2: Meet the Hebrew Alphabet - Part 2: SOUNDS|
|Lecture 9||2 pages|
This document will give you an overview of what you will learn in Part Two on Sounds.
This video will show you how you can learn the sounds of the first four letters of the Hebrew alphabet using words that you know.
|Quiz 3||12 questions|
This video will use Hebrew words that you already know to show you the sounds of the next four letters of the Hebrew alphabet. By remembering the picture that goes with the letter, you'll know the sound.
|Quiz 4||12 questions|
Find out what Mazel-tov really means and how it can help you learn a letter in the Hebrew alphabet. Also learn how Yom Kippor can help you learn another letter. Caleb will help you; and then the country of Lebanon which is in the Bible.
|Quiz 5||12 questions|
In this unit, you will learn about five letters. Miryam, Nathan, Sapphire, Ezra, and Pesach will help you remember the sounds of these letters.
|Quiz 6||15 questions|
This is your last video before you start the Read the Hebrew Bible course. Zion, Kain, Rosh Ha-Shannah, Shalom, and Torah will help you remember the sounds of the last five letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the next course, you will learn the names of the letters.
|Quiz 7||15 questions|
Review of Meet the Hebrew Alphabet - Shapes and Sounds
|Section 3: Preview of the Next Course in E-Vreet: Learn Hebrew through the Bible|
This is the intro to E-Vreet's next course called "Learn Hebrew through the Bible."
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 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.