on 14 May 2011
I used this book for my first year of college Hebrew, and it was very useful and user-friendly. Right away we started off with conversational Hebrew, and even those who had never studied Hebrew before could form sentences from the first day of class. Even though I use a different textbook in a higher level of Hebrew, I still can (and do) refer to the website for its extensive verb dictionary, to either hear how to pronounce a verb or to review the conjugations. It also has a link to a website to teach Hebrew typing, and it's clear that the website was designed with students' needs in mind. I have never used a Hebrew textbook that is more useful or enjoyable, and the website helped me while I was using the book and well into the future. The complete list of vocabulary at the end of each unit was very helpful, and the glossary at the back is better than most.
on 9 August 2015
I am self-studying Hebrew and I have found this book challenging - as all languages are at the beginning - but at the same time doable and fun.
The vocab is repeated in real-world examples, and additional words are added as the units go along. The companion website, which includes the audio materials, answer key and glossary of instructions is great. As I am self-studying Hebrew I am also using YouTube to help with things like diphthong pronounciation.
It would be ideal if you could download the audio examples easily from the companion website, and if all of the new vocab that is included within the text could be included in the vocab audio file, but all in all, I am still giving this book 5/5.
on 20 September 2010
The approach in this book might differ from the methods used in other books. As opposed to either getting the book with no way to actually hear what the language is meant to sound like or having to pay a fortune for a good text book and a bunch of CDs, this book is different.
The audio resources are all on one website. Not only can you hear what the dialogues sound like in Ivrit, you can also click on each line. That way, I felt, it was a lot easier to pick up speaking skills and reading skills at the same time.
The introduction includes explanations of different systems with or without vowel marks and letters being used as vowels. If you're interested in learning Ivrit, this is the way to go. That is, if you feel the approach is right for you.