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This review is from: Colloquial Hebrew (eBook And MP3 Pack) (Colloquial Series) (Paperback)
This is a truly excellent course for anyone interested in learning Hebrew! I would certainly recommend it! I've just finished unit 7 and I've already been complimented by an Israeli for my "excellent Hebrew"!
After the first unit, where you're introduced to basics of the language, i.e. the alphabet and the sounds, you immediately start to immerse yourself into the language. The vocabulary that is taught is varied, extremely well-chosen and useful, and the grammar is introduced gradually but consistently. (You may also want to consider having a look at Modern Hebrew: An Essential Grammar (Routledge Essential Grammars), which I also recommend as an add-on, although the course itself is sufficient; I also suggest considering 501 Hebrew Verbs (Barron's Foreign Language Guides) (Barron's 501 Hebrew Verbs)).
It may be true that the course is "fast on speech and slow on grammar" - the past, for instance, isn't taught before unit 9. But be sure that by the end of the course you will have tackled every important aspect of the Hebrew grammar, including all of the tenses. My impression is that up to unit 8 included, you're given the time to learn and adjust to the basic grammatical structures while widening your vocabulary, then starting with unit 9 it becomes much more fast-paced and intense, with much longer units than the previous ones (bear in mind the the book has got 14 units in total).
The recordings are excellent. The only speaker I've got a problem with is the one who plays the character of Maya. She speaks so fast you'd think she's doing it on purpose! But I'm sure that's going to prove useful eventually.
Highly recommended to anyone looking for a well-structured and fun way of acquiring a solid grounding in Modern Hebrew.
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Initial post: 20 Aug 2014 17:17:19 BDT
Lancelot Will B.A. says:
How come nobody seems to have noticed the glaring flaw in this review? How can Norbert be qualified to comment on all the units of the course when he states that "he has just finished unit 7"? What's going on here?
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