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Good start to reading Hebrew
on 28 June 2008
The thing I like best about Benner's slim volume is that its very logical, and goes quite slowly and methodically, introducing you not only to the characters of the Hebrew alphabet a few at a time, with plenty of exercises to practice reading both consonants and vowel marks, but also gives useful vocab and notes on how words are constructed. The key here is the system of root words, to which suffixes and prefixes are added to make more complex words - I enjoy this approach to language, though it might seem a little cryptic to someone expecting word for word translations and lots of vocab lists.
Its maybe not the only Hebrew book you should buy, but is a fascinating start point, and the fact you have all the words and even the first part of Genesis transliterated makes double-checking you've got the hang of the letters a simple task. With tables of common roots and lists of prefixes and basic grammar notes this is an ideal reference work as well as a friendly road into a fascinating but complex language. Highly recommended.