Hebrew

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Hebrew is a beautiful language but many people are easily intimidated by its strange alphabet and the fact it is written from right to left, as are other semitic languages. The words do not sound familiar to the European ear as Italian might do to a English speaker. But, get over this, apply yourself and the world of semitic understanding opens up.

I find Hebrew, like Arabic, much more compact in it's grammar, meaning that you can say more with less due to prefixes and suffixes hooked on the front or back of words respectively. The use of 3/4 letter root words which can be spun in predictable ways to form nouns, adjectives, tenses, etc, further empower Semitic languages as very expressive tools. Learn a few roots and you will have hundreds of words!

I am neither Jewish or Israeli, but as a someone who read the Scriptures, studying some Hebrew made a lot of sense as well as the benefit it would give to making the Bible more understandable in the original language.

I have spent a number of years wrestling with Classical Hebrew and Modern Hebrew. Every time I am in Israel I try to speak as much as I can as there are no opportunities to practice where I live.

I am comfortable talking about most things at a level where I can express an opinion and go into some depth to unpack my thinking.

I shall add some videos in here soon as I can, to talk more about Hebrew and my experiences in learning it - plus some videos talking Hebrew!

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Quick clip explaining modern Hebrew compared to ancient Hebrew or what is sometimes termed Classical Hebrew.

 
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