What are the best resources for learning Hebrew?

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    #1Hebrew lessons with Maha

    Hebrew lessons with Maha
    Maha will help you learn Hebrew on YouTube for free!
    Course

    Free

    Aaryan Subramanium
    Written on February 21, 2017
    "I have always been fascinated with learning other dialects, and normally I use some expensive software to get the training I need. But when my interest came to learning Hebrew, I saw this video series listed in my Google search results and decided to give it a try. It might not look like much at first, but this has been one of the best tools for learning a new language I have ever used, and this is after using all of the big name programs that already cost a fortune and then make you buy the individual language packs. It hasn't been a very long time since I started this series but I can already handle simple dialogue in Hebrew and have been very impressed with this series' constant updates and presentation."
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    #2To Succeed in Hebrew - a- Beginner's Level with English Translations

    To Succeed in Hebrew - a- Beginner's Level with English Translations
    If you are a beginner and want to learn Hebrew step by step this is your book!
    Books

    Check price

    Samuel Montgomery
    Written on March 10, 2017
    "This book has been used mainly at Ulpan for graduated students. Although, it is considered a beginner level, you should take in consideration that it is very intense and it is not at all like other Hebrew methods I dealt with. (For example, for the alphabet and reading exercises take only 2 or 3 pages, then the author jumps into the language right away) This method is based mostly on exercises following the grammar rule. There are some texts but a lot of exercises. I you want more texts, you will need to need to 2 other volumes. At the end of each unit, you get a complete summary of the vocabulary and grammar and also at the end of the book there is a dictionary. (which you won't find in the 2 other volumes)"
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    #3Ulpan Ivrit

    Ulpan Ivrit
    Enjoy learning Hebrew in Ulpan classes or on your own.
    Books

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    Howard Payne
    Written on January 14, 2017
    "I found this book while looking for a self-study option. It is very well tailored for my needs and I already feel like I'm getting a lot from the textbook. I haven't tested my Hebrew skills with anyone that actually speaks Hebrew yet, but I'm starting to feel more confident. I recommend giving this book a try if you're looking to study Hebrew."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that Hebrew almost became the official language of America instead of English? Interestingly, the United States is the second largest Hebrew-speaking nation with 220,000 fluent speakers, next to Israel—the native land of Hebrew language. According to history, an English man named William Bradford once embarked on a journey to the New World (also known as the Americas), a general term used to call most of Earth’s Western Hemisphere, to seek freedom from religious persecution in 1960. Before they disembarked from the ship Mayflower, a consensus was taken as to which language would the new settlers of the Americas would use—English or Hebrew. Interestingly, Hebrew lost by only one vote. After almost two centuries, the Hebrew language was once again considered to substitute English as the official American language because pioneers had an extreme dislike of the British, including their language. While Hebrew is considered to be a holy language, it took a long break of 2000 years after it was revived again in the 19th century. As interesting as the history of their native language, the Holy Land has so much more in store for the natives and non-natives from its historic places such as Masada, the Old City of Jerusalem, Tower of David, just to name a few, to their food like the famous humus masabacha and falafel.

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    #4Hebrew and Israel First Steps

    Hebrew and Israel First Steps
    Discover the Hebrew language while you travel all over Israel with this book
    Books

    $34.95

    Jacob Schmidt
    Written on January 24, 2017
    "Sure you can buy any old book that promises to teach you Hebrew once you are done, but I wanted something that I knew took care and effort to create. When I found the book titled Hebrew and Israel First Steps I knew I stumbled on something great. It's important to learn the language and the culture and I think that learning both at the same time helps you to be immersed in it and see why the language changes and the reasons for it. With each chapter you are taken to a new part of Israel and you are taught a few things about that part of Israel. Additionally, if you struggle with grammar and sounding out things like I do you will love the fact that this book is chalk full of exercises to help you out with whatever you are struggling with in every chapter. "
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    #5Hebrew Podcasts

    Hebrew Podcasts
    Dozens of podcasts for learning Hebrew for free! You'll also find free quizzes, games and lesson guides.
    Course

    Free

    Aaron Jones
    Written on January 2, 2017
    "Learning Hebrew is extremely challenging. Hebrew podcasts offer a great way to supplement Hebrew lessons. Listening to the conversation helps to practice, but the supplemental materials are really the best part. Full transcripts, video lessons and quizzes, all tools that would be at a teacher's fingertips, are now tools available to help supplement regular lessons or for those who wish to self-teach."
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    #6Teach Yourself Modern Hebrew

    Teach Yourself Modern Hebrew
    A great book for beginners that want to start learning Hebrew.
    Books

    Check price

    Eugene Freeman
    Written on January 20, 2017
    "A lot of people don't like to be taught something because they don't want to seem foolish, or be embarrassed. Learning to teach yourself though is a great way to get away from the ladder. If you can teach yourself a language you should set yourself to learn virtually anything."
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    #7Hebreo4u

    Hebreo4u
    If you are willing to learn Hebrew Michal is the teacher you're looking for! She's a native Hebrew speaker and she will adapt to your level and expectations. It doesn't matter if you're starting or if you want to improve your skills! She organizes in-person or online classes for students around the world. The website is in Spanish but she speaks fluent English, too.
    Course

    $20- Price will depend on duration and whether it's a private or group class

    Jacob Walters
    Written on March 2, 2017
    "With just a baseline of how to read Hebrew, this resource will take you beyond the scope of just being able to decipher basic lines. This was a great tool to help develop your knowledge of the language and to be able to give you the ability to write it as well."
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    #8Hebrew Alphabet Now

    Hebrew Alphabet Now

    Hebrew Alfabet Now is an app for iOS devices that will help you learn to read and write the Hebrew alphabet. All the information is organized in 7 lessons that cover both print and cursive scripts. If also offers quizzes for testing your knowledge.

    Apps

    iOS

    $1.99

    Eugenio Grapa
    Written on February 21, 2018
    "Hebrew Alphabet Now is a great tool to help the beginner learn to read and write the Hebrew alphabet. The entire alphabet is presented in a few lessons and cover both print and cursive scripts. It includes sound for each letter names, pronunciation and a sample word. It has a drawing tool to learn the letter shapes and a quiz to test your knowledge. Great start for the beginner, it is very easy to use!""
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    #9Duolingo

    Duolingo

    With the Duolingo app, you can practice and improve your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills while playing games at the same time. Just answer questions and complete lessons to improve both your vocabulary and grammar skills.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Brian Bailey
    Written on March 19, 2017
    "This app seems almost too good to be true. It's free, and promises a lot. I like the name very much. I think I will probably download it, as I do want to learn Hebrew and Portuguese."
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    #10Learn To Talk

    Learn To Talk

    Learn To Talk is an educational game developed by Yulia Friedman for Android devices. It features different memory games to learn different languages like Hebrew, Russian and English. 

    Games

    Android

    Free

    יוליה מלשטיין
    Written on January 28, 2019
    "Great app for kids and adults. With learn to talk you learn hebrew with games. It's free, it's fun, it's easy. The games envolves listening to words in hebrew (other languages are available)."
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    #11Learn Hebrew. Speak Hebrew

    Learn Hebrew. Speak Hebrew
    Learn Hebrew with 5 minutes of practice daily. Mondly is the quick fix that will teach you core Hebrew words and Hebrew phrases for conversation, just like a phrasebook.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Ralph Martinez
    Written on April 7, 2017
    "I like the fact that I can practice learning and speaking the Hebrew language, in small increments of time, when time becomes available to me during the course of my day. It is very helpful that the app is available on my mobile phone, since I do not have to be tied to my desktop computer to use it. Being able to listen to recorded voices, and making my own voice recordings in the language is a good way to help my learning."
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    #12Learn Hebrew Pod

    Learn Hebrew Pod
    Start learning and practicing Hebrew from day one with LearnHebrewPod.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Arjun Yadav
    Written on February 18, 2017
    "The lessons are enjoyable and well-designed for building skill in speaking and understanding conversational Hebrew. Being able to simultaneously see the words and hear them pronounced by native speakers is really helpful. "
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    #13FREE Hebrew by Nemo

    FREE Hebrew by Nemo
    Nemo is designed to start you speaking the most useful words in Hebrew immediately and confidently.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    David Hoffman
    Written on February 20, 2017
    "When I clicked on this link, I thought I would be able to start learning some Hebrew. Instead, it presents a free app to learn Hebrew. I liked that there were so many reviews (over 6000) and that more than 4000 of those reviews gave it 5 stars. One thing I noticed about the app was that there was the ability to record yourself say a Hebrew word or phrase and know if it properly matched the correct pronunciation. That was definitely appealing to me."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for learning Hebrew
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Hebrew lessons with MahaCourse 12 Free
2To Succeed in Hebrew - a- Beginner's Level with English TranslationsBooks 9 Paid
3Ulpan IvritBooks 7 Paid
4Hebrew and Israel First StepsBooks 6 Paid
5Hebrew PodcastsCourse 5 Free
6Teach Yourself Modern HebrewBooks 4 Paid
7Hebreo4uCourse 3 Paid
8Hebrew Alphabet NowApps 1 Paid
9DuolingoApps 1 Free
10Learn To TalkGames 0 Free
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