Courses 2017-10-15T14:33:20+00:00

Our Courses

Classic 10-Week Course

  • Twice a week, 90 minutes per class
  • Available during the morning, afternoon and evening
  • 3,320 shekels, including VAT and a Citizen Café notebook
  • No textbook or other materials necessary
  • Exclusive access to the Hebrew Lab

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Corporate Courses

  • Great for startups, companies, NPOs and NGOs
  • You can either send employees to our hub, or we can provide a course at your office.

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Private Courses

  • Available via in-person or Skype meetings
  • Flexible days and times
  • Personalized packages
  • You determine the intensiveness.

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Course Calendar

Winter

January to March

Spring

April to June

Summer

July to September

Fall

October to December

Winter

January to March

Spring

April to June

Summer

July to September

Fall

October to December

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How’s your Hebrew?

Each student is privately assessed and placed in one of these seven levels:

Level 1

This level is great for people who want to learn basic, everyday vocabulary, grammar and slang, while focusing on the present tense. Course material includes:

  • How to order and ask for the bill in cafés and restaurants
  • How to tell a cab driver you want to stop at a traffic light
  • How to use music to tune your ears to hearing Hebrew

Level 2

This level is great for people who want to learn Hebrew related to dining, transportation, and everyday conversations, while focusing on the past tense. Course material includes:

  • How to read a menu and ask questions at a restaurant
  • How to make reservations
  • How to write text messages

Level 3

This level is great for people who want to learn how to participate in open conversations, while focusing on the future tense. Course material includes:

  • How to understand Israeli culture through music and videos
  • How to make appointments
  • How to speak naturally and fluidly

Level 4

This level is great for people who want to expand their everyday vocabulary, whether it’s at the supermarket or in the workplace. Course material includes:

  • How to watch an Israeli TV series
  • How to construct hypothetical sentences
  • How to speak common workplace Hebrew

Level 5

This level is great for people who want to engage in light debates on day-to-day topics. Course material includes:

  • How to tell your story the way you want to come across
  • How to construct complex sentences
  • How to have more spontaneous conversations

Level 6

This level is great for people who already feel confident with their grammar, but want to debate with real expression and further expand their vocabulary. Course material includes:

  • How to speak more naturally and intuitively
  • How to tune your ears to “normal” Hebrew
  • How to listen to the news on the radio

Level 7

This level is great for people who have a good understanding of everyday, spoken Hebrew, but want to dive deeper into the Israeli culture beyond the language itself. Course material includes:

  • How to become more acquainted with Israeli culture through music, TV shows and other cultural influences
  • How to debate like an Israeli
  • How to use more complex phrases and words

I LOVE this Ooplan. I went from knowing absolutely no Hebrew, to being able to converse in every-day conversation. I 100% recommend Citizen Cafe to anyone out there who is serious about speaking Hebrew!

Kimberley Cohen

This Oolpan works! I was able to communicate my basic needs and wants around the city as well as understand snippets of conversations after the first two sessions.

Samuel Robinson

Citizen Cafe gives you the kick in the butt, the confidence, and the love for Hebrew that you need to really truly learn it! People around me, have noticed a great improvement in my learning after only 6 weeks of classes.

Elin Giertz Anderson

Great experience. I came in knowing nothing and have learned so much. Teaches you useful Hebrew you can use in everyday life. Classes are a great size. Highly recommend!

Kristopher Kotcher 'Frenemy'

This is, by far, the best of my Hebrew language learning experiences, and I have been through a number of them, including government ulpan and private tutoring.. this is the first one I’ve gone to where I’ve actually begun speaking!

Cathy Bardenstein

The small class size gave me the personal attention I needed. I got my questions answered with simple explanations and I learned the real Hebrew that Israelis use everyday around me. I walked out of the first class feeling motivated, confident in my skills, and looking forward to the next class!

Gregg Hoffman

COMMON QUESTIONS

How are classes organized, and how many students are in each class? 2017-07-27T14:04:52+00:00

Classes are organized into seven levels of Hebrew, from Level 1 (beginners) to Level 7 (advanced), which means everyone in your class will be at the same level. After you come into our hub at Mindspace for a free 1-to-1 introduction to assess your level of Hebrew, we will place you in one of the seven levels. (We can also conduct the assessment via phone or Skype if you prefer.)

Classes meet two days per week, for 90 minutes each day, spanning a total of 10 weeks. We use English as the primary language to teach and translate new material.

Since small group sizes are essential for giving you more opportunities to speak in class and, therefore, more confidence to speak outside of class, there are no more than eight students per class.

Do I need to purchase a textbook? 2017-07-27T14:04:59+00:00

No, we do not use textbooks, handouts or worksheets. Our classes are mostly conducted in a spoken manner, with some note-taking (in a notebook we provide) and a whiteboard for further emphasis.

What are some examples of things I’ll learn in class? 2017-07-27T14:05:04+00:00

We focus on spoken, everyday Hebrew that is most relevant and useful, such as: how to order in a restaurant and make reservations, how to schedule a doctor’s appointment, common Hebrew phrases and slang you’ll hear throughout Tel Aviv, conversational skills for workplace and social settings, verbs you’ll need to get around, and so much more.

What is the average age / career / nationality of Citizen Café students? 2017-07-27T14:05:10+00:00

Most of our students are within the 24-to-45 year old range, but people of all ages are welcome and can benefit from our classes. Our students largely consist of internationals working in startups and corporate offices, as well as doctors, artists, diplomats, ambassadors and college students. The majority of our students are predominantly from English-speaking countries in North America, Europe and South America, as well as Australia.

Is Citizen Café part of the government-subsidized ulpans if I make Aliyah? 2017-07-27T14:05:16+00:00

Due to the headache that is bureaucracy, we are not a government-subsidized ulpan at this time.

Why should I pay for an ulpan when I can enroll in a government-subsidized one? 2017-07-27T14:05:23+00:00

Because, sometimes, quality usually trumps quantity. While a government-subsidized ulpan is better than no ulpan, their class sizes are significantly bigger, and class times are overwhelmingly long and drawn out. We focus on giving you the confidence and conversational skills you need to be successful in Israel today, while offering class times that easily fit into your busy schedule.

Will I automatically move onto the next level if I enroll in a second semester? 2017-07-27T14:05:29+00:00

You can continue with your class level, or you can move to the next level, unless you miss a significant portion of the course. Plus, we offer half-yearly and yearly packages to accommodate students who want to enroll in multiple semesters (which is highly recommended) at a discounted rate. We purposely schedule each semester for 10 weeks in order to give students time to travel, study and/or work, with the option of returning to the level that best suits them when they are ready to do so.

What if I’m unhappy with my class level? 2017-07-27T14:05:33+00:00

In the rare event you are unhappy with your class level, we will either move you to another class, or refund you if another class is not available. Since we provide you with a free 1-to-1 introduction session to assess your level of Hebrew before you enroll, we have a very accurate track record of placing the right students in the right classes.

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