How hard can Hebrew language learning be?

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Yonatan Engler
Yonatan Engler

There is not an easy answer to this question since it depends on many factors such as age or knowledge of previous languages but one thing you can be sure of is that it is much easier to learn than Mandarin Chinese.
Learning a new language is easy when you are young, but it is not impossible when you are older especially if you are bilingual as compared to monolingual.
Hebrew differs from other popular languages in several ways:
It is a semantic language, it is written from right to left, its nouns fall under male or female and are determined by their endings.
Another very prominent feature is its alphabet

The Hebrew language alphabet

The Hebrew language alphabet has 22 letters and five variations for the final letters, which means they change according to their place in the world.
It has no vowel letters instead it has a “nikud” vowel system which is composed of little dots that change the sound of the letter and function as vowels.
Fortunately, we have some good news too!!!
The Hebrew language has also some advantages;
There is not much difference between the cursive and printed script.
The word order is similar to English; subject- verb- object.
Family words are formed around three or four letters and the meaning can be modified by adding specific combinations of vowels, prefixes, and suffixes.
There are only 3 tenses: present, past, and future.
Hebrew has always been influenced by other languages depending on the location and the period it was used therefore you might find many familiar and easy Hebrew words.
Among some easy Hebrew words, you may encounter words: radio, helicopter, avocado, sandals, salad, tea, coffee, tuna, lemon, and some more.
So, you shouldn’t be surprised to find out that it can even be quite easy if you decide to learn Hebrew online with us, Citizen Café.

Why should you learn Hebrew online?

Many people choose to learn Hebrew online because it has many advantages and is especially recommended for students who live in far–off areas, have working hours limitations, have family responsibilities, or have other commitments.
So, when you choose to learn Hebrew online you can choose your schedule and book your lessons when you want to learn.
Another reason for you to choose to learn Hebrew online is that you get to choose your learning environment whether you are at home, visiting a friend, having an hour break at the office, or traveling abroad.
In addition, it is known that some students feel nervous when speaking in class but feel much more comfortable participating in online classes, so for them, Citizen Café is the perfect option.
Moreover, choosing to learn Hebrew online as opposed to traditional learning enables you to get a customized learning experience.
One of Citizen Café’s major goals is to teach you conversational Hebrew.

What is conversational Hebrew?

Conversational Hebrew is modern Hebrew spoken by Israelis as opposed to biblical Hebrew, it is sometimes referred to as “every language” or “natural language” it includes informal language, the one we encounter in daily conversations, read in newspapers or hear on the radio or tv.
To sum up, even though Hebrew is not one of the easiest languages to learn it can be acquired with an appropriate approach; learning online at your convenience, focusing on conventional Hebrew, and most important, studying with a mother tongue Hebrew speaking teacher.

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