Hebrew II, Comprehensive

Hebrew II, Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand Hebrew with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743552547
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Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

Hebrew, a Semitic language, is the official language of Israel. It was once considered a dead language with no native speakers, although it remained in use for liturgical purposes. Hebrew was revived as a spoken language in the mid 19th century and today is spoken by over 5 million in Israel.

Can learning another language be as easy as speaking your own? Yes with Pimsleur it’s that easy. Learn on your own time, at your own pace, and wherever you choose. Hebrew II, Comprehensive includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of reading instruction, and is designed to be used after completing Level I.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you begin to use the past tense. Structures become more complex and informal speech is introduced. Conversations become fuller, and learners are able to discuss business and social activities, manage shopping situations, and express their interests. As you progress, vocabulary is expanded and fluency increases.
  • The next 10 lessons allow you to further combine and build upon known elements, and produce longer and more complex sentences. You learn to bargain with shopkeepers, deal with business situation, get and give medical information, and discuss the weather.
  • In the final 10 lessons, you’ve doubled your vocabulary and have several hundred structures to draw upon. You’ll gain experience asking for assistance, finding a location that is some distance away, and using relative structures – faster, slower, etc. Sports and leisure activities are explored, as well as shopping, changing money, and future travel plans. By the end of Level II, you’re speaking at a midintermediate level with nearnative pronunciation, and you are comfortable meeting most social demands and limited job requirements.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to give you practice reading Hebrew, and to provide you with some insight into Hebrew culture with proverbs, common expressions, and a broad look at some of the things you’ll see when visiting Israel. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

Hebrew, a Semitic language, is the official language of Israel. It was once considered a dead language with no native speakers, although it remained in use for liturgical purposes. Hebrew was revived as a spoken language in the mid 19th century and today is spoken by over 5 million in Israel.

Can learning another language be as easy as speaking your own? Yes with Pimsleur it’s that easy. Learn on your own time, at your own pace, and wherever you choose. Hebrew II, Comprehensive includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of reading instruction, and is designed to be used after completing Level I.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you begin to use the past tense. Structures become more complex and informal speech is introduced. Conversations become fuller, and learners are able to discuss business and social activities, manage shopping situations, and express their interests. As you progress, vocabulary is expanded and fluency increases.
  • The next 10 lessons allow you to further combine and build upon known elements, and produce longer and more complex sentences. You learn to bargain with shopkeepers, deal with business situation, get and give medical information, and discuss the weather.
  • In the final 10 lessons, you’ve doubled your vocabulary and have several hundred structures to draw upon. You’ll gain experience asking for assistance, finding a location that is some distance away, and using relative structures – faster, slower, etc. Sports and leisure activities are explored, as well as shopping, changing money, and future travel plans. By the end of Level II, you’re speaking at a midintermediate level with nearnative pronunciation, and you are comfortable meeting most social demands and limited job requirements.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to give you practice reading Hebrew, and to provide you with some insight into Hebrew culture with proverbs, common expressions, and a broad look at some of the things you’ll see when visiting Israel. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

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PimsleurHebrew Phase 2, Units 1-30
 
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  • Portable (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Perfects accent (4)

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    Best Uses

    • Travel (4)
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    5.0

    Highly recommended

    By Danno

    from Jerusalem

    About Me Student, Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family background/Heritage
      • Just for fun

      Comments about Hebrew Phase 2, Units 1-30:

      Gave me a great headstart on Hebrew. When I arrived in Israel, I could already speak enough to get by in a few situations.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Not perfect, but almost

      By OxbridgeGuy

      from Indianapolis, IN

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • It Works
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hebrew Phase 2, Units 1-30:

        The short version: Pimsleur courses are by far the best spoken-language tutorials on the market. They're not cheap, but it's better to spend a little more than to spend less and get something that doesn't teach effectively.

        Though I come from a multilingual family, I live in the United States and seldom get a chance to practice other languages. I have used Pimsleur courses to learn Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Ukrainian, and Swiss German, as well as to review French. I am now using the Hebrew series to learn modern conversational Hebrew. It goes without saying that I am a very satisfied (paying) customer.

        The Pimsleur courses all follow the same format. Each half-hour lesson begins with a short conversation that uses the language features in the lesson. The lesson teaches the new material one word, phrase, or short sentence at a time, giving the listener a chance to practice repeating the material. A few minutes later, after some intervening material, it challenges the listener to recall and repeat what he/she learned earlier. In addition, each lesson includes a review of material from earlier lessons. This process of learning followed by later challenges to recall learned material is very effective but not unique to Pimsleur: it's Pimsleur's application of classic learning theory based on hundreds of experiments over the last 100 years.

        Pimsleur is particularly good at going beyond simple rote memorization and repetition. After teaching a language element (such as a word or inflection) in a specific context, it challenges the listener not merely to repeat it, but to apply it in a different context. That requires the listener to think about what the element means and how it works instead of just memorizing it and spitting it back (a la Berlitz). As a result, the listener not only learns the material in the course, but also learns how to apply it in situations not covered by the course.

        So far, so good. Now for some nitpicks. I emphasize that these are minor shortcomings in spectacularly good language course. But shortcomings they are.

        First, Pimsleur courses teach primarily spoken language. They occasionally (as with the Hebrew course) make a gesture in the direction of reading and writing, but it's an afterthought. If you need to learn how to read and write a language, or need to learn about its grammar, Pimsleur is still an excellent starting point but it won't take you all the way.

        Second, Pimsleur courses all have the same structure. That structure is based on Pimsleur's experience teaching European languages. It doesn't always work as well for teaching non-European languages such as Hebrew or Mandarin Chinese. It's still light-years better than the competition, but it could be better.

        Third, and related to the second point, the spoken language elements aren't always clear, especially for non-European languages. The Mandarin Chinese course goes too fast for me in some places. A slower approach, with slower pronunciation of the words and a bit more explanation, would help with totally unfamiliar languages. Likewise, in the Hebrew (and in other courses), speakers in the lessons sometimes swallow the final consonants of words. Is the Hebrew word for a city square "kirar" with a final "r," "kikal" with a final "l," or "kikow" with a final "ow"? It's hard to tell. A printed or downloadable word list would help a lot. In languages such as Hebrew, it would also be an opportunity to teach more of the written language.

        But as I said, these are minor nitpicks about what are otherwise spectacularly effective language courses. I will recommend Pimsleur courses to anyone who will listen (in any language), and I continue to use them with benefit and enjoyment.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Hebrew 2 --Great Program

        By Victor

        from New York, NY

        About Me Business person

        Pros

        • It Works
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Much Too Fast
        • No writing component

        Best Uses

        • Family background/Heritage
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Hebrew Phase 2, Units 1-30:

        Phase 2 is as useful as Phase 1, but the speakers talk much, I think unnaturally faster; needed to pause the mp3 frequently to think and catch up. In Phase 3, which I have just started, the tempo is much more natural.

         
        5.0

        Pimsleur Hebrew II: More of a good thing

        By Hebro

        from WV

        About Me Business person, Traveler

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • It Works
        • Perfects Accent
        • Portable
        • Practical

        Cons

        • Too Fast

        Best Uses

        • Business/Work
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Hebrew Phase 2, Units 1-30:

        The Pimsleur Method is a great way to learn Hebrew, and I imagine, other languages as well. The previous set, Hebrew I, worked so well for me that it seemed appropriate to continue with Hebrew II - I wasn't disappointed.

        The best thing about this method is that you learn by hearing and repeating sentences and phrases that are practical and in everyday use. For example, you learn the different forms of words in the context of real usage in conversations.

        By the way, if you plan on learning while in your vehicle, you may wish to consider purchasing the CD version (even though it is much more expensive), as it is much easier [and probably safer] to rewind using your in-dash player's controls vs. those on an MP3 player.

         
        5.0

        Great Language Tool!

        By Danno

        from Pasadena, CA

        About Me Student, Traveler

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • It Works
        • Perfects Accent
        • Portable

        Cons

        • No writing component

        Best Uses

        • Business/Work
        • Travel

        Comments about Hebrew Phase 2, Units 1-30:

        Great for learning to speak Hebrew like a native!

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