Hebrew I-III

Hebrew I-III

Learn to Speak and Understand Hebrew with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 90
  • ISBN: 9780743557559
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  • List Price: $695.00

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Includes 90 lessons and reading instruction on 48 CDs, plus 3 reading booklets

The Pimsleur® Method has worked for millions all over the world. Totally portable; simple to use; Pimsleur works so you don’t have to. This Hebrew course includes all of Levels I, II, and III – 45 hours of spoken language practice and 3 hours of reading instruction. With this product you start from zero, learning first survival phrases and vocabulary, and eventually progressing to a high-intermediate level of speaking and understanding Hebrew. Every lesson contains an introductory conversation and isolated vocabulary and structures, as well as full practice of all vocabulary introduced. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Hebrew. At the completion of this course, you’ll speak confidently using your wide-ranging vocabulary, and experience the language and culture with a deepening insight into a new world. Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30 for each Level. These lessons, which total about three hours, are designed to first give you practice sounding out Hebrew, then to progress to reading for meaning. They also provide extensive additional vocabulary. Before you know it, you’ll be reading Hebrew with the ease and flexibility of a native speaker. A PDF file containing the combined Reading Booklets to be used with the audio lessons is included.   

About the Hebrew Language

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.

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4.7

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  • Easy to use (10)
  • It works (9)
  • Perfects accent (9)
  • Portable (9)
  • Fun (5)

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    • Self-improvement (8)
    • Travel (8)
    • Family background/heritage (7)
    • Fun (6)
    • Business/work (4)
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    5.0

    Extremely pleased with the package.

    By gumper

    from New York City

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Family background/Heritage
      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Hebrew Phases 1-3:

      The packaging is vastly improved over that of 10 years ago. The recordings are uniformly of very high quality and the speakers are clean in their presentation. I can find nothing to critic.

       
      4.0

      Reading work needs better fonts

      By nko

      from Bay Area, CA

      About Me Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Perfects Accent

      Cons

      • No writing component

      Best Uses

      • Just for fun
      • Travel

      Comments about Hebrew I-III:

      The main lessons are vintage Pimsleur- excellent.

      Service and delivery comments:

      The font used for the reading materials is block print. OK, this is in use, but the cost of using a higher quality more regular square font can no longer be that great. Word has it, after all. This is just a matter of doing the work. Better to use the cursive if, for some reason, good quality square is impossible. And, while I understand the "we do not supply transcripts" theory it would help a lot of us who are not strictly learn by ear types.

       
      4.0

      Nothing but convenience here - perfect!

      By Ani meveen Ivrit

      from Tacoma, WA

      About Me Student, Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Convenient
      • Easy to use
      • It Works
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Lessons Too Long
      • Too Fast

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Family background/Heritage
      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Hebrew I-III:

      I'm on lesson 6 of Hebrew 1 so there's a long way to go. I listen to the CD while commuting. The material is definitely sinking in.

      I love the repetition of prior lessons while advancing through new lessons, It really helps to reinforce the lessons learned. My goal is to be able to converse in Hebrew by the time I tour Israel next fall and I'm fully confident that this course will get me there.

      The convenience of being able to listen to the recordings at any time is far easier than scheduling some online course that requires appointments to meet with teachers while sitting at a computer. Since this is an audio program, it's also quite convenient to be able to learn and practice while commuting rather than having to sit at a computer and look at pictures.

      For anyone thinking of buying this program, I would recommend finding someone who already speaks the language or someone to take the course along with you so you can practice your new language skills outside of the recording.

      Some suggestions:
      1) reduce the time for each lesson from 30 minutes to around 20 to reduce fatigue; (maybe I'm just too old for the longer lesson times)
      2) allow a few more seconds to recall and speak the given phrase; (age again?)
      3) sometimes it's difficult to understand the phonetics of a new word; it would be helpful to have the announcer indicate how a word is pronounced by giving the English letter that is equivalent to the sound;
      4) introduce fewer new words per lesson. Too many new words in a lesson is the main reason for having to repeat the lessons.

      As it is, I find myself repeating the lessons multiple times before feeling confident enough to move on to the next lesson. The Pimsleur guarantee promises a refund if novice-level proficiency is not achieved in 60 days but, because of the need to go through lessons multiple times, I'm starting to think that this will take more like 3-4 months. On the up side, a friend who knows I'm taking this course approached me the other day and, in Hebrew, asked if I wanted something to eat. Although I've only been working on the language for a week, I fully and easily understood the question.

      I would not hesitate to buy the program again. I learned my first language by hearing it all the time. That seems like a great way to learn the next language.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best language program ever

      By Gerson the Ployglot

      from Washington, DC

      About Me Brain Exerciser, Retiree, Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comprehension
      • Easy to use
      • It Works
      • Memory Skills
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable
      • Rigor

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family background/Heritage
        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Hebrew Phases 1-3:

        I speak several languages, some fluently, others barely. I've tried many different approaches - classroom, immersion, tony computer programs with pictures, and Pimsleur (Portuguese and now Hebrew). Pimsleur is by far the best. No distractions; only comprehension and speech. The amazing part is that it focuses on both of these *at speed* and enables comprehension of normal conversation. No other approach has done that, even immersion, so quickly and effectively. It also focuses on pronunciation, which is not only esthetically pleasing but essential to comprehension as well. The grammar part is functional, not didactic. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

         
        4.0

        It's working great for me

        By San325

        from Bloomfield, MI

        About Me Business person

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Can Do While Exercising
        • Easy to use
        • It Works
        • Perfects Accent
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Self-improvement

          Comments about Hebrew Phases 1-3:

          I use Pimsleur while doing other things such as long commutes, bike riding or on treadmill. The great part is that it keeps drilling you until you can solidly recall what they've covered. The downside so far are that some of the sounds are hard to hear and it would help to be able to see what it's supposed to sound like and sometimes they answer too quickly.

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