Hebrew For Dummies

Hebrew For Dummies

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One of the most amazing things about Hebrew is that, in less than a century, it has gone from an ancient language of prayer and ritual spoken by a few holy men to a modern language of sunbathing, dining, going to the movies, and countless other everyday activities, spoken by millions. Modern Hebrew is a beautiful language, but for a native English speaker it can be tough wrapping your tongue around exotic expressions like Ha im Ayn Oogiyot? ( What, no cookies? ). As with any language, the quickest way to master Hebrew basics is to immerse yourself in its sounds and rhythms. The next best thing to six months in Haifa,
Hebrew For Dummies lets you do just that!
Whether you want to communicate with your Israeli cousins, understand Jewish prayers and sacred literature, impress your Jewish in-laws, or you re planning a trip to Israel, this book/audio package can help. In no time, you ll:
Master Hebrew sounds and rhythmsUnderstand basic grammar and usageGet a handle on the Hebrew alphabetMake small-talk, and most everyday transactionsDiscover the basics of Hebrew blessings and prayerGain insights into Hebrew culture and traditions
Each chapter of Hebrew For Dummies is organized around a specific set of activities such as eating, traveling, shopping, and asking directions and gives you the lowdown on all the Hebrew you ll need to get by. Topics covered include:
Eating, going shopping, having fun, sports, hobbies, talking on the phone, communicating around the office, and other everyday activitiesHebrew for travelers, including transportation, hotels, money changing, asking directions, and handling emergenciesSacred Hebrew, including reading the Bible and prayer books, blessing formulas, sacred rites and services, and more
The enclosed audio CD let s you pick up Hebrew the easy way through actual conversations. It features:
Dialogues by native Hebrew speakersAnswers to the Fun & Games activities in the book
The fun, easy way to master basic Hebrew, this book will quickly get you on track with the language skills you need to speak and read Hebrew like a native.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 185.42 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 612.35g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • 0764554891
  • 9780764554896
  • 66,442

About J.S. Jacobs

Jill Suzanne Jacobs, MA, is a writer, Jewish educator, and part of the editorial team of MyJewishLearning.com. She has taught and helped create course materials for Hebrew and Jewish studies classes.
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Covers common expressions, conversations, and cultural notes With this guide, you can return to your roots or create new ones Want to discover how to speak Hebrew? This easy-to-understand guide explains basic grammar and usage, covering everything from the alphabet and numbers to making small talk, planning a trip, and changing money. You'll also discover the basics of Hebrew blessings and prayer, as well as the significance of the holy days. Pick up Hebrew the easy way --through actual conversations Features dialogues by native Hebrew speakers Allows you to hear Hebrew as it's really spoken Reinforces lessons from the book Get smart !
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Table of contents

Part I: Getting Started.
Chapter 1: You Already Know Some Hebrew.
Chapter 2: The Nitty Gritty: Basic Hebrew Grammar.
Chapter 3: Shalom, Shalom! Meeting and Greeting.
Part II: Hebrew in Action.
Chapter 4: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk.
Chapter 5: Eat! Eat! You re So Thin!
Chapter 6: Going Shopping.
Chapter 7: Having Fun Hebrew Style.
Chapter 8: Enjoying Your Free Time: Hobbies, Sports, and Other Fun Activities.
Chapter 9: Talking on the Phone.
Chapter 10: At the Office and Around the House.
Part III: Hebrew on the Go.
Chapter 11: Planning a Trip.
Chapter 12: Getting Around: Flying, Driving, and Riding.
Chapter 13: Checking into a Hotel.
Chapter 14: Money, Money, Money.
Chapter 15: Where Is the Western Wall? Asking Directions.
Chapter 16: Handling Emergencies.
Part IV: Sacred Hebrew.
Chapter 17: Let s Get Biblical.
Chapter 18: Like a Prayer.
Chapter 19: Sacred Time, Sacred Space.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Pick Up Hebrew Quickly.
Chapter 21: Ten Books on Hebrew You Just Gotta Have.
Chapter 22: Ten Favorite Hebrew Expressions.
Chapter 23: Ten Great Israeli Phrases.
Chapter 24: The Ten Commandments in Hebrew.
Appendix A: Verb Tables.
Appendix B: Mini-Dictionary.
Appendix C: Answer Key.
Appendix D: On the CD.
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