So, how is our Hebrew?

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So, how is our Hebrew?

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Jan 22, 2008, 10:38pm

Is it your native tongue? Maybe you were a Hebrew School drop-out? Or have you studied it for years, now to perfection? Any advice/recommended resources for a relative newcomer to the language?

Edited: Jan 22, 2008, 11:40pm

I studied Hebrew in Hebrew school as a kid and could speak Biblical Hebrew. When I got to Israel everyone laughed at me. After a year living in Israel as a volunteer, I learned enough to be able to read write, and carry on a decent conversation. I love to speak Hebrew. My cousin in Israel and I correspond. She writes to me in Hebrew, and I answer her in English!

I see that you live in Washington, DC. I live in Rockville, Maryland. My husband learned a great deal of Hebrew many years ago at the Ulpan at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (the one in Rockville). I strongly urge you to make friends with Israelis and attend any Hebrew class that is taught in the ulpan style.

Another suggestion I would make would be to travel to Israel and stay there for a while. There are many opportunities to study, work, travel, or volunteer.

(Even as we speak my daughter is aboard an El Al plane winging its way back from Israel.)