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Welcome to the Virtual Ulpan!
This project started for the first time in 2000 for olim from former USSR, and now (2007) the English version goes online.
When this project had started for the first time, in the early 2000's, there
were more new Israelis than ever, who still had difficulties with Hebrew,
and from the other hand, it was really hard to find any free information online. Today, there are
much more Hebrew resources online and less
new olim, and Google will easily find a half dozen good resources devoted to the
at least the basic study of Hebrew. So, what makes this site special and unique?
First of all, this site, without complications, explains the principles of Hebrew
morphology, i.e., creation of words, or how Hebrew words are structured, and what's the logic behind the words in
Hebrew. Words structuring with "model" (pattern) and "root" is a unique
feature of Semitic languages (Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, etc.) In fact, with the knowledge of root and modeling rules it is much easier to remember and even create (!)
words in the language.
This is definitely not a
"learn to speak as Israelis in just 7 days" kind of site.
Our lessons will build the foundation for learning Hebrew at the levels well above average Israeli spoken slang;
it will allow to learn Hebrew "in absentia", i.e. without ever visiting
Israel; will allow to read Tanakh
("Hebrew Bible", "Old Testament") in the original language (which even some
Israelis have difficulties with), to read the Israeli newspapers, and to read
contemporary Hebrew literature written with "high" Hebrew
(as opposite to what the Israelis call "bazaar Hebrew"); to understand the prayers in traditional rabbinical Hebrew (to whom it is necessary; also, we'll try to cover
some of Aramaic language, in so far as is practically useful in traditional liturgy.)
least, this is the declaration of our goals.
For those who is already fluent enough in "everyday" Hebrew, the site will be helpful in moving to the next step, will explain what typically falls out of sight of any
"practical" courses and / or textbooks.
Good luck and Happy learning!