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Learning Hebrew from USA

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Post Wed, Nov 08 2023, 7:23 am
I've been contemplating this for a while.
I have a fear of speaking Hebrew - I feel like I need to speak perfectly or I shouldn't speak.
There is a thought about relocating my family to Israel at some point in time.
I have lived there. There is Hebrew in my families.
Would anyone know of someway I can start learning better Hebrew without physically being in Israel. (I've done ulpan in Israel before, I couldn't grasp it at the time)
I want to get over this fear and start practicing it so it won't hold me back if and when we go.
Would love ideas!
I can even do something with my kids.. They would be interested in learning as well.
Thank you!
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Post Wed, Nov 08 2023, 10:28 pm
If you want to learn conversational Hebrew, rather than rules and grammar, hire an Israeli who would sit and chat with you for an hour per week.
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Post Wed, Nov 08 2023, 10:39 pm
Watch short videos in Hebrew. We love Bardak and Nadav Naveh.

Read a translated book in Hebrew (one you already read in English).

Then talk. My brain didn't start thinking in Hebrew until I was faced with some Israelis who didn't speak a word of English and I was forced to communicate with them.
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Post Thu, Nov 09 2023, 12:52 am
My mother was doing duolingo. I don’t know if it helped. It’s worth a try.
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Post Thu, Nov 09 2023, 1:00 am
I am doing it and like it .
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Post Thu, Nov 09 2023, 9:46 am
Thank you all!
(my husband is Israeli and have lots of friends lol.. U think this wouldn't be an issue)
Great ideas!
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Post Thu, Nov 09 2023, 10:00 am
I completely understand you OP! I have all the words in my head, but then my tongue gets tied and jumbled and the amount of real Israelis who have yelled at me for speaking English or not speaking properly makes me just revert to English so I feel more comfortable
It’s really hard!
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Post Thu, Nov 09 2023, 1:02 pm
salt wrote:
If you want to learn conversational Hebrew, rather than rules and grammar, hire an Israeli who would sit and chat with you for an hour per week.

This is such a good idea!
Where do I find someone like this?!
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Post Thu, Nov 09 2023, 4:43 pm
It's just about speaking it. The more you speak, the less awkward you'll feel.
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