Modern Hebrew for Beginners: A Multimedia Program for Students at the Beginning and Intermediate Levels

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Overview

Modern Hebrew for Beginners offers high school, college, and independent-study students a state-of-the-art learning experience. This combination text- and workbook is designed to be used with web-based audio, visual, and interactive materials to give students multiple learning opportunities suited to a variety of learning styles. This allows intense practice of all four language skills: reading, writing, listening comprehension, and conversation.

Esther Raizen introduces the basic concepts of Hebrew through a wide variety of written and oral exercises in this text, many of which link to the website's computer tutorials and short original films based on contemporary Israeli life and society. She emphasizes the spoken language, while also paying attention to various aspects of normative grammar, of the written language, and of cultural elements associated with Hebrew. With this variety of materials and the capacity for continuous updating via the website, teachers and students will find this book endlessly adaptable and highly suitable for self-paced training.

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What People Are Saying

Daniel Lefkowitz
This new introductory textbook is far-and-away the most interesting, innovative, and promising development in Hebrew education in America that I have seen. . . . Its strength lies in its integration of multiple modes of presenting Hebrew to the learner. . . . This variety in modes of presentation helps teach students the range of communicative skills they would need to function in everyday life in Hebrew.
Daniel Lefkowitz, author of Words and Stones: Language and the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
Daniel Lefkowitz
This new introductory textbook is far-and-away the most interesting, innovative, and promising development in Hebrew education in America that I have seen. . . . Its strength lies in its integration of multiple modes of presenting Hebrew to the learner. . . . This variety in modes of presentation helps teach students the range of communicative skills they would need to function in everyday life in Hebrew.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292771048
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 458,573
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

To the User
Notes on the Hebrew Writing System and Pronunciation
0.1 The Hebrew writing system--consonants
0.2 Hebrew vowels
0.3 A note on transliteration and borrowed words

Unit álef
Greetings
Names
Students in school
1.1 The conjunction [] and
1.2 Sentence structure: The simple sentence
1.3 Gender and number
1.4 The definite article []

Unit bet
More greetings
Studying
Subject pronouns
School and work
"want," "be able," "need"
2.1 Sentence structure: Yes/no questions and negation
2.2 Sentence structure: Coordinate sentences
2.3 Verb forms: Present tense and the infinitive
2.4 Vowel changes with []
2.5 Gender: Masculine as the common designation
2.6 Pronouns referring to inanimate nouns
2.7 Repetition of prepositions
2.8 The modal verbs [] can and [] need
2.9 Information questions: Sentence structure

Unit gímel
Where we live
Introducing people
Places in Israel
3.1 The preposition [] from
3.2 Markers of gender and number
3.3 Stress shift and vowel change
3.4 The demonstrative pronouns

Unit délet
Time expressions and tenses
4.1 The root
4.2 Final -heh verbs
4.3 Short verbs
4.4 Adverbs

Unit heh
Seasons
The days of the week
Telling time
Writing
5.1 Definiteness
5.2 The preposition []
5.3 Location and movement
5.4 The use of because
5.5 Sentence structure: Reversal of subject and verb in questions
5.6 Vowels and consonants: Compensatory lengthening
5.7 The verb [] to know

Unit vav
Shopping
Food and eating
6.1 Nouns of large quantity used in the singular form
6.2 The adjective [] much
6.3 Either-or, neither-nor
6.4 A typical vowel change
6.5 Adjectives
6.6 Negating an adjective
6.7 "There is" and "there is not"
6.8 Sentence structure: Objects fronted for emphasis

Unit záyin
The weather
7.1 Prepositions
7.2 The absence of "it" as a "dummy pronoun" in Hebrew
7.3 The subordinating particle []
7.4 On the pronunciation of the word []
7.5 More about definiteness
7.6 Predicative adjectives and definiteness

Unit chet
Professions and areas of study
8.1 More on information questions
8.2 [] and [] as when
8.3 Third person pronouns as linking elements
8.4 [] in the past tense
8.5 Vocal, composite, and silent schwas

Unit tet
Clothing
9.1 Compound nouns and patterns of change in nouns
9.2 Adjectives: Agreement in definiteness (review)
9.3 The direct object
9.4 [], the marker of a definite direct object
9.5 Common errors with []: Omission and over-generalization
9.6 Questions about objects of prepositions

Unit yod
Addresses
The family
Counting The calendar and birthdays
10.1 Numbers
10.2 Ordinal numbers
10.3 Cardinal numbers
10.4 Stative verbs
10.5 More on telling time

Unit yod-álef
The body
Directions
11.1 Structures imparting possession
11.2 The construct state--[]--as a structure indicating possession
11.3 [] as a marker pointing to a direction

English/Hebrew glossary
Hebrew/English glossary

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