Hebrew Delights: Guy's Tips "for the Learning of the Hebrew"
If you've already looked, throw in something
- "Inhaling the language" is important. It means you can open your eyes, and look at stuff you're usually not looking at. The words on a tip glass (left), for example, are also learning material. You can analyse the verbs הִסתַכַּלְת and זְרוֹק and see what their tense and root are.
- Contextualia. I know this word does not really exist in English. Some strange people like me use it in Hebrew. Anyway, it means that you do not only write down the meaning of the new word, but also, a word that would remind you the context of where and when you learned it. For example: זְרוֹק means throw, in imperative. **Capuccino. Because I had a great cappuccino when I learned it.
- Talk to yourself. Use your mouth to make sounds which sound like Hebrew. The position of the mouth is extremely important when you learn a new language. These days I mumble new words in Arabic, trying to imitate my Arabic teacher. So yes, other people will think you're a freak, but what do they know?
- Whistle. Intonation is also a key factor when you do the 'Inhaling'. For example the phrase "אני רוצה עוגת גבינה" "I'd like a cheese cake", can be whistled with no words, just the melody of the phrase. Listen to me say it at the bottom of this page, and then whistle away.
Pinkas and Et, two of your new best friends
- Have your פִּנקָס (pinkas, left) ready. A pocket-size note pad can be your best friend when you learn a language. You can use your mobile phone as well as a new kind of pinkas. As long as you write the new words somewhere, I am happy.
- The new words can come your way on a shared taxi, when roaming the city streets. This is why it's better to have your pinkas ready at all times.
- Do stuff in Hebrew. If you paint a wall with an Israeli friend, and do it in Hebrew, you will learn more words than if you do by another 'new-words-I-must-learn list'.
- Sing. Songs you heard on the radio are great material. Find them here, read the lyrics, and there you go, a few minutes of work, and you know a new song, plus some new words and verbs. Yay!