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Hebrew For Beginners

Learn how to speak read & write Hebrew from scratch with one of the most popular Hebrew courses worldwide.
Guy Ben-Moshe
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All The Language Basics
Read Hebrew
Write Hebrew
Speak Hebrew!
Have a rich vocabulary in Hebrew
Create sentences
Ask questions in Hebrew to get yourself around

In this course you are going to learn Hebrew from scratch with our special unique program that has proved itself for years. We are going to start with the basics and slowly bring you to a level in which you will have enough skills to travel around Israel, and have full basic conversations, without the use of English.

So these are our goals:

  • Understand the differences between English and Hebrew
  • Know the Hebrew Alphabet.
  • Read and write in Hebrew.
  • Go through the basics words (Creating a basic arsenal of words)
  • Build a basic sentence in Hebrew, including Questions.
  • Create a rich vocabulary in Hebrew.
  • Be able to fully communicate in Hebrew.

– You will have plenty of homework to practice what you have learned, at least one huge quiz for every section, TONS of extras (MP3 files, presentations, PDF files and many bonuses).

– Dedicated staff that will answer all your questions.

– The course is huge, and to master all of it including the extras you need at least 2 months. Moreover, we are adding new materials frequently and will notify you, so your experience of learning Hebrew is never-ending.

– The course is built in a very unique way that was developed and used in the last decade with amazing results in various countries

Learning Hebrew has never been easier.

So what are you waiting for?? it’s time to learn Hebrew!

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Course Promo - The Roadmap of This Course

Here you can watch the course's promo.
The whole roadmap of the course is explained here.

The General Differences

Introduce you to some basic differences between English and Hebrew.

- English is written that way: --->, Hebrew is written that way <---

- In hebrew there are no capital letters.

- In hebrew, sometimes, a letter looks different in the end of a word.

Bonus: (will be covered in section 4)

- In Hebrew, adjective words comes after nouns, and not before like english, for example:

in Hebrew "great course" will be written as "course great" (קורס מעולה).

Remember, the noun is always first!

The Basics #1

Other differences between the languages:

- Am, Is, Are - do not exist in Hebrew.

- Words in this lecture:

1) אני - ani - I am

2) אתה - ata - you (to a male)

3) הוא - hu - he

4) היא - she - he

5) את - at - you (to a female)

6) הם - hem - they (to a group of males)

7) הן - hen - they (to a group of females)

The Basics #2

The basics, part 2.

Words in this section:

1) אתם - atem - You (to a group of males)

2) אתן - aten - You (to a group of females)

3) ה - Ha - The (in the beginning of a word)

Example: The Man - האיש

4) איש - Ish - Man

5) ב - be - In (in the beginning of a word)

Example: In the house - בבית (notice that there's no need for ה in this one).

6) טוב - tov - Good

7) ילד - Yeled - Boy

8) דוקטור - Doctor


9) בית - house

Installing Hebrew Keyboard

Demonstration of how to add Hebrew to your computer (based on Windows 8), and how to use a virtual Hebrew keyboard.

The keyboard web: http://mikledet.com/

you can also try:

http://cgate.co.il/convert/nikud.htm (this one is specially designed to write with vowel signs, might be useful for section 2)

Mac users: wiki explanation here (install Hebrew not Turkish of course :P )

Hebrew keyboards/stickers are sold in ebay, you can see here

But I really suggest that you create your own stickers! might be a good practice as well!

Basic Technical Tip - How To Download Extra Materials.

If you are completely new to the Udemy platform, this lecture will show you how to download and use our important extra materials!

Basic Technical Tip - Announcements & How To Ask Questions.

Need help but don't know how to post a question? Don't worry, this lecture will set you up :)

Short quiz before we start!

This short quiz is just to help you make sure you've understood the basics right, if your grade is not 100 here, please repeat the last lectures, go through the extra materials as well for each lecture, and ask questions if you don't understand something!

The Hebrew "Alef Bet".


Introduction to the first section.

- You can download the extra materials in every lesson, which is some data about every letter learned in this lesson, we respectfully ask that you do not share this extra materials and use it for your own learning experience.

- Make sure you watch the lectures with 720p resolution.

- Have fun and good luck.

* Attention: at the mini overviews we will teach you some new words, and we will pronounce as if there are vowel signs (However, we will not write these signs), because the Hebrew language is commonly written without vowel signs, we will elaborate everything in the second section.

א - ד, Alef to Dalet

Learn the first 4 letters: א - Alef, ב - Bet. ג - Gimel, ד - Dalet.

ה - ז, Hey to Zain

Learn the next 3 letters: ה - Hey, ו - Vav, ז - Zain.

Mini Overview 1

Words in this overview:

1) אבא - aba - Father/Dad

2) זה - ze - it/that

3) אגדה - agada - Legend

4) דג - dag - Fish

5) זהב - zahav - Gold

(Notice: The right way to write "Aba" with vowel signs is אָבָּא, but as we said before, for now we write the words without vowel signs, and the dot inside ב, count as a vowel sign.)

ח - י, Het to Yud

Learn the next 3 letters: ח - Het, ט - Tet, י - Yud.

כ - מ, Kaf to Mem

Learn the next 3 letters: כ - Kaf, ל - Lamed, מ - Mem.

Mini Overview 2

Words in this mini overview:

1) מזל - mazal - Luck

2) טוב - tov - good

3) כלב - kelev - Dog

4) מיטה - mita - Bed

5)אמא - ima - Mother

נ - ע, Nun to Ain

Learn the next 3 letters: נ - Nun, ס - Sameh, ע - Ain.

פ - ק, Pey to Kuf

Learn the next 3 letters: פ - Pey, צ - Tsadi, ק - Kuf.

Mini Overview 3

words in this mini overview:

1) מטוס - matos - plane

2) עין - ain - eye (same as the letter ע)

3) צבע - tseva - color

4) מלך - melech - king

5) סבא - saba - grandfather

ר - ת, Resh to Tav

Learn the last 3 letters: ר - Resh, ש - Shin, ת - Tav.

Mini Overview 4

Words in this mini overview:

1) שלום - shalom - Hello / Peace

2) פרה - para - Cow

3) חתול - hatul - Cat

4) עצור - atsor - Stop

5) עכבר - achbar - Mouse


The final Overview for Section 1.

Extra materials attached:

A picture that includes all the letters and their default pronounciation,we highly recommend that you print it and hang it in your room.

Alphabet super PDF.

Alphabet Super PDF contains everything you need to get 100 in the next quizes, download it, print it, and study it!

Recognizing the letters

In this quiz you will need to recognize random letters from the hebrew language, Notice that this quiz is thorough and long, don't proceed before you are sure you understood section 1 entirely.

We urge you not to proceed to Section 2 before you got this quiz right!

This quiz contain 28 questions, and should take 15-20 minutes to complete.

Letters sound

Recognizing the letters sound (compared to english).

Fill the blanks with the english letter sound the same as the hebrew letter (Capslock off).

EXAMPLE: The sound of שׂ is the same as 's'. (without the ' ')

Pronouncing The Vowel Signs

Introduction to vowel signs

Introduction to Section 2, 'Vowel Signs'.

'a' vowel signs

Vowel signs make X (a random hebrew letter), sounds like Xa. (sounds the same as "cut", for example).

a : אָ אַ אֲ

Notice: Files Attached:

A.pdf - PDF of all pronounciations of 'a' attached

A.WMA - Sound for the PDF file.

Please notice that it is the same for all the vowel signs Lectures, And very important that you go through it.

'e' vowel signs

Vowel signs make X (a random hebrew letter), sounds like Xe. (as in "pet", for example)

e: אֶ אֵ אֵי אֱ

Notice: PDF of all pronounciations of 'e' attached + WMA file for sound.

Mini Overview 1

Words in this mini overview:

1) מַה - ma - What

2) אָז - az - Then

3) גַם - gam - Also

4) הֵם - hem - They (to a group of males)

5) זֶה - ze - It/That

6) כֵּן - ken - Yes

7) יֶלֶד - yeled - Boy

8) לָמָה - lama - Why

'i' vowel signs

Vowel signs make X (a random hebrew letter), sounds like Xi. (as in "will", for example)

i: אִ אִי

Notice: PDF of all pronounciations of 'i' attached + WMA file for sound.

'o' vowel signs

Vowel signs make X (a random hebrew letter), sounds like Xo, (as in "old", for example).

o: אֳ אֹ אוֹ

Notice: PDF of all pronounciations of 'o' attached + WMA file for sound.

Mini Overview 2

Words in this mini overview:

1) אִם - im - If (Bonus: אָז - az - Then)

2) אוֹ - o - Or

3) כִּי - ki - Because

4) מִי - mi - Who

5) עִם - im - With (Practicly sounds the same as "אִם", but officialy ע and א pronounced differently)

6) מָקוֹם - makom - Place

7) תוֹדָה - toda - Thanks

'u' vowel signs

Vowel signs make X (a random hebrew letter), sounds like Xu. (as in "udemy", for example).

u: אֻ אוּ

Notice: PDF of all pronounciations of 'u' attached + WMA file for sound.

'short e' vowel signs

Vowel signs make X (a random hebrew letter), sounds like Xe, but in the end of an english word, where the e is a "short" e, as in the end of the word "bronze", for example.

short e: אְ

Notice: PDF of all pronounciations of 'short e' attached + WMA file for sound.

Mini Overview 3

Words in this mini overview:

1) הוּא - hu - He

2) מֵשוּלָש - meshulash - Triangle

3) תֻכִּי - tuki - Parrot

4) מִבְחָן - mivhan - Test

5) מִסְפָּר - mispar - Number


~~ Essential Extra Materials Attached! ~~

The big overview of all the vowel signs:

a : אָ אַ אֲ

e: אֶ אֵ אֵי אֱ

i: אִ אִי

o: אֳ אֹ אוֹ

u: אֻ אוּ

short e: אְ

Notice: extra materials attached:

Huge PDF file including all the letters and their pronounciations!

Big interactive presentation (with voice!), randomly including tons of different vowels!

A picture including all the different vowel signs, we highly recommend that you print it and hang it near the letters picture you've printed in the last section.

A picture with all the vowel signs names.

Letters and vowels, Huge PDF.

It is offered as a downloadable extra materials in the Overview lecture, we've put it here also because it might be more convenient, enjoy.

Don't miss the huge interactive presentation also offered as extra materials in the Overview lecture, it is a big help for you.

Demonstration: Virtual Keyboard For Vowel Signs

A demonstration video about how to use the virtual vowel signs keyboard.

Here's the link.


Part one of the pronouncing quiz session, Good luck!

The language basics, and vocabulary enhancing.

Introduction to reading/pronouncing enhancing, time to enrich your vocabulary!

Written introduction for section 3.

Time to put your vocabulary to the test!

In this quiz you are going to put the vocabulary you were building so far to a test, note that the words are going to be without vowel signs, because we need you to get used to read without vowel signs, since this is the common way words are written here in Israel (even on road signs). it's not going to be easy so get prepared.

One syllable words

Words in this lesson:

1) יֵש - yesh - There is (example: 'In the kitchen there is a thief' - "במטבח יש גנב")

2) לֹא - lo - No (reminder for you: כֵּן - ken - Yes)

3) עַל - al - On (Bonus: מִתָחַת - mitahat - Beneath)

4) רַק - rak - Only / Just (example for 'just': 'you are just a lier' - 'אתה רק שקרן')

5) שֶׁל - shel - Of (Can also mean "Belongs to")

6) יוֹם - yom - Day

7) רוֹב - rov - Most

Materials attached:

Over 40 extra one syllable words, Including mp3 files, Don't miss it.

Two syllable words

Words in this lesson:

1) בַּיִת - ba it - House

2) דָבָר - davar - Thing

3) מִילָה - mila - Word

4) שֶׁלִי - sheli - Mine (Bonus: שֶלוֹ - shelo - His)

5) חָדָשׁ - hadash - New (Bonus: ישן - yashan - Old)

6) גָדוֹל - gadol - Big (Bonus: קָטָן - katan - Small)

7) יוֹתֵר - yoter - More (Bonus: פַּחוֹת - pahot - Less)

8) שָנָה - shana - Year (Bonuses: חוֹדֵש - hodesh - Month, שָׁבוּעָ - shavua - Week, יוֹם - yom - Day)

9) שָׁלוֹם - shalom - Hello / Peace

Extra materials attached:

Over 60 extra two syllable words with mp3 files attached!

Long words

Words in this lesson:

1) מְהַנדֵס - mehandes - Engineer

2) מְנַהֵל - menahel - Manager

3) בָּטָטָה - batata - Sweet Potato

4) אֲנָשִׁים - anashim - People / Men

5) עֲבוֹדָה - avoda - Work / Job

6) עַגבָנִיָה - agvaniya - Tomato

Extra materials attached: over 40 long words with mp3 files.

Loan words

Words in this lesson:

1) טוֹסְטֵר - Toaster

2) בַּנָנָה - Banana

3) סטֵיק - Steak

4) רָקֵטָה - Rocket

5) פּוֹפּוּלָרִי - Populary

Extra materials attached: over 40 Loan words with mp3 files!


This is an Overview of all the pronouns in Hebrew.

1) אני - ani - I am (m & f)

2) אנחנו - anahnu - We are (m & f)

3) אתה - ata - You are (single m)

4) את - at - You are (single f)

5) אתם - atem - You are (group of m)

6) אתן - aten - You are (group of f)

7) הוא - hu - He is

8) היא - he - She is

9) הם - hem - They are (group of m)

10) הן - hen - They are (group of f)

Extra materials attached: Table's image. hang it.


The belongings of Hebrew:

1) שֵׁלִי - sheli - Mine

2) שֵׁלָנוּ - shelanu - Ours

3) שֵׁלְךָ - shelha - Yours (male)

4) שֵׁלָךְ - shelah - Yours (female)

5) שֵׁלָכֵם - shelahem - Yours (group of males)

6) שֵׁלָכֵן - shelahen - Yours (group of females)

7) שֵׁלוֹ - shelo - His

8) שֵׁלָה - shela - Hers

9) שֵׁלָהֵן - shelahen - Theirs (group of females)

10) שֵׁלָהֵם - shelahem - Theirs (group of males)

Table's image attached.

Singular / Plural

Singular and Plural, basic rules.

This is the most common effect of plurality:

Males: the 's' becomes 'ים', for example: dog-כֵּלֵב --> dogs-כְּלָבִים. (for male dogs, we will elaborate soon).

Females: the 's' become 'ות', for example: door-דֵלֵת --> doors-דְלָתוֹת. (in Hebrew door is at feminine form, we will elaborate soon).

When talking about the gender we mean the grammatical gander - whether feminine or Masculine, we will use the words - female and male when talking about the grammatical gender in this course.

Important: when the instructors says that when an object ends with 'ת' is a female, he means that it is most of the times, but not always, there are exceptions , only pure experience will get you to know the grammatical gender of every object in Hebrew.

Examples via pictures can be found here

Attached: more examples

It (male or female?)

In Hebrew we notice the gender of the animal, and word 'it-זֶה' changes from female to male.

זֶה - ze - it (male).

זוּ - zoo - it (female).

the same goes for objects, but you can't really know the gender of an object, right? it comes only by the experience of practicing in Hebrew, don't worry about it.

Verbs (the basics): Part I

The Verbs

In Hebrew the verbs is a very topic, and not very simple to understand . The verbs can not be taught in several lessons,it takes years of practice to understand and recognise all the tenses and the conjugations. here we try to simplify it as much as possible. We give you the basic rules of verbs, but the vocabulary is endless, so with the basics and a very special website (down below) you will have the tools to practice and learn as many verbs as possible.

Verbs in the lesson:

1) כ.ת.ב - Write root.

2) א.ה.ב - Love root.

You don't need to completely know all the verbs in order to speak Hebrew, or to finish this course, but here are some tips how you can enhance your knowledge with verbs:

1) first, understand that every verb have at least 6 forms (pronouns x tenses).

2) In this site you can choose your verb in english, choose tense, gender and S/P, and get all it's forms, so every time you need a specific verb, check this site and enhance your vocabulary, save it to your favourites, this is very helpful (more information in the Bonus section).

Verbs (the basics): Part II

The verb in this lesson: (root)

ר.ק.ד (contain the meaning of dance, as a verb).

with all of it's forms, as you can see, every verb have a lot of forms, depending on the gender, tense, and singular-plurality, newcomers (and sometimes even local Israelis) makes a lot of mistakes with it, so don't worry about it, know the root, and let the locals fix you when you make mistakes, this is the only way to learn, other than that, use the site we gave you in the last lesson to know specific forms of verbs if you have too, good luck.

Demonstration: how to use the verbs tool

This is a demonstration for how to use the online Verbs-Tool, Here's the link.


You've learned a lot of words in this section, some of then are really essential for section 4! so this quiz is to ensure you know them all.

Again the words are going to be without vowel signs, for the same reasons as the last vocabulary quiz.

Reading new words

In this quiz you are going to read and learn new words, it is highly recommended that you will write the words in your notebook to enrich your vocabulary. (I'm going to comment the word's meaning in english as well for you).

Note: this quiz is for you to test your progress so far, and how you can now practice your hebrew everywhere and learn new words.

Creating sentences

introduction to creating sentences
The most important rule

The most confusing difference between Hebrew and English, is that in Hebrew the noun always comes first, even if there's adjective attached to it, unlike english. Another example you are familiar with is "Mazal Tov", and here's why:

English - Good(adj) Luck(n), reminder: Luck - מזל - mazal, Good - טוב - tov.

Hebrew - mazal(n) tov(adj), see? the noun comes first.

Connections: Part 1

Connections in this lesson:

בְּ - in/at. Example: בְּגָן - In a garden.

בַּ - in the / at the. Example: בַּגָן - In the garden.

It can also be used to refer time, for example: בְּשָׁלוֹשׁ - At three (o'clock).

גָן - gan - Garden.

שָׁלוֹשׁ - shalosh - Three.

Connections: Part 2

Connections in this lesson:

1) הָ - The.

2) וְ - And.

Example: "The rooster and the chicken" - "הָתָרְנֵגוֹל וְהָתָרְנֵגוֹלֵת"

תָרְנֵגוֹל - tarnegol - Rooster

תָרְנֵגוֹלֵת - tarnegolet - Chicken

Connections: Part 3

Connections in this lesson:

1) מִ - From.

2) לְ - To.

3) שְׁ - That.


"The woman than walked from Rehovot to Ashdod"

"הָאִישַה שְהָלכַה מִרחובות לְאשדוד"

הָלכַה - alcha - Walked (female,singular,past), Verb's root: ה.ל.ך.

אִישַה - isha - Woman.

Connections: Part 4

Extra material attached:

Table with all the "To+Pronouns" words.

Connections: Part 5

Tip: when you feel like you want to point at what you are talking about, you probably need to say "et" right before it.

Question words

Extra material attached:

Table with the basic and most important question words.

Pdf file with ALL the Hebrew question words.

Creating sentences

This quiz is all about creating new sentences, it's mostly about connections, but it's important to remember the "noun comes first" rule because I'm going to test you on that as well.

Other than that, I expect you to know all the vocabulary learned so far, some of the questions are vocabulary based, including question words.

Hebrew Handwriting

Hebrew Handwriting Introduction
א - ה

Hand writing for the letters:


ו - כ

Handwriting for letters:


ל - ע

Handwriting For Letters:

פ - ת

Handwriting for letters:



Overview for all Hebrew script writing.

Extra materials attached: full picture of the Hebrew alphabet, printed and scripted.

Hand Writing

So this quiz is very simple actually, I show you a handwriting letter, and you need to tell me which one is it.

This quiz is for you, to ensure yourself you know handwriting.


Introduction to sentences

Introduction to section 5 - Sentences

- As always, extra materials attached for each Lesson, don't miss any of it.

- Notebook can be very helpful in this section.

Basic Grammar Overview
Sentence #1 (Introduction)
Sentence #2 (Visiting a Friend)
Sentence #3 (Transportation)
Sentence #4 (Booking)
Sentence #5 (Dining)
Sentence #6 (Leisure)
Sentence #7 (Medicine)
Sentence #8 (Travel)
Sentence #9 (Time)
Sentence #10 (Social)
Gender differences

Bonus - tips to keep improving your Hebrew

Hebrew Vocbulary Enhancing - First lesson!

That's the first Vocabulary enhancing exercise from our "Hebrew Vocabulary Enhancing" program.

Hebrew For Beginners students get a special price:


Disney Songs

A great tip to enrich your vocabulary and enhance your Hebrew!

Here's the channel

When you believe (Prince Of Egypt)

I'll make a man out of you (Mulan)

When you're feeling prepared, I highly recommend that you watch some full movies, like Prince Of Egypt, which is one movie that Hebrew is more suitable than English.

Phrases with audio

Here's the link to the website

Try to use it for at least 5-10 minutes a day, it is a nice boost to your Hebrew.

Hebrew Jokes

The Hebrew Jokes website.

1 Joke per day, and you're on your way to master Hebrew, and maybe get funnier (or less funny).

Hebrew Vocabulary Enhancing - The Program

Never stop to practice, enhance your vocabulary with our new program.


With the program you can have a wonderful and rich vocabulary, a constant way to practice.

Learn Hebrew Across Israel - Promo


Learn Hebrew Across Israel - Sample Conversation

Bonus - ETC

Counting In Hebrew

Counting in Hebrew, all the principles to count into infinity.


PDF files covers all the numbers, written in Hebrew with vowel signs as well.

Hebrew Gemetry

The principles of the Hebrew Gemetry, also used in the Hebrew calendar.

Hebrew Calendar

Hebrew Calendar Website

Extra Materials Attached:

- Hebrew Months list with extra knowledge.

- Hebrew Gemetry (downloadable PDF of the last lecture).

- Awesome picture of the Hebrew months and their holidays.

You can view and review the lecture materials indefinitely, like an on-demand channel.
Definitely! If you have an internet connection, courses on Udemy are available on any device at any time. If you don't have an internet connection, some instructors also let their students download course lectures. That's up to the instructor though, so make sure you get on their good side!
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