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Another language with very rich history. Hebrew has been described as the Holy Language, while Modern Hebrew is one of two official languages today in Israel.
It should be stated very clearly at the outset that this book is not intended as an elementary text for the study of the Bible or other Hebrew literature. It is also not intended as a reference grammar of Hebrew. There are a number of good books on the market to fulfill those needs. This book is intended as a training manual, designed to teach a non-speaker of Hebrew to speak and comprehend with some degree of fluency an acceptable form of the modern language.
The goal of this course is performance. One "knows" Hebrew in the same sense that one "knows" how to drive a car. It is not necessary to be an automotive engineer or to know the technical terms for the parts of a car in order to be a good driver. Similarly, it is not necessary to be able to discuss accurately and comprehensively the grammar of a language in order to speak it fluently and correctly. Intensive drilling will produce the proper habits. When the student participates in conversation easily and fluently with a minimum of either "accent" or of conscious effort then he has achieved the goal of the course.
Emphasis on the spoken language does not mean that reading and writing are to be ignored or downgraded in overall importance for the educated speaker. These latter skills are a separate problem which in the initial stages of study are treated as secondary.
The language presented here as a model for students to imitate is the ordinary informal speech of educated native Israelis. This is different from the Hebrew usually taught outside of Israel, and students who have already learned some Hebrew may have to make some adjustments. Modern Hebrew is a living language and as such it is changing daily. Slang expression, coinages, variant pronunciations, and grammatical innovations are characteristic of any living language. Furthermore, Hebrew is spoken and written in a variety of styles. These vary from highly formal to highly informal.
Since the emphasis is on speech throughout the course, an indispensable component is the voice of an instructor whose native language is Hebrew. The method of instruction incorporates guided imitation, repetition, memorization, pattern practice, and conversation.
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