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List of Hebrew Study Resources

(compiled by Dr. Nitza Krohn, Assistant Professor of Hebrew)

Learning the alphabet and basic decoding, writing, and reading skills:
Any beginner-level textbook (see below) also teaches the alphabet.

The two volumes of Ivrit Min Hahatchala () , which we use in our

program, are geared for levels Alef and Bet. Written in Israel, this textbook is
used in many colleges and universities in the United States (as well as in
language programs in Israel). The book is accompanied by CDs covering a large
portion of the written text. It is available on Amazon, Israel Connection
(, and Sefer Israel (
Another book at the beginner level is The Routledge Introductory Course in
Modern Hebrew: Hebrew in Israel () , by Giore Etzion. This is
excellent for self-study of basic first-year Hebrew, since it is accompanied by a
website and everything can be read and listened to simultaneously. The
grammatical explanations (in English) are excellent, and there are verb tables
and solutions for the exercises. However, it is mostly dialogue-style (brief reading
selections from the newspaper are found toward the end) and, in contrast to Ivrit
Min Hahatchala, does not have anything in classical Hebrew.
Brandeis Modern Hebrew ( ) borrows in its approach from Ivrit Min
Hahatchala (with an eye toward the US student), and is another acceptable
alternative for first-year Hebrew. It too is accompanied by a CD.
HaYesod ( )is old-fashioned, but it contains a review of verb and noun
morphology with English explanations and tables; the texts are all vocalized
(pointed), therefore the transition to unvoweled texts may pose a challenge. It
has exercises of translation from Hebrew to English.
Level Gimel textbooks: ,
Level Dalet textbooks: " , ",

Internet Resources (Commercial): is an online study program with Hebrew University

teachers that offers a sequence of six courses, each with 19 units and lasting 30
weeks (eight months). It takes 48 months to finish the sequence, but it may be
possible to accelerate by meeting twice a week. Students are accepted
according to a placement test. The class has about six students, who see and
talk to each other (you would need a webcam, microphone, and speaker on your

computer). Students maintain e-mail contact with the teacher during the week.
Lessons are recorded and can therefore be reviewed; there is a textbook that
follows the lessons and homework. For more information, contact the program
directly. has three levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
Although the material is delivered through dialogues (audio only), the vocabulary
is sophisticated and the topics are not trivial, covering a wide variety of Israel and
Jewish themes. You can sample some of it free to get a feel for the materials.
Hebrew College in Boston has an online program. I am not familiar with it.

Internet Resources (Free):

Online resources for listening and viewing are available at the Stanford University
and University of Texas at Austin Hebrew sites: (has videos for
beginners, with grammar instruction modules) and
Prepositions practice site:
Exercises and additional readings supplementing Hebrew from Scratch textbooks

Easy Reading Books:

Gesher series (check the online catalogues of Israel Connection and Sefer
Sipur ve-Od Sipur ( ) is an anthology of folktales accompanied by a
CD; suitable for second-semester Hebrew

Learners Newspapers:

( Yanshuf [Owl])see its products at

The Jerusalem Post has a monthly insert for learners of Hebrew at three levels
(with glossaries, but no audio). For information about subscriptions, contact
Ulpan-Or has an electronic newspaper, E-tone, on three difficulty levels. Consult
its site for subscription fees and a sample:

For those wishing to develop listening skills, there are three excellent resources (all
available at Israel Connection and Sefer Israel):

for beginners is a CD accompanied by a book with vocabulary

lists, comprehension questions, and scripts of the dialogue.

, for intermediate and advanced students, is a series of books with

( Daily Life in Israel; Academon, 2012) is for high beginner to
intermediate students. You can listen to and view a collection of authentic clips
grouped by location (in the market, at the gym, etc.), recorded and filmed in
Israel and accompanied by pre- and post-viewing comprehension worksheets.
A new, highly professional, intermediate-level listening comprehension program
is :

Grammar Books
Easing into Modern Hebrew Grammar, by Shoval and Cohen-Freedman
(Magnes, 2012), comes in two volumes, and covers in a graded manner all
grammar topics for the beginner and intermediate levels. The style is readable,
user-friendly, and free of linguistic jargon. The book includes exercises and
solutions. Highly recommended.
An excellent and concise grammar book (readable and user friendly) is Glinerts
Modern Hebrew: An Essential Grammar (Routledge), now in its third edition.
Advanced learners who need to access academic Hebrew can use Krohn,
Reading Academic Hebrew: An Advanced Learners Handbook (Brill, 2011).
The verb system is covered in all beginner textbooks in a functional mannerthat
is, with emphasis on verb usage rather than pointing rules and the creation of forms
from roots. Some books that focus on the formal aspects of the verb system are:

A Reference Grammar of Modern Hebrew, by Coffin and Bolozky (Cambridge,

501 Hebrew Verbs (Bolozky)

( Verb Tables), by and
, by , a classic and luckily still in print

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