Modern Hebrew – Level 1

Learn Hebrew with Israeli teachers and connect to your Jewish roots and heritage. Connect with students like yourself from around the world and learn Hebrew together.

Course Description

Course Main Takeways
  • Level
  • Weekly Hours
    2 hrs
  • Duration
    9 Months
  • Language
  • Accreditation
    This course is worth 2 credits at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Shalom! You’re about to start learning Hebrew and immersing yourself in this unique language and culture. Our Israeli teachers will guide you in this exciting experience and hold your hand, while you take your first steps. Our beginners course will give you a strong foundation in Hebrew. We start by learning the use and sound of all the Hebrew letters and vowels, which paves the way to speaking, reading and writing easily. By the end of the course, you will know 400 new words, basic syntax, verbs in present tense and numbers. We teach Hebrew with a taste of Israel, making learning a fun and successful experience!

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Course Author

Tamar Weyl, B.A.

Tamar Weyl, B.A.

Tami Weyl was a senior lecturer at the Rothberg International School for Foreign Students in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Tami Weyl has been serving…

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Course Author

Shira Cohen-Regev, MS MSW

Shira Cohen-Regev, MS MSW

Shira Cohen-Regev finds the combination of teaching Hebrew and e-learning appealing and challenging and enjoys every minute of virtually teaching Hebrew. Shira believes in virtual…

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Syllabus Summary

  1. It's so Nice to Meet You!

    In our first class you’ll start learning how to introduce yourself in Hebrew. You will also learn to recognize, write, and use the first 6 letters of the Hebrew Aleph Bet.

  2. I am a Student, You are a Student

    In this unit, you’ll get more into the skills involved with initiating a conversation, you will expand your vocabulary and learn some more Hebrew letters.

  3. Where Do You Live?

    This unit will continue to expand your Hebrew vocabulary with the aim of strengthening your ability to converse. At the end of this unit, you should be able to conduct a basic Hebrew conversation. You’ll also be taught how to answer typical questions that might arise in day to day interactions. By the end of this unit, you and your teacher will be engaged in your first interactive dialogue.

  4. What’s This? Who’s that?

    In Hebrew, every object is assigned a gender, either male or female. In this unit, you’ll learn how to identify an object as either male or female and how to describe them in plural form. As always, we’ll continue working on expanding your vocabulary.

  5. We study Hebrew

    In Hebrew, there are ten different personal pronouns. In this unit, you’ll get to know all of them, along with their different uses. You will also learn how to conjugate verbs in plural form.

  6. From Alef to Tav

    In this unit we will review the vocabulary you learned in the previous units and summarize the topic of the alphabet: we will read, write, and recall the letters’ names and sounds. We will also learn the order of the letters in Hebrew and the Nikkud symbols.

  7. He reads a newspaper and she talks on the phone

    In this unit, you will learn the Hebrew verb system. We’ll get to know everyday and useful verbs, and learn how to use and conjugate them for use in present tense (for example: he reads a book, they read a newspaper).

  8. I want to study

    In Hebrew, unlike English and many other languages, verbs are organized into various categories. This unit will introduce you withdifferent verb categories. We will also introduce the concept of the infinitive in Hebrew.

  9. Coffee with milk, please

    In this unit, you’ll learn how to be polite in Hebrew and how to handle yourself in various situations that require politeness, like ordering a cup of coffee. Even better, we’ll teach you how to apologize when you forget to pay for it ☺.

  10. Numbers: One to Ten

    In this unit, you will learn the numbers 0 through 10; you will also learn how to say your phone number in Hebrew and how to request a phone number from the information service.

  11. What is the time?

    In this unit you will learn to tell the time in Hebrew and to describe your daily routine.

  12. There is no wine, but there is beer

    Here we will learn the words pertaining to existence of items and the special sentence structures that result from using these words. We’ll have some fun practicing using some typical restaurant interactions.

  13. Where are you going?

    In this unit we'll add new question words (where to? why?) and practice all the question words we have accumulated. We will also learn some new verbs including “to be”, and the concept of “which” in Hebrew.
    Throughout the lesson we will accompany Amir and Sharon in their attempts to go to the movies, to satisfy their hunger, and in sharing their thoughts about work.

  14. What's your name?

    In this unit we will expand our presentation abilities and tell what we have or don't have. We will also learn about the days of the week.

  15. Would you like to meet Shirley?

    In this unit, we will go to a birthday party and will be introduced to some new verbs. We will also learn a preposition that is unique to the Hebrew language “את”.

  16. Birthday

    In this unit, we will learn how to count from 1-100 and how to say our age. We will also discuss what you can give someone who has everything.

  17. He can't be here because he has to run

    In this unit we will learn to count feminine objects. We will also study some new verbs.

  18. How many siblings do you have?

    In the unit we will first learn how to count masculine objects, then we will learn to conjugate the preposition "של" in singular, and then we will learn to identify family members. At the end of this lesson we will know about the families of our classmates and teacher.

  19. Goodbye!

    This is our last lesson of Ulpan 1, we will learn about the different rooms of the house and review our whole course. We will say goodbye to the teacher and to our classmates.

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This course is accredited by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • We partnered with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one of the leading biblical research institutes in the world, to bring you a wealth of Biblical knowledge in courses developed by renowned scholars.
  • Upon completion, you’ll receive a certificate of achievement from the Israel Institute of Biblical Studies signed by the dean of the faculty.
  • We also offer an academic track, with 3 academic credits, which is recognized in universities worldwide. To hear more details and enroll in the academic track click here.
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  • Extra Practice Sessions
    A weekly Q&A session in addition to the regular lesson

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