There have been a few posts lately as well as personal questions by people looking for resources for learning Hebrew. So I decided to put a summary of resources that have personally helped me. Some of these I have posted before but I added more helpful resources, and kept them all together to have one list vs many. I hope some will be a blessing to you.
Learning the Alphabet and reading vowels:
units 1, 2 have exercises with sound, here I learned to pronounce the alphabet and to read vowels.
Very beginner level game course
In each level press on the video item to play the short video, then do the games.
Next level game course
Each level has many stages on the left-hand side, you click the next stage to move on.
The Hebrew University has some free material here:
Various material from beginner level learning the alphabet to intermediate and advanced level, as well as help for pronunciation. There is a description of each item next to it.
The website is currently under re-construction and some things currently don’t work like they should. If you try something and it is strange, try again in a month or two.
Right now I am enjoying their “Running Story” program, it is fun, but not for the very beginner, you have to wait till you can read a bit. I did also all the “The Verb” course to learn all the binyanim of the verbs (high beginner to intermediate level). It really helped me, it is fun, full of games. Right now it is not functioning - under construction, but I would check in the near future to see if it is up and running again as it is very helpful.
Short Vocabulary Videos - Learn Hebrew with Pictures and Audio – learn basic vocabulary with good pronunciation
Vocabulary match game – learn basic vocabulary with pronunciation
Choose “learn”, choose “Hebrew”, choose a category, click on each card for pronunciation.
Vocabulary lists with pronunciation
Here if you scroll down a little you have a list of categories. If you press on a category you can find a list of words. If you press on the little arrow for each word you can play the sound.
(By the way, I took the first three ulpanim with this group, with a private teacher, and it was very good, their teaching material makes you learn easily without stress, not overloaded with heavy grammar, but easy to follow, and they teach you to read without vowels from the start)
Learn Hebrew Phrases with Audio - Learn Hebrew Videos (Short videos on various topics with short phrases pronounced well)
Also try this link by the same people:
Verb chart book for intermediate or advanced level, or very very keen beginner.
It comes with a DVD of 3 example verbs per binyan. It contains a list at the back with all the commonly used verbs and many less common verbs, so you can find what declination chart they follow, and how they should be pronounced properly. Extremely helpful if you want to learn the proper declination of verbs, irregular verbs, proper vowels and whether there should be a dagesh or not etc... I use it all the time I would not want to be without it.
Recording of the Bible read for you
This recording of the Bible read in Hebrew (Tanach / Old Testament only) was prepared by the Central Library for the Blind in Israel. You can hear a sample of it, Genesis ch 1 for free here:
If you like reading the Bible, and you want to hear a truly excellent reading to help you learn to read, this man reads perfect according to the proper reading of Biblical Hebrew (which is occasionally slightly different than the customary modern Hebrew pronunciation). This recording is perhaps expensive, but to me it is well well well worth it, I listen to it every day, I read my Hebrew Bible and hear his reading, and then I practice reading on my own.
Note, there are also free readings out there, and some may be good. However I have a free one that I just can’t listen to because it sounds like empty religious chanting rather than meaningful reading. Whereas this man not only reads very properly, but also with meaning, I get right into his reading.
Learning to read - Reading the Bible in Hebrew
This is for someone who is still slow at reading and cannot follow Bertonov's reading of the Bible because it is too fast. This CD has slow reading as well as regular speed, but it is only 3 or 4 chapters of Genesis, just to help you get started with Bible reading when you are still slow. This man also reads well.
Hebrew Bible text online with parallel English translation KJV
On the far right hand side you can choose the book and chapter. If you don’t have a Hebrew Bible this can be handy, especially if you want to get the recorded Bible and need a text to read from.
Hebrew Bible text without translation
You can choose from three green buttons, if you want to see the biblical accents press the left-hand choice. This website is great also for Bible searches of words, use the חיפוש tool at the top.
Listen to some Bible teaching in Hebrew!
(This site is by Israeli Jews who believe that Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah of Israel, who came first to atone for the sins of His people, and will return to establish His kingdom. If you disagree, well... here is plenty of material to invite you to search the Scriptures in depth, plenty of teaching on all kinds of topics).
Whether you agree on their view or not, there is plenty of listening to Hebrew here. I listen with my online dictionary open on my screen and I look up words that I don’t understand, and I write down sentences that help me with grammar. I learn plenty on here, not only about the Bible, but also Hebrew. I am currently listening to the series on Moadim by J Shullam, to the series on Mashiach ben-Yosef by Udi Zofef, and on the Gospel of Grace by Aviram Eldar. All three well worth it! And you can write to them to ask questions. If you are interested in this type of material I have more links to other interesting sites, you can write to me.
If you are interested in messianic music mostly in Hebrew try this, online radio:
I listen to Hebrew music while memorizing my Hebrew vocabulary.
Well, hopefully a thing or two will help you in this list of resources!
Blessings to you all.
You are welcome, Amanda.
A good mix of different things is best.
I have been studying for about 4 and half years now. I started by learning the aleph bet and some basic grammar on a website, then I took an 8 months course for basic grammar (which is truly a good idea for a beginner), and meantime I used some of the interactive websites and listened to talks. I memorize a lot of vocabulary, watch the news in Hebrew every day (and did so even when I could hardly understand 3 words in a row), I try to do language exchange 3 or four times a week, and I read something as often as possible. I listen to music mostly in Hebrew (I bought a few CDs), and most importantly I listen to the Bible in Hebrew and read it at the same time every day. I think the Bible is what made my Hebrew improve the most. I don't buy the "But Biblical Hebrew is so different from Modern Hebrew" line, I think it is simply not true... Biblical Hebrew gives you a solid basis for your Hebrew, and Modern Hebrew is a simplified version of it. Also the Bible sinks into my soul deeper than any other thing can, so it penetrates beyond the boundary of language and it makes the language part of me. So it is with listening to Biblical teaching in Hebrew, it goes much deeper than the language, and I forget the language barrier - it becomes natural for me.
Language exchange also has greatly improved my Hebrew. I choose partners who correct me as much as possible.
Hopefully some of these methods will work for you too. I am confident they will : )
לידיה קבלי ממני ח"ח ;) על העבודה המרשימה והמקורות מצויינים.
Thank you so much! Wonderful resources!! Please can you also tell me how long have you been learning Hebrew. Do you have a teacher? What did you find most helpful?(eg. podcasts, language exchange, reading??) What level are you now?