9780292771048

Modern Hebrew for Beginners

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  • ISBN13:

    9780292771048

  • ISBN10:

    0292771045

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-04-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr

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"This new introductory textbook is far-and-away the most interesting, innovative, and promising development in Hebrew education in America that I have seen.... Its strength lies in its integration of multiple modes of presenting Hebrew to the learner.... This variety in modes of presentation helps teach students the range of communicative skills they would need to function in everyday life in Hebrew." --Daniel Lefkowitz, author of Words and Stones: Language and the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Modern Hebrew for Beginners offers high school, college, and independent-study students a state-of-the-art learning experience. This combination text- and workbook is designed to be used with web-based audio, visual, and interactive materials to give students multiple learning opportunities suited to a variety of learning styles. This allows intense practice of all four language skills: reading, writing, listening comprehension, and conversation. Esther Raizen introduces the basic concepts of Hebrew through a wide variety of written and oral exercises in this text, many of which link to the website's computer tutorials and short original films based on contemporary Israeli life and society. She emphasizes the spoken language, while also paying attention to various aspects of normative grammar, of the written language, and of cultural elements associated with Hebrew. With this variety of materials and the capacity for continuous updating via the website, teachers and students will find this book endlessly adaptable and highly suitable for self-paced training.

Table of Contents

To the User vii
Notes on the Hebrew Writing System and Pronunciation
1(19)
The Hebrew writing system---consonants
1(10)
Hebrew vowels
11(8)
A note on transliteration and borrowed words
19(1)
Unit alef
20(12)
The conjunction- and
24(2)
Sentence structure: The simple sentence
26(1)
Gender and number
27(3)
The definite article
30(2)
Unit bet
32(20)
Sentence structure: Yes/no questions and negation
34(3)
Sentence structure: Coordinate sentences
37(1)
Verb forms: Present tense and the infinitive
37(1)
Vowel changes with
38(5)
Gender: Masculine as the common designation
43(1)
Pronouns referring to inanimate nouns
44(1)
Repetition of prepositions
44(3)
The modal verbs can and need
47(2)
Information questions: Sentence structure
49(3)
Unit gimel
52(13)
The preposition -n from
55(1)
Markers of gender and number
56(2)
Stress shift and vowel change
58(1)
The demonstrative pronouns
59(6)
Unit dalet
65(17)
The root
65(7)
Final-heh verbs
72(2)
Short verbs
74(3)
Adverbs
77(5)
Unit heh
82(15)
Definiteness
83(7)
The preposition
90(2)
Location and movement
92(1)
The use of because
93(1)
Sentence structure: Reversal of subject and verb in questions
93(1)
Vowels and consonants: Compensatory lengthening
94(1)
The verb to know
95(2)
Unit vav
97(15)
Nouns of large quantity used in the singular form
98(1)
The adjective much
98(1)
Either-or, neither-nor
99(1)
A typical vowel change
100(5)
Adjectives
105(1)
Negating an adjective
106(1)
``There is'' and ``there is not''
107(3)
Sentence structure: Objects fronted for emphasis
110(2)
Unit zayin
112(16)
Prepositions
112(7)
The absence of ``it'' as a ``dummy pronoun'' in Hebrew
119(3)
The subordinating particle -
122(1)
On the pronunciation of the word
123(1)
More about definiteness
123(2)
Predicative adjectives and definiteness
125(3)
Unit chet
128(13)
More on information questions
128(5)
and as when
133(1)
Third person pronouns as linking elements
134(1)
in the past tense
134(2)
Vocal, composite, and silent schwas
136(5)
Unit tet
141(15)
Compound nouns and patterns of change in nouns
142(4)
Adjectives: Agreement in definiteness (review)
146(1)
The direct object
147(1)
the marker of a definite direct object
148(2)
Common errors with : Omission and over-generalization
150(3)
Questions about objects of prepositions
153(3)
Unit yod
156(27)
Numbers
156(1)
Ordinal numbers
157(1)
Cardinal numbers
158(13)
Stative verbs
171(2)
More on telling time
173(10)
Unit yod-alef
183(10)
Structures imparting possession
184(1)
The construct state---as a structure indicating possession
185(6)
as a marker pointing to a direction
191(2)
English/Hebrew glossary 193(12)
Hebrew/English glossary 205

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