2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV)
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled on a collection of entertaining videos that teach how to speak and read Biblical Hebrew. At first, I found them cute and amusing.
But they are much, much more than that. They are changing me, and they will change anyone to takes the time to watch them.
And the marvelous thing is that watching them isn't work. They may not be as exciting as a great movie, but compared to most educational videos they are a dream. All you have to do is sit there an repeat what they say. The videos even have some comedic moments.
They are called “Aleph with Beth” and are made by Beth and Andrew Case. They have an obvious gift for teaching. Here’s a link to a four-minute introduction in English, where Beth explains their method.
After that, there’s no more English. The lessons are all in Hebrew — here:
Here are a few short words that will help you follow lesson 1. Please note that you should only glance at this list as needed to help you follow what Beth is saying. That way you won’t get frustrated. Don’t memorize the translations here; just use them to get unstuck. Let the video do the teaching.
Sound in English
Zeh This (m)
Zot This (f)
Ya-feh Fair, beautiful
Also, be aware that the verb “to be” is usually omitted from a Hebrew sentence. You’ll get used to this.
So, “Ma Zeh,” ("what this") means, “What is this?” for a masculine noun.
The word “a” is also left out in Hebrew, so, “Zeh …,” means, “This is a …” No verb and no “a.”