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The Hebrew Alphabet is Given in the Appendices Section on the Speak Hebrew! CD
|Comments on the Hebrew Alphabet (
(1) Five letters () have a form ( ) which is used only when the letter is the final letter in a word.
(2) Hebrew has nine simple and three compound vowel signs, dots and dashes appearing above, below and next to the consonantal letters. In contemporary Israel, Hebrew most often does not make use of these traditional vowel notations (niqud). While they do appear in prayerbooks, in children's literature, and in poetry, most books, newspapers, magazines, signs, personal correspondence, and other writing omit them. Thus, the prayers from the scene at the Wall do include niqud, while the dialogues in Speak Hebrew! appear without vowel notation so that the player will more quickly become comfortable with the standard form of writing modern Hebrew.
On the other hand, Israeli Hebrew has developed a system of using some consonantal letters to also indicate vowel sounds. For example, yod ( ) may indicate an "i" or "ei" ; vav () may indicate an "o" or "u"; 'alef () may indicate an "a."
The Speak Hebrew! Appendices contain the following lists of items. In each section, the Hebrew is given along with the meaning in English and the transliteration. You can increase your vocabulary by substituting words in the dialogues. For example, Foods will provide alternatives when ordering food and drink at the Cafe. Simply substitute different words in the dialogue to tailor it to your own personal taste!
II. Subject/Object Pronouns
III. Indirect Pronouns
IV. Possessive Pronouns
VI. Months of the Year
VII. Days of the Week
IX. Expressions of Time/Seasons
XV. Parts of the Body
XVIII. Basic Expressions
XX. Verbs/Impersonal Sentences
Do I need to know how to read and write Hebrew to use the Speak Hebrew CD?
No. You may read the transliteration on the subtitle instead of reading the Hebrew. The transliteration is the Hebrew words written with the English (Roman) alphabet. The complete transliteration is given in the Appendices. You will also listen to the recording of the Hebrew subtitle while reading it, assisting your pronunciation.
The Speak Hebrew! program does NOT teach the Hebrew alphabet, reading and writing. However, the alphabet is listed in the Appendices section of the program. (See Alphabet and Appendices on this website.)
Will the Speak Hebrew! CD-ROM work on my computer?
Speak Hebrew! will run on IBM/PC only, not Macintosh. Here are the system requirements, please review them before purchasing:
You must always have the CD-ROM in the drive to run Speak Hebrew!
How do I install the Speak Hebrew! CD-ROM?
When you put the CD into your CD-ROM drive, wait a few seconds and Autorun will automatically begin the installation. Simply follow the onscreen instructions to install. If the installation does not automatically begin, follow the Install instructions on the insert of the Speak Hebrew! CD-ROM.
Once installed, each time you put the CD into the CD-ROM drive, the program will automatically begin - YOU DO NOT NEED TO CLICK ON THE DESKTOP ICON. Autorun only starts the program right after you INSERT the CD into the CD-ROM drive. Click the desktop icon to start the program only when the CD is already in the drive.
(Note: this does not apply if you have disabled Autorun on your computer.)
When I put the CD into the CD-ROM drive and click on the desktop icon, the program opens twice?
The program will automatically start when you put the CD into your CD-ROM drive. If you also click on the Speak Hebrew! icon on your desktop, two versions may run at the same time which will cause the program to run less than efficient. If this occurs, exit the program(s) so that only one version of Speak Hebrew! is running. You may also have to reboot your computer for optimal running.
Sometimes, in the Help menu section of the Speak Hebrew! program, when I click on the arrows to scroll through the pages, I get a "Run Time" error and must exit the program; Why does this occur?
On slower computers, clicking on the arrows in the Help section
may take a couple
of seconds to "register". Do not click them repeatedly or the program may
If this happens, start the program again.
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