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Assimil Hebrew

Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:19 am
by Henry
I have recently finished the FSI Hebrew course and am thinking about using Assimil to compliment what I've already learned. Has anyone used Assimil Hebrew? Is the older L'Hebreu Sans Peine better than the current course, or is it not worth the hassle to find a copy?

Re: Assimil Hebrew

Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:02 pm
by Speakeasy
I conducted a quick search of this forum and came up with the following discussion thread which you might find interesting:

Modern Hebrew Questions

One member, Seneca, made direct reference to Assimil Hebrew:
Seneca wrote:I have read the Assimil course is solid, though only 85 lessons. Perhaps that combined with finding a news site with transcripts could keep you busy a while.

There are numerous discussion threads on the HTLAL forum wherein resources for Hebrew are discussed; however, it seems that there were more questions posed concerning Assimil Hebrew than there were answers.

The Amazon.FR Customer Reviews of Assimil Hebrew are very positive.'hebreu&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aassimil+l'hebreu

Re: Assimil Hebrew

Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:58 pm
by Henry
I looked through the older posts, but I was unable to find any detailed opinions on the older program vs the newer program. I guess that's really what I'm looking for.

Re: Assimil Hebrew

Posted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:57 am
by zenmonkey
I don't know about the older one, but am currently using the newer one. I like it, but use it as a complement currently. Ask away.
The older ones are likely less useful unless you get access to the tapes or sound files.

Re: Assimil Hebrew

Posted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:39 pm
by PfifltriggPi
One thing I wish to point out with Assimil is that a higher number of lessons equals neither higher quality nor more actual text in the target language. Just because the new Hebrew book only has eighty-five lessons doesn't necessarily make it bad. (Nor does it necessarily make it good, either.)

Re: Assimil Hebrew

Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:25 pm
by Henry
How far into the course are you?

Re: Assimil Hebrew

Posted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:15 am
by Thunter
The course is worth studying it. I already worked through it.

By the way don't wonder about that I say that my current Hebrew is about A2.
It's not because I'm really at that level, but because I didn't have much practise via Skype
and generally prefer to say that my level is low instead of exaggerating.

Re: Assimil Hebrew

Posted: Sat May 06, 2017 10:53 pm
by stormj
It really depends on what your purpose is. If you just want to make a successful trip to Israel, English will get you through 95% of situations and if your Hebrew sounds halting most natives will just switch to English on you.

FSI Hebrew is, frankly, out of date. It's not wrong or anything, and if you master it, you'll understand a lot. But Israelis are not formal people.

But if you're interested in liturgical or Biblical Hebrew, ymmv on whether Modern is a waste of time. The difference is roughly the same (and often parallel) to the differences between dialectical Arabic and fusha. Of course if you're in it for that, reads knowledge is all you need and listening/speaking drills are largely superfluous.

Assimil Hebrew, the new one, is a good program. I still think the best bet is to use that as a start and then get a text and a teacher from an Ulpan if you can't attend one.