It sounds like you are doing very well with the Ivrit Shalav, and I couldn't agree more, that Ivrit Min Ha'hatchala is probably geared more for a student that has gained some understanding of the vowels aready, and grammer. I finished all 4 books of the Ivrit Shalav series, they were my "start" into the Hebrew language. The primer of course being considered the first. Not only is this series fun, but I was surprised how quickly one can learn new vocabulary words, concepts, and by the time you progress to book 3, have learned all of the verb stems. This book will not overwhelm the student, gradually introduces the "sound classes of verbs," page 95 - which by the time you arrive there is very attainable.
We had a group work thru all 3 books, on this site a couple years ago.
Good luck with your study, and if you have any questions, or comments please post any questions, there are folks here that do very well with answering grammer questions. (-:
--- On Mon, 8/10/09, Lyle Lexier <lord_moa@...> wrote:
From: Lyle Lexier <lord_moa@...>
Subject: [selfstudyhebrew] I am beginning Ivrit Shalav Beit.
Date: Monday, August 10, 2009, 10:19 AM
I have started Ivrit Shalav Beit. I am teaching myself beginner's Hebrew. I know about 500 words of Hebrew vocabulary, but my Hebrew grammar is weak. I was able to finish Ivrit Shalav Aleph in only
three months. Ivrit Shalav Beit will probably take six months or
so, since the grammar is getting harder and I am getting better challenged in the new vocabulary.
I find the Ivrit Shalav Aleph, Beit, and Gimmel books (Shelabim
Hebrew Texts) by Ora Band Behrman House Inc. books are excellent
for learning fluent Hebrew. I hear that by the time you have
completed with Shalav Gimmel, you will know 1000 words of Hebrew, almost fluent in everyday conversation, understanding the news,
reading Hebrew without vowels, and to be able to read Israeli
Bye for now,
P.S. Don't go with Ivrit min ha'hatchalah (Hebrew from scratch).
That book is too complicated in Hebrew without vowels and there is
not much help with grammar. You need a teacher to help you with
that book. It is impossible to learn Hebrew by yourself with the
Ivrit min ha'hatchalah book, unless you are an intermediate to
advanced student in Hebrew who can read Hebrew quite well
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