Do you have a method? / What is it like to learn with you? / How does it work?
Each of my lessons is personalized individually to every student according to their specific needs, level, goals and interests.
The main focus is usually on improving conversational skills through active conversations and using a very good and practical flash card system to help you learn and retain new words.
While a significant part of the lesson is dedicated to our one on one conversations in Hebrew, we also work on anything else that needs attention: the verb system, reading- at a level suitable to you, writing, learning and practicing important topics in grammar and syntax and how to use the different components of the sentence and the language, pronunciation and more.
There are always home assignments, to get additional and essential practice on what we've learned together, and on the following lesson we go over them, and make corrections and improvements.
I put a strong emphasis on-
learning the Hebrew spoken by Israelis, so not only you would be able to understand them better, but also sound more like a natural native Hebrew speaker, and be more easily understood.
The lessons are carefully and meticulously planned, to perfectly fit your own personal needs, and each one of them is based on the previous one, so for example, whatever you had difficulties with, or requires practice, will get most of the attention.
Of course if you are a beginner, we will first go through a very well-planned and structured program I have developed, to give you all the basic essentials for a solid foundation.
I am always open to hear from my students if they have any requests or any kind of feedback, so they are always comfortable and happy with what they are achieving from the lessons and with the way of learning.
Also, I encourage my students to text me between lessons, if they have ANY kind of question in/about Hebrew, and I assist in the best way I can.
The environment in my lessons is very warm, encouraging, comfortable and friendly, and at the same time, extremely professional.
It is always my top priority, that each student gets absolutely the most out of their lessons with me, and achieve their goals effectively, while enjoying the process.
I hope you join the adventure!
What is the best way to improve my Hebrew?
In order to communicate well in Hebrew, It is important that you improve both your SPEAKING and LISTENING comprehension skills.
Classes take place Sunday – Thursday: 9:00 - 19:00.
(Last class ends at 19:00).
What is your experience in teaching Hebrew?
I have been teaching Hebrew intensively for 8 years, starting as a teacher at a private Ulpan for 3 years. Afterward, I opened my own Hebrew school and since, have been giving private and group Hebrew lessons for students of all levels and backgrounds, using my personal method and approach.
How many classes do I need to take in order to improve my Hebrew?
Most students show significant progress within 10 lessons.
However, one of the most important things is self-study. Practicing between lessons is crucial and extremely important. It makes the whole difference and significantly speeds up your progress. For best and fastest results, you need to do the home assignments, and immerse yourself in Hebrew, as much as possible. For example: Make your best effort to converse in Hebrew, whenever and with whoever possible.
Where do the lessons take place?
The lessons take place on 27 Beit Hillel st. in central Tel Aviv (Close to Sarona, Azrieli buildings and HaShalom train station), or on Skype.
I have a high level of speaking, but experience difficulties in reading/writing.
No problem! We will read texts of different levels together, tailored to your needs and interests. We can read stories, articles, books, song lyrics, and anything else you would like. You are also very welcome to bring to the lessons texts from your own daily life, such as: mail, bills, forms of all sorts, material from work or school, or even a menu of a restaurant you like, or a recipe. Anything goes. We read together, make corrections, discuss what we read, and through the process we improve your pronunciation, enrich your vocabulary, and boost your confidence. You will also be given writing assignments, in which you will use the new words from our text, and on the following lesson, corrections and improvements will be made. This will enrich your language and bring it to a higher level.
Reading and writing support and improve each other, and of course speaking skills improve accordingly.
I feel I already know quite a few things in Hebrew, but when it comes to SPEAKING, I don't have the CONFIDENCE and I get stuck.
This is very natural, and you are not alone. Many Hebrew learners struggle with this challenge. So here is some great news: This CHANGES pretty quickly in our learning process!
I am extremely patient, and the environment in my lessons is very relaxed, friendly and supportive. It is important to me that my students really feel as comfortable as possible, don't worry about making mistakes, or taking time to create their sentences, or needing me to repeat what I say. I think these are basic things, a good teacher should provide naturally.
This helps my students build confidence very quickly. It starts in the lessons, and gradually they find themselves conversing in Hebrew, more and more, out in the real world. They speak more, they don't panic when they are spoken to in Hebrew, and they understand more.
A significant part of our lessons is dedicated to conversing in Hebrew. Throughout the process, students very often become aware of how much they already know! And they were simply afraid, and just needed a little shot of confidence. The intensiveness of the conversational part in the lessons, has a very powerful effect on students' self-confidence. They get the essential guided practice, necessary to making real progress with their Hebrew, they get to fill the gaps, and have a better understanding of how the language works, and what puts everything together, they get to practice and improve their listening comprehension in every conversation we have, and when they see how great they are doing in the lessons, it automatically boosts their confidence, and they start enjoying the use of Hebrew in their daily lives.
I can't understand what Israelis are saying.
This is one of the most common difficulties, Hebrew learners have, if not the most common one. Israelis speak very fast, often make common mistakes, and reduce and distort words, so they sound different from what they should. There is also an extensive use of slang, which changes and develops frequently. So no wonder it's so hard to understand them. This is exactly why this whole issue gets an emphasis in my lessons. I teach the most up to date Hebrew. But more importantly, I teach how to understand Israelis better.
How do I do this?
1) I teach my students the contractions/ reductions, word distortions and common mistakes Israelis make, speaking natural, sometimes incorrect "Israeli Hebrew", (while always also teaching the correct/proper form of things), so my students speak like Israelis and understand them better.
2) I work with my students on pronunciation and accent. When you sound like an Israeli, you don't only blend in better, and enjoy a sense of belonging, but you also understand Israelis much better, because you are both pronouncing words the same way. (Think about it: If you pronounce something in a certain way, and native speakers pronounce it in a different way, how would you recognize it when they say it?). Speaking with a better Israeli accent, and more authentic and natural pronunciation, will boost your confidence, and improve your understanding of spoken and even written Hebrew.
3) As part of the learning, we watch Israeli television shows, news articles, movies etc. Listen to radio programs...
All to be exposed to how Hebrew, spoken by native Hebrew speakers, sounds like, and to improve listening comprehension.
How can I sound more like an Israeli?
Speaking more like a native speaker will boost your confidence, make it easier for native speakers to understand you, lower the chances of native speakers switching to English the second you open your mouth, and improve your understanding of both spoken and written Hebrew. The language learned in my lessons, is modern, day-to-day Hebrew. On top of learning the most up to date Hebrew, we also learn slang, Israeli contractions and reductions, and even deliberate distortion of words and expressions, the natural Israeli way. (While always also learning the correct/proper form of things). Working on your Israeli accent and pronunciation, as well, is recommended and encouraged. Anything that will bring you closer to sounding like a native Hebrew speaker.
Implementing what we learn in the lessons in your daily life, will give you the best results.