New Hebrew courses for different levels uploaded!

_Alisa_ il 이스라엘

Dear Hebrew-learners! New Hebrew courses for different levels uploaded! Check it out - for beginners -

And these below - for intermediate/advanced - thanks to the wonderful LingQ team who has fixed the severe YouTube import bug! However, there is still more to be done, some sources are all ready to be uploaded but it just takes time, some sources need additional effort (such as ripping the audio from an otherwise free site somehow - I mean the wonderful atar haagada!), some need to have audio added, etc… So much to do, so little time… And then I thought - we can do it together! LEND ME A HAND in uploading all the wonderful materials I’ve collected, learn yourself, help others, and help to make our LingQ better! THAT’S HOW YOU CAN HELP: Look at this list a) please, pick a source that’s not uploaded yet, b) upload it and c) add the LingQ course link to the table!

Thank you for helping other Hebrew-learners, and thank you for helping to bring Hebrew on LingQ to the next level! Yours, Alisa Zingerman

April 19 at 15:37
  • DanRunner us United States

    Alisa, These are amazing! I already--after your posting--did one of the "Hebrew Street" Lessons.

    These will keep me busy until my trip to Israel in June...:)


    April 21 at 00:32
  • DanRunner us United States

    I just added two more. It's my first time making a video public so let me know if they work. These are "cute" and short:

    They are part of a whole series, but these are the only ones I've studied and made sure that they worked. Please feel free to add the whole course to the google doc.


    April 21 at 01:16
    • _Alisa_ il 이스라엘

      Wow, these are great! I've added them to the list (you can do it, too :) the document is shared :) ), but I can't find the whole course - seems like it's new and still "in making", I think they will be adding more! let's keep an eye on them and add it as course then. ;)

      April 21 at 17:43
    • Nona us United States

      Thanks, Dan!

      April 23 at 13:02
  • gregf fr 프랑스

    These are great, thank you Alisa!

    One thing I noticed, however, is that the early lessons have web addresses in the body of the lesson, which gets all messed up in the formatting (we have to 'X' out a lot of gibberish to ignore them), and the words with niqqud don't get saved correctly on LingQ so they're a little superfluous. Would it be possible to delete everything up until the LISTEN segment?

    Otherwise great work, they're really useful!

    April 21 at 20:19
    • _Alisa_ il 이스라엘

      Most welcome! :) Thank you for your remarks, gregf, I appreciate - and I definitely want to fix it!

      I need your help, though -

      1. "Early lessons" - the first three lessons?

      2. About the links - I thought about it a lot, I know it's a nuisance, but I wanted to help those, who don't know the alphabet yet, that was the idea... I also have pasted them in the resources section, but one can't copy from there, that's the problem! Do you have any suggestion how to incorporate these first steps into the system smoothly?

      3. About the "nikud" - lessons from 4 onward are all vocalized! How bad is that? Does it mean that I have to get rid of the nikud in all the lessons? It'll take some time, but it is possible - in case it makes the course unusable it must be done! But I absolutely agree that it's superfluous, I just had the texts vocalized already and copy-pasted them here... Let me know how bad that is, ok? On scale from 1 to 10 :) :) :) - when ten is - "vocalized text are a catastrophe and can't be used at all, get rid of them urgently!"

      Thank you for your help!

      April 23 at 09:37
      • gregf fr 프랑스

        Hi Alisa,

        1. Yes, I was referring to the first three lessons of your first class. They work great, except for the html links.

        2. As for the links in the text, I see them in the "Resources" tab, so there's no need to include them in the body of the lesson itself (html links get all broken by the system when they're displaed from right to left).

        3. As far as I can tell, nikud doesn't work at all on LingQ. When you create lingqs from vowel-marked words, the system "forgets" your entry and doesn't save them. I'm not sure what the problem is technically, I just know that any texts with nikud are functionally broken on LingQ. You can check it out yourself by opening the lesson 4 and trying to save words.

        I'm not sure what to do with your nikud lessons: either we wait for the admins to fix the problem, or we remove the vowel markings. I prefer not having nikud myself (for the same reasons that Steve doesn't like vowel markings: might as well learn to read adult-level texts from the beginnings, with no helpers beyond TTS).

        April 23 at 11:19
        • _Alisa_ il 이스라엘

          Thank you! I won't wait, then, - I'll just remove the nikud asap (and let you know when ready!) Thank you so much for the heads-up!

          About the resources section - I'm on Android and I can't copy anything from the resources section... Maybe you can on your device?

          April 23 at 19:36
        • _Alisa_ il 이스라엘

          Done! All HCC lessons are free from Nikud now! Enjoy :)

          May 09 at 17:16
  • 모더레이터
    steve ca 캐나다

    Wow Alisa. Great work. I will certainly get back to my Hebrew one day and you have made me much keener to do so. Thank you!!

    April 22 at 04:20
    • _Alisa_ il 이스라엘

      Thank you!!! I am happy I could help! And thank you for creating this ingenious learning environment - It took me a while to appreciate, but I am officially hooked now (thanks to Konstantin ;) ) I'll keep uploading and see you in Fukuoka! :)

      April 23 at 09:48
  • Nona us United States

    Alisa, thank you so much!

    April 23 at 13:01
  • ScotOwen us United States

    Hi Alisa,

    I would be most interested in the possibility of an actual book in modern Hebrew, like a work of fiction: an ebook with corresponding audio to import into LingQ. Do you have any ideas about this?

    April 23 at 17:15
    • _Alisa_ il 이스라엘

      You read my mind. :) I have an e-version of a book with audio that I'm selling on Amazon, I'm just about uploading it to the e-books section! (Not for free, but that's the best I can do - and of course I'll make it most affordable for LingQ users! Hope this section really works...) So - working on it, I'll let you know when ready! ;)

      April 23 at 19:41
      • 모더레이터
        steve ca 캐나다

        Alisa, you are really enticing me back to Hebrew. I look forward to using these materials next year including buying your book if it is offered for sale across LingQ.

        April 23 at 20:25
      • ScotOwen us United States

        Thanks Alisa. Is there a link to your book on Amazon? I will definitely look at your book, but I was also thinking of an audiobook from an Israeli fiction writer, maybe someone considered a great writer. There are actually some Hebrew audiobooks on, but I don't know which ones are "good" (subjective of course) and how to find the corresponding ebook.

        April 23 at 23:41
  • 관리자
    ericrobertz ca 캐나다

    Great job. I want to do something similar for Japanese learners too. The more content, the better!

    April 23 at 19:07
  • _Alisa_ il 이스라엘

    הנה חדש! Here is a new one!

    Thank you all, for showing interest! Here, I've added another one - excellent if you are curious about Israeli private VS social standards and pains.

    April 23 at 20:18
    • Nona us United States

      Alisa, thank you for adding such good content for us. I look forward to buying your book when it's ready.

      April 23 at 22:51
  • MarkE us United States

    Hey Alisa, I just want to say thank you so much for putting in the time to give us such great lessons. These street interviews are absolutely great! I wish I had this when I first started learning Hebrew. You Are The Best!

    תודה רבה!

    May 09 at 17:38
  • Nona us United States

    Alisa, thank you so much for your generosity of time and energy. This is a wonderful addition for us!

    May 09 at 20:12
  • Alex-France fr 프랑스

    Thank you so much Alisa!!!

    May 22 at 07:44
  • _Alisa_ il 이스라엘

    And more courses added:

    Rafi Kleinshtein songs -

    Here is China -

    The Lab -

    Kan Sakranim (the Curious) -

    The Hitchhikers -

    Maybe I forgot some updates... I've been uploading on and off...

    The best tip - just search for my courses (search for _Alisa_) and see what's new!

    June 21 at 06:29
    • Nona us United States

      Alisa, thank you so much for sharing all of this with us! את מדהימה!

      June 21 at 14:17
    • Alex-France fr 프랑스

      OMG Alisa you're the best! Thank you so much for sharing!

      June 21 at 19:40
  • _Alisa_ il 이스라엘

    An update!

    I keep adding courses - two new ones that are worth announcing are:

    1/ Want to know what living in Tel-Aviv is like? Dive into a Tel-Aviv everyday life with an absolutely regular and normal Tel-Aviv vampire! :D :D :D Hilarious new shorts (7 7-min episodes). Attention - Israeli humor at its best, PG rating +16! :D :D :D

    2/ Best news ever - a short story by Etgar Keret is uploaded - and it's absolutely legal! Thank you, @DanRunner, for finding the four free domain stories at haAretz site! I see you are the first to like it, even before I announced. :D And, of course, thanks to מיש for the fabulous recording! :) Hope to release the next three soon. :)

    July 15 at 17:51
    • Nona us United States

      Alisa thank you for all of this material! Dan, thanks for your help with the Keret story.

      July 15 at 19:02
      • DanRunner us United States


        Thanks again for doing these. They are so good. And Yay on the Etgar Keret Stories. I don't know who מיש is, but his voice is great! (Though I love Alisa's voice also--with the Russian parts in Russian....;)

        July 15 at 19:20
    • DanRunner us United States

      The "Keep it up" courses are also great. I just got back to some of them...

      July 15 at 19:22