I’ve been trying to refresh my Hebrew. I’m ashamed to say I’ve forgotten quite a bit.
So, I thought why not try some apps? They’re free/cheap enough, most of the time. So, I searched and found two that I like. Here’s a quick review of each.
Hebrew Letters Numbers Free
No matter what language, numbers are always my weak point; so, I needed something to help me revise the Hebrew numbers. This app, made specifically for children, helps with learning and practising numbers 1 – 10. It also has a section each for the aleph-bet (Hebrew alphabet) and for colours.
Because it was made for (apparently young) children, though, there the corresponding written word for the vocabulary is left out. That would benefit me. But, at the same time, the encouraging exclamations of כל הכבוד (kol hakavod, congrats), יופי (yofi, beautiful), and הידד (hedad, yay) when I get something right is pretty cool!
Look! I got something right! 😀
One downfall, though, is that the voice pronouncing the vocabulary words, though adorable, is quote young, so the words are not always clear enough for a non-native to pick up the pronunciation. I’d have liked a lot more numbers, too; not just up to 10.
All in all, it’s a good tool, but not a perfect match for me. I give it 3 out of 5 stars: ✡✡✡
Hebrew in a Month
I’ve gone through a lesson in this app, and I love it! It works by first showing you a series of pictures, each associated with some words in Hebrew (spoken and written), and it’s up to you to associate the word with the concept. This is supposed to mimic the way children learn language; so, at first, you may wonder if עומד (omed) is talking or about the car, the man in front of it before you figure out it means ‘to stand’.
But… it has errors.
Elsewhere, the spoken word does not match the written word:
Here they wrote עפה (to fly) but
said מונחת (to land)
Apart from these hiccups, though, which can be tightened up in later versions, the app is pretty useful. If takes a bit of active thinking, but that’s good. It helps you to remember what you’ve learnt.
I give this one 4 out of 5: ✡✡✡✡
Do you have a favourite language learning app? Let me know!