It’s simply the hardest part of ANY language that we want to learn. Yes, vocabulary- that’s “it!” I have given thought to helping students who want to improve their learning Hebrew vocabulary, but I’m far from having all the answers or professing that I know how to do it. I have entered into the challenge of learning a new language for myself, and I’m trying to face the issue directly- so you’re not alone.
In my opening blog I stated that I believe that the most important key to success in language learning, and for us Hebrew, is passion. If you’ve got passion in a genuine way- you’ll make it to your goal no matter what. So first we all have to go through that process of clarification for ourselves. Ask yourself: Why learn Hebrew?
I often tell people that I think that there are more language learning materials sitting on shelves collecting dust…so many good intentions unrealized.
So, here’s a plan: or at least the beginnings of one…
For now, what I have to offer people is my experience in learning vocab. which begins with the low, but meaningful/ significant number of three words per day. That’s right- 3 words/day! I think that we have an internal resistance to learning a new language, and hence we’re likely to crash fast if we try to learn too many words/day. For sure we have the potential to learn a real lot more….but initially above and beyond that small number causes “overload” and often “kills” your dream of learning a new language. I’ve found that starting with a small number/ day over a period of a month creates a receptiveness/fertility in the brain to the new info. that’s entering.
Learning Hebrew is a challenge. Whether you want to understand a text, or speak Hebrew, above all you want to succeed. Start slowly! I have more to share with you on the same subject in upcoming entries.