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Barron’s 501 Hebrew Verbs

This book fully declines 565 verb roots in the binyanim they commonly occur in yielding 1580 of the most common Hebrew verbs. Real world examples are given using the verbs and/or words derived from them. There is also a short essay that begins the book that discusses Hebrew verbs which is a good read.

It’s a physically a very dense book at 912 pages, slightly heavy (yet reasonable for a reference work). The only complaint about the book physically is that it lacks a lay-flat binding. I would like to see a hard-cover version.

As with any Hebrew grammar there are always questions about organization. The author chose to alphabetically list roots, which makes sense and makes it use friendly.

Obviously this is not a beginner book. In addition, it’s targeted to those learning Modern Hebrew. Being so, it follows Israeli spelling, it adds a lot of vavs and yods. So if you’re more familiar with Biblical Hebrew it might be slightly frustrating at times.

This book is essential if you want to master Hebrew verb conjugation. In such a verb based language like Hebrew, I recommend this book after a grammar book and dictionary.

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Top 500 Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary Words Free PDF

For people interested in targeted vocabulary  lists there isn’t so much available for Hebrew.   The following is by Prof. Dr. Siegfried Kreuzer professor of Old Testament and Biblical Archeology at Protestant University Wuppertal-Bethel  and Bergische Universität.  This PDF has been produced by a credible person and has been around for a long time, but I’m not sure how he did his analysis for the most common words.  The layout is simple and straightforward.  A big plus is that all the Hebrew words have nekudot.  He also gives the romanized spelling albeit through a semi-confusing academic system with superscript letters and diacritics.  Unfortunately, the parts of speech aren’t listed.  He also has a German language version you can find on his website here.  Note, these are copy-written by the author.

http://www.kreuzer-siegfried.de/hilfsmittel/hebr-500-engl.pdf

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Review of English Hebrew by Subject: Learn Hebrew Vocabulary

“English Hebrew by Subject” by Hanna G. Perez has recently become one of my favorite for learning Hebrew.  It’s part dictionary and part phrasebook, listing 41 categories of words from sciences, mathematics, animals, the town and everywhere in between.  It also has 12 other chapters on parts of speech adverbs, conjunctions, possessive adjectives etc. I now recommend this book to my students after a textbook, dictionary, and 501 Hebrew verbs.

The best aspect of this book is that it isn’t just limited to beginners/intermediate students.  It has words and phrases you simply won’t find in a dictionary. For example, unit 20 on the postal service.  Do you know how to say postal order (המחאת דואר), trackable (ניתן למעקב), certified mail (דואר רשום)?  Or lesson 27 on film, television, and performing arts, how do you say TV series (סדרה), sequel (סרט המשך), or remake (גרסה מחודשת).  Studying this dictionary or giving a section a once over before an upcoming encounter with one of the topics is a surefire way to go from whatever your current level is to being culturally savvy master of the topic.  Don’t worry it also has common words too.

The categories are really intuitive and simply listed by nouns, adjectives, and verbs.  Depending on the topic there are also sub-categories e.g. topic 15 “The House 1: Building and Real Estate” lists types of housing, construction & materials, structural elements, rooms & the garden, plumbing & fittings, professionals, and real estate.  Everything is fully vowelized.

The author also went to the trouble of listing the American and British equivalents i.e. מעלית is listed as an elevator and lift.  Aside from being very hand for speakers of all varieties of English, it’s quite entertaining learning how Brits say things, especially if you a language lover like myself.  The book also comes  with a 12 hour CD that helps you review vocabulary and check pronunciation.  I was very pleased to discover that a native English speaker read the English parts and a native Israeli read the Hebrew parts.

Physically the book is solid.  Comfortable size, quality paper, and good binding.  The publisher also has a keen eye for typography and layout.  The book really is bi-lingual (tri-lingual if you include the British-isms!).  There is a nice introduction, guide how to use the book, and a section where are abbreviations and conventions are spelled out.  Well done!

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or check out the YouTube video demonstration http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGAawy7aK5A