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2nd Edition

Colloquial Hebrew
The Complete Course for Beginners

ISBN 9780415475273
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge
340 Pages 57 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Colloquial Hebrew provides a step-by-step course in Hebrew as it is written and spoken today. Combining a user-friendly approach with a thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Hebrew in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required. Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, this fully revised new edition of Colloquial Hebrew is an indispensable resource for both independent learners and students taking courses in Hebrew. This edition features an engaging story line throughout the book, encouraging the student to form dialogues and develop conversational skills.

Key features include:

• progressive coverage of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills

• realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of scenarios

• translations and transliteration provided throughout in the key

• structured, jargon-free explanations of grammar

• an extensive, varied range of focused and stimulating exercises

• useful vocabulary lists throughout the text

• additional resources available at the back of the book and on the web, including a full answer key, a grammar summary, a list of verbs used in the book, a prepositions chart and glossaries

Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and exercises from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.

Table of Contents



Introduction to the New Edition


Unit 1: Reading and Writing Hebrew

Unit 2: Peter Arrives in Israel

Unit 3: When can we meet?

Unit 4: A Very Popular Restaurant

Unit 5: Family and Plans

Unit 6: Shopping at the Mall

Unit 7: Making Arrangements

Unit 8: On the road and on time

Unit 9: Home Sweet Home

Unit 10: Sport and Culture

Unit 11: Driving down to the Dead Sea

Unit 12: Rising Temperature...

Unit 13: Jerusalem the holy city

Unit 14: From the Bible to modern communication


Appendix I Quick Grammar Reference

Appendix II Prepositions Chart

Verb Glossary


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Zippi Lyttleton is a native speaker of Hebrew holding a BA in English and philosophy from Bar Ilan University and an MA in Applied Linguistics from Birmingham University. A highly qualified teacher and author, Zippi’s expertise lies in curriculum design and teacher training, having been a member of the English language team at Tel Aviv University tasked with writing and delivering English  textbooks for national high school curricula. On moving to London, Zippi was a contributor to the Hebrew curriculum at the Sternberg Centre for Jewish Education, writing and delivering teaching materials and teacher training.