New Free Online Class!!!

Live Classes with Joseph now available for free! More Info

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New Free Live Online Hebrew Classes!!!
We will be starting a live online Hebrew class the week of July 19th, 2020.

Students will be divided into 3 levels:

Beginner (Sunday)
Intermediate (Tuesday)
Advanced (Thursday)

Classes will be held at:
8:00 pm Eastern Time
Via an online conference room.

All interested parties, please contact Joseph through the contact form on this site.

All classes are open to everyone. Even a beginner student is welcome to join a more advanced class, just for the sake of more exposure to Hebrew.

The beginner and intermediate classes will be working through the Hebrew from the Very Beginning books. You are not required to have the workbook, but it will be useful for reference.

Classes will focus on Modern Hebrew, but will also cover many aspects of Biblical Hebrew. (Since they are the same language after all!)

There is a lot that goes into putting on a class like this. Joseph is donating a lot of time and energy to help people learn God’s language. If you are financially able and would like to help support Joseph in this calling to help people learn Hebrew, he will gladly accept your monetary support.

You can send donations by check or money order to:

Joseph Williams
41781 Rd 142
Orosi, CA 93647

If you would like to donate via Paypal, contact Joseph to get the necessary information.

Beginner Class

Beginner classes will be held Sunday evenings at 8:00 pm Eastern Time (5:00 Pacific). Classes start July 19th.

There is no prerequisite for joining the beginner class. We will start from the very beginning, learning the alphabet and very basic words and grammar.

We will be working through the course, “Hebrew from the Very Beginning.” The author, Joseph Williams, will be teaching.

Classes will be 30 - 45 minutes. You will be given a short assignment each week. We will go over the previous week’s assignment at the beginning of class each week.

Intermediate Class

Intermediate classes will be held Tuesday evenings at 8:00 pm Eastern (5:00 Pacific). Classes start July 21st.

To join the intermediate class it is suggested that you have either completed Book 1 in the Hebrew from the Very Beginning series, or are at least familiar with basic Hebrew grammar and verb conjugation in the present tense. We plan to continue working through the course, “Hebrew from the Very Beginning,” starting with Book 2. The author, Joseph Williams, will be teaching.

Classes will be 30 - 45 minutes. You will be given a short assignment each week. We will go over the previous week’s assignment at the beginning of class each week.

Advanced Class

Advanced classes will be held Thursday evenings at 8:00 pm Eastern Time (5:00 Pacific). Classes start July 23rd.

To join the Advanced class it is suggested that you have either completed Books 1 & 2 in the Hebrew from the Very Beginning series, or are at least familiar with Hebrew grammar and verb conjugation in the present and past tenses. We plan to continue learning more complex grammar, as well as verb conjugation in the future tense. Joseph Williams will be teaching.

Classes will be 30 - 45 minutes. You will be given a short assignment each week. We will go over the previous week’s assignment at the beginning of class each week.

 
LOOKING FOR A HEBREW TEACHER?

Whether you already know some Hebrew or you're yet to start learning, I am available to teach Hebrew classes over the internet. Classes are held in an online classroom with a collaboration program. If you are interested or would like More Info, please contact me using the form on this site. Contact

 
HEBREW FROM THE VERY BEGINNING BOOK 3
Hebrew from the Very Beginning Book 3 is currently in the early stages of construction. In the style of the first two books in the series it will have 20 lessons. Book 3 will focus on the future tense of verbs and cover some of the more necessary advanced grammar patterns, as well as exploring the last two of the seven binyanim (verb building groups). The basic layout for the lessons has been planned, and Joseph is just getting to work on the actual writing of the first few lessons. Hoping to release book 3 sometime in 2019-2020! Your prayers are definitely appreciated!
 
HEBREW FROM THE VERY BEGINNING BOOK 2

Hebrew from the Very Beginning series is now in print. Book 2 covers the verbs in the past tense as well as a lot of useful vocabulary. It's amazing all of the possibilities that open up when you can use verbs in the past tense.
Book 2 is available for purchase here.

 
HEBREW FROM THE VERY BEGINNING BOOK 1

Since the first printing of Book 1, we have found a few errors in the text. Some of these errors are minor ones like the absence of a "Xolam vowel." However, errors that really need to be made note of, such as misspellings, errors that change the pronunciation of a word, etc. have been listed here.

 
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MODERN AND BIBLICAL HEBREW? (full article)

I heard someone say that it's similar to the difference between modern English and the English of the King James Bible. I would say that that's a fair description. All of the letters and vowels are the same, but a couple aspects of the grammar of Biblical Hebrew are different than that of the modern language. However, there are not a whole lot of words that are different. Modern Hebrew speakers are able to understand Biblical Hebrew without much difficulty.

It makes sense to me to learn modern Hebrew, since learning a language that is spoken today is easier, especially with all the electronic media that is available. Since hearing and speaking a language are two of the most important aspects, I suggest learning modern Hebrew and supplementing your studies with reading the Biblical language, because most of the use of Biblical Hebrew will be in reading. More on this topic here.

 
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LEARN HEBREW? (full article)

As the author of Hebrew from the Very Beginning I have to suggest my course to you. However, just like with English you don't just need to be able to read and write, or speak and understand someone speaking to you. You need to be able to do all four. So whatever course you choose to start with, my suggestion is to use several courses, read Hebrew children's books, watch Hebrew movies, and of course, if possible, speak with Israelis or other Hebrew speakers.

Learning a language is a big job. It's not something that most people will do in just a couple of years, While a couple of years can be plenty of time if learning a language is ones singular focus, most of us have other things that we have to do. One of the most important pieces of advice that I can give on learning a language is, "do something with the target language every day." Even if 15 minutes is all the time you have that day, spend it studying, because just like when you were a child, you never took a day off from hearing, or speaking your mother tongue, and that constant immersion is what brought you to fluency today. Read full article in Hebrew or in English.

 
What if I'm not Good With Language?
Have you ever heard someone say that they just aren't good with language?... or maybe you've said it yourself. Whatever the case, this article will boost your confidence to step out and start learning the language you've always wanted to learn. Read the article in English or in Hebrew.
 
Upcoming Ulpan Learning Options:
 
I also teach at some short term intensive Hebrew courses. (often referred to as an "ulpan") Generally the courses are from 6-8 weeks in length, we accept students of all levels. There is a winter ulpan hosted by HaYovel or Love and Purity Ministries in Missouri that I teach at If you would like more info about an ulpan feel free to contact me. You can also read more about the ulpan on the Love and Purity website here.

  • MO Ulpan 6 Week Course Starting spring 2020 (also a 2 week option)

 

RESOURCES:

tatoeba.org
This is a very useful website containing thousands of sentences translated from and into tons of languages. So for instance if you wanted to learn how a certain Hebrew word is used, simply type that word into the search bar and and select "from Hebrew to English." Every sentence that contains that Hebrew word and has an English translation will appear. I will caution you though that there are sentences on the site with bad language.
Hasafah.com
This is a Hebrew learning site that is still in the fundraising phase. I am very excited about the possibilities that this site will open up for Hebrew enthusiasts. I'm also very excited to be part of the curriculum design team for the new site.

 
I also sell LEGO toys online, you can check out my store here. The store is not always open as I often am traveling and too busy with teaching Hebrew etc.