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Is Hebrew a Useful Language to Learn?

The hugely popular language-learning app Duolingo recently launched the beta version of its Hebrew language course, giving millions of people an accessible way to learn the basics of the language. But is Hebrew a useful language to learn?

(Of course there are reasons to learn a language aside from how useful it is, such as a deep interest in a particular country or culture. But some people also need to have a logical reason to devote a lot of time to learning a language.) Continue reading

Are Modern Hebrew and Biblical Hebrew the same?

How Different are Modern Hebrew and Biblical Hebrew?

The revival of Hebrew as a spoken language in the 19th century is one of those amazing linguistic stories that makes people wonder.  How could a religious-cultural group recreate the language of their ancestors and re-adopt it as a mother language after not speaking it for 2000 years? Is that really possible? Well, yes – they did it. But did they do it perfectly? Of course not. That would be inhuman. Continue reading