January 1, 2008
More options available locally for people who want to learn Hebrew
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Students can expect to pay roughly $250 for a series of 10 classes offered within the Jewish community and about $50 to $100 for private Israeli tutors, per session. Costs for private programs like Berlitz are typically higher and vary depending on how the program is customized to suit an individual's needs.
For a similar program with Berlitz, which meets twice a week for eight weeks, someone with a rudimentary background in Hebrew can expect to meet in a class with two other students for $1,695.
"But not everybody can go to a class, of course," UCLA's Sabar said.
While many teachers recommend the Rosetta Stone language software as an alternative to class learning, they say studying the language without practicing with native Hebrew speakers won't produce desired results.
"I would recommend people form study groups or clubs and invite one to three Israelis into the group. It can be a social gathering once a week, once a month ... and then you have another way of practicing," AJU's Alkalay said.
Others recommended methods of reinforcing the language while also learning cultural context, including watching Israeli television shows on satellite television or on the Internet, listening to Israeli radio stations, watching movies and reading newspapers, books and magazines.
And as far as mastering the Israeli accent, don't sweat it, said Hagar Meged, the Jewish Agency's aliyah emissary in Los Angeles.
"You will always have the American accent, even if you practice your Hebrew."
Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles/Israel Aliyah Center Hebrew Ulpan for Adults
Whizing Center for Continuing Education at American Jewish University
(310) 476-9777 ext. 436
UCLA Center for Jewish Studies
USC/The Jerome H. Louchheim School of Judaic Studies
Cal State Northridge Jewish Studies
Cal State Long Beach Jewish Studies
Online Modern Hebrew Options
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