Mr. Avi Natan and EBS Publishing have developed a new and exciting method of learning Hebrew. It is designed as an application for I-Phones, I-Pads and Apple Computers. To our knowledge, this method has not yet been tried in the teaching of any language.
The idea is to take into account the way that knowledge is being transmitted in the age of advanced technology. The information is given over by numerous videos and interactive stimuli. Instead of memorizing words or concepts, they are taught through making associations and being entertained. The videos themselves are creative and fun to watch.
It becomes much easier to learn the language by making associations and by pushing buttons to get to the right answer. The Hebrew words are repeated and a translation and transliteration comes with each word. The presentation is done in such a way that it can even be mesmerizing to children as young as toddlers.
On numerous occasions, I took out Hebrewvision from my phone to entertain children who were waiting in a line and driving their parents crazy. Instead of spending hours on pointless video games, Hebrewvision is similarly entertaining and children are learning at the same time.
The application is meant for people of all ages and is divided into six books. Each book ends with a test to see if the information is being grasped. It can be used in a classroom setting or could be ideal for tourists trying to find their way in Israel. It is useful for anyone trying to expand his knowledge of the Hebrew language.
Each book becomes a little more sophisticated than the previous one. The first book teaches the Hebrew letters with each letter associated with a different animal. There is a short video of that particular animal with the letter flashed as well as the name of the animal in Hebrew with its translation and transliteration. The viewer presses buttons that give the name, letter, and sound of the animal.
The second book teaches numbers and how to tell time. Each number has it’s own video or game. For example, the number four has four balloons appear and the the student pops the balloons and is then taught the number four. He will later move the hands of a grandfather clock to learn how to tell time in Hebrew.
The third book is all about food. It is divided into sections starting with fruits and vegetables, followed by dairy items, fish and meat, as well as drinks. Each food has either a video or some button pushing to learn the names of these foods. One could take this to a market and find virtually every food needed. Some foods are presented in a comical way as the eggs fall to the floor and crack, the watermelon explodes, and the strawberry gets doused with chocolate.
The fourth book is about the home. It includes colors, clothing and the items that one might find in the various rooms of one’s home. There are videos interspersed, with the student testing himself by dragging the items written to their appropriate place in each room. Again, the combination of the visual with interaction is designed to help remember the various words.
The fifth book is titled, “world” and it contains the names of people of various occupations. It gives the names of the places one might visit when he is out in the world. This includes restaurants and malls, synagogues, churches, and mosques, just as an example. It teaches about the seasons and various types of precipitation. It also includes the various means of transportation.
The sixth book is actual speaking with simple useful phrases being taught. It is basic Hebrew that would allow someone the ability to get along on a visit to Israel. The information is presented in a clever way that should also help one’s memory.
We have not found any language being taught in this manner and we believe that this reflects the overall change in today’s world as to how we gain knowledge. Creativity, entertainment, and interactivity, seems to be the way we get people’s attention. Hebrewvision attempts to meet this change in the manner that the subject of Hebrew is presented.
Hebrewvision can be obtained by going to the Apple I-Books / I-Tunes Store and typing in the word: “Hebrewvision”. For more information, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org