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Looking for resources so you can learn Hebrew for free?
There are loads of Hebrew courses out there, so if you’re learning to speak Hebrew, it can feel like you spend more time trying to figure out what resources are good quality than you are learning the language!
Ready for some good news? I’ve put this article together because I’ve done the work for you. I’ve tried out several Hebrew learning tools to find the best ones out there. And the best part? You can use any of them to learn Hebrew for free.
Let’s take a look at these online Hebrew language resources and classes so you can learn Hebrew online.
Learn Hebrew Online with Hebrew Audio and Podcasts
Listening comprehension is often a challenge for language learners, which is why I recommend getting lots of listening practice. But where do you find good quality audio lessons in Hebrew?
To start, podcasts are a handy way to learn Hebrew. You can take them with you wherever you go — they can accompany as you wait in line, as you commute, or even while you go out for a walk. Anytime you have a spare moment, you can fit in some language learning.
There are many Hebrew language podcasts out there, but only a few provide a complete Hebrew course. I prefer podcasts that provide a step-by-step Hebrew class. I also think it’s good to listen to Hebrew as it’s spoken in real conversations
Here’s where to start with Hebrew language audio:
- HebrewPod101 is free to sign up for and is a favorite of the Fluent in 3 Months team. It has an impressive amount of Hebrew content available at every level from complete beginner to advanced. You get a one-week free trial to test out lessons at all skill levels. After that, you do have to pay for the more advanced lessons and premium material, although it’s very much worth it.
- TuneIn: Listen to radio in Hebrew on TuneIn. Test out a few stations based on the subjects you’re interested in, see what catches your attention and enjoy. Download the app to enjoy radio on your mobile device.
- Forvo: If you come across a new word, especially with Hebrew which has its own writing system and vowels that were traditionally unwritten, Forvo is a great place to listen to words spoken by a native speaker. It has a large database and is a good reference for pronunciation.
- Streetwise Hebrew: In each episode of Streetwise Hebrew, a specific word and its different uses are featured. It’s great for picking up everyday Hebrew as it is spoken on the streets of Israel.
YouTube: Free Hebrew Video Lessons
YouTube is an incredible place to find free Hebrew classes and resources. The following channels give you hours of Hebrew lessons in an entertaining format. Plus, video has the added benefits of giving you access to facial expressions, body language and other non-verbal aspects of the Hebrew language.
- HebrewPod101: In addition to their free podcast lessons, HebrewPod101 also has an excellent YouTube channel with hours of free content.
- Easy Hebrew: I love the Easy Languages channel because it gives you a look at the local culture and offers you context. In this series, the hosts go out into the streets and interview the people they meet. It’s spontaneous and a fun way to hear the way people really speak the language, pick up useful conversational language, and improve your listening comprehension.
- Rosen School of Hebrew features several “word of the day” videos and many other Hebrew language lessons.
- Hebrewpodcasts: Another great channel with many free Hebrew lessons.
- Miiko Shaffier has posted several live videos packed with Hebrew language learning tips. And while the channel doesn’t appear be active at the moment, but there’s still a lot to learn from her video archive.
- Hebrew for Beginners: This channel is true to its name – it has several videos for beginner Hebrew learners covering everything from the writing system to basic vocabulary and grammar.
- Learn Arabic with Maha: I featured Maha in my post of the best free Arabic learning resources, but her channel also has several helpful basic Hebrew lessons.
Free Online Hebrew Courses, Systems and Tools
If you’re interested in guided lessons, there is a good selection of free online Hebrew courses and systems available. Here are just a few websites that offer online Hebrew lessons at no cost, plus some Hebrew tools you’ll find useful:
- Glossika is an audio language course and the first 1,000 repetitions are free. It uses spaced-repetition to help you learn useful Hebrew phrases.
- Pealim is a free Hebrew verb conjugator and reference site.
- Goethe Verlag has 100 free lessons for Hebrew language learners. They cover everything from numbers to preparing for a trip and running errands.
- Live Lingua: There is one free FSI Hebrew course on Live Lingua, a database of Peace Corps and FSI coursebooks and audio materials.
- Wikibooks offers Hebrew language learners a free online coursebook.
- Hebrew Podcasts has dozens if not hundreds of lessons available on their site. You can browse the lessons by level and learn everything from how to get out and about on the town to culture tips.
- Teach Me Hebrew has a wide range of free Hebrew language classes. It has modules on everything from grammar to songs you can learn with.
- Your Daily Dose of Hebrew features free vocabulary lessons. Each post features a word and offers you both audio and context.
- Teacher Mike’s Blog offers Hebrew learners short video lessons with text notes.
- Loecsen has almost twenty beginner lessons available to Hebrew learners. They cover everything from basic greetings to phrases you can use if you find yourself in need of help.
- BBC Languages: Looking for a fantastic introduction to the Hebrew language with video and tons of accompanying material? The BBC’s Hebrew course has it all.
Free Hebrew Language Apps
Apps are a handy way to learn a new language, especially for those who like to study on the go.
- Memrise or Anki (for iOS, for Android, and for everyone else): These are flashcard systems that you can use to create your own Hebrew vocabulary decks or download those already created by other users. The desktop version of Anki is free, as is the basic version of Memrise.
- Duolingo is a popular language learning app that introduces you to both Hebrew vocabulary and grammar. It’s a gamified platform, so it’s fun to use and addictive, so you’ll keep coming back to learn more.
- Drops helps you build your Hebrew vocabulary in just five minutes of study time per day using gorgeous visuals and spaced-repetition.
- Clozemaster is a language learning app that uses cloze (fill in the blank) to help you master new vocabulary in Hebrew.
- NEMO on iOS and Android is free to download and it offers you the chance to record yourself speaking Hebrew and then compare it against native speakers.
Free Online Hebrew Language Resources for Advanced Hebrew Learners
Take a Free Online Course in Hebrew
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) not only offer Hebrew language courses, but they also offer courses on other subjects, delivered in Hebrew. If you’d like to use Hebrew to learn more about something you’re passionate in, taking an online course in Hebrew can be a useful way to do two things at once.
- Class Central is an online portal that indexes free online courses from a variety of sites (including Coursera and EdX). Currently, they have six courses taught in Hebrew listed on their site.
- Ted Talks in Hebrew: Ted Talks are a powerful way to learn new things in bite-sized chunks. Most talks are between 10-20 minutes and are presented so that they keep your attention from start to finish.
Watch Hebrew Vloggers on YouTube
If you’re looking for native and relevant material for your Hebrew language learning, YouTubers are a good place to start. Hebrew vloggers cover everything from comedy to beauty to food, so you’re sure to find a YouTube personality who covers a topic that you’re interested in.
Here are a few of my favorites:
- Top Geek is run by Karin and Nimrod Aldea and they vlog about entertainment, science, and technology. Their channel includes gameplay and other fun videos, too.
- GameGems is a Hebrew vlogger who reviews games and shares gameplay videos with new content every few weeks.
- OldSchoolil includes gameplay videos and may be of special interest to those who enjoy vintage games on some of the older game systems.
- Ashley Waxman Bakshi: Searching for a Hebrew speaking beauty vlogger? Look no further. Ashley posts makeup tutorials, beauty tips, and commentary videos.
Free Hebrew Language Reading Materials
Finding reading material appropriate for your level in the language can be a challenge. Thankfully, there’s a decent selection of Hebrew reading resources available to you as a learner online for free.
- Wikipedia: Use Wikipedia to read short articles in Hebrew. You can switch back to your native language to check your comprehension.
- LingQ is a popular online learning system that helps you acquire new vocabulary through its reading interface. It’s free to sign up, though if you want to use it long-term you’ll need to opt for a paid plan.
- Google News: Read the news in Hebrew with Google News.
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