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Hebrew for dummies / by Jill Suzanne Jacobs.

By: Jacobs, Jill Suzanne.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: --For dummies: Publisher: New York, New York : Wiley Publishing, Inc., [2003]Description: 362 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 12 cm).Content type: text | spoken word Media type: audio | unmediated Carrier type: volume | audio discISBN: 9780764554896; 0764554891.Subject(s): Hebrew language -- Textbooks for foreign speakers -- English | Hebrew language -- Study and teaching | Hebrew language -- Sound recordings for English speakersDDC classification: 492.4/82421 Summary: Outlines basic Hebrew grammar, and offers useful words and expressions and simplified dialogue.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

One of the most amazing things about Hebrew is that, in less than a century, it has gone from an ancient language of prayer and ritual spoken by a few holy men to a modern language of sunbathing, dining, going to the movies, and countless other everyday activities, spoken by millions. Modern Hebrew is a beautiful language, but for a native English speaker it can be tough wrapping your tongue around exotic expressions like "Ha'im Ayn Oogiyot?" ("What, no cookies?"). As with any language, the quickest way to master Hebrew basics is to immerse yourself in its sounds and rhythms. The next best thing to six months in Haifa, Hebrew For Dummies lets you do just that!

Whether you want to communicate with your Israeli cousins, understand Jewish prayers and sacred literature, impress your Jewish in-laws, or you're planning a trip to Israel, this book/audio package can help. In no time, you'll:

Master Hebrew sounds and rhythms Understand basic grammar and usage Get a handle on the Hebrew alphabet Make small-talk, and most everyday transactions Discover the basics of Hebrew blessings and prayer Gain insights into Hebrew culture and traditions

Each chapter of Hebrew For Dummies is organized around a specific set of activities--such as eating, traveling, shopping, and asking directions--and gives you the lowdown on all the Hebrew you'll need to get by. Topics covered include:

Eating, going shopping, having fun, sports, hobbies, talking on the phone, communicating around the office, and other everyday activities Hebrew for travelers, including transportation, hotels, money changing, asking directions, and handling emergencies Sacred Hebrew, including reading the Bible and prayer books, blessing formulas, sacred rites and services, and more

The enclosed audio CD let's you pick up Hebrew the easy way--through actual conversations. It features:

Dialogues by native Hebrew speakers Answers to the Fun & Games activities in the book

The fun, easy way to master basic Hebrew, this book will quickly get you on track with the language skills you need to speak and read Hebrew like a native.

Accompanied by CD-ROM : Hebrew for dummies : software for the rest of us.

On cover: A reference for the rest of us!

Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-301) and index.

Outlines basic Hebrew grammar, and offers useful words and expressions and simplified dialogue.

English and romanized Hebrew.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • About This Book (p. 1)
  • Conventions Used in This Book (p. 2)
  • Foolish Assumptions (p. 2)
  • How This Book Is Organized (p. 3)
  • Icons Used in This Book (p. 5)
  • Where to Go from Here (p. 5)
  • Part I Getting Started (p. 7)
  • Chapter 1 You Already Know Some Hebrew (p. 9)
  • Taking Stock of What's Familiar (p. 9)
  • Speaking Hebrew Like a Native (p. 11)
  • Counting in Hebrew (p. 13)
  • Recognizing Tips to Help You Read Hebrew (p. 17)
  • Chapter 2 The Nitty Gritty: Basic Hebrew Grammar (p. 27)
  • Making Sense of Hebrew Syntax (p. 27)
  • Recognizing Parts of Speech (p. 29)
  • Understanding Gender and Number (p. 40)
  • Chapter 3 Shalom, Shalom! Meeting and Greeting (p. 43)
  • Greeting and Saying Goodbye (p. 43)
  • Making Grand Introductions (p. 48)
  • Getting Better Acquainted (p. 51)
  • Extending and Responding to Invitations (p. 55)
  • Asking Questions: The Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How (p. 56)
  • Part II Hebrew in Action (p. 61)
  • Chapter 4 Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk (p. 63)
  • Shootin' the Breeze (p. 63)
  • Talking About Yourself and Your Family (p. 65)
  • Chatting About the Weather (p. 67)
  • Six Days You Shall Labor: Talking About Work (p. 71)
  • Getting Addresses and Phone Numbers (p. 73)
  • Chapter 5 Eat! Eat! You're So Thin! (p. 77)
  • Jewish Love Means Never Having to Say "I'm Hungry" (p. 77)
  • Getting Down to Business: Food, Glorious Food! (p. 79)
  • Matching Adjectives and Nouns (p. 84)
  • Taking Your Grocery List to the Market (p. 88)
  • Dining in a Restaurant (p. 91)
  • Chapter 6 Going Shopping (p. 97)
  • Exploring Places to Shop (p. 97)
  • Selecting the Perfect Outfit (p. 98)
  • Styling Your Clothes Around the Seasons (p. 103)
  • Color Me Beautiful (p. 107)
  • Getting More Than (and Less Than) You Bargained For (p. 108)
  • Chapter 7 Having Fun Hebrew Style (p. 113)
  • Counting the Hours and Minutes (p. 113)
  • Discovering the Days in a Week (p. 119)
  • Catching Some Culture (p. 120)
  • The Animals Went on the Ark Two by Two: Visiting the Zoo! (p. 125)
  • Spicing Up Your Sentences with Adverbs (p. 126)
  • Chapter 8 Enjoying Your Free Time: Hobbies, Sports, and Other Fun Activities (p. 129)
  • Chatting About Your Hobbies (p. 129)
  • Playing and Watching Sports (p. 133)
  • Venturing Outdoors for Some Fun (p. 138)
  • Boogieing 'til You Drop (p. 139)
  • Chapter 9 Talking on the Phone (p. 143)
  • Dialing Up the Basics (p. 143)
  • Asking for People and Getting the Message (p. 145)
  • Making Arrangements Over the Phone (p. 150)
  • Talking About the Past: How Was Your Shabbat? (p. 152)
  • Chapter 10 At the Office and Around the House (p. 155)
  • Finding Your Way Around Your Job (p. 155)
  • Hanging Out at Home (p. 162)
  • Residing in an Apartment (p. 165)
  • Commanding People: Do As I Say (p. 168)
  • Part III Hebrew on the Go (p. 171)
  • Chapter 11 Planning a Trip (p. 173)
  • Choosing Your Final Destination (And When You Want to Go) (p. 173)
  • Coming and Going: Knowing Where You Are (p. 179)
  • Discussing the Future: Verb Forms and Popular Expressions (p. 181)
  • Chapter 12 Getting Around: Flying, Driving, and Riding (p. 185)
  • Getting Through the Airport (p. 185)
  • Renting a Vehicle--and a Phone to Go with It (p. 188)
  • Navigating Public Transportation (p. 193)
  • Being Early or Late (p. 196)
  • Chapter 13 Checking into a Hotel (p. 199)
  • Finding the Hotel That's Right for You (p. 199)
  • Checking In: Names, Addresses, and Room Numbers (p. 204)
  • Checking Out and Paying the Bill (p. 208)
  • Chapter 14 Money, Money, Money (p. 215)
  • Going to the Bank (p. 215)
  • Changing Money (p. 219)
  • Flowing with the Currency (p. 222)
  • Using Credit Cards (p. 223)
  • Directing Your Objects (p. 223)
  • Chapter 15 Where Is the Western Wall? Asking Directions (p. 227)
  • Making Sure You Don't Get Lost (p. 227)
  • Giving and Understanding Directions for Lost Souls (p. 230)
  • Keeping North, South, East, and West Straight (p. 233)
  • Chapter 16 Handling Emergencies (p. 237)
  • Tackling Your Uncooperative Car (p. 237)
  • Doctor, Doctor: Give Me the News (p. 241)
  • Getting Help After You've Been Robbed (p. 248)
  • Part IV Sacred Hebrew (p. 251)
  • Chapter 17 Let's Get Biblical (p. 253)
  • Figuring Out the Word Order in Biblical Hebrew (p. 253)
  • Emphasizing When God Really Meant It (p. 256)
  • Wishing, Intending, and Prohibiting (p. 258)
  • Deciphering One-Word Wonders (p. 259)
  • Counting Down the Greatest Biblical Hits (p. 260)
  • Chapter 18 Like a Prayer (p. 263)
  • Blessing the Basics (p. 263)
  • Spiritually Speaking: Figuring Your Way Around the Prayer Book (p. 270)
  • Making Prayer Meaningful (p. 277)
  • Chapter 19 Sacred Time, Sacred Space (p. 279)
  • Going to a Synagogue (p. 279)
  • Checking Out Holy Words for Holy Days (p. 280)
  • Part V The Part of Tens (p. 291)
  • Chapter 20 Ten Ways to Pick Up Hebrew Quickly (p. 293)
  • Read Hebrew Food Labels (p. 293)
  • Visit an Israeli Restaurant (p. 294)
  • Read Hebrew Publications (p. 294)
  • Check Out Israeli Videos, TV, Movies, and Music (p. 294)
  • Sing Hebrew Songs and Prayers (p. 295)
  • Listen to Hebrew Radio Programs (p. 295)
  • Surf the Internet (p. 295)
  • Join the Hebrew Lovers Society (p. 295)
  • Hang a Few Hebrew Magnets and Posters (p. 296)
  • Take a Hebrew Class (p. 296)
  • Travel to Israel (p. 296)
  • Chapter 21 Ten Books on Hebrew You Just Gotta Have (p. 299)
  • Hebrew: The Eternal Language (p. 299)
  • The Tongue of the Prophets: The Life Story of Eliezer Ben Yehuda (p. 299)
  • The Hebrew Alphabet: A Mystical Journey (p. 300)
  • Aleph-Bet Yoga: Embodying the Hebrew Letters for Physical and Spiritual Well-Being (p. 300)
  • The Word: The Dictionary that Reveals the Hebrew Source of English (p. 300)
  • How the Hebrew Language Grew (p. 300)
  • Modern Hebrew: An Essential Grammar (p. 301)
  • Hebrew Verb Tables (p. 301)
  • Poems of Jerusalem and Love Poems (p. 301)
  • Hebrew-English/English-Hebrew Dictionaries (p. 301)
  • Chapter 22 Ten Favorite Hebrew Expressions (p. 303)
  • Mazal Tov (p. 303)
  • B'Karov Etzlech (p. 304)
  • Titchadesh (p. 304)
  • B'Teavon (p. 304)
  • B'Ezrat HaShem (p. 304)
  • Yishar Koach (p. 305)
  • Dash (p. 305)
  • Nu (p. 305)
  • Kol HaKavod (p. 306)
  • L'Chaim (p. 306)
  • Chapter 23 Ten Great Israeli Phrases (p. 307)
  • Mah Pitom (p. 307)
  • Yesh G'vul L'Chol Ta'alul (p. 307)
  • Pa'am Shlishit Glidah (p. 308)
  • Im K'var, Az K'var (p. 308)
  • B'Shum Panim VaOfen Lo (p. 308)
  • Stam (p. 308)
  • Betach (p. 309)
  • Chaval Al HaZ'man (p. 309)
  • Chazak V'Amatz (p. 309)
  • Yehiyeh Tov (p. 310)
  • Chapter 24 The Ten Commandments in Hebrew (p. 311)
  • Anochi Adonai Elohecha (p. 311)
  • Lo Yehiyeh Lecha Elohim Acherim. Lo Ta'aseh Le'chah Pesel (p. 312)
  • Lo Tisa Et Shem Adonai Elohecha La'Shav (p. 312)
  • Z'chor Et Yom HaShabbat L'Kodsho (p. 312)
  • Kabed Et Avicha V'Et Imecha (p. 312)
  • Loh Tirtzach (p. 312)
  • Lo Tin'af (p. 312)
  • Lo Tignov (p. 313)
  • Lo Ta'aneh Bere'acha Ed Shaker (p. 313)
  • Lo Tachmod (p. 313)
  • Appendix A Verb Tables (p. 315)
  • Appendix B Mini-Dictionary (p. 323)
  • Appendix C Answer Key (p. 337)
  • Appendix D On the CD (p. 341)
  • Index (p. 345)