Brandeis Modern Hebrew

Vardit et al. Ringvald, Bonit Porath, Yaron Peleg, Esther Shorr, and Sara Hascal

Brandeis Modern Hebrew

Vardit et al. Ringvald, Bonit Porath, Yaron Peleg, Esther Shorr, and Sara Hascal

Distributed for Brandeis University Press

608 pages | 8 x 10 1/2
Paper $85.00 ISBN: 9781611689181 Published September 2015
Written by the core faculty of the Hebrew Program at Brandeis University, Brandeis Modern Hebrew is an accessible introduction to the Hebrew language for American undergraduates and high school students. Its functional and contextual elements are designed to bring students from the beginner level to the intermediate level, and to familiarize them with those linguistic aspects that will prepare them to function in advanced stages. This volume reflects some of the main principles that have shaped the Brandeis Hebrew curriculum during the past decade. These include: • an emphasis on the learner’s ability to use the target language in all four skills areas: speaking, listening, reading, and writing • an effort to contextualize each unit within a specific subject or theme • exposing the student to authentic and semi-authentic materials (texts written by native speakers) • exploring different elements from Israeli and Jewish culture in the language drills, reading passages, and in selections of sources from the Hebrew literary canon The text in this edition comprises a short introduction to the instructor, 11 units, supplementary Hebrew proficiency guidelines, and a vocabulary list. Audio-visual components for all reading passages are available online for download.
Contents
UNIT 1 - Index – Goals - Shalom - My name is . . . - Pronouns (singular) - Teacher, student - I’m from . . . - From where?- To reside/live - How are you? - Further notes on the alphabet - Pronouncing the conjunctive vav - Foreign Words (cognates) - Numerical value of the Hebrew alphabet - Jewish holidays - Preparation for using a dictionary - Review and Enrichment: Dialogues - Names, places, months - Hebrew names - A new student - Map of Israel - The Hebrew alphabet - Vocabulary Unit 1 • UNIT 2 - Index - Goals - This is, these are - School - Plural pronouns and nouns - Pa’al, Present tense - Subjects of study - Speak - In, in the - The Verbs: Binyanim, tenses, infinitive, verb types - Root - The radicals - Reading and writing - Pa’al, regular – present tense - Definite direct object marker - Know - In the classroom - Nouns, singular and plural - In, on - Common classroom expressions - Numbers (0–10) - Adjectives - Declension of adjectives - Which - There is, there isn’t - This, these - Verbs: Pa’al, – present tense - Vowel reduction - Review and Enrichment: The Fourth of July - Class reunion - Talia - Translation exercises - The Diaspora Museum - Phonebook - Song: “Aleph Bet” (N. Shemer) - Vocabulary Unit 2 • UNIT 3 - Index – Goals - House - Map: Tel-Aviv - Rooms in the house - The first day in the apartment - Home furniture - After one week - Go/walk to . . . - To . . . to the . . . - The heart of the city - Go by foot /travel - Song: “Hoppa Hey” (N. Shemer) - The furniture and its story - From, from the ... -Smart and beautiful - Poem: “Potted Flower” (Bialik) - To have / have not ... - I have / I don’t have - Dorms - Songs: “I Have a House and a Guitar” - “We Have a Billy Goat” - Of (mine, yours . . .) - Preposition “et” - How much does it cost? - Numbers (10–1000) - Verbs: Pa’al, –present - Review and Enrichment: In the museum - Bulletin board - Apartment questionnaire - The main street - Situations - Brandeis University - Vocabulary Unit 3 • UNIT 4 - Index - Goals - At the grocery store - Fruits, vegetables - Receipt - Need/must/have to - Meals - Tasty or healthy - Restaurants - “Give me” - Eating out - Snack bar kiosk - Verbs: Pa’al, regular—infinitive - Can/able to - Pa’al —infinitive - Review and Enrichment: Advertisement, soup - What’s the problem? - Eating in the kibbutz - Story: “The First Day on - the Kibbutz” (Eli Amir) - Situations - Songs: “A Lady with Shopping Bags” - “The Falafel Song” - Vocabulary Unit 4 • UNIT 5 - Index - Goals - Family tree - Mazal tov – a new granddaughter - Age (I am . . . years old) - How old are you? - The wandering Jew - Forsan’s family - I was born in ... - Common expressions in the family - “I Was There” (Yisrael Hadari) - Pronominal possessive declension, singular - From the book of Ruth - Verbs: Pa’al, regular — past - Pa’al, — past - Review and Enrichment: Wedding - To one hundred and twenty - The first Sabra - Noah - Living longer on the kibbutz - Working mothers - Eliezer ben Yehudah - Writing exercise: My family - Songs: “I was Born to Peace” - "Here” - Vocabulary Unit 5 • UNIT 6 – Index - Goals - Days of the week - The calendar - The Hebrew months - Leap year - Before, After - Before, Afterwards - Poem: “And This Kid Is Me” - (Yehudah Atlas) - When - What time is it? - At what time? - Early, late - The verb “to sleep” - How much sleep? - Poem: “Don’t Want to Sleep” - (Rema Samsonov) - Verbs: - Paal, -- Past tense - The verb “to be,” past tense - Review and Enrichment: Song: “Twelve Months” - (Naomi Shemer) - Calendar of holidays - Story: “The Three Bears” - Situations - Vocabulary Unit 6 • UNIT 7 – Index – Goals - Weather and seasons: Summer - Summer clothes - At a shoe store - The verb “to put on shoes” - Poem: “Looking at Flowers” - (Pinhas Sadeh) - Winter - Winter clothes - Blind date - Traveling to South America - The construct form - Verbs: Pa’al, regular—future - Pa’al Regular verbs with guttural - Pa’al, regular—future - If - Time expressions, future - Pa’al, —future - The verb “to be,” future - Pa’al, —future - Review and Enrichment: Translation - Verbs - Story: “The Green Man” - (Yehonatan Geffen) - My clothes, our clothes - Song: “Come, Wind” - Song: “The Zebra’s Pajama” - (Ain Hillel) - Situations - Writing, Essay topics - Vocabulary Unit 7 • UNIT 8 - Index – Goals - Traveling the world: worth it - Worth it (personal) - Allowed / Forbidden - Possible / Impossible - Vacation - Easy / Hard, difficult - The preposition “with,” declension - Travel ads - Trip to Israel - Poems: Jerusalem - (Yehudah Amichai) - Bus station - Post office, mail - Definite object marker, declension - Sports - The Maccabiah Games - Verbs: Pi’el, regular—present - Pi’el, square roots—present - Speak / Tell / Say - Pi’el, regular—past - Poem: “Talk” (David Avidan) - Pi’el, regular—future - Kibbutz bulletin board - How many times - Once... - Review and Enrichment: The ecologically minded tourist - Hank Greenberg - The Touro Synagogue in R.I. - “How to Learn Torah” (Maimonides) - Vocabulary Unit 8 • UNIT 9 – Index – Goals - Face - In order to... - Body parts - The fetus - Marc Chagall - The acrobat - Left-handedness - Ehud ben Gera - Health: It hurts... - I have pains in... - To suffer from... - To take care of... - In/at, declension... - To check, examine... - To take, give - Construct form, review - Mount Sinai Hospital, New York - Idioms and sayings - Verbs: Hif’il, regular–present - Hif’il, regular–past - Hif’il causative verbs - Hif’il regular–future - Review and Enrichment: Story: “The First Kiss” - (S.Y. Agnon) - Sin as illness - (Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik) - Medicine in Hebrew - Health questionnaire - Translation exercises - Construct form - Situation - Vocabulary Unit 9 • UNIT 10 - Index – Goals - Professions: In my kibbutz - When, review - Adjectives, continuation - My family - Personal ads - Sallah Shabbati - Rashi’s birth - Poem: “Bad Words” (Yona Wallach) - To have: In my moshav - 3 categories of the verb “to be” - I have / I had / I will have - Kibbutz Tamuz - More than... / less than... - Similar to... / different from... - The most... - Poem: “The Prettiest Girl” - (Yehonatan Geffen) - Small city, big city - From me / than me... - Want you to... - Verbs: Hitpa’el, regular—present tense - Poem: “I’m Falling in Love Again” - (Yona Wallach) - Hitpa’el, sibilant letters - Hitpa’el, regular—past tense - Hitpa’el, regular—future tense - Review and Enrichment: Midrash: “Sisters” - Want ads - Play: “I Like Mike” - (Aharon Megged) - Movie Script: “Shulie’s Guy” - (Dorit Rabinian) - Vocabulary Unit 10 • UNIT 11 - Index – Goals - Scenes from the play: “The Lady of the Castle” - (Leah Goldberg) - First act (summary) - Second act - Third act - Questions about the play - Fill-in exercises - Prepositions from the play - Preposition “on,” declension - Owner, possessor - Because..., therefore - Verbs from the play - Literary devices - Expressions from the play - Creative writing - Activity: Zabrotzky’s trial - Poem: “Anna and I,” three versions - (Amnon Shamosh) - Verbs: Pa’al, —future tense - Imperative - Review and Enrichment: Story: “Cold Spring” - (Aharon Appelfeld) - Vocabulary Unit 11 • GLOSSARY • VERB TABLES
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