I'm learning Japanese right now, not because I like anime or anything but because I'm part Japanese. I use many things on the www I got a book on it and I'm looking to save up for the Rosetta Stone. I want to also learn Hebrew, Spanish, and maybe German. I'm learning French in school, but I hate the language to me Japanese is much more beautiful and interesting. Good Luck though learning new languages opens a whole new world for you!
Aramaic is a sister language to Hebrew. There is modern hebrew which is what is spoken today and paleo-hebrew/ancient hebrew. Are you wanting to learn conversational hebrew (modern) or more the Biblical? Pimsler has a good course for conversational as well as Rosetta Stone as mentioned by GSFarm. One of the best things you can do is learn the hebrew Aleph Bet (Alphabet), and the vowel pointings since hebrew does not use the english letters. Hebrew is a wonderful picture language , much more descriptive that others. It's well worth the effort. My oldest son teaches Hebrew on Sabbath, which gives me a little advantage If I can help you in your quest, just let me know. We enjoy naming our goats in hebrew, have a list ready for 2008 kidding.
Oh, I do too! My buck is Shemu'el, two of my does are Midian and Zipporah, wish I had used the Hebrew equivilent. (Midyan and Zippora, right?) One of my favorites is Rivka, hoping to use it. :-D
I am wanting to learn both, really. Sorry for not stating that. I want to be able to read the Torah in Hebrew instead of trusting someone else's translation, but also be able to speak modern.
I have a book for learning the aleph bet. Hoping to start it soon.
GSFarm- I'm working in French currently, and I don't really like it either. LOL. My goal however is to learn many langauges, so to me liking it is not important. (But I'm not going to try mastering it- ick) Like I said to Tamera, I want to be able to KNOW what others are saying and not trust someone else's translation. I hope to visit Israel someday, and I want to be able to speak Hebrew but also Arabic, as of course you probably know there are Arabic people there and Isreal is at war with the whole Arab world. I would like to also learn Russian, Italian and probably Spanish as it is similar to Italian. I'll never get them all done, lol, but at least those are what I would like to learn.
I don't really like english.... I have been studying greek and latin a little bit and to me the whole english langauge is flat and uninteresting....
OH, and I just wanted to see if anybody else notices this. When you watch the news, how come presidents of other countries can almost always speak English BUT our presidents have never been able to speak THEIR language? LOL we need to be more educated!
What a breath of fresh air you are!!! I learned to read Hebrew for the exact same reason you want to, so I could read Torah for myself. The most incredible thing is how the scriptures open up to you when you can read it for yourself! Keep up the good work.
Midyan is correct, but Tzipporah is spelled with a Tzadei (Tz/Ts)as the first letter instead of a Zayin (Z). Your doing great.