Hebrew is one of the oldest languages in the world known to mankind. Once a lost language, it is slowly being revived in Europe and the Palestinian regions. Mobile language apps can help you speak / understand Hebrew, either out of curiosity or if you are just traveling to West Asia. We have compiled a useful list of Android and iOS apps to help you learn Hebrew and translate and pronounce it.
Learn Hebrew translation and pronunciation
If you’ve ever thought about learning a new language, I’m sure you’ve already heard of Duolingo. Offers tutorials in many languages, including Hebrew. The app covers all aspects of learning a language, that is, the basics of listening, speaking, reading, writing and focusing on grammar. Depending on how interested you are in learning the language, you can choose a time goal. There are four basic time frames you can choose from: casual (5 minutes / day), regular (10 minutes / day), serious (15 minutes / day), or insane (20 minutes / day).
Duolingo makes it easy to verify your language proficiency with a short language test. Automatically adapt lessons accordingly. Also, if you are a beginner, you also have the option to start from scratch. The lessons are a combination of pictures, audio, and sentence solving. These activities speed up the learning process if you already know the basics of the Hebrew language.
- Dynamic lessons (image, audio)
- Gamified approach
- Covers all aspects of language (reading, writing, grammar, etc.)
- Lacks a basic alphabetic approach
- Not good for beginners
2. Write it down! Hebrew
The title of the app is self explanatory. The application teaches you to write Hebrew alphabets by drawing them on the screen of your phone. Writing is a great way to learn and memorize any language. The lessons contain a minimal animation that the user must follow with tactile strokes.
In addition to the writing lessons, you can also toggle the audio playback that helps you with the pronunciation of the Hebrew alphabet. Once you are sure of a set of alphabets, take the quiz and try to collect stars to prove your proficiency. There is also a review section that allows you to brush up on and review what you have learned to date. However, that’s behind a paywall and will cost a one-time fee of $ 4.99 that removes the ads as well.
- Animated Stroke Lessons
- Minimal and clean UI
- Great for beginners
- Full screen ads
- Review section behind a paywall
- Only restricted to alphabets and word formation.
3. Writing of Hebrew letters
If you have Android, this is a better application to learn Hebrew alphabets and their pronunciation. Certain features, such as the animated stroke option and audio pronunciation, are common, but you can compare the original shape with your stokes. Another important difference is that the alphabets are not given in groups, but individually, so it is much better to get an overview.
If you are someone who loves to watch videos while practicing, the app also has a dedicated video section. Although you are redirected to YouTube to view the videos, the segregation of videos within the app makes it easy to follow. You can find many video playlists, such as Hebrew for kids, basic phrases, weekly words, etc. Lastly, you can use the test section to test your skills. It even allows you to perform custom tests for alphabets that are difficult for you to learn.
- Stroke-by-stroke lessons along with undo option
- Test section with custom test function (do your own test)
- Video lessons (YouTube)
- Full screen banner and ads
- Remove ads for $ 8 (expensive for what it offers)
4. Learn Hebrew. Speak hebrew
You will learn to speak and pronounce Hebrew words in a conversational style, as between two people. Take a few basic phrases at a time and it is easy to understand even if you are a beginner. The application also combines pictures with common phrases as learned in school. As the words are repeated at intervals by professionals (audio), the user learns the pronunciations very well.
If you want to brush up on basic conversation skills, you must give this app a try. Besides that, you can track your progress through the statistics section. It shows you the total time you spent practicing, the words and phrases you have learned, and also a weekly progress line graph. You can also practice conversations with a chatbot called Mondly. So if you don’t have a native speaker to practice with, Mondly AI will help you read the daily Hebrew phrases.
- Various lessons (phrases, chatbot, vocabulary)
- Detailed weekly progress statistics
- Very complete application
- Phrase lessons under the premium plan ($ 3 / month)
- Requires registration to save progress
5. Gus on the Go: Hebrew
Most of the apps we have discussed so far cover various aspects of learning Hebrew. Be it pronunciation, writing or learning basic phrases in Hebrew. However, none of the Hebrew learning apps were designed with children in mind. Since teaching has shifted to a combination of online and offline curriculum, Gus will make his son’s Hebrew effective. The app uses animation to teach and an audio guide to make the lessons more engaging.
The app also includes various vocabulary games that children will find engaging. There are various categories of words such as transportation, clothing, numbers, colors, parts of the body, etc. to choose. The app will cost you $ 3.99, but the best part is that it is specially designed for kids and contains no ads or in-app purchases. If your child loves stories, you should also try Hebrew for children with stories (free) by the same developer.
- Gamified approach
- Designed for kids
- Vivid and colorful user interface
- Teaches basic everyday words.
- It is not a free application
- Not suitable for adults.
6. Google Translate
There is nothing better or more accurate than Google Translate when you want to translate any language into Hebrew or vice versa. Most of the Hebrew translation apps I tested either lacked this feature or had Google Translate built in. Google Translate is useful as it not only translates what you type, but also displays definitions, phrases, and even alternate translations.
Google Translate has a unique conversation feature. It allows you to speak in any language that the application automatically translates into Hebrew. The only downside is that the voice output is not yet available for Hebrew. Other than that, you can use Google Translate in any app by giving it permission to draw over other apps on Android.
- Offers offline translation
- Translate words in any application
- Supports conversational translation
- Camera translation (detects Hebrew and translates in real time)
- Only restricted to translation
- Not suitable for someone looking for lessons.
- No game / quiz function like other apps
7. YouTube channels
Since the pandemic, online classes have exploded widely and YouTube is a great platform to find them in one place. Unlike other apps, you are not bound by a certain syllabus or syllabus, but you can watch hundreds of videos and choose whatever you want. The option to download videos offline is useful when you don’t have active internet access all the time. These are some of the best channels to learn Hebrew that I found if video lessons are your thing.
Closing remarks: What is the best app for learning Hebrew?
If you are an absolute beginner in learning Hebrew, I recommend that you get used to the alphabet first. You can try the two apps listed above and see which one works for you. If you’re on the go and want to get started quickly with common words and phrases, try the Learn Hebrew with Mondly (AI) app. It is a complete package and is very easy to follow. Lastly, the Google Translate app will rescue you from any situation, whether you want to write something in Hebrew or want to translate a local into English.
Read also: The best Duolingo alternatives for learning a new language