After a week of daily snow (none of which accumulated on the ground), we are now back to Spring again. This weekend the temperatures will reach into the low 70s! Wow!
I’ve been diligently studying my Hebrew every morning. I am studying in a variety of different ways: I have several Hebrew language apps, each with a different approach. A couple are vocabulary flashcards. One flashcard app lets me input my own words and uses games, matching, and writing to help me learn the words. Another app is a language app that tests me on Hebrew words and sentences, translation between English and Hebrew, and writing what I hear. The advantage of the phone apps is that I can listen to how to pronounce the words and they correct me if I get a word wrong.
I also got out the Hebrew books that I used when I studied with my friend a few years ago. These books teach the grammar of the language, which is very helpful. I thought I had forgotten most of what I had learned in the past; I am surprised at how much I am remembering. I just have to review it.
My purpose in learning Hebrew is so I can read the Bible for myself in Hebrew. I have a long way to go, but I am enjoying studying.
I told EJ that the good thing about Hebrew is that the letters consistently make only one sound so it’s easy to sound them out. This is unlike English in which there are letters that sometimes make one sound and sometimes make another. Like the letter “c,” which sometimes makes an “s” sound as in the word “city,” and sometimes makes a “k” sound as in “card.” Over the years, EJ and I have discussed how we would change the English language to make it easier. For example, we would change the “c” in “city” to an “s” because that is the sound it makes. We would spell “city” s-i-t-y. We would spell card with a “k” so it would be spelled “k-a-r-d.” Since there would no longer be a sound associated with “c”–because we changed them to “s” or “k”—-we would use the letter “c” for the “ch” sound. So “church” would be spelled “curc.”
“G” is another letter we would change. Currently, it sometimes has a hard sound as in “give” and sometimes a “j” sound as the “g” in the word “judge.” The word “garage” has both “g” sounds in one word”: The first “g” is a hard g and the second “g” sounds like a “j.” Weird. EI and I decided we’d make the letter “g” always hard and spell any “j” sound with the letter “j.” Duh. So we’d spell “garage” like this: g-a-r-a-j-e and “judge” would be spelled “j-u-d-j-e.
EJ grumbles that every “q” always has a “u” next to it–like “quiet,” “queen,” “quibble,” Really, why use two letters to make the one sound? He would spell these words with only a “q”: qiet, qeen, qibble.
Is it too much to ask to change the letters so they make only one sound? But no one asks us how we’d change English to make it easier to pronounce–and it’s probably too late to attempt change anyway. LOL.