Sometimes it takes a certain something to learn a language. It takes a certain type of person, or rather, a certain attitude to really succeed in mastering a language. In the Hebrew language and in Yiddish, this may be referred to as “chutzpah”. It is often mentioned that immersion is the best way to learn a language. You may ask yourself what immersion really means. Does it mean simply moving to a country and letting the language come to you? Of course not, and this is where the chutzpah comes in! |
When learning Hebrew via immersion in Israel, you will not simply absorb the language by physically being located among Hebrew-speakers. Of course you will begin to pick up on things by seeing or hearing them every day, but in order to really master learning Hebrew, you must go out and actively immerse yourself. It takes being gutsy or full of chutzpah to do this as strangers can be intimidating. Nonetheless, there are some things you should do to make sure that your immersion is the most effective it can be.
Make sure to talk to strangers and talk to them a lot. While it may be embarrassing at first, talking a lot to strangers is key to improving your Hebrew. This way you can use the Hebrew vocabulary you have learned as well as improve your Hebrew speaking skills. If you make a mistake, don’t worry because they will correct you! In addition to simply striking up conversation, put yourself in uncomfortable situations. Go somewhere you are not familiar with but have heard about from friends and just explore. This will also help improve your Hebrew whether from reading signs in Hebrew or asking directions. Not only will talking to strangers and going to new places help you improve your Hebrew language skills, you might even make a few friends along the way with people who respect your chutzpah! By using the tips provided here, you should be able to start improving your Hebrew grammar and Hebrew speaking skills while you are immersed in Hebrew culture!
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