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Modern Hebrew

Overview

Modern Hebrew is one of the two official languages of the State of Israel, used as first language by the majority of its citizens. It is spoken by around 9 million people worldwide, most of whom live in Israel. The roots of the Hebrew language are traced back to the first millennium B.C. which makes it one of the most ancient languages still spoken in the world today. Based on its classical sources (biblical, rabbinical & medieval) Hebrew was revived as a spoken language at the turn of the 20th century by a joint effort of intellectuals, teachers and educators, the most renowned of whom was Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, to become what is today Modern (or Israeli) Hebrew, the modern form of the ancient language.

Courses

Introduction to Hebrew Literature

Issues in Semitic Languages

Modern Hebrew (Aleph, Aleph+, Beth, Beth+, Gimel, Gimel+)

Semitic Palaeography

Speech in Modern Hebrew

Meet the Students

Alexia

After completing my Master of Laws in The Netherlands, I decided to devote two years of my life to a long-thought-out project: studying Near Eastern Languages. The Polis immersive method provides me with linguistic tools and communication skills that are essential to improve my study of Arabic and Modern Hebrew.

MA in Near Eastern Languages (’21)