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.
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MA in Near Eastern Languages
One-Year Program in Near Eastern Languages
Meet the Students
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)
Having a lifelong experience teaching Latin with a communicative approach, I have found only at Polis the chance to learn Coptic, Hebrew, and Arabic taught also in the target language. It was very exciting to study there!
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At Jerusalem 'Hogwarts' Harry Potter enchants in both Hebrew and Arabic
Tucked away in Jerusalem’s Musrara neighborhood, a group of students discussed the Arabic word for “transfiguration” as part of an Arabic and Hebrew Harry Potter reading group on Sunday.
Hebrew Before Ivrit - The Life of a Language in Exile
The Inaugural Lecture at Polis Institute last week allowed Polis students and faculty to gain new insights into the life and survival of the Hebrew language in the past two […]