Something to read

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caleteu
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Something to read

Postby caleteu » 2017-02-04, 7:32

Can anyone recommend something to read along with my grammar (Level 2). I know my binyanim, how to use dictionary and a reference grammar. I'm trying to read Michael Eisenberg's Thus Shall it be Done to the Jew in Hebrew, but it takes me half an hour to get through one paragraph! I don't want a translation into Hebrew.
Any suggestions?
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Re: Something to read

Postby Lemanensis » 2017-02-05, 21:41

caleteu wrote:Can anyone recommend something to read along with my grammar (Level 2). I know my binyanim, how to use dictionary and a reference grammar. I'm trying to read Michael Eisenberg's Thus Shall it be Done to the Jew in Hebrew, but it takes me half an hour to get through one paragraph! I don't want a translation into Hebrew.
Any suggestions?
Todah!
Yours, Cambron

Do you really want one whole book rather than various short texts on interesting subjects suited to your level?
There are various texts books used for courses in Israel that are really good, IMO. They have reading texts plus syntax exercises but you can choose for yourself whether the exercises interest you.

What is the name of the grammar book you're currently on?

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Re: Something to read

Postby caleteu » 2017-02-06, 6:26

I'm not picky, just impossible. :D I would prefer a novel (good juvenile literature is fine) or a book on history, originally in Hebrew if possible. A children's Bible Story book would also be fine. The main thing is that is good Hebrew and not a lousy translation. I'm interested in אני וליאה but I'm not sure how difficult the Hebrew is. Elsenberg sounds rather rabbinic.
I teach Biblical Hebrew, so I am familiar with the various verb forms and vocalisation etc. I started off with a German language book, and am now working on the 3rd unit in Edna Amir Coffin's Lessons in Modern Hebrew II. The grammar is still mostly review for me, but working on the sentences is helping a lot.
Cheryl Simani's The Cornerstone of Deception/Even Pinat HaHoniah looks interesting, Daughters of Iraq by by Revital Shiri-Horowitz, or Masa Habubot L'Eretz-Israel by Abraham Regelson.
I have a German copy of Pinhas Sadeh's folk tales, and would love to read it in Hebrew
Todah!

Yours, Cambron

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Re: Something to read

Postby Golv » 2017-02-09, 14:28

caleteu wrote:I'm interested in אני וליאה but I'm not sure how difficult the Hebrew is. Elsenberg sounds rather rabbinic.

Both are written in accessible Hebrew from what I could glimpe in the first chapter of each. אני וליאה makes particularily little effort at fancy prose and is close to vernacular in style. Eisenberg's style is just a tad more fancy, but far from resembling anything rabbinic.

Dvora Omer and Galila Ron-Feder Amit are two names that are strongly associated with juvenile literature in Israel. Some of their works tackle serious topics and directed at a slightly more mature audience.

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Re: Something to read

Postby caleteu » 2017-02-10, 17:24

Thank you!
I will keep your advice in mind, but for starters I have just ordered a children's book by Abraham Regelson. But I do want to read אני וליאה

yours, CAmbron

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Re: Something to read

Postby Golv » 2017-02-11, 0:52

Sure. That wasn't meant to be a recommendation to be clear, I just mentioned a couple of authors to give some direction to your search, since you expressed interest in juvenile literature in Hebrew, but I can't personally vouch for the quality of their work or promise it will help with your Hebrew any. Any children literature created in the last 50 years probably doesn't hold any literary value that would be appreciated by adults. It's just there to pass your time till you are old enough to read Harry Potter or something.

Regelson seems to me more difficult than both Eisenberg and that other one. Or at least furthest removed from colloquial language. Good luck in any case :)

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Re: Something to read

Postby caleteu » 2017-02-21, 13:08

Golv wrote:
caleteu wrote:I'm interested in אני וליאה but I'm not sure how difficult the Hebrew is. Elsenberg sounds rather rabbinic.

Both are written in accessible Hebrew from what I could glimpe in the first chapter of each. אני וליאה makes particularily little effort at fancy prose and is close to vernacular in style. Eisenberg's style is just a tad more fancy, but far from resembling anything rabbinic.


Ok, not rabbinic -- but not always quite modern -- I keep having to delve into my Dictionaries for Biblical Hebrew :wink:
Yours, Cambron


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