Is Hebrew as complicated as Arabic?

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Is Hebrew as complicated as Arabic?

Postby rykketid » 2012-02-09, 12:03

Since it is said they're really similar (after all they belong to the same language family), I guess the answer is "yes, it is".

Nevertheless I would like to read the opinion of more competent people... and I would really like to know the main differences and the main common things of these two languages.

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Re: Is Hebrew as complicated as Arabic?

Postby Imyirtseshem » 2012-02-09, 12:10

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Re: Is Hebrew as complicated as Arabic?

Postby Babelfish » 2012-02-10, 14:49

I'd say there's no single and clear-cut answer to this question. Arabic has a somewhat more complicated writing system, difficult pronunciation (for most people), larger vocabulary, inconsistent plurals, a (rather simple) case system in MSA, and multiple dialects. Hebrew verb conjugations are more complex IMO due to issues with guttural consonants, strong/weak consonants etc. which don't exist (the issues, that is) in Arabic, at least not in MSA.
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Re: Is Hebrew as complicated as Arabic?

Postby Imyirtseshem » 2012-02-13, 11:21

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Re: Is Hebrew as complicated as Arabic?

Postby shprakh » 2012-04-10, 9:06

The fact that Modern Hebrew doesn't suffer from Diglossia makes it a lot easier for me. I also find it much easier to remember Hebrew vocabulary. I'm still struggling with recognizing written text in both languages, though.

Babelfish wrote:Arabic has a somewhat more complicated writing system


Really? I find it easier because of the pair of letters that have the same pronunciation in Modern Hebrew or represent more than one sound.

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Re: Is Hebrew as complicated as Arabic?

Postby Babelfish » 2012-04-12, 13:31

Yes, you've got a point... Plus, I've seen quite a few learners complain about Hebrew block letters being too similar to each other (then again, Arabic distinguishes many letters based only on bunches of dots). I suppose it depends on the individual.


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