Re: learning languages. Making the process of both reading and writing them accessible.

Jeremy <icu8it2@...>

Hi Leo and thank you bunches for the response.
That's sort of where I've been heading in my path to learning it, although, it's only now that I've really been able to get anything useful about the written aspect of the language. As far as the speaking part goes though, I've had wonderful luck in being able to find loads of different lessons and such on proper pronunciation, proper use of words, the words themselves, etc, so it hasn't been all that bad yet. As I was telling Melissa privately, I did figure out that I could also use Google translate, with the first language set to Hebrew and the translated one to English and it works quite well for testing out my own pronunciation, but it does have a few tiny shortcomings. My Israeli friend has been truly wonderful in helping me with other parts I've had issues with and with her being a native speaker, that's even better. I do agree though that once I reach that stage where my comprehension is good enough to use podcasts and such, that's definitely the rout I'd like to take. I even thought about figuring out a way to get access to Israeli television newscasts and listening to those too. lol

I love the idea that you also mentioned, grabbing bits of web pages written in Hebrew and copying them into a word document and then working through them a bit at a time, so that begs the question, what advice can you give on Windows-supported TTSs that might support the language? I know there's quite the difference between those TTSs that support Spanish and ones that might support Hebrew, but figured it was worth asking. :)
Best wishes and hope you are doing well.
Take care.

On 12/29/2017 7:14 AM, Leo Bado wrote:

Hi, apart from other people told you

I want to suggest some lines here.

I’m a Spanish speaker and not exactly a young dude, I’m 35 years old and started learning English on September 2015, that would be two years ago and now I read books, listen up podcasts and even I’m able to speak with a native speaker English on whatsapp.

So, I would like to know I did something right on my learning process.


Of course, on internet there are so much English learning material than Hebrew, that’s a fact and something you should be aware, besides, I don’t want to discourage you but you should know Hebrew is not exactly, what we would say, into the 5 top ten easy languages to learn, even por people who speak many languages, however it is not one of the most difficult languages either.

You can contrast this information by doing a search on the web.


I suggest to use many synthetizers as you can, listening up different synthetizers gives you a better understanding, of course try to find a good podcast, a basic one at first and eventually look for an advanced one.


Ask for any Hebrew native speaker for connecting you with a mailing list for chatting so you can see how they use the vocabulary on a daily bases.


If you use windows 10, great!, this OS brings you excellent synthetizers that in my opinion are more efficient and and understandable for a beginner, so all you would have to to do is download the respective package.

Alt + shihft taggle between keyboard languages.


Find on internet webs with your prefer topics and copy them into word, then slowly read them and  look into a dictionary every word you do not understand, at first, only do this with specific words repeated on the text again and again, important to determine if it is an article, a noun or a verb.



Later on your learning process I suggest start reading books, specially biographies or memories, this is because language contained on this books is so much closer to a vocabulary use on a daily bases than any other genra.


As I said before, I do not want to discourage you, but do some more research on internet and try to find where are the wick points  for ang English native speaker to for learning Hebrew, this way you would be clear about where exactly to start and what objective procrastinate.


For instance, for me as I native Spanish speaker I quickly discovered pronunciation will be my wickness, so I do not pay so much attetntion to this but I will have to do it later because I want to sound natural or something closer at least when speaking with a native.  But if I would have started for this objective, as you would suppose, I would have abandone the whole learning English process, so I focused on reading that is what suits me! 

Anyways, good luck!






El 29/12/2017 a las 06:34, Ann Parsons escribió:
Hi all,

Jeremy, I'm sure that someone can help you with the audio end of things.  However, I would strongly suggest that you explore learning Braille and Hebrew Braille in particular.  I don't know much about this but if you're wanting to learn both Modern Hebrew plus leturgical Hebrew, contact The Jewish Guild for the Blind in NYC. They will have info for you

<smiling>  I don't know if 'liturgical' is the right word for Hebrew used in religious services and for the Bible, but it's the only word I know.   There is a difference between the two, I think.

Ann P.
Original message:
Howdy all and hope that everyone is doing well. I had a few questions
about the process of learning a language, my example being Hebrew for
which I've become interested, that hopefully one of you kind souls might
be able to point me in the right direction.

While I've had wonderful luck in being able to find materials,
lessons/videos and such that are designed to help in learning, I'm
finding that I know next to nothing about the process required to make
the written part more accessible. It's my understanding that the ability
to actually read the language is controlled from within the text to
speech engine, but I'm guessing that the screenreader also needs to
support the ability to auto switch between languages, else you'd need to
change back and forth manually depending on the language you were trying
to read.

If I am correct in my thinking and this is how it works, might someone
be able to give me some ideas/advice on whether Talkback on Android has
this ability and what TTS would support both English and Hebrew? I'd
also like to be able to read both on the computer and I seem to remember
seeing an option inside NVDA for auto-language switching, so does this
mean I just need a TTS that supports both languages here also?

In as far as being able to type the language for practice, on the phone
at least, I'm guessing that perhaps Google's default keyboard on Android
could support it. I'm also hoping that it's not too difficult to change
my keyboard type on Windows, for the few times I'd be wishing to write
those characters, but I'd love to be corrected in anything I might be
missing. haha :)
The being able to write the language is sorta secondary though, as I
have to be able to read it first. lol
Anyways, hope that all of you have had a wonderful holidays so far and
are staying safe and warm and a happy new year coming up, too.
Take care.

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