ISRAEL FACT FILE
- Official Language: Hebrew
- Population: 8.8 million
- Capital: Jerusalem
- Government: Democratic
- Literacy: 91.75%
- Currency: Shekel
- Calling Code: +972
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- National Colours: Blue & White
- Major Rivers: Hasbani, Nahal Taninim, Nahal Poleg & Hadera Stream
Hebrew (“Ivrit, עִבְרִית ), or “Ivrit, is a member of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family. It is the language of the Hebrew Bible and of the Old Testament of the Christians. The core of the Hebrew Bible, the Torah, traditionally believed to have been first recorded in the time of Moses 3,300 years ago, is written in Classical Hebrew.
Hebrew language, Semitic language of the Northern Central (also called North-western) group; it is closely related to Phoenician and Moabite, with which it is often placed by scholars in a Canaanite subgroup. Spoken in ancient times in Palestine, Hebrew was supplanted by the western dialect of Aramaic beginning about the 3rd century BC; the language continued to be used as a liturgical and literary language, however. It was revived as a spoken language in the 19th and 20th centuries and is the official language of Israel.
Some Fascinating Hebrew Language Facts:
- Hebrew was originally spoken by the Israelites. The oldest records of written Hebrew date between 1200BC and 587BC, including the Bible.
- Hebrew is mainly spoken in Israel with 90% of Israeli Jews and 60% of Israeli Arabs being proficient, and the United States has the second largest Hebrew-speaking population.
- The vast majority of the Hebrew Bible (Tanach) is written in Hebrew. (Some of the last books of the Bible, Daniel and Ezra, contain significant chunks of Aramaic, the lingua franca of the Jewish people during their Babylonian exile.)
- Hebrew is a language that was thought to be two thousand years old. It was a language that was set aside because of settlers bringing in languages of their own. It has only been recently revived and is seeing a bright future with almost 9 million people willing to share the language and teach. While the language was thought to be dead, the many Hebrew writings helped revive it back to its glory. Even though the Hebrew people forgot how to speak it, it was still used as a written language.
- As Semitic languages, it is not a secret that the Hebrew language is close to the Arabic language. Despite not having the same script, both languages have some similar words and parallel grammar systems. Here are some words that are almost the same – in Hebrew; you will find the word “shalom”, while in Arabic, there is “salam”. These two words have the same meaning which is hello and peace.
- The word “bible” comes from the Greek language, but many of the Hebrew words contained in the holy book can be found in today’s English dictionary. These include mammon (money), Hallelujah (praise God), amen, abracadabra and Satan.
- Hebrew is the language used by Jesus Christ and the Bible. Because of this, a lot of people consider the Hebrew language as a holy language and treat it with much respect. Some would even go as far as strictly using the language for prayers only. While others who are true to the Christian faith goes out of their way to learn the language and how to speak in hopes of becoming closer to God.
Some Interesting Facts About Israel
- Israel is the home to the lowest point on Earth. The Dead Sea is located 1315 feet below sea level. However, thanks to the water density and salt levels, there’s not a chance of sinking any further. So grab a bathing suit and sunscreen, lather yourself with the abundant mineral-packed mud, and just float away.
- Israel’s engineers at Motorola Israel R&D Centre developed the original cell phone technology, the starting point for the smart phones of today.
- Israel has the largest amount of start-ups per capita (hence its nickname The Start Up Nation). It is third in the world for venture capital availability.
- Tel Aviv is a UNESCO heritage site in recognition of the 4,000 Bauhaus buildings that were built in the city in the 1930s and 1940s.
- The capital of the Jewish state is Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a holy city for three religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
- Israel's unique society and culture, strong economy, government support, and “global-first” market approach are just a few of the factors that make Israel's innovation ecosystem one of the most successful in the world.
- 24% of Israel’s workforce holds university degrees – ranking third in the industrialised world, after the United States and the Netherlands – and 12% hold advanced degrees.
- Israel has been at the forefront of some of the major technological advances in recent years, including: some of the development for the very first cell phone was believed to have been done in Israel by Motorola (which has its largest development centre in Israel), most of the Windows NT operating system was developed by Microsoft-Israel, the Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel, and voice mail technology was also developed in Israel.
- Israel's economic freedom score is 74.0, making its economy the 26th freest in the 2020 Index. Other pro-business policies, including monetary stability, free trade, and open capital markets, enjoy widespread support and should ensure the continuation of steady economic progress.
Israeli Culture: Customs & Traditions
Israel is the birthplace of the Jewish culture and its culture encompasses the foundations of many Jewish cultural characteristics, including philosophy, literature, poetry, art, mythology, folklore, mysticism, and festivals; as well as Judaism, which was also fundamental to the creation of Christianity and Islam.
Why choose Langma School of Languages for learning Hebrew
- Langma School of Languages is the pioneer in providing quality education of Hebrew language to students. We at Langma School of Languages combine several things to create a unique learning experience that has set us apart. Our students share their belief as they return to us bringing their relatives and friends.
- Langma School of Languages works a “facilitator” instead of being a “transmitter” of knowledge. Langma School of Languages not only emphasises on improving the language skills but also helps students develop overall-personality.
- Langma School of Languages follows an international standard whilst teaching foreign languages ranging from A1 (Aleph) to C2 (Vav). Langma School of Languages is fully equipped such as Computer lab, Library, and Wi-Fi facility. Langma School of Languages uses its own tested methodology: the Audio/Video – cum – Interactive Method (ACIM), giving a proven quick and easy grasp of the languages. ACIM offers fast result in comprehension and speaking by introducing words and phrases in a structured way to develop sentence framing in an understandable manner, our methodology is suitable for learners of all age group and easily adapted to specific needs.
- The growth of Developing countries remains one of the most anticipated economic and its fulfilment relies on multilingual. A broader foundation of language training enable students enables students to become part of the developed world, their lives become enriched and their future set firmly on the path to success. Langma School of Languages courses of Hebrew Language offer an insight into history, literature, culture, and arts. Langma School of Language is the best training centre for both classroom and online where one can choose individual or group sessions according to their requirements. Our dedicated team of teachers are highly experienced and qualified, some with more than 14 years of teaching experience whilst others hold PhD or other relevant qualification from internationally recognised institutions. They bring their experience to classes: implement a practical approach into their lessons.
- Langma School of Languages is active in promoting the growth and development of Hebrew language learning skills through our classroom and online platform across the world. We take very seriously the importance of providing specific Hebrew language skills to suit our student’s and client’s needs along with being aware of the reputation of both our self’s and our clients and students by ensuring the highest standards of training. Langma School of Languages’ forward thinking approach takes into consideration new developments in teaching practice; we have adopted a pro-active role in lobbying Government bodies, institutions, and several diplomatic centres to take seriously the importance of being multilingual.
- Langma School of Languages offers a best platform to prepare for the international exams like YAEL (Hebrew Proficiency Test). Classes at Langma School of Languages, are offered under the supervision of native speakers, who have years of expertise in preparing students for these exams. A basic structure is created by imparting an overall knowledge of the topic followed by practical exercises and interactive practice sessions. Langma School of Languages’ expertise in education and its ongoing development are brought into play with specific topics and practice sessions designed exclusively for the students.
- Langma School of Languages offers a best platform to acquire the knowledge of Hebrew language and culture. Langma School of Languages covers a range of relevant and fun based areas deemed to be of the greatest value and interest to the participants.
- Langma School of Languages is lead by a team of accomplished teachers and authors with a broad experience in education and interpersonal skills, our inspirational and motivational teaching methods have won the hearts of thousands of students during their illustrious career. Our programme of training is designed specifically for the students and clients and expected outcomes are always reached and exceeded. Students and participants not only gain the required skills they enjoy learning and in many cases have gone on to achieve tops jobs and reach their goals with work wise and personally.
- Langma School of Languages’ client base is extensive and comprehensive including: The Indian Army, Indian Navy, British High Commission, Government Ministers, Members of Parliament (MPs), and Foreign embassies like Embassy of The Czech Republic, Embassy of The United Arab Emirates, Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia, Embassy of The Republic of Benin, and Embassy of The Republic of Congo; and it has provided training programmes for individuals and corporate houses throughout the world. These are just a few of Langma School of Languages’ impressive and ongoing service providers.
Experience professional and authentic Hebrew classes with our Qualified Native-Speakers
All of our Hebrew Language teachers at Langma School of Languages are Native-Speakers and highly qualified, each with specialist and cross over training credentials have between them years of experience and abilities in all areas of training. Langma School of Languages not only ensures that you receive quality teaching, but also acquire authentic Hebrew Language dialect and terminology. One can gain theoretical knowledge from book; however, to gain practical and spoken experience can only be attained in the classroom to be prepared for future endeavour. Our teachers at Langma School of Languages encourage extracurricular practice and it is envisaged that spoken skills are taken beyond the formal teaching environment and into the students’ daily lives. Teachers provide written exercises and presentation, role play, group discussion, and extempore to keep students engaged and consistently using the words and phrases they learnt.