I moved to Israel and as a result, I need to learn Hebrew! It’s been a goal of mine for a long time. We were supposed to get Aliya status and with that free Ulpan (Hebrew School), but because I was born in Soviet Union, that didn’t happen.
Because I’m doing grad school and working and have to spend time with wife and family, I don’t have a lot of time. However, every day I’m on a bus to school for about an hour and a half. That’s enough time to do about 2-4 Duolingo lessons. I don’t think Duolingo is the best at learning a language, however, I figured if I had a routine, it would help.
So for 30 days, I did my best to do a couple lessons a day. I probably did 20 days total last month but it really helped! My reading is better, I can recognize some words when people talk, enough so that when people come up to me on the street to ask directions, I don’t freeze.
I’m still really bad but at the end of the 30 day challenge, I’m still doing it more than I did before. I do need to do a lot more to get to Hebrew fluency by the end of the year, but I think that will happen, as long as I am diligent.
Other things that help is certainly trying to speak and also, listening to Israeli music. I have found some good playlists on Youtube. I definitely recommend it!