Free Online Interactive Language Tools
By: Mindy Scirri
Hebrew learning for kids can be fun. And free! The Internet provides a variety of resources for your children to learn Hebrew, including elementary Hebrew curricula for your homeschool. Using free online Hebrew lessons for kids, your family can learn the alphabet, basic vocabulary, and language skills. Interactive games and activities can reinforce knowledge and skills to promote fluency.
Check out these resources for learning Hebrew for children:
Free Websites to Learn Basic Hebrew
“Welcome to CartoonHebrew.com, where we use obnoxiously primitive cartoons to teach you Hebrew in a fun, easy, and quick way!”
Did you know the Jewish alphabet is often called the “alefbet” because of its first two letters? Browse this site to learn more about vowels and points, styles of writing, ancient Hebrew, transliteration, numerical values, and fonts and word processors.
Want a free online course in Hebrew? This is for you! There is an introduction and 15 lessons. “This website is intended for all people willing (seriously) to learn Hebrew. It assumes no previous knowledge and presumes no special skills—yet it will, given you dedicate some time to it, get you to a decent level of speaking and writing Hebrew.”
My Hebrew Name
Have you ever wondered what your name is in Hebrew? Visit this database to view, print, and save your name. You can also sign up to get a Hebrew word emailed to you each day for free!
Teach Me Hebrew
“The mission of TeachMeHebrew.com is to help you become fluent in modern Israeli Hebrew. This site is especially for those who prefer to teach themselves, rather than take classes. We aim to provide large amounts of basic-through-advanced Hebrew/English bilingual texts + audio.”
Free Websites to Learn Advanced Hebrew
Click on this Israeli site for children, all in Hebrew.
Learning Hebrew While Studying the Old Testament
Access this free student textbook in PDF format to learn Hebrew through study of the Old Testament. It includes information and images, 59 assignments, and suggestions for further study.
Online Hebrew Tutorial
“This tutorial teaches both Biblical and Modern Hebrew, as spoken in the State of Israel today.” It is available as a free downloadable PDF.
Free Hebrew Apps
“Clozemaster is language learning through mass exposure to vocabulary in context.” Just fill in the blank for each sentence and work toward mastery of Hebrew or many other languages.
Drops: Learn Hebrew Language and Alphabet for Free
“What if Hebrew vocabulary learning would be a crazy fun game instead of boring memorization drills? Drops makes language learning an effortless fun. Practical vocabulary is bound to your memories through beautiful graphics and quick mini-games.
The crazy part? You have only 5 mins per day. Might sound insane but works like charm!”
“FoundationStone is a FREE application and support materials designed to help you learn Hebrew…. By recording which words you are getting wrong and reviewing those words more frequently, the program adapts your program of study to your individual needs. Contrast this to the standard method of learning using lists of words on paper – the words you already know get the same attention as words you don’t. Words can be reviewed from English to Hebrew or Hebrew to English and reviewed in random order, so you are not remembering them from their position in the list. Statistics are provided and allow you to set personal goals for each session. By allowing you to filter on the frequency a word occurs in a typical Hebrew text, the program allows you to better target a vocabulary appropriate to your level of knowledge – be that beginner or advanced.”
Hebrew by Nemo
“Turn your iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch into your FAVORITE teacher of Hebrew.” It includes “the most essential words and phrases of the language, each with native speaker audio. Master your accent with the Speech Studio. Simply record yourself saying a phrase and then hear your voice next to the teacher’s. You’ll be AMAZED how quickly your foreign accent melts away.”
Now with sound, this iOS app helps beginners learn block and cursive letters of the Alef-Bet by showing “animated images of how each letter is drawn…. The app is based on modern Hebrew as spoken in Israel.”
The Ji Collection
These apps are “ready to use right now: free forever.” For Hebrew learning, choose from Ji Alef-Bet (stage 1 for Hebrew letters and stage 2 for simple Hebrew words) and Alef Bet Wheel (to learn the Hebrew alphabet and vowel sounds). Standalone apps are also available for other topics in Judaism through this site.
Learn Hebrew: Hebrew Basic Phrases
“This app was originally developed as an entry to the 2010 CIO/G6 “Apps for the Army” competition, and it is based on the modules publicly available online from the U.S. Defense Language Institute. While this app’s subject matter relates mainly to military topics, the app is broadly useful with content relating to a range of topics.”
Mondly Languages: Learn Hebrew. Speak Hebrew.
“With Mondly you can learn Hebrew sentences and expressions FREE with daily Hebrew language lessons online. This app is the effective way for beginners to study verbs, pronunciation and how to speak like a native with daily practice…. Learn Hebrew with 5 minutes of practice daily. Mondly is the quick fix that will teach you core Hebrew words and Hebrew phrases for conversation, just like a phrasebook. If you want to learn beyond the basics, there are also Hebrew grammar lessons available. It’s even great for kids!”
Morfix: English to Hebrew Translator & Dictionary
“This is the newest FREE version of Morfix, the most popular, comprehensive and accurate English-Hebrew and Hebrew-English dictionary (milon) and translation app, with a new design and many new English learning features, such as word games and grammar quizzes! Translation from English to Hebrew or from Hebrew to English is now simple more than ever with the auto language detection and the auto-complete functionality.”
Write It! Hebrew
“Write It! Hebrew is the first writing recognition app for Hebrew! Try our writing recognition and you’ll never want to go back to tracing apps.”
Free Online Games and Activities
Jewish Education & Entertainment
Known as the “J Site,” this colorful site contains links to Jewish games to help your child learn Hebrew in a fun way. Also available are English-Hebrew vocabulary study sheets, a link to learn Hebrew signs, and other information about Jewish culture and life in Israel.
Here is a site packed with fun activities for children who have been studying the Torah. You child can learn the Hebrew “alef-bet” along with lots of information about the Jewish calendar, holidays, and history. You can also find the classic stories, Tales from the Gaonim and Tales from the Midrash and Talmud.
Other Free Hebrew Resources
Study Jewish topics, including Hebrew, “over the phone with a study partner of your own.” This program is self-paced and free with a half-hour commitment per week. Join “a diverse community of growth-oriented Jewish families online and at Oorah events and retreats.”
See also: Jewish Homeschooling