The Hebrew Program is part of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, and Hebrew students typically concentrate on Modern Hebrew and the ancient Near East. Students are encouraged to develop a regional focus at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Academic and cultural activities in the department are supported by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, whose activities are primarily funded by a federal Title VI grant.

The Modern Hebrew Project, which produced open resource tools for the study of Modern Hebrew language and linguistics, was initiated at the University of Texas Linguistics Research Center in the late 1990s, and some of the materials developed within that framework are still available through this site. This project has been generously supported by the University of Texas Vision Plan and the College of Liberal Arts.

The materials available on this site are intended for use by the general public as well as UT students. While they may supplement any curriculum, the tutorials and other resources offered here work best within the framework of the curriculum developed at the University of Texas at Austin. Materials for Esther Raizen's Modern Hebrew for Beginners (UT Press, 2000, third reprint 2006), and Modern Hebrew for Intermediate Students (UT Press, 2001, third reprint 2006) are included in the Tutorials and Video Clips sections of this site (see navigation bar). We have now launched the set Yours Truly, twenty units with a listening component and exercises. The set of open-source materials was developed to supplement the curriculum used at UT as we move into an intensive model of instruction, but may be used independently as well.

While we do not provide technical support in conjunction with the site, we have included a page of Frequently Asked Questions and helpful hints. To enjoy the full functionality of the resources, you will need the RealPlayer, Quicktime, Shockwave, and Flash players, all available for free download. Links to the players will be provided on the relevant pages.

Material on this site may be used, quoted, or linked to for educational purposes without prior permission, provided appropriate credit is given to Dr. Raizen and the University of Texas at Austin. Commercial use of this material or its duplication in any form are strictly prohibited.

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Hebrew Videos

by Sandy Gade

These clips were produced at The University of Texas at Austin by Esther Raizen and Yaron Shemer. The “Merav and Friends” series presents the discourse in a slowed-down, carefully articulated speech, for the benefit of beginners. The “Rina and David” series contains short scenes in close-to-normal speed of speech, and the “Kobi and Eyal” series presents native-like discourse speed.
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Hebrew Sound Bites

by Sandy Gade

"Sound Bites" are audio and video interviews produced at the University of Texas at Austin as part of the Modern Hebrew Project. The interviews are presented in segments for the sake of fast downloading. While designed for use in Hebrew language classes as supplementary materials for listening comprehension and conversation practice, they can provide research data for students and scholars of linguistics and sociolinguistics.
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Hebrew Tutorials

by Sandy Gade

Organized by beginner, intermediate, independent, and Biblical Hebrew, These tutorials work best within the framework of the curriculum used at the University of Texas at Austin: Modern Hebrew for Beginners (UT Press, 2000), and Modern Hebrew for Intermediate Students (UT Press, 2001). Individual tutorials, however, and certainly the independent tutorials, may be of use in other settings as well.
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Biblical Hebrew

by Sandy Gade

This site includes a variety of tutorials and other resources for students and teachers of Biblical Hebrew. At this point it includes two tools: Biblical Hebrew Text and Biblical Hebrew for Beginners.
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