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Premium Hebrew
By EuroTalk
Five programs on One DVD-ROM, for Windows and Mac
ISBN: 1-847838-17-0
Reviewed by Simone Bonim - April 11, 2011

Premium Hebrew is a 5 in 1 Hebrew language program from Eurotalk. This course contains five programs that teach you how to speak and understand Modern, spoken Hebrew. This course is not designed to teach you how to read and write Hebrew. Rather it just concentrates on improving your speaking and listening skills by having you listen to, and mimic, native Hebrew speakers via a host of innovative and fun to use programs that will have you quickly and easily conversing in Hebrew. In addition, these programs give you the option of choosing from more than twenty-five different languages. For the purposes of this review, I used English as my 'help' language.

The five programs are contained on a single DVD-ROM, and they include: Combined, these five programs will provide you with a substantial vocabulary and a great deal of practice in honing your listening comprehension skills, as well as in perfecting you Israeli - Hebrew accent. If you want to use the 'record your voice' feature in these programs, you will need to obtain a microphone that will work with your computer, as one is not included with this disc. Most of these programs give you the option of printing out lists of vocabulary words and certificates if you reach a certain score on the quizzes. All these programs are designed so that they can be used by multiple users, with 'student records' being kept for each user.

I found pronunciation of the native speakers used throughout these programs to be spot on, although in some of the beginner programs they speak a great deal slower than you will find in real life. However, in the World Talk program, the speakers use a more natural cadence, and you have the option of slowing them down, or speeding up their voices, to match your comfort level and to give you the opportunity to gradually learn to understand native Hebrew speakers speaking at rapid speed used in ordinary conversations!

The Premium Hebrew program is a wonderful product for anyone wanting to learn to speak or understand spoken Hebrew. It is useful for both total beginners as well as more advanced students wishing to increase their vocabulary and listening skills. You do not need to know how to read or write Hebrew to use this program as these skills are not taught in this program. However, I think that having a basic understanding of the Hebrew alphabet and its sounds will be of an advantage. In the Talk More program there is a segment that will provide you with a very basic introduction to the Hebrew alphabet. For a more comprehension introduction (but something suitable for both children and adults), I recommend that you take a look at: Akhlah's Learn the Aleph-Bet.

I enjoyed using the Premium Hebrew programs, and I found these programs to be suitable for use by both children and adults alike, although some age groups will like some of the games better than others. Overall, there is plenty of fun to be had in these programs for students of any age, and this is a fun and somewhat addictive means of increasing your modern Hebrew vocabulary and in getting extra practice honing your listening skills. If you are studying Hebrew on your own, without the aid of a native speaking teacher, you'll want to be sure to use this, or a similar program, to practice your listening skills and to refine your accent. I recommend this program to anyone wanting to practice their Hebrew listening and speaking skills, and who want to expand their Hebrew vocabulary!

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