A Central Bureau of Statistics report says more than 25 percent of Israeli citizens struggle with writing in Hebrew, an article on Haaretz.com says. eTeacher Hebrew helps both children and adults learn the language.
An article on Haaretz.com reports that the anxiety some feel when forced to fill out information in Hebrew may not be unique to them. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, around 27 percent of Israelis aged 20 and older struggle with writing Hebrew in letters and filling out forms. The survey is based on self-reported results from 2011. Reading Hebrew seems to be an even bigger issue.
Nearly 40 percent of new immigrants to Israel either struggle with reading Hebrew or can’t do it at all. But veteran immigrants consider themselves pros. Ninety percent of those who have been in the country since before 1989 say they have solid control the of the language, and eight of every 10 of those respondents say they read Hebrew well.
It gets harder with old age, as well. About 50 percent of people aged 65 or older can’t write letters in Hebrew. Those born in the Soviet Union struggle more, with 60 percent of those answering reporting trouble. Israeli Arabs are not much better, though, with 45 percent of them answering they struggle with letters and forms in Hebrew. Even native Israelis struggle, with 14 percent answering they have trouble.
eTeacher Hebrew could help any of these groups better understand the language. eTeacher Hebrew uses the best teachers from Israel and offers multimedia lessons delivered right on the student’s screen. The lessons happen in small groups of six to eight students, or students could have private sessions with a teacher as well.
Most of these respondents from Israel have a solid control of the language itself, and over 60 percent of Arab respondents agreed they had good command of Hebrew. However, nearly 100 percent of them say they speak Arabic at home. Nearly 90 percent of Russian immigrants responding say they speak Russian at home, but both groups say they speak Hebrew as well.
The information gained from the survey concludes that as people get older, the likelihood of Hebrew being their native tongue decreases. About 60 percent of responding Jews said Hebrew is their first language while 14 percent responded Russian. Less than three percent responded Yiddish, French, Spanish, English, Arabic and others.
eTeacher Hebrew teaches the language in Hebrew only, regardless of the level or background of the class and individual students.