These days, learning another language is almost an essential part of surviving in this world. Choosing the second language to learn may not be easy to do. It depends largely on an individual’s interests, goals, and employment. For example, those who are interested in learning Hebrew may be scholars, businessmen (or women), or may want to learn for religious reasons.
Scholars who study the original text of the bible find it necessary to understand the language it was written in. Thus, they must become more than familiar with the Hebrew language. Instead, they must be fluent in it to gain an understanding of the history that is tied up in the pages of the most widely known book in the world. As a result of their efforts, the history that a student reads becomes more alive to him or her.
Some of the resources that a scholar uses to facilitate the acquisition of the language are quite varied. They may use flash cards, textbooks, video, and audio compact discs. Each serves a specific function to a learner. For example, the compact discs help one to practice speaking the language while books help in improving the reading skills.
Businessmen and women learn the Hebrew language because of the simple fact that the world is becoming more and more a global community. Thus, if a person wishes to deal in one of the most influential economies that exist today, it is to their advantage to become somewhat fluent in it. It shows a greater measure of courtesy when one speaks to another in their native tongue.
Those who truly want to learn to speak this particular tongue for religious reasons do so out of their devotion to their beliefs. They fervently wish to perform their rituals and devotions in the proper manner by reciting the proper words. Without that option available to them, some would feel that a ceremony that they have just undergone may not be as complete as it should have been.
Interestingly enough, up until the nineteenth century, the use of the language was restricted. It could only be used in a literary context, prayers, and in more formal settings. In fact, it was considered a holy language and thus it was considered quite vulgar to use it for every day conversations.
The reason behind the rationale of reserving the language only for specific uses is that it was thought to be the language that was used in the creation of the world and of the universe. The spoken word, rather than the written, was one of the most powerful creative tools that brought into existence the entire creation from absolute nothingness. Thus it was considered to be the ultimate blasphemy to use the words in anything other than meditation and prayer.
To learn Hebrew is not only for the devout or for scholars who wish to gain a greater understanding of the world and its history. Hebrew language training also can help those in a secular capacity conduct their business in a way that is much more understanding and courteous. Those who are native speakers of Hebrew may feel better disposed to dealing with those who had made the effort to speak to them in their own tongue.