פּרוֹטרוֹט

Shalom! Change! Last week I had a change of heart. I originally was going to learn how to play the piano with my daughter. I chose this because her and I could learn together, but using different methods. If you read my previous learning project post, there is more detailed information.

However, after a few days, I had a revelation! Lately I have been more interested in learning about my family heritage. Although I am mixed with German, Jewish and Welsh; the entirety of my fathers side of the family are Ashkenazi Jews. What is an Ashkenazi Jew, you ask? These were Jews who migrated from the Middle East to Europe. For my family, Poland. Which is where the Holocaust mostly took place. You can read more about it via a scholarly journal here.

Because of the personal nature of being of Jewish descent, I have been inspired to learn Hebrew. Although my fathers side spoke a few different languages, such as Yiddish, German and English – I believe Hebrew will bring me closer to my cultural identity.

For brief background information, I have no previous experience learning the Hebrew language. I was born and raised speaking English. So this is completely new!

Here are some resources that I have come across thus far:

This first website called Learn Hebrew Online is very resourceful! There is the word in Hebrew, the English translation, as well as an audio of the word being spoken.

This youtube channel called Hebrew For Beginners is great because it provides the written form of Hebrew along with the explanation, by hand. Because I am a hands on learner, this will be great for my learning journey!

I imagine I will find more resources along the way. There are a few apps I am about to try and will provide a review of for my next post.

4 thoughts on “פּרוֹטרוֹט

  1. Hi Alicia,
    Thank you for making such an informative post. I sure learned something new from reading this post! I am also very excited for you to begin your new journey since you feel such a deep connection to your family roots. I wish you the best of luck, and can’t wait to continue following along!

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  2. Alicia,
    This is a great learning project idea since this is something you care about and will help you feel a deeper connection to your heritage. I cannot wait to see you get started with this!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Kylie

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  3. Oh wow! This is such a meaningful and important learning project for you. I had heard of Ashkenazi Jews before but I was not aware of exactly what that meant. I’m sure there are so many interesting parts of the culture that you could learn about. And learning Hebrew sounds so ambitious but also super interesting! That would be such an interesting language to become fluent in. I’m curious if you copied and pasted your blog post title or if there is a ways to type in Hebrew (clearly I’m very ignorant on translating using typing). I can’t wait to see you progress throughout the semester!

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  4. Wow, this sounds like a great learning project! I cant wait to read how it goes, while the piano would be neat to learn I think this is a great idea and probably so.ething you could still share with your daughter. Are you planning on starting with the alphabet? Is it called an alphabet? I’m excited to learn by reading about your learning! Good luck!

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