Learning how to speak Hebrew was the most difficult thing I have ever done. I would put it as more difficult than giving birth! Haha, okay… maybe not THAT difficult. But, it was difficult nonetheless. So difficult that I had a hard time really setting time aside to work on it.
Although I first decided to learn how to play the piano for my learning project, I thought it would be more fun to challenge myself. Especially because being Hebrew is part of my ancestry. Unfortunately I think I bit off more than I could chew. I do not know anyone who speaks it personally. My father spoke it as a child, but doesn’t anymore and his parents have both passed and they were the only fluent ones in my family.
In terms of my pre-assessment, I literally had nothing to go off of. Unless you consider words like, “Shalom!” which I feel like everyone knows? But, that is a huge generalization.
After all is said and done, I still don’t speak Hebrew. I would have to look at the words and their meanings in order to translate. I believe if I was able to practice with someone on a regular basis, it would be easier to remember. I know the University offers a language club, but, I believe it is only in French and English.
Looking back, I wish I would have stuck with piano, as I feel that my progress would have far outweighed my Hebrew progress. As I read and saw the progress of a few other students, I was a bit discouraged with my own, or lack thereof. But I was also inspired by one student in particular. Byron! Byron also decided to take on the piano for his learning project. One of his last posts was the introduction to a John Legend song. That was really impressive to me! Because of that, it has motivated me to try piano again.
Needless to say, Hebrew isn’t my cup of tea, especially right now, since I have other priorities. But, that isn’t to say that I would never try pursuing the language again in the future. It is something that would need a lot of my time and effort. I would also need to have more support in place, like a conversational partner. Because Hebrew is in my blood, it will always be a part of me and for that reason, I don’t think that desire to learn will ever completely go away.