Intermediate Modern Hebrew I

May 2014

Rina is the best! You'll learn Hebrew very well, including all the grammar rules, and you'll have a great time doing it. Rina's class is always lighthearted and fun, but you're also always learning. Rina's background in linguistics means she knows how to teach the language in a way that students understand. She's also just a great, caring, sassy person; get to know her outside of class, too. Basically, take this class. You won't regret it.

Feb 2014

Illan is enthusiastic, intelligent, smart, funny, and patient. He teaches 1st and 2nd Year Hebrews I and II. He's laid back, which allows the students to develop camaraderie with him and each other. He has a huge bank of knowledge about Semitic languages and linguistics in general, and he incorporates his knowledge into lessons. He is always good-natured and willing to meet with students outside of class. He wants nothing more than for his students to succeed, and it shows. He prioritizes the needs of the class before any others, and still manages to teach material thoroughly. He seems to truly love to teach, which makes his class all the more enjoyable. He wants to share his knowledge, and he wants his students to appreciate it and to love learning it. I could not recommend Illan more.

Dec 2010

I love Gveret Bersohn! I've learned so much in just one semester. I'm actually able to have small conversations, compared to last year when I was too scared to even speak in class. To like this class and do well you have to pay attention and do the work, which shouldn't be a problem for anyone who wants to learn a language well. She is a stickler about being late, so just accept it and get to class on time. She's right, it is disrespectful to walk into class late. That said she won't hate you for the rest of your life if by chance you don't wake up in time.

Mar 2008

I've learned an enormous amount, and the semester is just halfway through. As another reviewer mentioned, Nehama has a vast repository of historical and biblical quotes at her command, as well as expressions and cute little colloquialisms. She's high-energy and always seems to be in a good mood. Language instruction has never been so much fun. A note to daydreamers: She cares about getting verbal responses (and rapt attention) from every single student -- so prepare to wake up and pay attention at 9 a.m.!

Aug 2003

This woman is a diva. She has that abrupt tough-guy front, but I think she's actually a sweety on the inside. She likes to be very bitchy and makes fun of you if you're late or absent, but she's pretty harmless - it's her dry sense of humor and wit. Anyway, I think she's an excellent teacher, and definitely a brilliant woman. I really learned a lot without too much effort as far as hw and studying were concerned. If you want to learn Hebrew, take this class! She's also a nice grader!

May 2003

Bersohn is a great professor. Although the class meets 9am Monday-Friday (forget about going out Thursday night!), she does a great job in making sure that everyone understands the material. Bersohn emphasizes speaking, and the bulk of the written material is straight out of the (semi-outdated) text. She often refers to outside stories when reading text passages, which proves to be very helpful in students understanding listening & language comprehension. Because the class is small, everyone participates. Quizzes are frequent, which is a definite stress reliever. Very good class overall.

Mar 2003

Excellent, dedicated professor. Bersohn kept the students on their toes at all times, as she would continually call on us to answer questions on vocabulary or grammar, ensuring each student was "picked-on" in equal weight. While some of the students found Professor Bersohn to be cold, this was largely a result of her hard nosed approach to learning. She could often tell when a student was not putting in the effort, and when she did, she cut them no slack. However, if she knew you were making the effort, even if languages were not your forte, you could still be successful in the class. As a language teacher, she is excellent, clear, and willing to repeat herself until all in the class comprehend. While she might be intimidating to some students, she entertains all quesions, with little or no grief.

Dec 2002

I joined this class to fill my language requirement, and having bad experiences in high school foreign language, I wasn't exactly looking forward to to the 9am Monday-Friday class. Nevertheless, Bersohn makes this class worth taking. She conducts most of the class in Hebrew, and because of the small class size, we all participated a lot. As a result, everyone in the class improved on their speaking. There is nightly homework that is collected very infrequently... maybe 20 minutes worth a night, and she goes over it in class. There is a test or two a week, but as long as you did all the homework, you can ace each one with very little studying. A good portion of the course is on learning the different grammatical forms, and though it can be tedious, she helps us comprehend them by putting up Talmudic proverbs. All around good course.

Jan 2000

I couldn't disagree more with that review! I found her to be downright nasty sometimes. She almost made me cry once. She was nice at the beginning of the year but she's a [insert one of your favorite nouns here] if ever I've met one.