Havah naGiLah

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by: The Lookstein Center

“ZyGLots” (like GL in the Table below) reveal exciting new relationships across many languages, making Hebrew more interesting & fun to learn. See languagebazaar.com & Macrolinguistics, 2016, 2018 & forthcoming.
Teaching & Testing Reading-Vocabulary in Hebrew as L2
In testing vocabulary for reading, simple translation into L1 is better than multiple-choice tests: it is straightforward, and allows fun contests. For teaching foreign-language vocabulary, teachers traditionally warn against “false friends” (cognates with different meanings)—but Lexical Parallels—within Hebrew or with English, (even if mere coincidences) can be helpful, mind-expanding and even fun. This, whether they involve single consonants (like Baqar with Beef) or Consonant-Pairs (like PR in PRu ‘be fruitful!’ with Enllish PRocreate. Some students may even explore Consonant-Pairs on their own, such as PR; or DV in Dvorah, Dvash & Dov meaning: ‘bee, honey, bear’—or GL in Hebrew naGiLah, parallel to English GaLa & also GLee. Imagining & discussing the meanings of Consonant-Pairs (as in “Pu-Lease”) and even of single Consonants can be fun, expanding multi-lingual curiosity and competence, with resulting increase in Hebrew vocabulary.
To view the lesson plan: Puh-Lease++