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Modern Hebrew is an official language of Israel and is different to older forms of Hebrew - often called Biblical Hebrew - which are used in Jewish religious texts and prayers. Spoken Hebrew died out as an everyday language for more than 1,500 years but was revived in the 19th century. After Israel, the United States has the second largest Hebrew speaking population.

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Where Is It Spoken?

Israel

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Semitic

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Fun facts about Hebrew

Hebrew is written from right to left and traditionally doesn’t include any vowels, although vowels can be indicated by small dots above and below the consonants.

English words borrowed from Hebrew include: cherub, hallelujah and amen.

Speaking modern Hebrew helps you understand a lot - but not all - of Biblical Hebrew, like speaking English helps you understand a lot - but not all - of Shakespearian English.

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