Sometimes, bold educational efforts require ridiculous measures.
What could be bolder than learning a foreign language? How to keep all the new vocabulary words in mind? How to juggle new nouns, verbs, and adjectives in an already-brimming brain?
For those looking to boost their Hebrew skills, a recent book, “Hilarious Hebrew,” has come the rescue.
It pairs 235 Hebrew words with bad puns tying together their English meaning, often illustrated with a cartoon.
For example: “DUDE!!! You totally fixed my BOILER” teaches that the Hebrew word for boiler is dood.
Or: “What a lovely HOUSE! I think I’m going to BUY IT,” reminds us that the Hebrew word for house is bayit.
It was created by two Israelis living in Brighton, England: Eyal Shavit and Yael Breuer. The illustrations are by a non-Israeli Brit, Aubrey Smith.
So sure, when it comes to being proper on Hebrew pronunciation, you might find a safer book. But you won’t find a funnier one. Recommended for anyone willing to risk some groaners in the quest to boost Hebrew vocabulary for themselves or their students.