The verb tables are an essential tool in providing learners the proper basics of the Hebrew language. Quite a few books of Hebrew verb tables have been published. Nevertheless, we believe this book offers something different, more sophisticated and more innovative. Our primary objective was to create a high-quality product to help learners understand the principles of Hebrew verb construction and conjugation.
Not only do the book’s many grammatical and visual innovations give the book an attractive and modern appearance, they also serve as an important and effective tool in the learning process. Throughout the book, the letters comprising the verb root are printed in a different color, thus visually reinforcing the regularity and unique structure of each verb form in the seven verb groups (binyanim). Moreover, all verbs are printed with letters denoting vowel sounds (ke'tiv malei), as is common in contemporary Hebrew, as well as in the shortened vowelized (ke'tiv Xaser) form. For both forms, the vowel marks are also printed, thus demonstrating our up-to-date approach.
The book is divided into three parts.
This first part is a Hebrew-English Dictionary comprising 4000 useful Hebrew verbs translated into English, enabling the learner to understand the meaning of the verbs in the book. The dictionary also provides a short summary of the Hebrew alphabet and vowel signs.
The second part is a Guide to Hebrew Verbs. This guide is more complete and comprehensive than the dictionary, and includes verbs from spoken language and even slang (marked by ). In effect, this guide serves as the entry point in looking for a particular verb and its conjugation pattern in the appropriate table. The guide is arranged in alphabetical order, using letters denoting vowel sounds (ke'tiv malei), in the third person masculine singular past tense, followed by the present tense and the infinitive form. After that, the number of the verb’s conjugation table is indicated, followed by any relevant comments. More detailed information on using the guide is provided in the Hebrew introduction.
The third part comprises the Verb Tables. A list of the 264 tables in the book serves as a table of contents. The tables are arranged according to the seven verb groups (binyanim): pa’al, nif’al, pi’el, pu’al, hitpa’el, hif’il, huf’al. Each verb group is further divided into different conjugations: complete roots, those with guttural letters in one of the three root positions, and weak roots containing at least one of the weak letters (yod, nun, Xet, ayin, alef, and hei). Verbs with three-letter roots are treated first, followed by four-letter roots and even five-letter roots in the appropriate verb groups. Each table is arranged according to tenses: infinitive form, present, passive participle (in pa’al group if relevant), past, future, imperative. Note that the pu'al and huf'al groups are essentially passive and only have present, past and future forms. More detailed information on using the tables is provided in the Hebrew introduction.
The book also comes with a DVD. Two professional narrators, one male and one female, read aloud all the verb forms in 21 selected tables (marked in the book), thus exemplifying correct pronunciation. Learners can watch and listen to these tables using the DVD or on a dedicated website. For more details, see the book cover