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William | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Sep 8 2012 4:56 PM

Well,

I am in the middle of learniing Hebrew but do not know my English.   I have started  participles with Hebrew and am really lost how to translate.  Later I see passive participles ettc..  I am sure there are lots more things.   What is a good reference for me to get? 

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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Sep 8 2012 6:34 PM

William Bingham:

Well,

I am in the middle of learniing Hebrew but do not know my English.   I have started  participles with Hebrew and am really lost how to translate.  Later I see passive participles ettc..  I am sure there are lots more things.   What is a good reference for me to get? 

You are correct that it is almost essential that you have a good foundation in English (or in whatever language you are planning to use) before you can understand another language as a second language.  There are a number of English grammars on Amazon which have been rated by purchasers.  I would suggest that you use Amazon's advanced search and search for the keywords "English grammar."

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יְמֵי־שְׁנוֹתֵינוּ בָהֶם שִׁבְעִים שָׁנָה וְאִם בִּגְבוּרֹת שְׁמוֹנִים שָׁנָה וְרָהְבָּם עָמָל וָאָוֶן

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BKMitchell | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 9 2012 4:36 AM

William Bingham:
What is a good reference for me to get? 

Go to Amazon.com and look for this one:

Grammatical Concepts 101 for Biblical Hebrew: Learning Biblical Hebrew Grammatical Concepts through English Grammar [Paperback]

Gary Long (Author)

December 1, 2001 Many students have forgotten, or never learned, the basic grammatical concepts needed for studying Biblical Hebrew. Explanations of these concepts in Hebrew grammar textbooks are either too skimpy or too complex. Grammatical Concepts 101 for Biblical Hebrew fills this gap. In this complement to standard classroom grammars, veteran language instructor and Hebrew scholar Gary Long revisits English grammar in order to teach more effectively concepts that are specific to Hebrew.

Arranged to supplement teaching grammars, each chapter takes up individual concepts, first explaining how the concept works in English, then illustrating its use in Biblical Hebrew. Long explains, for example, voice, tense, aspect, mood, participles, independent and dependent clauses, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, even discourse analysis and translation theory in easy-to-understand language. Abundant English and Hebrew examples illustrate each concept, most of them visually analyzed. Glosses and translations help students grasp the Hebrew examples.

חַפְּשׂוּ בַּתּוֹרָה הֵיטֵב וְאַל תִּסְתַּמְּכוּ עַל דְּבָרַי

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