That's me,
Alisa Zingerman

My mission:

making Hebrew accessible, for anyone, anywhere

All my wonderful students are learning Hebrew for different reasons, but they have one thing in common - they do not live in Israel while learning the language.

So they (you? ;) ) have to roam the internet in search for the best remote learning opportunities, in order to create a close-to-immersion situation while not being in the country.

That's why I am launching TheHebrewHub site - to provide you with sure stepping stones to Hebrew-mastery, to collect in one place all I did myself and to guide you to all the resources that I think are of value.
My story
I grew up in Moscow, Russia, in a house full of books. :) My father loves reading and my mother is an English-teacher, I still remember taking the beautifully printed "Winnie the Pooh" from an English book shelf, looking at the pictures, closing it again - because I couldn't read it. But not for long! Instead of spending time with a baby sitter, I waited for my mom at her work - sitting at the last row of her different after-school English groups, daydreaming and... well, absorbing English, as it appeared. :)

Then, when I was 14, I started attending a Jewish school - where I first saw the beautiful letters of Hebrew alphabet - and, what can I tell you, it was love from the first sight! Naturally, the love didn't end there - three years later I went to Israel, where I made "aliya" (the Hebrew word for immigration), got married, my daughter Dvora was born, a teaching college was completed, another university degree started and not completed, and yet another. :)

By the time my daughter was ten she was very enthusiastic about anime, and that's how we started learning Japanese (which I'm learning until now!) At a certain point my husband got approved for writing his doctoral dissertation in Germany, so we learnt German for a while and then moved to Germany. And that's where I started teaching Hebrew! It was a great experience and a great privilege, to meet the curious, eager to acquire the new language and the new culture Hebrew-learners. It was a whole new world for me.

Then I saw that the needs of the on-line learners are different from those who immigrate to Israel, they need another approach and another materials - which I could not find. So I started creating! During the past years I made a beginners' course and all kinds of other stuff - and then I felt that it's time to have one place to tell about them - and that's this site! You are warmly welcome to explore the courses and the materials that I have here!

Well, what else... Ah, one day a wonderful polyglot student came to me to learn Hebrew - Judith Mayer is her name! She told me about the Polyglot Gathering and talked me into visiting it - though I didn't consider myself a polyglot at all! So I went there - and that was it - I caught the "polyglot bug"! I started learning Esperanto, and Bulgarian, and Portuguese... and that's where I am, currently. :) Glancing in the direction of Yiddish, but not giving in to the temptation. One day, for sure! :)

Seems like my story is the story of my languages, for the most part. :) Hope you enjoy learning languages (especially Hebrew!) as much as I do, and hope I am doing good helping you on this way!
More about me
Talks I gave at the Polyglot Gathering 2015:
Hebrew workshop 2015
Can immersion possibly hinder language acquisition
My languages
Russian
Hebrew
English
German
Bulgarian
Japanese
Esperanto
(Portuguese)
Teaching practice
300 students
from all over the world
3000 lessons
taught at italki