At the second installment of Hebrew Club, we all gathered around the TV at Hillel, popcorn in hand, and watched the film Ice Age with Hebrew audio and English subtitles. It was my first time watching a film in Hebrew and being exposed to the language for a prolonged period, and I was surprised how many words and phrases I was able to pick out. Although I am still very much a beginner with Hebrew, I felt more connected to the language as I sat with friends from class and enjoyed a movie with them. Hearing the pronunciation of the words was also extremely helpful; I have found that one of the hardest parts of mastering a language is becoming attuned to its specific phonetics, to the rhythm and tone of the spoken words.
While I was studying Spanish in high school, my aunt, who is originally from Mexico and whose first language is Spanish, suggested I watch movies or TV shows in Spanish to help me practice, as she used this same strategy to learn English. I’ve watched many series since then with Spanish audio, and have indeed found it immensely helpful in my understanding. I am excited to watch more movies and TV shows in Hebrew in the coming months, with hopefully similarly helpful results!