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What BLC students are saying

After spending the summer in Israel in the intensive Biblical Ulpan, I came back to the States to begin a biblical languages based exegesis graduate program at Wheaton College. Although I had only had 6 weeks of Hebrew in my life, I thought I would try the Hebrew proficiency exam ‘just for fun,’ and to see how well my studies there had lined up with other students here. I tested out of the first full year of Hebrew! My roommate, who studied 3 years of biblical Hebrew at an American Bible school, is amazed at how much vocabulary I know and can use easily in various situations—she is now using my Living Biblical Hebrew CDs and textbook to see if she can catch up! The more I sit in Hebrew class here, the more thankful I am that I received such a strong foundation internalizing the language in Israel.
—Lindsay Mitchell, Wheaton College Student

I heard about the Ulpan from a friend who had begun her Hebrew studies in the traditional way, and she strongly recommended that I look into the Living Language method. When I first found out that we would be singing and dancing and speaking in class I thought, “All right, speaking is one thing, but dancing is another; let’s be serious.” However, looking back, associations that were made with the words which are in the Bible and the songs, plays, and highly animated teaching style have stuck; and will not be quickly forgotten. It was fun, and I am unable to picture myself beginning the language in any other way. To learn as a child was not only more efficient and easier, but also made the language to me what it was to Moses and Isaiah: alive.
—William Küster, Student at University of Edinburgh

I wondered if I could cope with learning Hebrew from scratch at age 50. I heard about this non-conventional course taught it Israel and I went for it. It was an excellent and effective method. I would not want to learn Hebrew any other way.”
—Heidi Scherrer, Bible Translator in Africa

Doing the intermediate course provided the incredible experience of combining both the story and the place, and gave me a much better picture of what happened. I’ll never forget the story when David’s wives were taken, he attacked with 400 men, fought all night, and annihilated everyone…except the 400 that rode away on camels;-) It’s so fun to pick up on little things like that when reading the original.
—Geoff Carroll, Student at Hebrew University Graduate Program

Not only was it fun, I am amazed at how much I learned. As I continue to study Hebrew at seminary in the states I am very thankful for the huge head start that I received that makes the traditional way of learning Hebrew almost bearable. This is not to say that this approach is a miracle worker, it still requires a lot of action on the behalf of the participant, but you will have actually learned some Hebrew, not just learned about Hebrew. While learning a lot of Hebrew was my goal at this Biblical Ulpan, it was also far more than that. The friends, the fellowship, studying God’s Word in the land that most of it was played out and written down are also priceless opportunities. I would recommend this study to anyone.
—Steve Dozeman, Seminary Student

“There are all sorts of toys and props we use and fun activities we do… really, we just play and have fun in Hebrew; we aren’t even allowed to take notes! We play hide and seek, Simon says, the teachers make fools out of themselves in front of the class, etc. Yesterday we all dressed up like an army and attacked the other class— all the Israelis we passed looked at us very strangely as we marched to their classroom with silly clothes, toy swords, plastic baseball bats… I lead the procession with a shofar (ram’s horn trumpet)!”
—Jeffrey Quinn Mellema, Moody Bible College Student

I wish I could now go to university and study Hebrew full time because it has grabbed me so much. I’m still going through the Jonah text and my reading is improving. I’ve conducted an evening service at church and talked about the course and did the first Jonah drama. There is a demand among the churches where I serve and I will be putting together a course of sorts soon. I sense the desire to learn Hebrew is spreading in many lives.
—Alan Murphy, Pastor in England