Learn Hebrew in the sassy beach side city of Tel Aviv

Studying Hebrew is Israel is an opportunity to immerse in a new and interesting culture and to meet new friends

Ulpan offers an opportunity to make great friends

Ulpan offers an opportunity to make great friends

Contrary to what the global media would have you believe, Israel is a brilliant country and living in Tel Aviv, the nations flamboyant Mediterranean beach side city, is one experience I recommend to all who enjoy a action packed, fun-filled city life. Tel Aviv rocks 24/7. Regardless of your social preferences, the city offers everything your heart desires.

From international dance and theatre performances to lively outdoor trance music parties , big name International DJ playing in clubs filled to the brim with gorgeous boys and girls to music festivals and performances. Tel Aviv  offers a social life packed with culturally stimulating events and is one of the most alive cities Ive had the fortune to reside in. 

The more religious among us will find Tel Aviv just as delightful. Tel Aviv offers an environment where  religious and secular families of all faiths live in harmony, enjoying the great energies of city life. Gorgeous old churches and mosques holding regular services in Jaffa and beautiful, quaint neighbourhood synagogues by the bakers dozens around the city… and for the holiday season, especially Jewish holidays, tel aviv is amazing!

Whether in Israel for a month or a year, here on business, simply coming to enjoy an adventure in the holy land or deciding whether to make Israel home, joining a class at Ulpan is a fantastic way to begin learning Hebrew, Israel’s national language.  

But more than that, its a wonderful way to begin integrating into the community and making friends. Like Israel, classes at Ulpan are made up of a dynamic cross section of people from around the globe. Its a  real melting pot of characters making it a truly fun and interesting experience. 

Each student has their own story of what brought them to Israel. Some for work, for study, for holidays, to simply have an adventure, to connect with their Jewish roots , to be with a lover, to find a lover, to visit a friend and sometimes to try a ‘living in Israel ‘ experience to decide if they could make it their home… the reasons are infinite  and so too in a sense, are the ages of the students.  In my class ages ranged from 18 – 65. It was a blast.

The fact that everyone is relatively new to Israel and new to the language of Hebrew, bonds created are genuine and more often than not open up opportunities to develop friendships that often become life long connections.

Ulpan Gordon on Le Salle Street in Tel Aviv is a fabulous school.  Located in heart of Tel Aviv , a stones throw from the beach, in a quiet street off Ben Yehuda, the school offers a variety  of classes.  Classes are are held at different times throughout the day and evening, some more intense than others. 

Ulpangordon.com  is a very helpful user-friendly website, providing up to date information on all the classes and courses on offer in the school.  Set up by a previous student, an American girl (aka americanbabble. com) who,  after serving in the US army in Iraq, visited Israel and attended the school.

Finding the official govt website for Ulpan studies in Israel to be outdated and not really providing easily accessible and easy to understand information, she created Ulpangordon.com to assist potential students  with tips ideas and general information on signing up for Hebrew lessons in Tel Aviv. 

Being able to speak Hebrew, even if its only the basics, can dramatically enhance your Israel experience, transforming it from great  to absolutely brilliant, so seriously consider starting the learning process, its a superb adventure! 

For those whom just the thought of being in a classroom environment makes you nervous, know that you wont be the only one feeling that way in an Ulpan classroom. There are many people who haven’t studied for many years there to learn.  

If you are still not convinced, or don’t feel you can commit to a regular class, then try the fun and affordable option of  Ulpanet.  This is a fun and easy online Hebrew class, where you can learn at your own pace for about $1 hour with  your membership valid for 12 months.  Its like having your own private Hebrew teacher on call whenever you fancy putting some time to learning.  Its a great option for busy people who cant commit to a specific time each week to attend a class or who feel a little shy to begin Ulpan classes.  Ulpanet was my first Hebrew class and I was very happy with how easily I learnt the basics of the language.  

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