Testimonials

“I wish I had access to this course 7 years ago before I went to Israel for a university exchange programme! I had tried self-learning Hebrew using free online resources, but achieved very little progress. This course was highly effective in helping me pick up the basics of modern Hebrew; Bito taught in a systematic, simple and straightforward manner, making a seemingly formidable ancient language so much more easy and approachable to learn. After Hebrew Beginner 1, I can now read, write and speak in simple Hebrew. I have built a good foundation in this class, and look forward to progressively building deeper proficiency in this language in the subsequent levels of Hebrew classes..”

Trinette Low (3/2018 – 5/2018)

“In the synagogue where I attend, I  could grasp the study of Judaic lessons well but not the jewish language, Hebrew!  But under the guidance of Bito from The Hebrew Academy of Singapore, I could speak simple and construct simple sentences in Hebrew. Hebrew is  interesting as it consist of block print which is known as Biblical Hebrew and script style which is commonly seen on road signs in Israel.

I studied the script style (Basic I) under the guidance of Bito.  He taught the class that there are 22 alphabet in Hebrew all of which are consonants. Vowels are dots and dashes added below and beside the consonants.

I would recommend anyone to approach the Hebrew Academy of Singapore for enrolment.”

Angella Ariella  (3/2018 – 5/2018)

“This Hebrew Basic 1 class was such an exciting adventure. There was so much to learn in such a short time, and the professionalism and responsive approach of our teacher, Bito, was crucial to my grasp of the materials used in class. The direction for the lesson was clearly stated in the first session and as long as we were diligent in doing our homework, we reaped the rewards of knowing more and more each week. As the saying goes “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” This certainly encapsulates my experience with teacher Bito and accurately describes his friendly yet challenging approach. I would most definitely recommend this course to anyone who is interested in learning Hebrew as a beginner. Shalom.”

Tonni Wei  (3/2018 – 5/2018)

“We registered for Basic Hebrew 1 in March 2018, but were fearful that we may not be able to cope. We were wrong! Bito was a dedicated and passionate teacher and he made learning so enjoyable. He built our knowledge and foundation of the language word upon word, line upon line. He was patient, understanding and handhold the class throughout the course. It was exhilarating when we could string words together and for m simple sentences after the 3rd lesson. The classmates were supportive and totally awesome and this added to the great learning experience. תודה רבה למורה ביטו ולחברים בכיתה”

Kelvin & Lily Wong  (3/2018 – 5/2018)

“It has been my desire to learn Hebrew but am unsure where is the best school to learn from. I came to know of The Hebrew Academy from a Precept Bible Study’s teacher who had hers there. I gladly signed up, excited about what the ten lessons would bring. I went for my first lesson with much zeal and passion, only to meet teacher Bito who is fired with even more passion to teach! When lessons start at 7pm, Bito is so fueled to give his all to us. He is always early, prepared and committed for the next 1.5 hours.
Bito conducts his lessons with so much fun and encouragement! He challenges us on to stretch our mind but always avail himself whenever we have any difficulty.
His passion to teach has truly rubbed onto us, for we always leave each lesson with increased passion and belief that we can do it!
The best part of the whole learning journey is hearing each other’s presentation! When we hear one another introducing ourselves in Hebrew, we are amazed how we are able to!! We applauded for each other with loud cheers….but the summation of all these applause, I believe, truly goes to our beloved teacher Bito!!
Well done Teacher Bito💪.”

Kathy Tan  (3/2018 – 5/2018)

“It was in hope of being able to better understand bible verses presented by my pastor that I decided to sign up for a proper course in Hebrew. Bito has been a most wonderful teacher and lessons with him are always interesting! Course materials are well-designed and lessons are structured with good pace. I have not only picked up basic Hebrew, but made many lovely friends as well. Strongly recommend The Hebrew Academy to anyone who would like to learn Hebrew as you get to learn from the best!”

Adeline Heng  (3/2018 – 5/2018)

“Hebrew Academy has been a great experience for me to learn the language. The class has equipped me greatly in forming sentences which can help me to start a conversation. I greatly appreciate this opportunity to learn Hebrew as it will provide me an opportunity to speak it when I am in Israel. Mr Bito Sharvid is an excellent teacher who makes learning the language so much easier. Thank you Mr Bito!”

Joshua Balakrishnan  (3/2018 – 5/2018)

“I was totally new to the Hebrew language and very intrigued by the rich language . When I joined The Hebrew Academy, I was very impressed by the professionalism and patience of the lecturer, Bito. He had made the learning fun and broken down into bite sizes that are easy for beginners  to absorb. Hebrew is a difficult language but Bito is able to make the lesson interesting and motivating for us to continue this learning journey. In short, this is definitely the right place to learn Hebrew!”

Veronica Goh  (3/2018 – 5/2018)

“Thank you Bito for teaching us with patience and passion for the last 10 weeks about the fundamentals of verbal/written Hebrew grammar.

Indeed it was an eye-opener for us.”

Johnson Lim  (3/2018 – 5/2018)

“Bito is very passionate and patient teacher. His teaching method helps you build up your fundamentals fast, and he always encourages you to go further. The pace of the lessons are manageable, and you discover new things every lesson. I would recommend Bito and the Hebrew Academy for everyone wanting to start Hebrew or to learn more about Israeli culture.”

Di Kai, Civil Servant, (10/2017 – 2/2018)

“I would highly recommend the Hebrew Basic 1 classes at the Hebrew Academy. Learning Hebrew can be a daunting task, given how different it is from the English language, but Bito is a skilled teacher with a lot of patience, and he makes learning Hebrew fun and easy by breaking down the language into simple rules that are easy to grasp.”

Ann Ngiaw  (11/2017 – 1/2018)

“Learning Hebrew Basics 1 has been a memorable experience, so much so that it inspires me to seriously consider pursuing proficiency in the language.  The lesson structure builds a solid foundation for students like me to speak and read in the ancient language of Hebrew.  The lesson content was interesting, engaging and relevant to everyday use. The instructor (Bito) was empowering and effectively engaged the students during the course.”

Dawn Chua  (11/2017 – 1/2018)

” Hebrew is a fascinating language of rich history that appears daunting to study at first. The Hebrew Academy of Singapore however, provides new learners with a well structured syllabus that is challenging yet manageable at the same time.

Under the lively and engaging guidance of Bito, we students had a rewarding time in the Basic 1 class, learning how to read and write the Hebrew alphabets and make simple conversations with each other. Bito ensured that students participated and spoke Hebrew in each class to get the hang of the language as soon as possible. There were also Quality learning materials supplemented in each class. By the end of the course, everyone was able to do a self introduction in Hebrew!

Bito is such an encouraging and patient teacher, his passion for sharing the language and culture of Israel would motivate even the least confident student to persist and excel in learning.

I would recommend anyone who is considering to learn Hebrew to approach the Hebrew Academy of Singapore. I’m already looking forward to the next class.

Johanna Au  (11/2017 – 1/2018)

“It was a privilege to learn the Holy language from a Jew in Singapore. I did not realise what I was getting into when I sign up for the Basic 1 course. For me who struggled with 2nd language in school decades ago, this course is really so overwhelming.

The lessons were challenging from day 1 having to learn how to pronounce, write and remember all the Hebrew alphabets. There were so many new things and words to learn every lesson. I was already having second thoughts after each lesson initially. There were plenty of homework and it was time consuming to complete and to revise earlier lessons.

However, all these helped me to better understand what was taught earlier.  I was so surprised and happy to be able to read Hebrew words by the 3rd lesson and in no time able to construct simple sentences.

Indeed I would encourage all who take this course to persevere and you will succeed in reading, writing and understanding Hebrew by the end of the course.  Toda to Bito and team for a well structured and effective foundation course for beginners.”

Swee Heng  (11/2017 – 1/2018)

“I have recently completed Hebrew Basic 1, the singular item on my bucket list.  It was a mind blowing  experience !  Every lesson exploded into my psyche, shattering the comfort zone of my smugness.  Indeed, the process honed my latent intellect into a sharpened state.

I have therefore accomplished my agenda:

  1. Reading and writing skills – I am able to decode the Hebrew Alpha-Bet, form simple words from the letters, then stringing them together to make short sentences. I am then quite ready, to read and write.
  2. Speaking skills – this is rather tricky! Listening intently to a native speaker articulating words, helps me to be attuned to the rhythm of speech. I can manage to utter some life-saving sentences, even perhaps utter some sweet nothings into some chosen ears.
  3. Cultural – A better appreciation of the rich culture of this chosen race, besides  a clearer understanding of the spiritual aspect of the Old Testament.

Now, I proudly present my esteemed teacher Mr. Bito Sharvid.  As a teacher presenting a foreign language to beginners, he is without peer. His method is friendly, most engaging and sometimes humourous, while maintaining consistently, a professional attitude – Shalom !.”

Sylvia Koh  (11/2017 – 1/2018)

“Bito is a passionate teacher. He is also observant about the different level of the student’s proficiency and will patiently clarify for us. He can be both serious and funny too. If you diligently commit yourself to follow his instruction to do your weekly assignment you will be able to do an introduction of yourself at the end of Basic 1.”

Linda Tang  (11/2017 – 1/2018)

“I have thoroughly enjoyed Hebrew Basics 1 as it has allowed me to learn how accurately pronounce Hebrew words with more confidence! Lessons are always engaging and teacher Bito makes learning Hebrew so much fun! I am now a step closer to reading and understanding the Hebrew Bible! Thank you Bito :). ”

Clarissa Hor  (11/2017 – 1/2018)

Hebrew is a rich and meaningful language . It is not a language which one can master on his own. It would be more effective to learn this beautiful language from a Hebrew native speaker from The Hebrew Academy.

The 12 weeks of Hebrew Basic 1 with Teacher Bito was very intense but enjoyable. At the end of the course, I was able to write and speak an introduction of myself in Hebrew. Thank you Teacher Bito for your patience.

Jolene Teh  (11/2017 – 1/2018)

“I had been studying Hebrew Basic 1 at The Hebrew Academy ,for the past twelve weeks. It was a mentally exhilarating and enjoyable period learning this beautiful ancient language.  The atmosphere in class was always pleasant and all the students were very eager to learn as much as possible.

There was never a dull moment because our teacher Bito made the lessons interesting. He was lively,full of humour, which is an asset Teachers need, encouraging us all the way, and extremely patient, explaining Hebrew grammar repeatedly so all could understand.

I now have a clearer understanding of the very language our Creator gifted to the world.”

Evelyn Tan  (11/2017 – 1/2018)

“I would like to thank Bito, our Hebrew teacher. The lesson is fun and interesting. Now i can able to read and write in Hebrew.”

Johnny Chew  (11/2017 – 1/2018)

“My Hebrew Basic 1 teacher’s name was Bito. It was a small class of less than 10 students. Bito made classes interesting by injecting fun and laughter. He even formed a chat group so that we could ask questions, clarify doubts etc. Will not hesitate to recommend anyone for this course.”

Betty Chua  (11/2017 – 1/2018)

“ What I admire about Bito as a teacher is his ability to focus the class on the fundamentals of a language. He is also well-versed in Hebrew culture, something which a good portion of students would be interested in as many people often pick up a new language out of interest in its origins. Bito is also a patient and encouraging teacher. I can say with certainty that the reason I am still continuing to study the language is because I know I will have a teacher who can help me along the way. ”

Joshua Lee (10/2016 – 2/2017)

“ I had a blast taking Basic Hebrew 1 – the classes were sufficiently challenging but our teacher made it very enjoyable without putting too much pressure on us! We had fun activities such as writing our own self-introduction and having a kosher food party. Overall, I gained a good foundation in Basic Hebrew that will allow me to further my own study. However, I will greatly recommend following THA in your Hebrew journey! ”

Zen Goh  (10/2017 – 12/2017)

“ I had a wonderful time learning hebrew from Bito, he is very engaging and really put in effort to help our learning progress. The course is well tailored for first timer and the material is very practical. it’s definitely fun picking up hebrew through this course. ”

Xiao Yu  (10/2017 – 12/2017)

“ When I decided to learn Hebrew, I started by having private lessons with Bito. Hebrew can be daunting but Bito has a good methodology for teaching it. You will be surprised at how much you can grasp from the first lesson. Lessons with Bito are intense but fun. He makes you curious to know the next chapter or lesson. After about five sessions, my progress was significant and I could read and write the texts. I have decided to join his weekly group classes because it would be great to practice speech interactions with other students. I am looking forward to the start of class next month! I am very happy learning Hebrew under Bito’s guidance, he is a good teacher and
genuinely helpful, because he wants you to learn the language in the best way. ”

Betty Susiarjo (1/2017 – 5/2017)

“ The whole Hebrew learning process was fun, intensive yet fulfilling. I’m now in Israel and am putting what I’ve learnt to good use. The Hebrew Academy would lay a good foundation for anyone who wish to read, write and speak the language. I am now capable of reading and recognising many words which is really important when staying in a foreign land or if you want to understand the bible a little more.”

Josephine Li  (7/2016 – 11/2016)

“ Hi friends, Truth be told, Hebrew basic 1 is slightly more difficult than learning Japanese 101, but with the help of the instructor Bito and some wonderful classmates, i never felt for a moment i couldn’t catch up. The pace is just right, if you faithfully do your homework every week. The unexpected addition of another instructor midway also gave the course added variety as we get to learn from different experiences, i learnt so much more than just the language. A well balanced course with good learning aids ,chances to practice speaking, unexpected movie outings and even ending off the course with popular Jewish food! Although slightly afraid to take on the next level, i’m sure i’ll receive every help along the way. They are friendly and have a passion for teaching Hebrew. ”

Rainer Tan (7/2016 – 11/2016)

“ I signed up for the Basic 1 course to pick up basic communication skills for my upcoming trip to Israel. Learning a new language was daunting at first; however, through the Academy’s systematic teaching method, I was surprised by my own progress and delighted to find that I could speak, read and write by the end of 12 weeks! I cannot think of a better place to learn Hebrew. “

Cheryl Ho  (5/2016 – 8/2016)

“ One of the most difficult thing to do in life is to start. The Hebrew Academy Basic Hebrew 1 pushed me from being excited about the idea of reading, writing and speaking Hebrew, to being excited about the process that one day I will be fluent in the language and be able to understand the Hebrew bible in its original language and to be totally connected to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and to Israel. The class conducted is an intense roller-coaster ride, inspiring, challenging, eye opening and a great way to develop a firm foundation and understanding of the language. One of my favorite moment during the class is to watch the light bulb turn on in my mind as we put several sentences together for the first time and had to speak them. Treat yourself to a seat in Hebrew Academy and be inspired with Modern Hebrew if you are serious in learning the holy language. This course is well worth your time and energy. I am certain that you won’t regret. “

Eunice Ooi  (10/2016 – 12/2016) 

“ It has been my dream to learn Hebrew, the original biblical language. It is the language of a nation that has miraculously reappeared on the world map after almost 2000 years in fulfilment of biblical prophecy, and the preservation and revival of this language is nothing short of a miracle itself! I very much want to be part of this marvel so I started to learn Hebrew online, but my progress was limited without a real-life teacher. I am very happy to have found Bito, a native Hebrew speaker and a very good teacher. I have been making good progress under his tutelage since I started studying with him a few months ago. Highly recommended!!! ”

Sik San  (5/2016 – 8/2016)

“ I’m amazed at how much I’ve progressed in the Hebrew language these past 7 months, from knowing absolutely nothing at all to being able to speak, read and write. It’s a testament to the effectiveness of THA’s teaching. You want to learn the language? You’ll find yourself diving straight into the waters, head on practicing and learning progressively from the start. It’s challenging, but very rewarding. It was a very customised experience, tailored to our individual needs. Our sessions were highly hands-on and focused – just what we needed to learn the language in such a short time. The teaching materials were also comprehensive and systematic. If you want to learn Hebrew effectively in a short amount of time, having classes at THA will surely not disappoint.”

Sylvester ,Hope Church (10/2015 – 12/2015)

“ I’ve been interested in learning Hebrew for quite a while but wondered whether I could really do it. After seeing the Hebrew Academy card at a recent Israeli film festival, I decided to go for it. I’m SO glad I did! Three months of Basic 1 flew by, and now I have a good foundation in reading, writing and listening. Bito created an incredibly supportive and fun environment from the first day when we started off by learning the alphabet. He has a genuine passion for teaching and is committed to helping us succeed. The pace of learning was quick but didn’t feel overwhelming, especially since he and his teaching staff were available even by text for questions about the material and to be sure that those who might have missed a class were kept up. I’m excited to be continuing with Basic 2 and look forward to more improvement. I highly recommend The Hebrew Academy! “

Brenda (1/2017 – 3/2017)

“ The Hebrew Academy has given me an entirely new level of understanding and appreciation of the Hebrew language as well as the Jewish culture! The lessons are easy to follow and digest; and it really helped that the teachers are all very engaging and friendly. I recommend The Hebrew Academy as the school to go to for anyone serious about building a good foundation in Hebrew, a very beautiful language! “

Puay Puay (1/2017 – 3/2017)

“ I have always wanted to learn Hebrew coz I think Hebrew is such a rich and meaningful language. Additionally, my mom and I love to visit Israel. So, I thought to myself… it would be really awesome if I could read and converse in Hebrew fluently. End of last year, my friends and I went to the “Open a Door to Israel” event at MBS and, lo and behold, someone from the Hebrew Academy Singapore was there to give out namecards. Without much consideration, I signed up for Hebrew Basic Course 1. I’m so glad I did! ^^ The teachers at Hebrew Academy Singapore were ever ready to answer and explain any question that I had related to what was taught in class. They were just a Whatsapp Message away! I have truly enjoyed Hebrew Basic Course 1 and have learned a great deal! Thank you The Hebrew Academy! “

Tham Helmie (1/2017 – 3/2017)

“The Hebrew language seems daunting initially, but the academy provides an excellent environment for instruction, guided practices and lively Q&As. A necessary learning stop to read and speak this amazing language. ”

Alvin Ang (1/2017 – 3/2017)

“ Dedicated. Passionate. Professional. These are some of the qualities I found in the teachers for Hebrew Basic 1. The classes were intense but enjoyable. Our teachers strived to maximise our learning from every class, always encouraging us to ask questions and often going the extra mile for each student to help us all succeed in learning the language, regardless of our backgrounds and abilities. I thank Bito and his team for an excellent learning experience.”

Timothy Ang (1/2017 – 3/2017)

“ I enjoyed the Hebrew Basic 1 course very much. The lectures are very friendly and personal in following up on my progress. I have benefited much from the course, applying the knowledge learnt in reading the Bible in Hebrew. “

John Tan (1/2017 – 3/2017)

“ The teachers that taught us Hebrew Basic 1 were dedicated, Patient and ever so helpful. Through the systematic and progressive teaching, I am thankful to learn some basics of the language. Indeed it has been a fruitful learning experience for me and opens my eyes to a new culture. Thank you Very much. “

Mr. Lai (1/2017 – 3/2017)

“ I joined The Hebrew Academy Basic 1 on the 11 January 2017 and completed the 12 weeks class with a great sense of achievement. Prior to joining the class, I have totally zero Hebrew knowledge. But I must thank the 3 passionate teachers Bito, Daniel and Reut for patiently sowing the knowledge of Hebrew language into me. Under their guidance, they have enabled me to learn the language in a less stressful manner from what I’ve thought it would be. The lessons include class interaction with others; reading and writing the texts and also the introduction of Hebrew song have been extremely helpful in the process of learning. The Hebrew class has kept me excited about learning each time. I am so looking forward to the upcoming Hebrew basic 2 class. For those who have an interest to learn Hebrew, hesitate no more! Come join in the class and enjoy the learning journey guided by the wonderful teachers here.”

Jolene Ho (1/2017 – 3/2017)