Music To My Ears – Introduction

shema Israel*Michel D’anastasio “Shema Israel

Language, with it’s rhythms and sounds, can fit the category of music;  and Hebrew maybe more than any other as it is the language of creation.* So, what better way to naturally absorb Hebrew than by combining the rhythms and sounds of this rich and ancient language with the beauty, form, and harmony of music. 

Prayer in the synagogue is led by a cantor who weaves the words of prayer together with melody. Even the reading of the Torah is done with a particular form of intonation and melody known as cantillation. Prayers of praise in many forms of worship are lifted in song. Music and language indeed blend well together.

It has been proven that music not only helps trigger memory recall but the rhythm of music can help with the articulation of words. It is an easy way to increase vocabulary and learn the melody of the language itself.

Singing songs certainly speeds up the time it  takes to learn a new language. Research has found that singing the new language allows for a faster processing mode rather than just repeating the phrases over and over again. This is because the melody provides an extra boost to help embed the new language into one’s brain.**

We will be bringing you soundtracks to help in your learning of Hebrew. So sit back, relax, and remember the one rule — listen! Let the language internalize before you vocalize. Let it move from your ears to your heart.

* Psalm 33:6
** Cognitive Neuroscience of Music, Wikipedia

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