Hebrew is a Semitic language written in the Semitic script from right to left and has 22 letters.
It is considered to have four period.
Biblical or Classical Hebrew until around 3rd century B.C., when most of the Old Testament was written
Mishanite Hebrew, the language of Mishna consisting of literature of Jewish traditions written about A.D.200.
This form of Hebrew was never a spoken language among people.
6 - 13 Century A.D.
Medieval Hebrew from about the 6th century A.D. to 13th century A.D.
Modern Hebrew, the language of Israel in modern times.
Thanks to the personal mission of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, who revived Hebrew as a spoken language.
In order to have our own land and political life… we must have the Hebrew language in which we can conduct the business of life. - by Ben-Yehuda in 1880.
When his family moved to Palestine, they decided that only Hebrew would be spoken in their home.
Hebrew was an ancient language that lacked words for modern things.
So Ben-Yehuda set about creating hundreds of new words using the roots of biblical Hebrew words as a starting point.
Hebrew is the language of five million people worldwide.
After Israel, the United States has the second largest Hebrew-speaking population, with about 220,000 fluent speakers, mostly from Israel.
The number of Hebrew speakers is relatively low compared to Chinese or English speakers, but there are Israeli firms and Israeli business people worldwide.
If your job involves international interaction, you’d most likely meet or talk with Israeli people.