Now that you have learned the Hebrew alphabet, it is time to begin the long road of learning Hebrew grammar. Our approach will be to start with verbs.
For those who have learned another language as an adult, you will know that verbs are often the most difficult part of language learning since they change form so much. For example, in English, learning a noun like “language” requires that you only learn two forms—singular (“language”) and plural (“languages”). However, learning a verb like “learn” requires you learn many forms—past (he “learned”), perfect-singular (he “has learned”), perfect-plural (they “have learned”), present-singular (he “learns”), present-plural (they “learn”), continuous-singular (he “is learning”), etc. The same is true for Hebrew—there is much more to learn with verbs than with nouns, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, etc.
So why are we starting with verbs if they are harder?
One reason we are starting with verbs is that it is best to tackle the hardest part while your brain is fresh. By the time many students get to studying verbs in a language, they already feel overwhelmed and struggle to add so much more complication to the picture. But by beginning with verbs, we will be laying out virtually all the complication from the start. Of course you will not master everything immediately, nor are you expected to. But you will have a complete map (almost) of Hebrew grammar from the get-go, from which we can fill in details with our study of other parts of speech.
However, the bigger reason to begin with verbs is that they are the anchor to a language. Nouns do not stand alone, but function as the subject or object of a verb. Conjunctions connect verbal ideas together, or connect parts together within verbal clauses. Likewise, prepositions, adjectives and adverbs are all modifying some part of the verbal idea which has a verb at its center. Thus, to really begin reading and understanding Hebrew, the most important words to understand are the verbs.