I’ve purposed to take up learning Hebrew again. I started working with Robert Ray Ellis’ Learning to Read Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2006). I’m doing the lesson 1 exercises and I have an immediate problem with the first exercise. Ellis tells us to “Repeatedly write and pronounce the Hebrew consonants until their forms and sounds become familiar.” (6) The thing is that he expects us to write them in block script (he has to since he hasn’t shown us cursive!) but it’s quite unusual to hand write block script. Second problem is that he hasn’t shown us how to even hand write block script! Presumably we’re supposed to copy what is printed in the book but there’s a difference between printed Hebrew block script and the kind that one would write by hand (so far as I know — Theophrastus, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong). I’m considering just typing the exercises but I feel like that’s going to hinder my progress. Alright… enough complaining… back to it.