Izzy here. Do you know what the number one complaint about Hebrew Quest that I hear is? That I talk too slow. Until now! Here's Kari.
"Have you ever met Izzy in person? Because if you do, he will very likely ask you how many Hebrew Quest lessons you’ve completed. Don’t be like me and fake an important phone call and run away to avoid having to say “Um, none.” I’m going to share a face-saving tip with you so that when Izzy asks you this question, you will have a number instead of an excuse. You can actually change the speed at which these lessons are played. So if sitting through an hour-and-a-half-long video sounds like some special room in Dante’s afterlife, just change the speed to 1.5X or 2X and finish the lesson in half the time with all of your eyeballs intact! You can find this setting by looking at the bottom right-hand corner of the lesson video, clicking on the icon that looks like a gear, and then by clicking on the Speed menu. If, like me, you are short on time, or perhaps you are not a total beginner at Hebrew, you can speed up the lessons, still gleaning the very rich and deep insights Izzy provides, while not leaving your unattended children to recreate The Lord of the Flies in your living room. Win-Win!"
And if you want to hear the rest of the story, read on. I deliberately talked slowly on Hebrew Quest, for a number of reasons. For one thing, when you're learning a new language your brain needs extra time to recognize and process words. For another, my vision from the start has been for Hebrew Quest to reach an international audience - both people for whom English is a second language, and for non-English speakers through translation. And for both of those broad categories, slow and clear speech is essential. At the same time though - listen, I feel your pain. I have an extremely hyperactive brain. I think and process really fast. Which means I have a really hard time sitting through sermons if the preacher drawls. It also means I listen to audiobooks on 1.5 or 2x. So just between you and me, with this handy tip from Kari, I might actually make it through Hebrew Quest myself. ;)
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