Books, Recordings, Links, and Credits

Here are examples of the type of materials the learner should become familiar with as they start to study:

Hebrew

Modern Hebrew, vocabulary and grammar:

Modern Hebrew for Beginners
Modern Hebrew for Intermediate Students

by Esther Raizen
Traditional Hebrew from the standard Hebrew prayer book (with Israeli pronunciation):
Siddurs (Hebrew Prayer Books)
The Conservative siddur Siddur Sim Shalom (correct Israeli pronunciation is marked clearly within the Hebrew text - for example, distinctly showing each time the vowel kamatz is pronounced "o")
The Artscroll Sefardic Hebrew-English Siddurs, such as Etz Chaim. Contain the most accurate English translations and notes. The texts on this site will come from the Sefardic siddur (either from the Artscroll Etz Chaim Siddur, or the more complete, Hebrew only, Artscroll Siddur Tipheret Yaakov ha-Shalem), because the Sefardic siddurs contain unique versions of texts not found in other siddurs. However, note that the method of transliteration of Hebrew into Latin letters used by Artscroll does not reflect modern Israeli pronunciation, and is not used on this site.

First Steps in Hebrew Prayer
by Dani Ben-Gigi

Chinese

These books and tapes teach Chinese pronunciation, Chinese radicals, and the reading of the first 750 Chinese characters, in a method which is much more rapid than any method available previously:

Intensive Spoken Chinese
The Most Common Chinese Radicals
Rapid Literacy in Chinese

all by Zhang Pengpeng
Traditional Chinese from the basic Chinese text:
San Zi Jing - the Three Character Primer
Parallel Chinese/English versions of this text can be found in book form, CD, and on the Internet.

Links

Some links for learning to read with Hebrew letters and Chinese characters, with online flashcards, audio, and readings:

Hebrew
Hebrew Tutorials Hebrew Alphabet Tutorial

Chinese
Chinese Tutorials

Some links for hearing and reading the traditional Hebrew and Chinese texts - key sections from the Hebrew prayer book (including the shma and amidah), and the basic traditional Chinese text (the san zi jing):

Hebrew
Virtual Cantor; Siddur Audio

Chinese
San Zi Jing Audio

Some links for learning Hebrew and Chinese by going to study in Israel and China:

Hebrew
Hebrew Classes in Israel

Chinese
Chinese Classes in China

Sources and References

All of the original texts and audio files appearing on this site, have been collected from various sources on the Internet, with the texts sometimes being corrected or modified according to various printed editions. Searches were done on key words from the texts, in Hebrew or Chinese, in a search engine (Google), which almost always produced numerous sources for the texts, as well as sometimes, original studies on the texts. A wide variety of sources were used in preparing the texts found on this site. The texts were then arranged and edited, color coded, annotated, and so on, to produce the learning materials, the final PDFs, and images on this site, which are all my original work. Here I will attempt to credit names of some of the original editions and studies I used most, as well as of what audio files I can.

Hebrew
The texts are all found in the Artscroll Sephardic siddurs (most with English translation), and in Mizrachi siddurs. This site is trying to match the versions found in sefaradi-mizrakhi siddurs such as Kavanat ha-Lev, published in Israel. There have been studies on some of these texts by modern scholars, who went back and consulted earlier manuscripts which preceded the printed editions. I have used the versions they have published for some of the poems, specifically, from the studies of Yehuda Liebes, from the Hebrew University (also found online).

Chinese
The Chinese texts up through the Intermediate section, are all found in numerous children's books, and traditionally, in the Chinese Almanacs, published annually. All of these, as well as numerous recordings, can be easily found by going to Chinese book stores. For the advanced section (dealing with texts of foreign religions which entered China), various religious texts were consulted, all of which are also available on the Internet.