The biggest problem facing a teacher of Hebrew is how to circumvent a politically incorrect conclusion by his students: this is not a natural language. Take one example, the root cells. Read on, it’s simpler than it sounds.
In the Biblical Hebrew, almost all words are composed of three-letter roots. There are some two-letter roots from which the third letter drops out, a few very ancient two-letter roots, and a handful of four-letter roots consisting of duplicated two-letter roots (like klkl). These few exceptions need not distract us now, as we’re dealing with three-letter roots.
Such rigid root structure should already raise suspicion in people used to modern languages, where roots can be of any length. Add the fact that Hebrew roots are consonant-only; vowels create parts of speech: catav – he wrote, cotev – the one writing (I’m talking of the real Hebrew, not the Zionist language), mi-ctav – a letter, and so on. No other language group comes close to this mathematically structured rigidity. But read on for the main thing.
Take a few English words starting with, for example, n+s: nasal, nascent, nash, nasty, nest, nostalgia, and others. Nothing in common among those words. But marvel at what happens in Hebrew: n-sh-v – to breeze, n-sh-hey – to forget, dislocation (the sense of fleeing away, gone with the wind), n-sh-m – woman (soft wind-like fluidity), n-sh-c – to bite (cf. to kiss, related to mouth breezing), n-sh-l – to throw out (to blow away), n-sh-m – to breathe, n-sh-ph – to breathe at someone, cool weather, n-sh-k – to kiss cf. breathe), n-sh-r – eagle (from, to peck; cf. hover, move fluently with breeze), n-sh-t – to dry (to blow the vapor away). The common meaning is unmistakable: fluidity.
What does that mean? Quite simply, that Hebrew didn’t develop through evolution. Someone consciously created Hebrew words by adding a third letter to the two-letter root cells (such as making n-sh-k from the n-sh root cell). What’s more, this means that our “caveman grammarian” had the alphabet at his disposal when creating words, whereas the normal process is the opposite: alphabets crystallize from spoken languages. The presence of the alphabet means that Hebrew was a written language from the beginning; it did not pass through the standard stage of being a spoken-only language.
Hebrew did not appear from nowhere. Its concepts are traceable to the Ancient Egyptian and proto-Semitic. But at some point someone built a new language on the basis of those. The language was not for Jews only: Moabites used it, too. The language wasn’t static, but continuously evolved along the preset grammatical rules. But it couldn’t have appeared naturally.
The Hebrew has yet another way of forming roots: concatenation. Simply, a root xyz would be made of xy+yz root cells. Such a process is also anything but natural evolution of language.
Even the two-letter root cells (such as n-sh) are not arbitrary, but carefully made out of two letters, each with its own meaning. That meaning is harder to discern. For example, the letter nun relates the sense of something gentle, feminine, and fuzzy.
This is why the Modern Hebrew is so ugly. No wonder, a language conceived by a yeshiva drop-out like Ben Yehuda, filled with foreign borrowings which garble the otherworldly beauty of the language. Being told about a woman, you expect someone different from a 300-pound McDonald’s creature. When I see the word bank in Hebrew, I expect it to be related to b-n – son and n-k – cavity. The Hebrew name for bank would be straightforward, cespon from ceseph, the place of money.
The Hebrew language is possibly the greatest available weapon against leftists. Think of this carefully. If you need proof of God, this is it.