Hebrew is the official language of Israel, spoken by most of its inhabitants. Beside Israeli residents, there are also many Jews living abroad that speak Hebrew as a second language. Hebrew is the first official spoken and written language in Israel alongside two other languages. All residents of Israel are required to study Hebrew, and to some degree also Arabic and English which are the other two languages. Many tend to confuse Hebrew with Arabic(they are indeed similar in some ways such as writing from right to left and some grammar similarities), they are still very different when it comes to pronunciation, as well as in the number of letters and structure of the language. Like many other languages, Hebrew also includes a variety of dialects that resulted from Jewish people arriving from different countries around the world.
Today you can hear Hebrew spoken all over the world, even in Asia and South America, due to the many young Israeli tourists that just finished their mandatory army service and wish to travel afterwards. Business owners in Asia and South America have realized the financial potential that tourists from Israel bring, and some have even learned to speak Hebrew, and write their restaurant menus in Hebrew, as well as give language classes in Hebrew. There are even small Jewish communities all around Asia who speak Hebrew; these communities are also found across China in cities such as Shanghai, Beijing and elsewhere. The largest Jewish community is in Shanghai and numbers over 1,000 people with a number of synagogues and Jewish centers all over the city.
If you wish to speak some Hebrew on your next visit to Israel, write down or practice the following words: