One challenge that comes with learning Hebrew is when a word has multiple definitions.
It’s worth trying to learn these definitions in order, since the earlier meanings occur more frequently than the later ones.
This means that my vocab drill process is to look at the Hebrew characters, try to convert them straight to sounds, fail, have the English letters appear in my head, make the sound of the English letters, then think of either the definition or – for a complex word – the mnemonic, and then remember the words that go with that definition.
So Torah is LIT-C: law, instruction, teaching, custom. More controversially, Nephesh (I’m told there’s no equivalent sense of this word in English) is Slipknot: soul, life, person, neck, throat.
Does anyone have any tips for learning the vocabulary of a new language, or am I doing everything right?