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Acknowledgements Sincere thanks and appreciation are due to Sarena Alfandary for her successful ‘matchmaking’ – working together on this project was great fun; to Adam Albion, who generously gave of his time to pilot our first few units – his encouraging comments and useful suggestions were beacons of light in the early days; to Sally Levy and Aviva Karlinski, who, despite the difficult times, provided much needed back-up and encouragement from home ground in Israel, with punchy names, jokes, realia and all kinds of information; to Sally for her introduction to the Ulpan Akhvah in Rishon Le Zion whose wonderful staff opened their doors and offered important insights; to Zehavah Meyusef for her expertise in Hebrew grammar and invaluable advice on colloquial and accepted usage; to Harvey Miller and Ofra and Jeff Graham for commenting on the completed draft; to Haya Vardy, illustrator, for her drawings that so effectively animate the text; to Gary King, Series Editor, Sophie Oliver, Language Editor, and Ruth Jeavons, Production Editor, at Routledge, without whom this book would never have been started, and very importantly, finished; to all pupils, colleagues and friends whose helpful comments throughout the writing were always greatly appreciated; and last, but of course not least, to our long-suffering families and friends who put up with us working into the small hours. This book has seen us through sad times and happy, some of the most painful times in the history of the Middle East, alongside family celebrations and many vicissitudes of life and computers. We hope this book will make a contribution towards broadening communication and understanding, and we thank the very many people who have encouraged us along the way and helped bring it to fruition.
Tamar Wang and Zippi Lyttleton
Colloquial hebrew: Easy and enjoyable lessons in Hebrew