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I had my first day of my ulpan (intensive Hebrew course today)... and am quite overwhelmed. Somehow I was placed in level 4 even though I could barely read the Hebrew during the exam. Everyone in the class is far more advanced than me and the entire class was conducted in Hebrew... so needless to say I had no idea what was going on... I had to keep asking the kid next to me to interpret but he was from Germany soooo the language barier made it a bit difficult. The program told me that I need to remain in the class for at least another day before they will consider reassigning me... so I will give it another chance tomorrow.
I am very excited to learn Hebrew but it is a lot of work. We spend five hours a day (Sunday through Friday) in a classroom where the teacher typically speaks entirely in Hebrew.
After the Ulpan we took a tour of the city led by one of the Madricha (Activity Coordinator/ R.A.). We went through the Arab section of Haifa and saw a spectacular view of the Bah'ai gardens.
Other strange thing here is all of the wild cats. As soon as I step out my door I walk into at least a dozen cats. I was told that during the Brittish occupation here there was a huge rat problem so to curb this they released a bunch of cats which took care of the rats but now they have all of these kitties running around with no food to eat. So they are constantly on the prowl loooking for any food they can grab... I think I may be more afraid of these starving kits than of pigeons (hard to imagine I know...)
Well, that is the update I have for today... it was quite the intense day, but I am optimistic about my Hebrew class and am confident that by the end of tomorrow I will be in a class that is more fitting or figured a way to make this class work.