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  • ... that to a non-speaker it looks valid upside-down, too! In fact, it looks better, because the horizontal lines at the top of each character look like a baseline.

    I used Menahem Mansoor's Biblical Hebrew Step by Step, which had extensive exercises in the first lesson to help you learn to distinguish similar characters. Nearly every letter was paired with nearly every other letter, it seemed.

    It's not too bad, once you get the hang of it, though. I'm completely out of practice but can still distinguish the characters.

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • Hebrew's the only language I know that doesn't use the Latin character set (Latin-1, if we can be computer geeks here). I have had little trouble in my life with this, however, since I've been dealing with it since I was a wee lad. Of course, I knew the block (print) lettering back then, and I remember the problems that came up when learning cursive (written) Hebrew.

      I can imagine that non-speakers (or more to the point, illiterates) of quite a few scripts could have trouble knowing the correct orientatio