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June 25, 2012 12:00 pm

Students Learn Hebrew Through Graffiti in Tel Aviv

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Graffiti in Tel Aviv. Photo: wiki commons.

A part-time Israeli teacher whose day job is at a television company, has organized a unique Hebrew language lesson that takes students through the streets of Tel Aviv to study wall slogans and graffiti.

For 50 shekels (about $12), Guy Sharett’s students visit the streets and alleys of Tel Aviv’s Florentin neighborhood, where they break down the meanings of graffiti slogans such as “Tzay mayhatelevizia, tatchil lichayot” (“Get out from the TV, start to live.”) These classes took form after Sharett’s traditional students noticed slogans from last summer’s massive social protests in the city.

Next to a picture of Theodor Herzl, the father of Zionism, students find his “If you will it, it is no dream” twisted into “If you don’t want, you don’t need,” the New York Times reported. “It’s not only to teach language, it’s also to teach the culture,” Sharett said.

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