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June 25, 2012 12:00 pm

Students Learn Hebrew Through Graffiti in Tel Aviv

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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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