• n. An intensive Hebrew language course.

Example Sentences

  • "There's a morning ulpan at the community center this fall." (Glinert)

  • "Has anyone participated in any of the Ulpan programs held in Jerusalem?...I have about five days to spend in Jerusalem in August and want to explore the feasability of in depth language study for the week. Would consider myself an advanced beginner in Hebrew." (source)

  • "I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has experience of doing a one-month ulpan in Israel. I'm looking closely at various options and Haifa university has two one-month ulpans." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Modern Hebrew


  • TH אולפן 'teaching, instruction' > MH אולפן 'school for intensive study of Hebrew'

    • Who Uses This

      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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