Which is the right way to speak in Hebrew?
By Sarah Yifrach, Jerusalem Post StaffA number of recent books have discussed the use of Hebrew as the primary language in literature, including a 2014 book by Israeli poet Sara Aida Bar-Hillel titled Hebrew as a Primary Language.
The book was published in the Hebrew-language edition of The New Yorker in September 2016, a month after Donald Trump was elected president.
However, according to a recent survey, only 13 percent of Israelis have used Hebrew as their primary language.
The survey asked 2,200 Israelis about their preferred language.
While most respondents said they preferred English, most also said they wanted Hebrew.
In the poll, 47 percent of those surveyed said they prefer Hebrew, and 15 percent said they favor English.
Among those who said they did not use Hebrew as primary language, 15 percent were more likely to say they prefer English than Hebrew.
According to the survey, 56 percent of Israeli respondents preferred to use English in everyday life, compared to just 22 percent of Palestinians.
However, when asked to pick the most important thing they wanted from their children, 55 percent of the respondents said it would be to learn English as a second language, while 15 percent chose to learn Hebrew.
The survey also revealed that 70 percent of respondents said the use or misuse of a language is “important for their children.”