As far as languages go, Hebrew is actually one that is scarce throughout the world. With an estimated 9 million speakers, it is not even among the top 100 languages in the world. Even Quechua, which is a native Peruvian language (where the official language is Spanish), has more estimated speakers than Hebrew. This may signify some of the importance of Israel to the Jewish people as well as to the Hebrew-speaking community, as Israel represents the only place in the world where Hebrew is the native language. Meanwhile, the second major home to Hebrew has become the United States, which is why you are going to find great options by searching for Hebrew tutors near me.
The history of the language gives some context as to why it has not reached out further. The language died in its spoken form before Christ, sitting for two millennia as the written language of the Torah and other Jewish texts, but not much more. It was revived in Europe by Jews dreaming of a cultural renaissance, as they had been spread away from their cultural homeland, what was then Palestine, by religious persecution. During the Holocaust, the Nazis massacred over six million more Jews, obliterating almost a third of the population of Jews on the planet and severely crippling the prospects of a renaissance. Afterwards, the need for a Jewish homeland intensified. A large portion of European Jews had moved either to the safety of the Zionist movement in what would become Israel or to America, where the American Dream called to all.
Since then, America has become the second home to Judaism, with the largest proportion of non-Israeli Jews in the world. In consequence, it has also become the second home to Hebrew. For many Jewish Americans, Hebrew School becomes a large part of your childhood. You are not required to learn Hebrew in most cases, but most, if not all, conservative and orthodox synagogues perform services in Hebrew, so you at least learn some of the language through song and prayer. In reform congregations, Hebrew has been limited, but is still important.
For most Jews, the toughest time when it comes to learning and speaking Hebrew is when you are 11 or 12 years old and studying for your Bar or Bat Mitzvah. This is the Jewish call to the Torah, which is where boys and girls come of age in front of the congregation by reading from the Torah for the first time in public. Leading up to this, you must work hard, remembering at least one of the seven sections usually read on Saturdays during Shabbat. If you were a brave, overachiever like me, you might throw in another verse or two to add to the achievement. In addition you learn a specific Haftarah portion, which is an additional reading from the book of Prophets.
As a young Jew, this process is really taxing. Most American Jews tack Hebrew studies onto their massive list of extracurriculars to the point that they have barely any time for themselves. I, myself, became well-known in my mother’s office because they knew that sometime between 3:30 and 4:00 pm every Tuesday afternoon, I would call with a different fake illness to try to get me out of Hebrew School because I could not stand it. My parents could barely speak Hebrew themselves, so why was I learning all this stuff?
Ultimately, we had to find a way. We searched for Hebrew tutoring near me and found a great teacher that recorded her own voice on a tape for me to practice off of. I spent nights listening to her over and over again as practice and we would meet once a week for her to critique and help me refine it. By the time my Bar Mitzvah came around, my high-pitched, prepubescent tones were met with rave reviews (and I only needed help remembering the lines once).