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Phileas Fogg and Passepartout’s journey around the world is one of the most famous and beloved stories ever to be penned. 150 years after its initial publication, it remains fresh, witty, humorous and suspenseful.


This special translation of Jules Verne’s masterpiece is intended for non-native Hebrew readers of all ages who are looking for enjoyable, qualitative easy-to-read novels.

This is the first book in The Galgal Series, which will introduce simplified and illustrated translations of our most cherished classics.

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Around the World in Eighty Days
(in simplified Hebrew)

About the Galgal Series

There exists a significant gap between written and spoken Hebrew. This pattern also exists in books for children and young adults. While generally unnoticed to Israeli readers, who are used to sophisticated words and complex grammatical structures, it poses a significant challenge to non-native speakers.

The Galgal Series’ focus is to translate our most cherished international classic novels using simplified written Hebrew. Our books are illustrated to provide an enjoyable and relaxed experience. The series is appropriate for readers of all ages, with its intended mission to ease readers, in an enjoyable manner, into more traditional Hebrew-written structures.

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“What a wonderful way to learn a language! The accessible translation and the lucid explanations make for a great reading experience, both fun and enriching.”

Dana E., children's author & senior editor and translator

“Technically, the translation anticipates words that are just beyond my level of skill and provides excellent footnote definitions.  Personally, I found the translation fun and motivating to read.”

Paul R., Hebrew student

Hebrew Books for Beginners

Students of a new language often find reading the most challenging part of the learning process. Reading should be a fun, fascinating and educational experience, however, finding suitable, interesting and enjoyable books in Hebrew for non-natives can be difficult.


The ability to read is an integral part of becoming an active member of society. In addition, practicing reading helps students speak more proficiently. 


We at Modern Talk Books adapt classic novels into simplified and suitable versions. The books consist of accessible “every-day” words, with occasional more complex words which are explained and punctuated with diacritics. We put great effort and thought to ensure that the reading level is appropriate for Hebrew students in early and advanced learning stages. Our mission is to create simplified Hebrew reading materials that are fun and educational at the same time. As we see it, this is the best and most effective way to improve both Hebrew reading skills and vocabulary.

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