Well, I am Jewish, but I was raised in Europe and my family never spoke Hebrew with me. We used it for some prayers or in the synagogue.
But it was like saying words we didn’t really understand their meanings.
When I went to Israel the first time I spoke English with everybody, sometimes German and also a little Yiddish. But I really found it annoying that I didn’t have a clue about Hebrew and I felt like stupid somehow.
Finally I took the decision to learn Hebrew.
I said to myself that I would do the best I can and if it’s very difficult, then it will take me more time, but finally I will succeed.
Nowadays I speak Hebrew in an acceptable way, far from being perfect, but yes, I go on with it and I don’t feel like an outsider anymore when I go to see my people in Israel.
I am still taking classes and I hope to improve more and more, so this summer I will be able to give a big surprise to my friends when I will be back in Israel...
I would say that the language isn’t that difficult, but the problem is that you have to use it outside the classes, as otherwise you don’t get used to normal conversation and daily use of Hebrew…
But don’t worry, when you really wish to learn something you will be able to do it.
All the best!