The Nerd needs to teach you how syllables work in Hebrew. He plans to keep it simple and skip over a mess of debatable issues. Sometimes the “basic” things in Hebrew get explained different ways in different grammar books. The Nerd shows you one way, a good way. If you see something different somewhere else, the Nerd says, follow your heart.
Oh, and the Nerd will stuff into this chapter a few weird and miscellaneous rules about how to pronounce Hebrew.