Archive for December 2nd, 2009

Getting Started

Free Heblish Challenge – December 2009 – Training – Day 1:  
 
Hey, we’re here! Day one… Can you believe it?! 

 

I certainly can – because let me tell you, I have been working hard to make Free-Hebrew fun and educational for you. 

What are we going to do? 

Today, I just wanted to get across some of what you can expect from our lessons. 

First, remember, my English is not as good as yours. So; if you “catch me” – forgive me, just as I’ll forgive you for your Hebrew mistakes… ;-)  

Starting in January 2010, I’m going to post a lesson every Monday and Thursday to teach you how to speak and understand Hebrew without having to learn the Hebrew alphabet. 

You know, some days are busier than others, but it’s only two days a week; just a few minutes each time is all you need. Some days might take just a little bit of time, and some days more. 

Anyway, from time to time I’m going to give you the main headline from “today”. 

You will then have the English headline and the Heblish translation of the headline, but I’m not going to explain “Every Word”, only a few each time. 

Since I work in the jewelry and fashion field and not education, I’m sure we’ll learn together the easiest and the best way for you to learn. 

Think of it as a game. 

Remember that I’m going to send a reminder every Monday and Thursday, excluding holidays (yours and mine) on my FaceBook page. So go now and add me as your friend (refer to my last e-mail, dated Dec. 2nd, announcing Free-Hebrew.com, and you will find the link to my Facebook page.). 

So with that, let’s start the day. 

Today’s menu: Good and Goodbye 

Let’s start with your morning and with the positive word – Good. 

“Good morning” will be the first thing you say after: “Wake up! It’s late, already…” ;-)  

English: Good morning 

Hebrew: Boker tov. 

Good – Tov. 

Tov

 

Here are some examples using the word “Good”: 

Good boy – Yeled tov 

Good dog – Kelev tov

Good day – Yom tov

Goodnight – Laila tov 

 
When we want to say “hello”, we use either “hi” (yes, even in Israel) or… do you want to guess?… You are right: “shalom“. 

 

- We use “shalom” or “hi” for “hello“: Hi everybody, shalom everybody… 

Lots of my American friends use the word “Shalom” when they want to say “goodbye”. 

Here, I have to admit that we, the Israelis, do not use “shalom” to say goodbye, unless it’s a formal meeting or we’re leaving someplace or ending a phone call when we are angry … yes, it’s funny but that’s the truth. 

When we want to say “goodbye” we use either “bye” or “lehitraot” which is like “see you”. 

The “le” of the “le-hit-ra-ot” sounds like the “le” of “leg”. 

- Lehitraot and bye, then, are the common words in Israel to say goodbye. 

Examples: 

- I’ll be right back, bye… 

- Lehitraot, we have to leave now. 

- See you next month, lehitraot… bye… 

- Lehitraot (YouTube)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyxhMxhKFMc 

 

*) The words “hi” and “bye” took root unofficially in Israel, and became part of our common spoken language. 

Shalom and Lehitraot

Shalom and Lehitraot

 

We will remind you of our free-Hebrew course every Monday and Thursday through Facebook, so if you have not yet added me as your friend on Facebook, now is the time to do that. Simply refer to my last e-mail (dated Dec. 2nd) announcing Free-Hebrew.com, and you will find the link to my Facebook page. If you don’t have that e-mail, just let me know and I’ll send it to you again. 

See you here on January 4th, 2010 – Monday of course. 

Happy Holidays and… 

Lehitraot;-)