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Heblish Lesson: Day 3

Meeting
Free Heblish Challenge – January 2010 – Training – Day 3:

Shalom!

Day 3… can you believe it?

It is rainy outside but you are sitting inside a warm place, ready for a real Hebrew lesson.

In our previous lesson we talked about “morning” and “good morning,” so when you get to your office you can say “boker tov everybody” and they might think that you had a bad dream… speaking of dreams, when it’s time to say “goodnight,” it is also a good idea to say “laila tov” to your family…

We have also learned how to thank someone by saying “toda,” and how to say “everything is beseder“, right?


Reminder: Upcoming Lessons 4, 5, and 6 are a “must,” foundational information. Please do not try to go on to future lessons without mastering these three important lessons (4, 5, 6).

Today we have a cool lesson, because we’re starting a conversation…

Today’s menu: Where, Hotel, Please, Toilet and Telephone

Where
The word “where” is important, especially if you are a tourist.
In Hebrew we say “eifo“.
The “ei” in the beginning of the “eifo” sounds like the name of the letter “A”.


Hotel

The most important word after “where” is “hotel”, because your hotel is your safe place at the moment…
Instead of “hotel” we say: malon (ma-lon).

Ok, we have “where” (eifo) and “hotel” (malon), so we can ask:
Where is the Hilton Hotel? And in Hebrew: Eifo malon Hilton?
Hooray, we just made our first sentence!


Please

For “please” we have a long word, which is: bevakasha (be-va-ka-sha).
The “e” sounds like the “e” in the word “egg”.

Where is the Hilton Hotel, please?
Eifo malon Hilton, bevakasha?

More examples:
Can you give me a glass of water, bevakasha?
Will you bevakasha give me the newspaper?


Toilet

For toilet you say “toilet,” “restroom,” or “bathroom” (or “W.C.” if you are in England).
In Hebrew we say: sherutim (she-ru-tim).
The “she” sounds like the “she” of “shell” or the “she” of “Sheldon”.

Where is the toilet, please?
Eifo THE sherutim, bevakasha?
We will discuss the definite article “The” later in January.


Telephone

There is a Hebrew word for “telephone”, but most Israelis do not even know that word. The common word for “telephone” in Hebrew is… telephone.

I know that you usually say “phone” instead of telephone, but in Israel you should say telephone.
I don’t think you need examples for this word… ;-)

So far so good!

I hope you enjoyed the lesson.
The next lesson will be VERY important! I say very, because we are going to watch some short videos and learn something that will influence all of our future lessons!
Bevakasha don’t even think about missing our next lesson, beseder?

Lehitraot on Monday!

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;-)