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Heblish – Hebrew lessons: Day 57

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Free Hebrew lessons – February 2011 – Training – Day 57

Shalom,

Shalom? I don’t really see any peace or peaceful life around our little country. Everyone against everyone, and the end doesn’t seem very close…

Anyway, between all that mess, and although the world seems to be falling apart, there is a little island of us who want to learn Hebrew …   

In our previous lesson we learned the first, second and third person in masculine form of the word “say,” and we also learned how to say “a lot of, people, chocolate, week, end” and “weekend.”

Today, we will continue with the important word “say.”

Today’s menu: To say

Attention: The underlined letters represent the accent.

Say
For “to say” [please sit… ;-) ] we say – lehagid (le-ha-gid), but all the other forms of this word in past simple include the root a.m.r., as we learned before. 

English Heblish
I said (m) + (f) amarti  (a-mar-ti)
You said (m) Amarta (a-mar-ta)
You said (f) Amart (a-mart)
He said Amar (a-mar)
She said Amra (am-ra)
We said (m) + (f) Amarnu (a-mar-nu)
You said (m) Amartem (a-mar-tem)
You said (f) Amarten (a-mar-ten)
They said (m) + (f) Amru (am-ru)

 

*)  I don’t always teach you “proper” (complex) Hebrew (like a college professor would), but I always teach you the right way to speak Hebrew like an Israeli… words and phrases that any Israeli will understand.  This includes the way we accent certain words. For instance, in perfect “college” Hebrew the accent on the word “amarten” would look like this:  (a-mar-ten), but it is commonly pronounced (a-mar-ten), with the accent on the middle syllable.

I said
- I said I want a cake – Amarti she’ani rotse uga (man speaking).
- I said I want a ring – Amarti she’ani rotsa tabaat (woman speaking).

You said
- You said you will not come – Amarta she’lo tavo (speaking to a man).
- You said you will not come – Amart she’lo tavoi  (speaking to a woman).

He said
- He said he loves you – Hu amar she’hu ohev ota^. (man loves woman)

She said
- She said she loves you – Hi amra she’hi ohevet ot^a. (woman loves man)

We said
- We said it is beautiful – Amarnu she’ze yafe.

You said
- You said you will come – Amartem she’tavou (plural).

They said
- They said goodnight – Hem amru laila tov. (m)
- They said goodnight – Hen amru laila tov. (f)

Isn’t it wonderful to look back and see how much we’ve learned together?!  I hope you are all enjoying studying Hebrew as much as I’m enjoying teaching it. Ok… I might be prejudiced (wink), but I feel like Hebrew is the most beautiful language an ear as ever heard and a tongue has ever uttered.
Come on, who can argue with that?  ;-)

Lehitraot in lesson 58…

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Heblish – Hebrew lessons: Day 55

Happy Birthday Mr. President

Free Hebrew lessons – February 2011 – Training – Day 55

Shalom,

Today we will read a nice article taken from NBCLosAngeles.com, about one big cake… hungry? ;-)

In our previous lesson we learned that the word “shalom” is not only “hi” and “hello,” but also the translation for the English word “peace.”

Today, I took an article from the NBCLosAngeles.com website. I will post it here and we will learn a few words from that article. I will bold the words I want to teach you today. The article is short, but the cake is BIG ;-)

Today’s menu: An article about a big cake

Attention: The underlined letters represent the accent.

By Jennifer Bjorklund

NBCLosAngeles.com

Ronald Reagan once said you can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans. A lot of people will be eating them on top of 400 pounds of chocolate birthday cake in celebration of his 100th birthday this weekend.

The official Ronald Reagan Centennial Birthday cake is officially under construction, and it is impressive. Four Seasons Westlake’s pastry chef David Laufer is heading up a team of 10 who will, in the end, spend close to 160 hours baking and crafting this five-tier masterpiece. During the brainstorming sessions on what the cake would look like, Laufer says, he became a student of all things Ronald Reagan.

“I did; it’s funny,” he says. “I Googled what his favorite flavors were and what his favorite items were.”

If you interested in reading the whole article, you can do that here.

English Heblish
President Nasi (m)
Said Amar (m), amra (f)
Jellybeans Sukariat gumi (f)
A lot Harbe
People Anashim
A lot of people Harbe anashim
Chocolate Shocolad (m) – Here you can see that the accent is not one of the last two syllables, as we learned in lesson 51, because it’s not a Hebrew word.
Birthday You should know that already: Yom Huledet (m)
Cake Uga (f) – We learned about cake in lesson 11
Week Shavua (m)
End Sof
Weekend Sof shavua
Construction Bniya (bni-ya)
Under construction Be’bniya – The right way to say that if you use good Hebrew is: bi’vnia, since the “bi” changes the word “bnia” to “vnia,” but you don’t have to know that, or talk like one who has perfect Hebrew. Most of Israelis don’t… ;-)
Impressive Marshim
Funny Mats^ik
It is funny Ze mats^ik – We have mentioned ”ze” in lesson 2

 

Next week we will use these words again, in another way…

That’s it.  I hope you learned some new words and enjoyed the story of President Reagan’s big birthday cake. If you see an article online that you think the class might enjoy, please forward it to me and I’ll check it out for possible future lessons.

Lehitraot in lesson 56…

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Heblish – Hebrew lessons: Day 54

Peace

Free Hebrew lessons – February 2011 – Training – Day 54

Shalom,

The last 10 days have not been easy, to say the least, in our area – the Middle East.
Thousands, hundred of thousands and even millions of Egyptian citizens went out to the streets in Egypt and called for President Mubarak to resign. Also, King Hussein of Jordan dissolved his cabinet and asked for a new government to be formed, making this the third government collapse in the Middle East, including Tunisia, in recent months.  Why am I telling you about this in our Heblish lesson? The answer will not tarry to come…

In our previous lesson we learned about “at” and “on”, and I showed you that a translation between languages is not always like comparing apples to apples.

After two complex lessons, today we have a short lesson.

Today’s menu: Peace

Attention: The underlined letters represent the accent.

Most of the leaders in the Middle East are tyrants. Except in Lebanon, all the other countries around Israel are dictatorships.

Is that bad?

Most of my students live in a democratic country, and it will be easy for them to answer “yes” to this question.

But, most of us don’t take into account the people in those countries, the culture, and radical Islam. To be a democracy is not like just pushing a button. It’s a long process. In Turkey it took 85 years(!) of military regime to achieve a democracy. But even if it could be a short process (like an election), no one can guarantee that the side which wins the election won’t be cruel to its people, like we see, for example in Iran.  Hopefully it will work out better in Egypt.

A lot of people in Israel are afraid now, and ask “what will happen to the peace agreement we have with Egypt?” No one has an answer and I won’t talk about politics, today. I just want to say that most normal people want peace. The Hebrew word for peace is… someone can guess?

Meanwhile, here are some new words:
- President Mubarak – Ha’nasi Mubarak (president – nasi)
- King Hussein – Ha’mele^ Hussein (king – mele^)
- The Middle East – Ha’mizra^ ha’ti^on.

Well, the answer for my last question is that in Hebrew, the word for peace is shalom.

I already taught you that we say shalom for “hi” and “hello,” but now you know that there is another meaning for the word “shalom,” which is peace.

In Hebrew “hi, hello and peace” are blessings – blessings for good life, which is pronounced in only one word – shalom.

Some expressions with the word “shalom“:

- Peace dove – Yonat shalom
- Peace agreement – Heskem shalom
- Peacekeeper – Shomer shalom
- Peace-maker – Ose shalom
- Peace process – Tahali^ shalom

That’s it for today… short, but under the current world circumstances, a very timely lesson. 

Peace can be as simple as having all your kids under the roof with you, safe and happy, or as complicated as neighbors who have thousands of years of animosity between them, trying to figure out how to live in peace with each other, and prosper. 

Today, I pray for shalom in the Middle East, and in the every corner of the world where man reaches for something better than his ancestors had…

Lehitraot in lesson 55…

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