Heblish – Hebrew lessons: Day 35


Free Hebrew lessons – August 2010 – Training – Day 35:


It’s still hot outside, and I hope that most of you are sitting beside an air conditioner. (mazgan, in Hebrew).

In our previous lesson we learned that verbs in the present tense singular form remain the same, like:
I sit, you sit, he sits –
Ani yoshev,
ata yoshev,
hu yoshev or, in the feminine form:

I sit, you sit, she sits:  
Ani yoshevet,
at yoshevet,
hi yoshevet.

It’s almost the middle of August and some of you will be taking a short vacation… and I will, too.  Soooo, this lesson will be the last lesson for August, and it will be a refresher from our first lessons. I think it will be great to look backward and see how far we’ve come…

Today’s menu: some antique (old AND valuable) words… 😉

Attention: The underlined letters represent the accent.


First, let’s watch the video for the “e” sound: The sound of the vowel E (13 seconds).
Wherever I use an “e,” this is the sound I want you to remember.

And now we’ll do the same for the “i” sound: The sound of the vowel I (18 seconds).

You can find a more detailed explanation for the above sounds in lesson 4.


Now, let’s see if you remember the following words from our first lessons:

Test yourself  (the answers are below):

1. Boker tov

2. Shalom

3. Lehitraot

4. Laila tov

5. Toda

6. Beseder

7. Eifo

8. Bevakasha

9. Sherutim (I’m sure you forgot the meaning of this word…)

10. Telephone



1. Good morning – Boker tov.

2. Hello / hi – Shalom / hi (slang).

3. See you – lehitraot.

4. Goodnight – laila tov.

5. Thanks – toda.

6. Alright / OK – beseder.

7. Where – eifo.

8. Please – bevakasha.

9. Toilet – sherutim.

10. Telephone – telephone.


Not bad at all… 😉

Now, let’s see how to pronounce the “a” sound in Heblish?
Watch this video: The sound of the vowel A (16 seconds)

And the “o” sound: The sound of the vowel O (14 seconds)

Hey, what about the “u” sound?
Watch this short video on YouTube: The sound of the vowel U (20 seconds)


   Meat – basar
   Side dishes – tosafot
   Fish – dag

   French fries – chips
   Pasta – pasta
   Vegetable salad – salat (or salat yerakot)
   Egg – beitsa
   Juice – mits
   Bracelet – tsamid

Now listen to the most important sound: The “het” and “haf” sounds:
In this video you will hear the ^ (het/haf) pronounced with each of the vowels. ^, ^a, ^e, ^I, ^o, ^u (12 seconds on Youtube)

Toda raba (thanks a lot)…

Personally, I think our little “refresher” today has been refreshing!  It’s good to go back and read over things you have already learned. 

While I’m gone, I would like for you to think about things you want to learn on free-Hebrew.  For instance, would you like to learn some simple Israeli songs?  Would you like to learn how to negotiate a price (bargain/haggle), in Hebrew?  That could come in handy when you visit Israel. Let me know your thoughts – because this website is all about YOU!  😉

Although I will be gone for two weeks, you might want to check our website during my vacation. You just might find I’ve left a little surprise for you… So don’t forget to look for it, next Thursday…  

Lehitraot in lesson 36…

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Comments: 7 Comments

7 Responses to “Heblish – Hebrew lessons: Day 35”

  1. Maria says:

    Thank you very much for the review. Often we forget the basic lessons which makes the newer ones seem hard to follow. A review every once in a while helps us to jar our memory back!!

  2. Michael Steiner says:

    Shalom samea7!

    Yesh li she2ula: Mah shone beyn “lomar” wbeyn “lehagid,” wekh l’hishtamesh otam?

    Todah miqerev lev 🙂
    Michael (m’mamlakat Ba7reyn)

  3. Conny says:

    Hi Yaron, ^ag sameach! I hope you have a wonderful time. Hope for new lessons in september. Since you asked I would like some more lines to start a conversation. I know Shalom, maschlom^a / maschlome^ and if the ask me I can say tov, toda. But then the conversation stops. I would like to ask, what are you doing? what are you reading, can I help you? How was you weekend, or party or holiday etc. So I hope you can fix a lesson around that subject. AVAL first enjoy your holiday! By!

  4. Peggy says:

    Hi Yaron,
    I hope you have a happy holiday and I am getting there, I found out I need more practice. Back to the drawing board.

  5. Yaron says:

    Shana Tova, Peggy. Take it easy and keep going…

  6. Yaron says:

    Hi Conny,

    You better send these questions to our Heblish group on Facebook, so other students can see my answers.
    I will give you more tips about how to continue the conversation.
    Thanks for your blessings!

  7. Yaron says:

    Hi Michael,

    The meaning of “lomar” and “lehagid” is the same – “to say“, but here in Israel we mostly use “lehagid”.

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