Heblish Lesson: Day 11

Free Heblish Challenge – February 2010 – Training – Day 11:

Hi everyone – Shalom le’kulam,

It’s getting very exciting around here, because we’ve opened a Heblish group on Facebook.

Why, and what we are going to do there?
Well, when I publish a lesson every Thursday you probably read the lesson, listen to the videos if there are any, and then forget your Hebrew for a whole week. Now that we have created a Facebook group for our Heblish fans, you can see the other students’ questions, read my answers, and also ask your own questions. I’m sure that by doing this, you will learn Hebrew faster than by just following the lessons.

For those who don’t have a Facebook account, I will try to bring the important discussions from Facebook to a special page (“Wall”) which I will build and update here, on our Heblish website (Free-Hebrew.com), but it would be even better if you open a profile on Facebook and join our new Heblish group.

In our previous lesson we talked about the words “ken” – (yes), “lo” – (no/not), “ein” – (there is no/there are no), “toda raba” – (thanks a lot/thanks very much), “sli^a” – (excuse me) and “kama ze/kama ze ole” – (how much/how much is this).

OK, now you know how to ask “kama ze ole,” but what about understanding the answer?  😉

Therefore, today and in our next lesson, we will learn some Hebrew numbers. It’s a bit technical, but we won’t be able to take our shopping trip without learning the numbers…

Today’s menu: Numbers 1-12, dress, ring, cake, book, bottle & bracelet

Attention: The underlined letters represent the accent.

Before we start talking about numbers, you should know that in Hebrew all nouns are either feminine or masculine.  (However, there are a few exceptions which are both feminine and masculine.)

When you refer to a noun and its quantity, you must use a feminine or masculine number, depending on the gender of the noun.

Now I will give you 6 new words. Three will be feminine and three will be masculine. These words are to help me teach you some Hebrew numbers. You have a whole week to learn them because we are going to use them in our next lesson.

Feminine nouns – dress, cake, ring

English singular Heblish singular English plural Heblish plural
Dress Simla Dresses Smalot
Cake Uga Cakes Ugot
Ring Tabaat (ta-ba-at) Rings Tabaot


Masculine nouns – book, bottle, bracelet

You should recognize the word “tsamid,” (bracelet) since it was used in Lesson 9 under “I want.”

English singular Heblish singular English plural Heblish plural
Book Sefer Books Sfarim
Bottle Bakbuk Bottles Bakbukim
Bracelet Tsamid Bracelets Tsmidim


Numbers 1 to 12

I remind you that we already learned the masculine number for “one” (e^ad) in Lesson 9.

The number Feminine Masculine
One A^at E^ad
Two Shtaim Shnaim
Three Shalosh Shlosha
Four Arba   * Arbaa  (ar-ba-a)
Five ^amesh Hamisha
Six Shesh Shisha
Seven Sheva Shivaa (shiv-aa)
Eight Shmone * Shmona
Nine Tesha Tishaa (tish-aa)
Ten Eser Asara
Eleven A^at-esre A^ad-asar
Twelve Shteim-esre  * Shneim-asar  *


   * We will talk about it in lesson 13.

Listen to the pronounciation of the feminine Hebrew numbers we have learned (28 seconds on Youtube).

Listen to the pronounciation of the masculine Hebrew numbers we have learned (36 seconds on Youtube).

OK. You may not remember all of these numbers right away, but now you have them and you can always return to the table and pick up the number you need.  For quick reference in the future, I placed this table under a new tab called “Numbers.”

Now, after reading the Hebrew numbers one through twelve, you can just imagine what we are going to do next week regarding “the bracelet and the ring” (ha’tsamid ve’ha’tabaat), the color of your “dress” (simla), and what are you going to do with a “bottle” (bakbuk) of wine, sweet “cake” (uga) and a “goooood  book” (sefer tov)…

See you (lehitraot) in Lesson 12.

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