Heblish Lesson: Day 8


Free Heblish Challenge – January 2010 – Training – Day 8:


Day 8 and the last lesson in January.

Now that we have completed one month of lessons, I must admit that preparing the lessons is taking more time than I had anticipated. Also, several students have mentioned that they are struggling to keep up. With that in mind, I have decided to have only one lesson a week (on Thursdays) beginning in February. I really want to keep the lessons of high quality and free of charge, so I think this change in our schedule will be beneficial to all.

But, this is not to say that you are going to take a vacation! I’m still waiting to read your questions of “how should I say _______ in Hebrew.” As I mentioned in Lesson 7, you can “Leave a Reply” at the bottom of the page, and I will respond to you.

In our previous lesson we talked about the conjunctions “and,” (ve) and “the” (ha) and we also looked at some new words regarding “food,” like dag, chips

So what we are going to learn today?

Today’s menu: “Also,” and “for me”


For “also” we say “gam.”

Therefore, to say: “Fish and French fries and also ketchup,” you should say: Dag vechips ve’gam ketchup.”

In Hebrew we use the same word as you do for ketchup.

If you want to be polite, you can add the word “bevakasha” (please) which we learned in Lesson 3: Dag vechips ve’gam ketchup, bevakasha.

More examples:
   I have a car and also a truck – I have a car vegam a truck.
   The fish is good, and also the salad – hadag tov vegam hasalat


For me

In Hebrew “for me” is only one word: bishvili

Bishvil is “for.” The last “i” makes it “for me.”
   For mebishvili
   For himbishvilo
   For herbishvila

For me, lamb and baked potatoes, and for her, fish and French fries and also ketchup, please.

Wow, what a long sentence…

Bishvili, lamb and baked potatoes,
vebishvila dag vechips vegam ketchup, bevakasha.

Let’s learn two more words before we go on:
   Lamb – keves
   Baked potatoes – tapu^ey adama


Now let’s do it again, but slowly:

For me, lamb and baked potatoes, and for her, fish and French fries and also ketchup, please.

   For me – bishvili

   Lamb – keves

   And baked potatoes – vetapu^ey adama

   And for her – vebishvila

   Fish – dag

   And French fries – vechips

   And also – vegam

   Ketchup – ketchup

   Please – bevakasha.

Bishvili, keves vetapu^ey adama, vebishvila dag vechips vegam ketchup, bevakasha.

Shoot me!… 😉


I’m waiting for your questions.

Lehitraot in Lesson 9.

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Heblish Lesson: Day 7

Free Heblish Challenge – January 2010 – Training – Day 7:
Day 7 – almost one month together…

I need to clarify something about “shalom” and “lehitraot.”
There is no word for “goodbye” in Hebrew, except for “shalom.” However, shalom is a formal word – and because we are very optimistic here in Israel, we use “see you,” which is “lehitraot.”

In our previous lesson we talked about the sound of the letter tsadey (“ts”), and the unusual sound of the letter(s) het/haf . We agreed to mark the sound of the letter(s) het/haf with an “^”. Remember, we’re just using the sign “^” here on Free-Hebrew. Written in Hebrew the het/haf would look like “ח”, “כ” or “ך”… but I promised you an easy way to learn Hebrew – no “teeth pulling.” 😉

Now that you have learned how to pronounce the 5 Heblish vowels and the sounds of the “ts” and “^,” we can go ahead and learn more Hebrew words and conjunctions.

Today’s menu: “The, and,” and some words around the table

First, we will add more Hebrew words in order to use the conjunctions.

After you arrive in Israel you will probably want something to eat…does that make you hungry?
Ok, go and get something from your refrigerator, I’ll be waiting…

When you learn new words in our Heblish lessons, you don’t have to remember all of them. This system will first teach you to pronounce the Hebrew letters and vowels correctly, and how to use the common conjunctions. I will also show you the difference between masculine and feminine in plural and singular.

But, if you really want to learn and remember the Hebrew words, you have three ways to do it:
1.  Be patient, because I’m going to teach you a lot of them…

2. Use the Tabs at the top of each page: “Dictionary, Expressions, Lessons” and “Subjects.” These pages contain words, information and lessons you have learned, and are updated with every lesson. Use these tools to help you study and recall previous lessons.

3. Talk to me after every lesson. If there is a specific phrase or word that you want to learn in Hebrew, you don’t have to wait for a lesson. If you don’t have a question – invent one! Our back and forth correspondence is the best way to learn. So “Leave a Reply” at the bottom of the page, write your question and I will respond to you. Who knows, your question might be the basis for a new lesson… You can do that here, or on my Facebook wall. I’m waiting for your questions.

Let’s have more words:
You are sitting near the table and the waiter gives you the menu and says: “What would you like to eat?” You ask him “What kind of meat and what side dishes do you have?” Then he will say: “We have no pork, but we have chicken, schnitzel, lamb and fish. Our side dishes are baked potatoes, French fries, mashed potatoes, rice and pasta. Every entree comes with vegetable salad, orange juice and bread.”

Well, this is a long list, and you don’t really need to learn all these words now. Let’s just take a few.
   Meat – basar
   Side dishes – tosafot
   Fish – dag
   French fries – chips
   Pasta – pasta
   Vegetable salad – salat (or salat yerakot)


In Lesson 3 I promised you we would talk about the word “the,” like in the sentence: “Where is the toilet?”
The word “the” is very useful in every language and now you will learn how to use it in Hebrew.
You say “the” in English, and I say “ha” in Hebrew.

In Hebrew “the” is only one letter, but in Heblish it would be two letters that always connect to the next word. I will explain, so just stay with me…

You already know that “where” is eifo and “toilet” is sherutim,” therefore, for “Where is the toilet?” you’re going to say “Eifo ha’sherutim?
Please note that the apostrophe is only to show you the separation between the two words “the” and “toilet.” In Hebrew it’s considered only one word.
   The hotel – ha‘malon
The phone- ha‘telephone
   The meat – ha‘basar
   The fish is good – ha‘dag tov


Next will be the conjunction “and.”
You say “and” and I say “ve” (if you forgot the sound of the “e”… listen to this video again)
   Dan and Alice – Dan ve‘Alice
   Meat and side dishes – basar ve‘tosafot
   Pasta and Vegetable salad – Pasta ve‘salat

Now look at the following example:
   The meat – ha‘basar
   The vegetable salad – ha‘salat
   The meat and the vegetable salad – ha‘ basar ve’ha‘salat

Wow, it was long… but you learned a lot! 😉
Lehitraot in Lesson 8…


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