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Heblish – Hebrew lessons: Day 59

Refresher – lessons 9 to 12

Free Hebrew lessons – March 2011 – Training – Day 59


In our previous lesson we learned that most of the time the suffix for plural words in the feminine is “ot” and in the masculine it is “im.” We will learn more about singular and plural during our lessons as you read many sentences and examples, but today we have to go back to lesson 9…

In lesson 50 I gave you our first lesson for 2011 which was our first refresher. We did a refresher for the first eight lessons and some of you told me that it was great. As I promised you to give more refreshers from time to time, here is our second refresher.

Today’s menu: Refresher for lessons 9 to 12

Attention: The underlined letters represent the accent.

In lesson 9 we learned how to say:
   – I want – ani rotse (m), ani rotsa (f)
   – I see – ani roe, (m), ani roa (f) and
   – I understand – ani mevin (m), ani mevina (f).

Lesson 10 was an important lesson, where we learned how to say “yes” (ken) and “no” (lo).

We also learned that “there is no” and “there are no” are both expressed with one short word – ein.

I’m sure you remember that “thanks” or “thank you” is “toda” in Hebrew, and I want to remind you that for “thanks a lot” you should say “toda raba.“

In that lesson we also learned that “excuse me” is “sli^a,” for example:
   – Excuse me, what is the time please – sli^a, ma ha’shaa be’vakasha?

But the most important thing we learned in lesson 10 was to ask “how much” 😉
   – How much is the bracelet? – Kama ole ha’tsamid?
   – Excuse me, how much is the fish? – Sli^a, kama ole ha’dag?
   – How much is the dress? – Kama ola ha’simla?

Kama ole for masculine and kama ola for feminine.

In lesson 9 and in lesson 11 we learned how to count from e^ad to shneim-asar (from 1 to 12) in masculine and feminine.

After learning and reading the Hebrew numbers one through twelve, I gave you an example for the six new words we learned in the following section:
“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)…”

Lesson 12 will finish our current refresher with the table below:

Feminine objects Feminine objects Masculine objects Masculine objects
One ring Tabaat a^at One bracelet Tsamid e^ad
Two rings Shtei tabaot Two bracelets Shnei tsmidim
Three rings Shalosh tabaot Three bracelets Shlosha tsmidim
Four rings Arba tabaot Four bracelets Arbaa tsmidim
Five cakes ^amesh ugot Five bottles ^amisha bakbukim
Six cakes Shesh ugot Six bottles Shisha bakbukim
Seven cakes Sheva ugot Seven bottles Shivaa bakbukim
Eight cakes Shmone ugot Eight bottles Shmona bakbukim
Nine dresses Tesha smalot Nine books Tishaa sfarim
Ten dresses Eser smalot Ten books Asara sfarim
Eleven dresses A^at-esre smalot Eleven books A^ad-asar sfarim
Twelve dresses Shteim-esre smalot Twelve books Shneim-asar sfarim


This table is an excellent opportunity for you to see what we learned in our last lesson, lesson 58, when I taught you that most of the time the suffix for plural words in the feminine is “ot,” and “im” in the masculine.

Lehitraot in lesson 60…
Wow 60!?!

Heblish – Hebrew lessons: Day 57

Practice Hebrew

Free Hebrew lessons – February 2011 – Training – Day 57


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.

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…

Heblish – Hebrew lessons: Day 56

Practice Hebrew

Free Hebrew lessons – February 2011 – Training – Day 56


Ha’nasi Mubarak left his seat last Friday, our Chief of General Staff left his seat last Monday, but I am still sitting in my seat, ready to prepare our next Hebrew lesson… 😉

In our previous lesson we read a short article about the birthday cake of Ronald Reagan and learned some new words.

Today, we will continue, using some of the words we learned last week.

Today’s menu: Practice Hebrew

Attention: The underlined letters represent the accent.

We already learned how to say “I said” in our Heblish lessons 17 and 22, but today we’ll learn more about it.

In our last lesson we read: “Ronald Reagan said…” and we know that the Hebrew translation is: Ronald Reagan amar

Today we will learn only the first, second and third person in masculine form:
Ronald Reagan amar
He said – Hu amar
You (m) said – Ata amarta (or: amarta)
I said – Ani amarti (or: amarti)

If you remember, we already learned about the “ti” suffix in lesson 44:
“When you are talking about yourself in the past tense, the suffix of every verb in Hebrew will be “ti.” 
The “i” in the suffix “ti” takes the place of the “i” in “ani,” indicating the first person.”


A lot of people
A lot of people went out to demonstrate – Harbe anashim yatsu lehafgin. The “yatsu” sounds as “yast-u” or “yats-oo.”
– There are many people outside – Yesh harbe anashim ba^uts.

Here you can see that I used “harbe anashim” for “a lot of people” and for “many people.”
“Many” and “a lot” are the same word in Hebrew – Harbe.


– I like chocolate – Ani ohev (m) shocolad.
– Do you like chocolate? – Ata (m) ohev shocolad?
– He doesn’t eat chocolate – Hu lo o^el shocolad.

Weekend (week + end)
– This week he is learning Hebrew – Ha’shavua hu lomed Ivrit.
– This is the end of the game – Ze sof ha’mis^ak.
– Are you waiting for the weekend? – Ata (m) me^ake le’sof ha’shavua?

Let’s see what we’ve learned today:

English Heblish
I said amarti (m) + (f)
You said Amarta (m)
He said Amar (m)
A lot of people Harbe anashim
A lot Harbe
Many Harbe
People Anashim
He eats Hu o^el
Week Shavua (m)
End Sof
Weekend Sof shavua


There, that wasn’t so bad.  😉  Learning a new language is sometimes tedious, so much repetition and memorization… yawn.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am always open to your suggestions for ways to make our lessons more enjoyable.  This is “our” class, so please let me hear from you. 

Lehitraot in lesson 57…

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