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Heblish – Hebrew lessons: Day 55

Happy Birthday Mr. President

Free Hebrew lessons – February 2011 – Training – Day 55


Today we will read a nice article taken from, 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 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

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…

Heblish – Hebrew lessons: Day 54


Free Hebrew lessons – February 2011 – Training – Day 54


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.

Silhouette of two doves on the window

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…

Heblish – Hebrew lessons: Day 50

Refresher – lessons 1 to 8

Free Hebrew lessons – January 2011 – Training – Day 50


How are you and how were your Christmas and New Year’s celebrations?

Now that the holidays are behind us, and we are happy and focused… we can start the new year with the refresher I promised you.

In our previous lesson we talked about darkness and light. All of you probably remember December 31, 1999 – Leaders and reporters warned us about all sorts of woes with the coming of the new Millennium, but here we are, entering the second decade of the 21st millennium, and we are still here, alive, smarter, and hopefully, blessed with health and happiness.

Today, we will have a refresher of the first eight Hebrew lessons, but don’t slip away… it will help you. Every month I will give another refresher of a few lessons.

Today’s menu: Refresher for lessons 1 to 8

Attention: The underlined letters represent the accent.

Today will be an easy refresher, since in our first eight lessons we learned only a few words, like shalom and lehitraot, which I use in almost every lesson, but, you can still learn a few new words today.

We also learned to use tov for “good,” boker tov for “good morning” and laila tov for “goodnight.”  For you it seems natural to say “goodnight” using only one word, but for us (the Israelis), it seems odd, since in English you use two words for “good morning…” Anyway, in Hebrew we use two words for each one of the expressions above.

Beseder – If you don’t remember this word, I’m sure that the following examples will help you:
Beseder, let’s go on.
– I’m beseder today.
– Everything is beseder?
You are right, beseder means OK or alright

In our next lesson, lesson 51, we will talk more about the accent in Hebrew. Up to this point, I only asked you to pay attention that the underlined letters represent the accent, but, there is something very special about the Hebrew accent. As I said, we will talk about it in our next lesson.

In lesson 3 we learned to ask “where?” – eifo.
“Where is the hotel?” – eifo ha’malon and “where is the toilet, please?” – eifo ha’sherutim bevakasha. (Please – be-va-ka-sha.)

We also had some videos in our Heblish course, so here are a few to remind you how to pronounce the vowels a, e, i, o and u.

The sound of the vowel A (16 seconds)

The sound of the vowel E (13 seconds)

The sound of the vowel I (18 seconds)

The sound of the vowel O (14 seconds)

The sound of the vowel U (20 seconds)

After you have listened to the videos, I will now send you back to YouTube to hear the most important videos; how to pronounce the letters “het” and “haf” in Hebrew:
^, ^a, ^e, ^I, ^o, ^u (12 seconds on YouTube)

Chess – Sha^ (13 seconds on YouTube)

Cat – ^atul (6 seconds on YouTube)

Thread – ^ut (5 seconds on YouTube)

After these videos, I guess you might be hungry… so let’s go to a misada (restaurant).  There we can choose between keves (lamb) with tapu^ey adama (baked potatoes) and salat (salad), dag ve’chips (fish and French fries) or basar ve’tosafot (meat and side dishes).

In this lesson we learned that the word ketchup is almost the same in Hebrew, ketchop.

I taught you to say gam instead of “also,” and to add “ve” as the prefix of the word that follows when you use “and”.
For example:
– Bonnie and Clyde – Bonnie ve‘Clyde.
– Man and woman – Ish ve’isha.
– Black and white – Sha^or ve’lavan.

We learned how to say “for me, for him” and “for her,” bishvili, bishvilo ve’bishvila. Pay attention, the word “for” is bishvil, but to say for “me/him/her” I add one of the vowels (“i/o/a“) to the suffix. 
For me – Bishvili
For him – Bishvilo
For her – Bishvila

Remember these suffixes, they will help you to understand who is being talked about when you hear the “i, o, a” on the end of the word – for most cases (but not all!).

Before I showed you how to count from 1 to 30, I taught you how to say “one” for a masculine noun:

For me in Hebrew translation

This was our first lesson for 2011 and also our first refresher. Today we only had a refresher for the first eight lessons and I think it’s enough. I will give you more refreshers from time to time, at least one per month.

Now, don’t you feel “refreshed” in your knowledge and understanding of Heblish?  I sure hope so…  

Lehitraot in lesson 51…

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