Getting Started

Free Heblish Challenge – December 2009 – Training – Day 1:  
Hey, we’re here! Day one… Can you believe it?! 


I certainly can – because let me tell you, I have been working hard to make Free-Hebrew fun and educational for you. 

What are we going to do? 

Today, I just wanted to get across some of what you can expect from our lessons. 

First, remember, my English is not as good as yours. So; if you “catch me” – forgive me, just as I’ll forgive you for your Hebrew mistakes… 😉 

Starting in January 2010, I’m going to post a lesson every Monday and Thursday to teach you how to speak and understand Hebrew without having to learn the Hebrew alphabet. 

You know, some days are busier than others, but it’s only two days a week; just a few minutes each time is all you need. Some days might take just a little bit of time, and some days more. 

Anyway, from time to time I’m going to give you the main headline from “today”. 

You will then have the English headline and the Heblish translation of the headline, but I’m not going to explain “Every Word”, only a few each time. 

Since I work in the jewelry and fashion field and not education, I’m sure we’ll learn together the easiest and the best way for you to learn. 

Think of it as a game. 

Remember that I’m going to send a reminder every Monday and Thursday, excluding holidays (yours and mine) on my FaceBook page. So go now and add me as your friend (refer to my last e-mail, dated Dec. 2nd, announcing, and you will find the link to my Facebook page.). 

So with that, let’s start the day. 

Today’s menu: Good and Goodbye 

Let’s start with your morning and with the positive word – Good. 

“Good morning” will be the first thing you say after: “Wake up! It’s late, already…” 😉 

English: Good morning 

Hebrew: Boker tov. 

Good – Tov. 



Here are some examples using the word “Good”: 

Good boy – Yeled tov 

Good dog – Kelev tov

Good day – Yom tov

Goodnight – Laila tov 

When we want to say “hello”, we use either “hi” (yes, even in Israel) or… do you want to guess?… You are right: “shalom“. 


– We use “shalom” or “hi” for “hello“: Hi everybody, shalom everybody… 

Lots of my American friends use the word “Shalom” when they want to say “goodbye”. 

Here, I have to admit that we, the Israelis, do not use “shalom” to say goodbye, unless it’s a formal meeting or we’re leaving someplace or ending a phone call when we are angry … yes, it’s funny but that’s the truth. 

When we want to say “goodbye” we use either “bye” or “lehitraot” which is like “see you”. 

The “le” of the “le-hit-ra-ot” sounds like the “le” of “leg”. 

Lehitraot and bye, then, are the common words in Israel to say goodbye. 


– I’ll be right back, bye… 

Lehitraot, we have to leave now. 

– See you next month, lehitraot… bye… 

Lehitraot (YouTube) 


*) The words “hi” and “bye” took root unofficially in Israel, and became part of our common spoken language. 

Shalom and Lehitraot

Shalom and Lehitraot


We will remind you of our free-Hebrew course every Monday and Thursday through Facebook, so if you have not yet added me as your friend on Facebook, now is the time to do that. Simply refer to my last e-mail (dated Dec. 2nd) announcing, and you will find the link to my Facebook page. If you don’t have that e-mail, just let me know and I’ll send it to you again. 

See you here on January 4th, 2010 – Monday of course. 

Happy Holidays and… 

Lehitraot… 😉

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Comments: 8 Comments

8 Responses to “Getting Started”

  1. Frank says:

    Shalom Yaron

    I trust all is well. Excellent first lesson. Ifd you ever decide to exit the jewelry business maybe a Heblish instructor was destined for you.



  2. Maria says:

    Excellent! You are going to make learning fun. Thank you very much for all the time and effort you put into this. I really appreciate it. I look forward to January.

  3. JJ says:

    Hey, this is very interesting! I really enjoyed Day 1, makes me anxious to see what you bring for us next month. It will be something nice to look forward to after the busy holidays. Thanks for taking this on, Yaron, and lehitraot!

  4. happynfree1 says:

    Shalom (Hola!) Yaron,

    This is going to be exciting; I’ve been studying the first lesson already. Thanks for including the cultural differences on how the words are used.

    I’m putting on my thinking cap and I’m ready for lesson #2.

    BAROK 🙂

  5. Terry Ince says:

    Love this! This is so interesting for me… I am looking forward to each lesson, and I too, love the cultural information you’ve taken the time to include… For me to practice I will print out each lesson and try to use it during the day… Great website and I am looking forward to learning Heblish, (or trying my best!)… Thanks, Terry

  6. Tommy says:

    Hi (or should I say SHALOM) Yaron
    No doubt you’ve put things together very clearly.
    I’m sure learning phonetic Hebrew this way is going to be a breeze.
    Best of success,

  7. D.Mario sontar says:

    100% beautiful and very very sweet!

  8. Joseph Newlan says:

    I know this is really boring and you are skip to the next comment, but I just wanted to give you a big thank you – you cleared up some things for me!

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