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…

Heblish – Hebrew Lessons: Day 50

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