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Heblish – Hebrew lessons: Day 57

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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…

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Heblish – Hebrew lessons: Day 56

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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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Heblish – Hebrew lessons: Day 23

Holiday^ag Shavuot

Free Hebrew lessons – May 2010 – Training – Day 23:

^ag samea^ – (happy holidays),

In our previous lesson we read the end of Conny’s story, corrected her Heblish and also learned many new Hebrew words. Some of the words were in the first person.

Since today is a holiday (^ag Shavuot), we won’t have a real lesson, but I still want to put a little focus on those first person words.  

Today’s menu: A short focus on some first person words

Let’s take only what we’ve learned from Conny’s story:

English Hebrew – Heblish Examples
I asked Bikashti – I asked for my watch back.
– I asked for her to buy me an ice cream.
– I asked for my teacher to teach us about Roosevelt.
I asked Shaalti – I asked “Excuse me, what time is it?”
– I asked her “Would you buy me an ice cream?”
– I asked my teacher “Who was Roosevelt?”

In Hebrew there is a difference between asking for something to happen (a request for some kind of “action”), and simply asking a question.

More examples:
   – I asked for a chair.
     This is a request, so in Hebrew we say: Bikashti kise.

   – I asked “may I sit down?”
     This is just a question, therefore in Hebrew we say: Shaalti “ani ya^ol lashevet?”

More words from Conny’s story:

English Hebrew – Heblish Example
I ate A^alti I ate a steak – A^alti stek. (This is not a mistake. In Heblish you should write and say ‘stek‘) 
I said Amarti I said hello – A^arti shalom.
I took Laka^ti I took a taxi – Laka^ti monit.
I wanted Ratsiti I wanted a kiss – Ratsiti neshika.


That’s all for this lesson. It’s only a few words, but a very important concept in the Hebrew language. 😉

Lehitraot (see you) in lesson 24…

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