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Heblish – Hebrew lessons: Day 40


Free Hebrew lessons – October 2010 – Training – Day 40

Boker tov (good morning),

In our previous lessons we talked about verbs, I gave you some homework to do and you sent me your answers. Hooray! Most of you sent perfect answers, and I’m really proud of you.

In lesson 39 I promised to tell you why I call our course a “challenge.”

I think the “challenge” was actually more for me than for you, since in the beginning I didn’t know if I could really teach you Hebrew using English.

But, here we are, 40 lessons later, still going strong!  Now that we (you AND me) know what we’re doing, I’d like to “challenge” each of you to send four of your friends the link to our Heblish website or our Facebook group:  Let’s get the group growing… I think the more students we have, the more we will interact and learn.

Ok, now that I’ve got you thinking about challenges instead of verbs and nouns, let’s get cracking!


Today’s menu: Common short sentences and some new verbs 

Attention: The underlined letters represent the accent.

Some of you have asked me to explain how to start and continue a conversation, so let’s see an example:

English Talking to a man Talking to a woman
What are you doing? Ma ata ose? Ma at osa?
I’m eating Ani o^el Ani o^elet
Have you seen the news? Haim raita et ha^adashot?
can be also:
Raita et ha^adashot?
Haim rait et ha^adashot?
can be also:
Rait et ha^adashot?
No, what happened? Lo, ma kara? The same since there is no verb here: lo, ma kara?
The earth stopped rotating Kadur ha’arets hifsik lehistovev The same.
Now I understand why I have headache A^shav ani mevin lama yesh li keev rosh (ke-ev) A^shav ani mevina lama yesh li keev rosh



Let’s look at the verbs in the past and present tenses. Again, I will use orange for feminine.

English Masculine Feminine
Do Ose Osa
Eat O^el O^elet
Have you seen?/ Did you see * Raita? Rait?
Understand Mevin Mevina

*) A verb in the past tense.


Do / did (singular)

English: Present / past Hebrew: Present Hebrew: Past
I do (I’m doing)/ I did – (m) Ani ose (o-se) Asiti (a-si-ti)
I do (I’m doing)/ I did – (f) Ani osa (o-sa) Asiti (a-si-ti)
You do (you’re doing) / you did – (m) Ata ose (o-se) Asita (a-si-ta)
You do (you’re doing) / you did – (f) At osa (o-sa) Asit (a-sit)
He does / he did – (m) Hu ose (o-se) Hu asa (a-sa)
She does / she did – (f) Hi osa (o-sa) Hi asta (as-ta)



Eat / ate (singular)

English: Present / past Hebrew: Present Hebrew: Past
I eat (I’m eating)/ I ate – (m) Ani o^el A^alti
I eat (I’m eating)/ I ate – (f) Ani o^elet A^alti
You eat (you’re eating) / you ate – (m) Ata o^el A^alta
You eat (you’re eating) / you ate – (f) At o^elet A^alt
He eats / he ate – (m) Hu o^el Hu a^al
She eats / she ate – (f) Hi o^elet Hi a^la



See / saw (singular)

English: Present / past Hebrew: Present Hebrew: Past
I see / I saw (I’ve seen) – (m) Ani roe (ro-e) Raiti (ra-i-ti)
I see / I saw (I’ve seen) – (f) Ani roa (ro-a) Raiti (ra-i-ti)
You see / you saw – (m) Ata roe (ro-e) Raita (ra-i-ta)
You see / you saw – (f) At roa (ro-a) Rait (ra-it)
He sees / he saw – (m) Hu roe (ro-e) Hu raa (ra-a)
She sees / she saw – (f) Hi roa (ro-a) Hi raata (ra-a-ta)



Understand / understood (singular)

English: Present / past Hebrew: Present Hebrew: Past
I understand / I understood – (m) Ani mevin Hevanti
I understand / I understood – (f) Ani mevina Hevanti
You understand / you understood – (m) Ata mevin Hevanta
You understand / you understood – (f) At mevina Hevant
He understands / he understood – (m) Hu mevin Hu hevin
She understands / she understood – (f) Hi mevina Hi hevina


Please, if you don’t completely understand everything in the tables, send me a message through our Heblish Facebook Group at:

Believe me, I put a lot of time and effort into our lessons and I really want you to understand, so lay it on me, tell me what’s on your mind, I’m always open to your suggestions. 

Lehitraot in lesson 41…

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Heblish – Hebrew lessons: Day 35


Free Hebrew lessons – August 2010 – Training – Day 35:


It’s still hot outside, and I hope that most of you are sitting beside an air conditioner. (mazgan, in Hebrew).

In our previous lesson we learned that verbs in the present tense singular form remain the same, like:
I sit, you sit, he sits –
Ani yoshev,
ata yoshev,
hu yoshev or, in the feminine form:

I sit, you sit, she sits:  
Ani yoshevet,
at yoshevet,
hi yoshevet.

It’s almost the middle of August and some of you will be taking a short vacation… and I will, too.  Soooo, this lesson will be the last lesson for August, and it will be a refresher from our first lessons. I think it will be great to look backward and see how far we’ve come…

Today’s menu: some antique (old AND valuable) words… 😉

Attention: The underlined letters represent the accent.


First, let’s watch the video for the “e” sound: The sound of the vowel E (13 seconds).
Wherever I use an “e,” this is the sound I want you to remember.

And now we’ll do the same for the “i” sound: The sound of the vowel I (18 seconds).

You can find a more detailed explanation for the above sounds in lesson 4.


Now, let’s see if you remember the following words from our first lessons:

Test yourself  (the answers are below):

1. Boker tov

2. Shalom

3. Lehitraot

4. Laila tov

5. Toda

6. Beseder

7. Eifo

8. Bevakasha

9. Sherutim (I’m sure you forgot the meaning of this word…)

10. Telephone



1. Good morning – Boker tov.

2. Hello / hi – Shalom / hi (slang).

3. See you – lehitraot.

4. Goodnight – laila tov.

5. Thanks – toda.

6. Alright / OK – beseder.

7. Where – eifo.

8. Please – bevakasha.

9. Toilet – sherutim.

10. Telephone – telephone.


Not bad at all… 😉

Now, let’s see how to pronounce the “a” sound in Heblish?
Watch this video: The sound of the vowel A (16 seconds)

And the “o” sound: The sound of the vowel O (14 seconds)

Hey, what about the “u” sound?
Watch this short video on YouTube: The sound of the vowel U (20 seconds)


   Meat – basar
   Side dishes – tosafot
   Fish – dag

   French fries – chips
   Pasta – pasta
   Vegetable salad – salat (or salat yerakot)
   Egg – beitsa
   Juice – mits
   Bracelet – tsamid

Now listen to the most important sound: The “het” and “haf” sounds:
In this video you will hear the ^ (het/haf) pronounced with each of the vowels. ^, ^a, ^e, ^I, ^o, ^u (12 seconds on Youtube)

Toda raba (thanks a lot)…

Personally, I think our little “refresher” today has been refreshing!  It’s good to go back and read over things you have already learned. 

While I’m gone, I would like for you to think about things you want to learn on free-Hebrew.  For instance, would you like to learn some simple Israeli songs?  Would you like to learn how to negotiate a price (bargain/haggle), in Hebrew?  That could come in handy when you visit Israel. Let me know your thoughts – because this website is all about YOU!  😉

Although I will be gone for two weeks, you might want to check our website during my vacation. You just might find I’ve left a little surprise for you… So don’t forget to look for it, next Thursday…  

Lehitraot in lesson 36…

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Heblish Lesson: Day 2


Free Heblish Challenge – January 2010 – Training – Day 2

Shalom everybody!

Day 2 of the Heblish Challenge.

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

Now that the holidays are behind us, and we are happy and focused… we can start the day.

In our previous lesson we talked about “good” and “goodbye,” so you already know that good is tov and goodbye is lehitraot (3 seconds on YouTube).

Attention Students: Upcoming Lessons 4, 5, and 6 are a “must,” foundational information. Please do not try to go on to future lessons without mastering these three important lessons (4, 5, 6).


Today we’ll continue with our first subject, “Meeting,” so let’s see what’s cooking…

Today’s menu: Morning, night, thank you and OK
In our last lesson the words “good morning” were on the blackboard, but we emphasized only the word “good” (tov). Now let’s look at the other word in this phrase, “morning.”


In December we learned what you say at the beginning of your morning, “Boker tov.”

English: Good morning.

Hebrew: Boker tov.


Morning – Boker.

The “e” sounds like the “e” in the word “egg”.

Here are more examples, using the word “Morning”:
– We have had a wonderful morning – Haya lanu boker nifla
– They are drinking juice in the morning – Hem shotim mits ba’boker
– What a beautiful morning – Eize’ boker yafe
– I have a meeting in the morning – Yesh li pgisha ba’boker

You may have already noticed that after we learn a new Heblish word, it is written in “blue.”
This is so you can see what you have learned – the more “blue” words we have, the more Hebrew you already know… 😉



In English you say “goodnight,” a combination of the words “good” and “night”.

In Hebrew we say: Laila tov – two separate words.


Here are more examples, using the word “Night”:

– It was a short night – Ze haya Laila katsar 

– It was very cold last night – Haya Meod kar Ba’laila hakodem

– This is a beautiful night – Ze laila yafe


Thank you

The word “thanks” in Hebrew is “toda“.

You say “thanks” or “thank you” and we say “toda“.

Usually we don’t say “you” after “thank,” however, sometimes we need to use it.  We will talk about it in another lesson, when we teach you the difference between male and female words in Hebrew…

For now, “thanks” and “thank you” in Hebrew will be only toda, that’s the common usage here in Israel.

Before we go on, let’s make an agreement: every time I write “e” in a Heblish word, the sound will be like the “e” in the word “egg”, “exercise” or “example”.


Alright & OK

“Alright” or “ok” are very useful words and expressions in English and also in Hebrew.

The Hebrew word for “okay” and for “alright” is “beseder” (be-se-der).

– Remember our remark above; the “e” sounds like the “e” in the word “egg”.


– It is Ok – ze beseder

– That’s OK – ze beseder

– Everything is alright – hakol beseder

But, if you forget the word “beseder,” in Israel you can also say “OK”; it’s a common word here.

Beseder? 😉


Now you can say laila tov when you are going to sleep and boker tov in the morning.

When someone says “How are you?” you can respond: Toda (thank you), I’m feeling tov (good) and everything is beseder (OK).

Today we have learned some easy and useful Hebrew words. For the next lesson, we will take a BIG step ahead, because we’ll try to build a sentence. It will be easy – just keep going and see how fast you can speak Hebrew.

Lehitraot in lesson 3!