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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 3

Free Heblish Challenge – January 2010 – Training – Day 3:


Day 3… can you believe it?

It is rainy outside but you are sitting inside a warm place, ready for a real Hebrew lesson.

In our previous lesson we talked about “morning” and “good morning,” so when you get to your office you can say “boker tov everybody” and they might think that you had a bad dream… speaking of dreams, when it’s time to say “goodnight,” it is also a good idea to say “laila tov” to your family…

We have also learned how to thank someone by saying “toda,” and how to say “everything is beseder“, right?

Reminder: 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 have a cool lesson, because we’re starting a conversation…

Today’s menu: Where, Hotel, Please, Toilet and Telephone

The word “where” is important, especially if you are a tourist.
In Hebrew we say “eifo“.
The “ei” in the beginning of the “eifo” sounds like the name of the letter “A”.


The most important word after “where” is “hotel”, because your hotel is your safe place at the moment…
Instead of “hotel” we say: malon (ma-lon).

Ok, we have “where” (eifo) and “hotel” (malon), so we can ask:
Where is the Hilton Hotel? And in Hebrew: Eifo malon Hilton?
Hooray, we just made our first sentence!


For “please” we have a long word, which is: bevakasha (be-va-ka-sha).
The “e” sounds like the “e” in the word “egg”.

Where is the Hilton Hotel, please?
Eifo malon Hilton, bevakasha?

More examples:
Can you give me a glass of water, bevakasha?
Will you bevakasha give me the newspaper?


For toilet you say “toilet,” “restroom,” or “bathroom” (or “W.C.” if you are in England).
In Hebrew we say: sherutim (she-ru-tim).
The “she” sounds like the “she” of “shell” or the “she” of “Sheldon”.

Where is the toilet, please?
Eifo THE sherutim, bevakasha?
We will discuss the definite article “The” later in January.


There is a Hebrew word for “telephone”, but most Israelis do not even know that word. The common word for “telephone” in Hebrew is… telephone.

I know that you usually say “phone” instead of telephone, but in Israel you should say telephone.
I don’t think you need examples for this word… 😉

So far so good!

I hope you enjoyed the lesson.
The next lesson will be VERY important! I say very, because we are going to watch some short videos and learn something that will influence all of our future lessons!
Bevakasha don’t even think about missing our next lesson, beseder?

Lehitraot on Monday!