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Heblish Lesson: Day 13

Numbers – Part II
Free Heblish Challenge – March 2010 – Training – Day 13:


Day 13 – unlucky for some, but not for us! 😉


In our previous lesson we went shopping and bought a few smalot (dresses), tabaot (rings), ugot (cakes) and other things we like.  We also learned how to use the Hebrew numbers one through twelve, except for the number two and some exceptions, which we are going to talk about today in our Hebrew lesson.

We will also do a short refresher by watching some videos from our past lessons. It’s going to be short and easy, but if you would like to work harder, go back and read lesson 11 and lesson 12 again.

Today’s menu: Number 2, some exceptions & a short refresher

Attention: The underlined letters represent the accent.

In our previous lesson I showed you that when counting nouns in Hebrew, except for the number one (e^ad  / a^at), the numbers come before the noun, just as they do in English.

Here is a short table of the numbers one, two and three:

The number Feminine Masculine
One A^at E^ad
Two Shtaim Shnaim
Three Shalosh Shlosha


Feminine objects Feminine objects Masculine objects Masculine objects
One ring Tabaat a^at One book Sefer e^ad
Two rings Shtey tabaot Two books Shney sfarim
Three rings Shalosh tabaot Three books Shlosha sfarim

Comparing the tables above, you will see that the number two is the only number which changes.

   – Shtaim is the feminine number two, but when we are counting objects we say “shtey tabaot” for two rings.
  – Shnaim is the masculine number two, but when we are counting objects we say “shney sfarim” for two books.

In lesson 11 I placed asterisks by the numbers 4, 8 and 12.

The number Feminine Masculine
Four Arba   * Arbaa  (ar-ba-a)
Eight Shmone * Shmona
Twelve Shteim-esre  ** Shneim-asar  **

In formal Hebrew we read the following numbers as shown below – Pay attention to the accent!

   * The correct accent for the feminine number “four” is arba, but most Israelis say arba.
   * The correct accent for the feminine number “eight” is shmone, but most Israelis say shmone.

Arba and shmone are the common pronunciations f
or these numbers, so don’t try to be different – remember, when in Rome behave like a Roman…

   ** As a point of information, another name for twelve (both feminine and masculine) is treisar, but it is not commonly used.

In lieu of repeating tables from Lesson 12, please listen again and review the videos from our previous lessons. You can click the “Videos” tab on the menu bar, or click here on “Videos” and go through the previous videos one by one. They are very short and will help you sharpen your accent as well as remind you of some rules before we go on to lesson 14.

Lehitraot then, in Lesson 14.


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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!