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Good Morning, Good Day and Good Night; Greetings in Hebrew

Updated on June 3, 2013


Pretty much everyone is familiar with the word Shalom. שלום We have heard it defined as Hello, Good-bye and Peace. Shalom means Peace. It derives from the hebrew word Shelem. שלם which means complete. In modern Hebrew it means "to pay." The Hebrew word Mushlam מושלם means perfect and is also from the same root word.

Hebrew is a Complex Language.

The hardest part about learning Hebrew is that it uses an entirely different alphabet, While there are many similarities between English and Hebrew, there are also many differences. Because Hebrew uses its own alphabet, I am going to write each word in English transliterations. In some instances, I will write the word in Hebrew, Ivrit (Eve reet) עברית. For more information on Hebrew, please check out some of my other hubs about learning Hebrew!

Good Morning
Good Afternoon
Good Evening
Good Night
Good Day, Good Bye
Shalom (Shah loam)
Boker Tov
H'tzohorayim Tovim
Erev Tov
Lila Tov
Yom Tov (Yome tove) יום טוב
Allo (Ah low)
(Bo ker tove)
(Tzah Ha Rah Yem Toe veem)
(Eh rev tove)
(Lie lah tove)
Shalom (Shah loam) שלום
בוקר טוב
הץהריים טובים
ערב טוב
לילה טוב
L'Hitraot (La heet rah oat) להיתראות

Boker Tov, Good Morning!

בוקר טוב

Boker tov means good morning. Boker means morning and tov means good. Just as in English, we sometimes shorten our greeting by just saying 'Mornin''. in Hebrew, you may hear 'Bokerov.'

Yom Tov translates to Good day

יום טוב

The expression "Good Day" is not used the same way in Hebrew as it is in English. In English, while it is used as a passing greeting, it is often used as a dismissal to let the other person know that the conversation is over. In Hebrew, you might end a conversation or business transaction by saying Yom Tov, but you will likely hear this expression more during the High Holy Days, Rosh HaShana.

Use Flash Cards to Learn the Words

As a language teacher of many years, I hnighly recommend the use of flash cards as a learning tool. You can do this in several ways:

  1. You can purchase Hebrew Flashcards.
  2. You can purchase flashcards in your own language and write in the Hebrew words.
  3. You can make your own flashcards out of index cards.

I, personally, prefer the second 2 choices with making my own as my first choice. The problem with buying ready made cards in Hebrew is that they are limiting and far more expensive. Purchasing cards in your own language allows you to tailor the cards as you see fit, but, is also more expensive. Using index cards is inexpensive, versatile and easy to make and use. You can pick and choose the words and phrases you want to study!

A decorative Hebrew inscription taken from Deuteronomy 4:35.
A decorative Hebrew inscription taken from Deuteronomy 4:35. | Source

Tips on How to remember Another Language.

Everyone has their own way to remember things but here are a few general things you can do to boost your memory.

  • Learn with a friend or two.
  • Put those flashcards to use by:Using them to make subgroups, sentences and/or games.
  • Two of my favorite games with flashcards are "Go Fish" and "Memory" Both of them test your skill and knowledge at recalling words and meanings.
  • Go somewhere that you will find native speakers and strike up a conversation!
  • Listen to songs in Hebrew. Learn the lyrics.
  • Look for any TV programs or movies that are in Hebrew. Watch how it is being used.

Learn The Hebrew Alphabet.

About the Author.

The author of this hub is American born. She immigrated to the State of Israel in 1994, became a citizen while raising 2 children, and resided there until 2005. She is currently living in the United States. It's anybody's guess where she may go next!


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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Frank! Much appreciated! :)

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you btrbell for this complicated lesson in hebrew.. you make it look easy..:) Frank

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Such a small world, Glimmer Twin! It is so interesting to me when we find our commonalities! So glad you are enjoying these! Shabbat Shalom to you! Thank you!

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      Claudia Mitchell 5 years ago

      Really enjoying your series on Hebrew words. I worked in a Jewish Day School for a couple of years so I learned a couple of things, but am forgetting it as the years go by. Thanks! Since it's almost Friday I'll say Shabbat Shalom.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Well, I will definitely check them out!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ....does that mean "Colin you are the most adorable man I've ever met" lol

      I have two new books out now on Kindle at

      Beauty:Thirty by epigramman

      Funny:Thirty by epigramman

      and another one forthcoming ....

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      H'Colin hazeh....mashu mashu! That Colin is something, something!

      We will take those 3 big hugs and send back 9 from sunny az where are speedos are on the right way!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      How do you say "Colin is one hot man" in Hebrew?

      Oy Vey, lol

      You're my favorite teacher Randi and I have a whole slew of funny Yiddish records from when I was a kid on vinyl record and they're hilarious.

      I hope sincerely all of your family are keeping well (both two legged and four legged) and sending you 3 big Canadian hugs from Colin and his cats Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time canada 12:11pm where it is a return to summer with warmer temperatures and my neighbor just said to me "Hey Colin you've got your speedo on backwards" lol

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Pamela....much appreciated!

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      Anahi Pari-di-Monriva 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Randi! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this Hub and learning some more useful phrases in Hebrew! You pick useful terms to teach and don't belabor them but explain them simply and concretely. I like the table, as that helps clarify (for most adult learners, I think) and categorize the phrases you're teaching as well as their pronunciation. I like that you use an English phonological transcription that's not an "official linguistics" type but one for us everyday folks - I can read and pronounce it much better this way! I love the video for learning the Hebrew alphabet. Maybe you could make a video as well, with your son and yourself exchanging greetings to put them in a visual context (not that I want to add to your already busy life or anything! lol this is just a thought)? I love that you add tips for how to make this lesson stick and how to put it into use. As you've mentioned the only language we humans truly learn is language in use. My only real suggestion is that perhaps you should move your About the Author capsule to the top of your hub (I love how you end that capsule with the "It's anybody's guess where she may go next!"). Bokerov, Randi! Thanks as always: voted up, useful and interesting! Looking forward to your next articles!

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I appreciat the tips on learning a new language as I would love to do that also. This is a very interesting hub.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Nell...that is way cool. I have heard about it but have never been to that site. I'll have to check it out as I don't see myself visiting the actual wall in the near future! Thank you so much for the vote and share!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      kj...thank you for stopping by! It is now erev almost lila so I will say, Lila tov!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, what a fascinating hub! I love the Hebrew language, and just to hear it is so lovely. I often go to the site where they have a live webcam to the wailing wall! No I am not Jewish, but it just fascinates me, and its so peaceful watching them there. There's even a 'slot' where you can write a prayer that will be written out for you and placed in the wall! how amazing is that? great hub, voted up and shared, nell

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Abby! It is a very difficult language! But, like you said, maybe someday!

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      kjforce 5 years ago from Florida

      btrbell....Boker Tov my friend and thank you for the share...nice job

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      Abby Campbell 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Interesting, Randi! I didn't know that about "Good Day." I once wanted to learn the Hebrew language so much, but I was discouraged when others had told me how difficult it is. Maybe someday!

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      I could readily identify with you, Randi, when you mentioned that you had your husband write out "Where is the bathroom?" for you in Hebrew. I have long maintained that a woman can travel around the world with little difficulty if she only memorize three phrases in the local language: 1) Where is the bathroom? 2) How much is that? 3) That's too expensive!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Eddy!


      Thank you, Theater Girl!

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      Jennifer 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Glad to find it! I will be reading more!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hey Cris!

      Nice to see you! I wish I could speak several languages. It is more interesting than I ever imagined. My son speaks Hebrew and English fluently and can get by in Arabic. He has learned some French, too. I am a little envious of you guys! Thank you for your enthusiasm! Todah Rabah (Thank you very much) Boker Tov! Randi

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, theater girl! Welcome to my hub page!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Thanks for sharing this gem Randi.

      Voted up and shared.


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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Suzie! Yes, I wish I knew more languages. I know a bit of Spanish, less of French and many scattered words here and there! Thank you so much for the votes and share but also thank you for using me in the same sentence with the the word "sexy"!!!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, picklesandrufus. It is definitely a subject I enjoy!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hi Leslie! Yes, hearing Israelis speak English is why I married that ex of mine! He just looked and sounded so good! And....he made beautiful babies!!

      I am so glad, my friend, that you know those all important phrases! The first time I visited Israel, I didn't know Hebrew yet. I made my husband write me cardsfor things like "Where Is the bathroom?"

      Thank you so much for your comments, votes and sharing!

      Love you too!



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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      thank you so much, Joelle. Your comments are always a treat because you have so much to share! Much appreciated!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Bill! Hey....just a about words with friends in Hebrew??!!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Faith! It is indeed a challenging language!

      Shalom and ahava! Randi :)

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Shalom and Lila Tov Randi! This is very interesting as I am into languages. I am bilingual (Tagalog-English). I used to be good in Arabic and Spanish as well but I'll admit I have to polish them now as there's no one to speak with. However, I still can manage to exchange some pleasantries in both Arabic and Spanish.

      This is awesome. I'll memorize these Hebrew greetings to add up to my skills and show off at work. Lol! Thanks for the education. I enjoyed it.

      Now, Yom Tov! :)

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      Jennifer 5 years ago from New Jersey

      A very interesting piece! Thanks for sharing the pronunciation. Your enthusiam for the language is contagious!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Randi,

      What a neat hub! I love learning new languages and have learnt a number over the years with Italian top of the list now to master. Hebrew sounds so interesting and you may it sound (along with Leslie's comment!) sexy!

      Congrats on another great piece, voted ++++, shared!

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Always like learning. Thanks for educating your readers.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Randi..Hebrew is a beautiful language, but what's even more gorgeous is listening to an israeli - speak english..

      i swear it's my favorite accent in the world, and- i've been't say it...haha)..

      boker tov..ha shem sheli ahoova ve ani rotsa lalechet la'bet shamoosh...


      did i say anything?

      love you doll!

      sharing on

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      kidscrafts 5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Hi Randi! I like the lines of the Hebrew alphabet; there is something round and soft (that's the artist in me who speaks).

      I learned Greek for one year in high school and the alphabet as well. It helps to have some notions of that language to understand some words in French for example.

      I realize that for myself, to be able to learn a language, I have to use it as I do in English everyday. I understand quite a lot of Dutch but I am still afraid to speak it... so when I go visit my family in law and they speak Dutch, I answer in English.... and sometimes a few words in Dutch.

      I think for most people, immersion is the best way to learn a new language because it becomes a question of surviving everyday in a new place.

      My husband and one of my son pick up languages like as if they are drinking a glass of water. I am not envious but I would definitely like to have that gift.

      You are right that singing is a great way to learn as well because I sing in a choir and sometimes, we sing in other languages and it's a nice way to learn new words.

      Thanks for sharing this hub and your beautiful language Randi!

      Shalom, Joelle

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the education, Randi. I love learning new things on HP. Well done.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Randi,

      Thanks for another useful and interesting hub here. Yes, the Hebrew alphabet seems to be very challenging, at least to me.

      Voted up ++ and sharing

      Shalom, Faith Reaper


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