Good Morning, Good Day and Good Night; Greetings in Hebrew
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 Day, Good Bye
Shalom (Shah loam)
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
L'Hitraot (La heet rah oat) להיתראות
Boker Tov, Good Morning!
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
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:
- You can purchase Hebrew Flashcards.
- You can purchase flashcards in your own language and write in the Hebrew words.
- 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!
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.
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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!