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Speak Hebrew Instantly

Updated on June 13, 2016

Israel

עברית

Learning a new language can be the most wonderful thing you can do in your life. Some people devote their entire lives to learning a language. Some even learn a multitude of languages. They are called polyglotts. To be able to communicate with a person whose native tongue is Hebrew in their own language is something you will never forget and this article will help you to achieve that goal.

Hebrew

Hebrew is a West Semitic language of the Afro-Asiatic language family. It is spoken by around 9 million people worldwide. It is the official language of Israel, where it is predominantly spoken. It is written from right to left using the Hebrew alphabet. Are you ready to Speak Hebrew Instantly using English words to help pronunciation.

Exercise 1 : Hello

Let's begin with saying hello. I know there are formal greetings we can learn, but we are on vacation so we will use the informal word:

Shalom...שלום

Try these English words : Gallon

Where possible I will include the Hebrew script.

Hebrew phrase : Shalom.

What it means : Hello.

English words : Gallon

Pronounced : Shall-om

Fabulous. Now you can say your first Hebrew word. You can say it to every Hebrew speaking person you meet and he''l understand you. Hooray!

Exercise 2 : Where Is The Bathroom?

At some stage on our holiday we will need to know where the toilets are. For me it's usually when we arrive at our destination at the airport. We already know how to say hello to someone. Now find out where the toilets are.

Eifo Hasherutim?...איפה השירותים

Whenever the letter "a" appears alone, in the English words line. It is pronounced like the "a" in apple.

Hebrew phrase : Eifo Hasherutim?

What it means : Where is the bathroom?

English words : deffo a-stare-low-beam.

Pronounced : ehfoh ha share-o-team.

Exercise 3 : Thank You

This is just a great word that we can use for thousands of situations.

Toda...תודה

Hebrew phrase : Toda.

What it means : Thank you.

English words : soda.

Pronounced : toda.

Exercise 4 : Excuse Me

Here is another phrase we are bound to use on our vacation. To attract someones attention in a shop or to pass somebody in a busy market.

Slihah...סליחה

With this phrase there is a Hebrew language idiosynchrasy. Which is pronouncing a "H" the way the Scottish pronounce the "ch" in "loch". So the phrase sounds like slick-ah.

Hebrew phrase : Slihah.

What it means : Excuse me.

English words : lick-ah.

Pronounced : slick-ah.

Exercise 5 How Much Is It?

This phrase is essential for when we go shopping. We are bound to want to know the price of something sooner or later, especially on markets where you might end up bartering. It helps in shops or anywhere, where there is no price displayed.

Kamahzay oleh?

Hebrew phrase : Kamahzay oleh?

What it means : How much is it?

English words : dam-ah-pay goal-lay.

Pronounced : kam-ah-zay oh-leh.

Exercise 6 : I Would Like

I would like or I want are always handy to know. Even if you only point to what it is that you need. The phrase to use is:

Efshar Bevakasha Leckabel

Hebrew phrase : Efshar Bevakasha Leckabel

What it means : I would like.

English words : ref-bar rev-a-dash-a deck-a-bell

Pronounced : efshar bevakasha leckabel

Exercise 7 : Drinks

Obviously we can't learn every single item we might want to buy while we're on our holidays, so we will narrow it down to some drinks we may want in a cafe or a bar. Hence there is quite a few words and phrases to get through.

Kah-feh...Tay...Bee-rah...Mah-yim...Ya-yin...Kah-lay

Coffee...Tea...Beer...Water...Wine...Milk

Hebrew phrase : Kah-feh...Tay...Bee-rah...Mah-yim...Ya-yin...Kah-lay

What it means : Coffee...Tea...Beer...Water...Wine...Milk

English words : Laugh-eh...Ray...We're a...Time...Mine...Barley.

Pronounced : Kah-feh...Tay...Bee-rah...Mah-yim...Ya-yin...Kah-lay.

Exercise 8 : Numbers

When we are ordering our drinks we might want more than one so we will need to learn some numbers. Here they are one to five.

Ahat Shtayim Shalosh Arba Hamesh....אחת___שתיים___שלוש___ארבע___חמש

Hebrew phrase : Ahat Shtayim Shalosh Arba Hamesh.

What it means : One Two Three Four Five.

English words : a-bat ...dime ...a-wash ...carb-a ...ham-mesh.

Pronounced : Ahat Shtayim Shalosh Arba Hamesh.

Exercise 9 The Bill / The Check Please

Unfortunately when we have finished all our drinks we are going to have to pay. So we will need the bill.

Et Ha Kesh Bonn Bevakasha

The word - bevakasha - means please.

Hebrew phrase : Et Ha Kesh Bonn Bevakasha.

What it means : The bill / The check please.

English words : set ha mesh gone rev-a-dash-a.

Pronounced : Et Ha Kesh Bonn Bevakasha.

Exercise 10 : Goodbye

We began with hello so why don't we end with goodbye? It's not hard as it's the same word we use for hello.

Shalom...שלום

Hebrew phrase : sha-LOM.

What it means : Goodbye.

English words : Gallon.

Pronounced : Shalom.

Nazereth

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Shalom

Unfortunately our time in the Israel is at an end, but that doesn't mean you won't be able to practise your Hebrew language. There are many internet sites you can visit or even better you may get to know a Hebrew speaking person. You may even decide to begin learning the language in it's entirety, which will bring you a lifetime of pleasure. Good luck and until next time...Shalom.

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      RTalloni 

      2 years ago from the short journey

      What a great hub! Thanks for putting it together for us. Looking forward to using these phrases with my grands, as well as checking out your other work. Shalom until next time!

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