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Welcome to HebrewPod101.com’s “Ivrit be-shalosh dakot”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Hebrew.
Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod. Hi, I'm Yana. It’s a pleasure to meet you.
In this series, we’re going to learn basic Hebrew expressions. It’s super easy and it only takes three minutes!
In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to introduce yourself in Hebrew. In Hebrew there is no formal and informal language. You can use this introduction in both cases and keep it simple. However, in Hebrew there is a difference between male and female language.
Let’s first see how Israeli people introduce themselves in a simple way.
Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod. Hi, I’m Yana. It’s a pleasure.
[slowly] Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod.
Start by saying:
Shalom, ani... then, say your name. Shalom, ani Yana. Finally, say Naim meod.
Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod.
And now let’s see the same sentence if you wish to be more specific in addressing the person you are introduced to;
If you are introducing yourself to a woman, you should say;
Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod lehakir otah.
Hi, I am Yana. It’s a pleasure to meet you (female).
[slowly] Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod lehakir otah.
If you are talking to a man, you should say;
Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod lehakir otha.
Hi, I am Yana. It’s a pleasure to meet you (male).
[slowly] Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod lehakir otha.
So, what has changed from the previous introduction?
Let’s take a close look at these together.
The last part of the introduction has been changed based on the gender of the person you are talking to.
Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod lehakir otah for a woman, versus Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod lehakir otha for a man.
Ani- I am, in this case has not been changed, and in both cases stands for “I am”(regardless of your gender).
The last sound of the last word changes, however. Otah, if you’re speaking to a woman, and otha, if you’re speaking to a man.
One more time:
The simple way to introduce yourself in Hebrew is Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod.
In case you want to address the person you are talking to, say;
Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod lehakir otah (female).
Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod lehakir otha. (male)
Now it’s time for Yana’s Insights.
When you introduce yourself, it's a good habit to shake hands in Israel. If you don’t want to worry about using the right word for men or women, just say Naim meod, as I said at the beginning of this lesson.
There is no cultural importance if you add the last part to the introduction. It just makes the sentences more complete.
Do you know how we say “thank you” in Hebrew? You’ll learn how to say this and many other words in the next lesson. Ad ha-paam ha-baa! Till next time!

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HebrewPod101.com
Friday at 6:30 pm
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Let’s introduce yourself in Hebrew!

Monday at 12:09 am
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Hi Huzaifa,

Thanks for your comment!

In Hebrew, we write אותך, but when written in English letters both versions are acceptable - as long as you remember to pronounce it correctly - with KH sound in the end…

Yours,
Roi
Team Hebrewpod101.com

Huzaifa
Thursday at 6:47 am
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its otah or otakh

Sunday at 9:43 pm
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Hi Skye!

Very nice to meet you too!

I Roi, here to help with any questions regarding the lessons, the videos or Hebrew in general (:

Have fun learning with us!
Yours,
Roi
Team Hebrewpod101.com

Skye Williams
Thursday at 7:05 am
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Shalom, ani Skye. Niam meod lehakir otah (otha).
Is it best to learn the Hebrew alphabet first? Or is Hebrew written in Romanization in Israel?
Todah.

Skye Williams
Thursday at 7:00 am
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Shalom, ani Skye. Niam Meod lekashir otha.

Tuesday at 6:10 pm
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Hi sharron,

Thanks for posting and sorry for the confusion.

There are several ways for romantization (writing Hebrew in English letters) for the sound “KH” - ח/כ. the most common one is CH or KH but sometimes people use H as well…

In this case, we are looking for the sound KH and actually that would be the most accurate way to write it - again - the other ways are legitimate as well.

Hope it helps😄
Roi
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sharron
Tuesday at 1:51 pm
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Hi you said to Peggy:
The difference between Male/Female in this introduction video is in the last word - “You” (nice to meet YOU)
The Masculine form is “Otcha”, while the Feminine is “Otach”. But in the video/notes you used Otha for male.
There is clearly a difference in pronunciation between Otcha and Otha so which is correct? I’m confused.
In the video it seems that you pronounce it Otha.

Sunday at 11:40 pm
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Hi Tony,

Thanks for commenting!

Very nice to meet you too! I’m Roi, here to answer your questions (:

נעים naim can be used for everyone and is genderless as it’s not a noun.

Hebrew in three minutes = ivrit beshalosh dakot - עברית בשלוש דקות

Until next time = ad hapaam habaah - עד הפעם הבאה

Keep up the good work!
Roi,
Team Hebrewpod101.com

Saturday at 12:16 pm
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Hi Yana,
I have more question.
The good-bye greeting you used:
עד הפעמ הבאה
My dictionary gives ‘hava’a’ as pronunciation for ‘next’. Should the second Hebrew letter in the word be a Beit or a Veit?
Also it gives ‘ed’ as pronunciation for ‘until’. Should the niqqud for ע be hirik or patach/kamats?

Saturday at 11:47 am
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שלומ אני טוני נעימ מאוד להכיר אותך יאנה
Is נעימ masculine? Can it be used for both genders?
How do you write Ivrit be-shalosh dakot in Hebrew? Let me try:
אברעית בשלוש דכות ?

Tony