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How to Use Hebrew Numbers for Daily Usage

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Especially if you’re planning a prolonged visit to Israel, using the correct Hebrew numbers for counting in Hebrew could be very important! Number systems are the other alphabet in any language. In fact, it is a language all of its own, and it serves a multitude of excellent purposes.

Table of Contents

  1. A Brief History of Counting and Number Systems
  2. Why is it Important to Learn Hebrew Numbers?
  3. Learning Hebrew Numbers
  4. Why Choose HebrewPod101 to Learn all about Hebrew Numbers?

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1. A Brief History of Counting and Number Systems

Abacus

1. The Ishango Bone

The origin of counting, and with it numbers, is not clear to historians. While their art showed that prehistoric man had a concept of numbers, the first indication of a formal system was found to be only between 20,000 and 35,000 thousand years old. This discovery came around 1960 in the form of the so-called Ishango Bone found in the Congo, Central Africa.

The 10cm/4 inch piece of bone was a fibula from a baboon. It showed markings with a neat, unified pattern of small lines - far too organized and sophisticated to have formed spontaneously. Archeologists believe that those thin markings were carved to keep score of, or count, something. The lines seemed to represent a sequence of prime numbers and a series of duplications. Some even called it the first-ever pocket calculator!

2. Mesopotamia and Greece

Yet, evidence suggests that it wasn’t until about 4,000 years ago that humans truly started counting and using numbers. Together with the development of civilization came developed agriculture, and the need for measurement and score-keeping was increased.

For this reason, a formal number system and mathematics were developed first in the Middle East, in what was then called Mesopotamia. Mesopotamia was roughly situated in the area of modern-day Iraq and Kuwait. Allegedly, the system was pretty simple at first. Citizens used tokens that represented a certain number of items, such as one token equalling four goats, etc. This eventually evolved into a system of score marks pressed into clay, which ultimately went on to influence Greek mathematics.

3. Hindu-Arabic Numbers

Zero, meanwhile, was conceived later and elsewhere. Inspired by the Hindu religion, which allows for the concept of infinity and eternity, the Indians invented a symbol to represent nothing. The magic of the zero lies not in itself but its combination with other numbers.

The Indians were also the creators of today’s numbers, which are often referred to as Hindu-Arabic numbers. These comprise one or a combination of just ten symbols or digits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 0.

Europe learned of this numeric system only around 1200 A.D., when they were introduced to it by an Italian mathematician called Leonardo Pisano Bigollo.

Pisano, also known as Fibonacci, is famous for the discovery of a mathematical sequence with countless applications. Yes, math buffs, it’s the well-known Fibonacci sequence, also called the Golden Mean.

The Roman numeric system, which was clumsy next to the newer inventions, gradually lost popularity in the West. It’s from here that they “slowly spread to conquer the world,'’ as Steven Law puts it.


2. Why is it Important to Learn Hebrew Numbers?

For us at HebrewPod101, this is an easy question to answer! Because we know that numbers are a global unifier.

Counting and numbers have made our lives easier since they were first formulated, even in their most primitive forms.

Numbers in Industry

Without knowing your numbers, you can’t properly communicate about or deal with the following:

1) Your date/time of birth, i.e., your age: This is vital information to be able to give to people like doctors, employers, law enforcement, and so forth.

2) Banking: Worldwide, our monetary systems are built on numbers. Interest, credit scores, and loans all rely on math beyond simple finger counting.

3) Time: Without knowing how to say numbers, you can’t talk or ask about the time and expect to get a useful response. You don’t want to miss an appointment or schedule something for the wrong hour!

4) Ordering data: Numbers bring order to a mostly random life! Scientists even say that numbers and the way they are organized underpin the whole universe. From using them to count your meals’ calories and the number of likes your posts get on social media, to drawing up intricate data charts and explaining existence itself - numbers are what makes these things possible.

All of the above and more are reasons why it is important to know your numbers if you plan on travelling or becoming a foreign worker abroad, in Israel or anywhere else!

Little Girl Counting


3. Learning Hebrew Numbers

Now, let’s explore the Hebrew number system a bit more! Take a look at this infographic.

Language Numbers

Can you make out for yourself what the Hebrew numbers between one (1) and nine (9) look and sound like? Easy, right?

Or, if you struggled a bit, no problem. Why not listen to how Hebrew numbers one (1) through ten (10) sound when pronounced by our native Hebrew speaker and friendly HebrewPod101 teacher?

Then, share with us in the comments your native language’s romanized pronunciation of your number system. We’d love to see all the different ways the same numbers can be pronounced!

Hand With a Thumbs Up

When you have mastered the first ten numbers, you have basically nailed the most significant part of the number system. Well done! Curious to learn the numbers from eleven upward? No problem! Why not subscribe and enroll with us now to immediately enjoy this lesson, teaching you all about Hebrew numbers eleven (11) to one hundred (100)?

Finally, if you’re curious how the numbers look once you’ve broken one hundred, why not check out our Hebrew number vocabulary page? You can see the numbers we’ve just covered, all the way up to four thousand (4,000). Plus, you can also see the Hebrew words for different numbers used in example sentences, to get an idea of how you can use them in your day-to-day conversations!


4. Why Choose HebrewPod101 to Learn all about Hebrew Numbers?

HebrewPod101, like all Innovative Language Learning ventures, takes the pain out of learning a new language by adding a lot of fun. It’s never an easy thing to learn a new language, but we formulated all your lessons so they’re nicely bite-sized, and geared to keep you motivated!

Also, we created a great number of fantastic tools to help keep struggle and boredom out of the learning process.

  • Fun and Easy Learning: It’s a commonly-known fact that when learning is made easy and fun, student motivation rises. And as motivation rises, so does the effort to learn - what a beautiful cycle! HebrewPod101’s language learning system is designed to get you speaking from the onset. Learn at your own convenience and pace with our short, effective, and fun audio podcast lessons. Our Learning Center is comprehensive and state-of-the-art, with a vibrant user community to connect with! Our lessons are recorded with native hosts and voice actors, providing a diverse range of dialects in your lessons. You can be confident that native speakers will understand you when speaking Hebrew!
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How To Post In Perfect Hebrew on Social Media

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you’re learning to speak Hebrew, and it’s going well. Your confidence is growing! So much so that you feel ready to share your experiences on social media—in Hebrew.

At Learn Hebrew, we make this easy for you to get it right the first time. Post like a boss with these phrases and guidelines, and get to practice your Hebrew in the process.

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1. Talking about Your Restaurant Visit in Hebrew

Eating out is fun, and often an experience you’d like to share. Take a pic, and start a conversation on social media in Hebrew. Your friend will be amazed by your language skills…and perhaps your taste in restaurants!

Eyal eats at a restaurant with his friends, posts an image of the group, and leaves this comment:

POST

Let’s break down Eyal’s post.

בארוחת ערב עם האחים! (Be-arukhat erev im ha-akhim!)
“At dinner with the bros!”

1- האחים (ha-akhim)

First is an expression meaning “the bros.”
In Israel there is an emphasis on familiarity and closeness. Men who are very close to each other will often refer to one another as “brother”. Sometimes people call total strangers “my brother”.

2- בארוחת ערב עם האחים! (be-arukhat erev im ha-akhim!)

Then comes the phrase - “at dinner with the bros!”
Israeli men love hanging out only with their guy friends every once in a while. It could be going out to dinner, going to the beach, or having a beer. Male bonding can be a very strong time, especially since many times these men know each other from the army. Being in the army is a very influential period as men have to do everything together, from waking up to going to sleep.

COMMENTS

In response, Eyal’s friends leave some comments.

1- משווים למי נשאר יותר שיער על הראש! (Mashvim lemi nish-ar yoter se’ar al ha-rosh!)

His college friend, Noam, uses an expression meaning - “Comparing who has more hair left on his head!”
Use this expression to show you are feeling frivolous and want to contribute to the conversation.

2- נראה בסדר בסך-הכל… (Nir’eh beseder besakkh - hakol̷ ;)

His girlfriend’s nephew, Alon, uses an expression meaning - “Looks ok, all in all…”
Use this expression to show you are feeling cynical.

3- ענת מרשה לך לצאת בלעדיה?! (Anat marsha lekha latzet bil’adeyha?!)

His girlfriend’s high school friend, Michal, uses an expression meaning - “Anat lets you go out without her?!”
Use this expression if you wish to tease the poster.

4- זה בסדר, מגיע לו להנות! (Ze beseder, magi-a lo lehenot!)

His girlfriend, Anat, uses an expression meaning - “It’s alright, he deserves to have fun!”
Use this expression in response to the previous post to indicate that you don’t mind your boyfriend hanging out with this male friends.

VOCABULARY

Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • ארוחת ערב (arukhat erev): “dinner”
  • אחים (ha-akhim): “bros, brothers”
  • בסדר (beseder): “ok, all right”
  • בסך-הכל (besakh-hakol): “all in all”
  • הרשה (hirsha): “to let, to allow”
  • יצא (yatza): “to go out”
  • הגיע לו (higi-a lo): “to deserve”
  • להנות (lehenot): “have fun”
  • So, let’s practice a bit. If a friend posted something about having dinner with friends, which phrase would you use?

    Now go visit a Hebrew restaurant, and wow the staff with your language skills!

    2. Post about Your Mall Visit in Hebrew

    Another super topic for social media is shopping—everybody does it, most everybody loves it, and your friends on social media are probably curious about your shopping sprees! Share these Hebrew phrases in posts when you visit a mall.

    Anat shop with her sister at the mall, posts an image of the two of them, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Anat’s post.

    קצת ריפוי בשופינג עם אחותי המהממת. (K’tsat ripuy be-shoping im akhoti ha-mehamemet.)
    “A bit of shopping therapy with my stunning sister.”

    1- ריפוי בשופינג (ripuy be-shopping)

    First is an expression meaning “shopping therapy.”
    Most times you can just say “I’m going shopping” or “doing some shopping”. But when you call it “shopping therapy”, you emphasize the fun and relaxing aspects of it. Especially when it’s done with someone dear to you, like your sister.

    2- מהממת (mehamemet)

    Then comes the phrase - “stunning.”
    This word is often used by girls to describe their best friend, sister or mom. it’s used not only to show how loved they are, but also to show appreciation for their beauty - inside and out.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anat’s friends leave some comments.

    1- וואו, איך בא לי לצאת לשופינג, מקנאה! (Wow, eikh be li latset le-shopping, mekana!)

    Her high school friend, Michal, uses an expression meaning - “Wow, how I feel like shopping. Jealous!”
    With this phrase, you indicate that you wish you could also shop, and feel envious of the poster.

    2- אין בעולם דבר יותר טוב מאחיות! (Ein ba-olam davar yoter tov me-akhayot!)

    Her boyfriend’s high school friend, Tamar, uses an expression meaning - “Nothing better than sisters in the world!”
    Use this expression to show your appreciation of female siblings.

    3- תראי לי מה קנית כשתחזרי הביתה… (Tar’ii li ma kanit keshe-takhzeri ha’bayta̷ ;)

    Her neighbor, Orly, uses an expression meaning - “Show me what you bought when you get home…”
    Use this expression when you are curious about the poster’s shopping.

    4- תהנו! (Tehenu!)

    Her boyfriend, Eyal, uses an expression meaning - “Have fun!”
    Use this expression to wish the poster a good time.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • מהממת (mehamemet): “stunning”
  • ריפוי (ripuy): “therapy”
  • לקנא (lekane): “to be jealous”
  • אין כמו… בעולם (ein kmo… ba-olam): “nothing like”
  • הביתה (ha’baita): “(to) home”
  • תהנו! (tehenu!): “Enjoy! Have fun!”
  • לחזור (lakhzor): “to come back, to return”
  • So, if a friend posted something about going shopping, which phrase would you use?

    3. Talking about a Sport Day in Hebrew

    Sports events, whether you’re the spectator or the sports person, offer fantastic opportunity for great social media posts. Learn some handy phrases and vocabulary to start a sport-on-the-beach conversation in Hebrew.

    Eyal plays with his friends at the beach, posts an image of the team, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Eyal’s post.

    נעם חושב שהוא יכול לנצח אותי במטקות. הוא טועה! (Noam khoshev she-hu yakhol lenatse’akh oti bematkot. Hu to’eh!)
    “Noam thinks he can beat me in paddle-ball. He’s wrong!”

    1- מטקות (matkot)

    First is an expression meaning “paddle-ball”.
    Although the origin of the name “matkot” is unknown, it’s the most popular beach game in Israel. Even though it’s a casual game and not very physically demanding, some people take it seriously and even buy specialty paddles to play with.

    2- טעות! (taut!)

    Then comes the phrase - “wrong!.”
    Literally, this word means “mistake”. But its use is the same as the English word “wrong”.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Eyal’s friends leave some comments.

    1- אחרי ההפסד שלך בפעם הקודמת, לא הייתי משוויץ. (Akharei ha-hefsed shelkha bafa-am ha-kodemet, lo ha’iti mashvits!)

    His girlfriend’s nephew, Alon, uses an expression meaning - “After your loss last time, I wouldn’t brag.”
    Use this expression to tease the poster with a bit of sarcasm.

    2- אלון, לא ציינת שהוא הפסיד לי. פעמיים. (Alon, lo tsiyanta she-hu hifsid li, pa’amayim!)

    His girlfriend’s high school friend, Michal, uses an expression meaning - “Alon, you didn’t mention he lost to me. Twice.”
    Use this expression to participate in the conversation started by the previous poster. Again, it is meant in a playful, teasing way.

    3- קדימה אייל! (Kadima Eyal!)

    His supervisor, Yigal, uses an expression meaning - “Go, Eyal!”
    Use this expression to wish the poster a successful game.

    4- לא הוגן! הסתנוורתי מהשמש! (Lo hogen! histanvarti me-ha-shemesh!)

    His college friend, Noam, uses an expression meaning - “Not fair! I was blinded by the sun!”
    This is a further elaboration on a topic started by other posters in the thread. It is also playful and teasing.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • לנצח (lenatze’akh): “to win”
  • לחשוב (lakhshov): “to think”
  • הפסד (hefsed): “loss (in a game)”
  • להשוויץ (lehashvits): “to brag”
  • להפסיד (lehafsid): “lose”
  • פעמיים (pa’amayim): “twice”
  • קדימה! (kadima!): “go! (lit; forward)”
  • להסתנוור (lehistanver): “to be blinded”
  • Which phrase would you use if a friend posted something about sports?

    But sport is not the only thing you can play! Play some music, and share it on social media.

    4. Share a Song on Social Media in Hebrew

    Music is the language of the soul, they say. So, don’t hold back—share what touches your soul with your friends!

    Anat shares a song she just heard at a party, posts an image of the artist, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Anat’s post.

    איזה שיר מעולה! (Eize shir me’ule!)
    “What a great song!”

    1- איזה (eize)

    First is an expression meaning “what a….”
    This expression expresses wonder and admiration and is similar to saying “what a…” in English. In Hebrew it is also a question; however, the meaning of it isn’t “what” but “which”. It can also be used in the feminine -” איזו/eizo”.

    2- מעולה (me’ule)

    Then comes the phrase - “great, top notch.”
    This word describes something of good quality. It also is used for things we personally enjoy. In addition, you can use it casually, for instance, when deciding on something with a friend, as it means the same as “okay, great”. You can use this word to describe something in the feminine as well: “מעול0ה/me’ula”.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anat’s friends leave some comments.

    1- זה השיר מהמסיבה אתמול, נכון? (Ze ha-shir me-ha-mesiba etmol, nakhon?)

    Her boyfriend’s high school friend, Tamar, uses an expression meaning - “It’s the song from the party yesterday, right?”
    Use this expression when you and the poster have a history with the song.

    2- כל האלבום מעולה. (Kol ha-albom me’ule.)

    Her neighbor, Orly, uses an expression meaning - “The whole album is really good.”
    Use this expression to share a personal opinion about the music.

    3- תמר, די כבר להשמיע את זה בלופ! (Tamar, day kvar lehashmi’a et ze be-loop!)

    Her boyfriend, Eyal, uses an expression meaning - “Tamar, stop playing it on a loop!”
    Use this expression to tease the poster in a playful way.

    4- זה מה שהצעירים שומעים היום? (Ze ma she-ha-tse’eerim shom’im hayom?)

    Her supervisor, Yigal, uses an expression meaning - “Is that what youngsters listen to nowadays?”
    Presumably, you’re a bit older than the poster when you use this phrase. It’s a question that can be rhetorical but also a good conversation-starter.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • שיר (shir): “song”
  • מסיבה (mesiba): “party”
  • נכון? (nakhon?): “right?”
  • ממש (mamash): “really”
  • להשמיע (lehashmi’a): “to play (lit: to make heard)”
  • לופים (loopim): “repeatedly (lit: loops)”
  • צעירים (tse-irim): “youngsters, young people”
  • Which song would you share? And what would you say to a friend who posted something about sharing music or videos?

    Now you know how to start a conversation about a song or a video on social media!

    5. Hebrew Social Media Comments about a Concert

    Still on the theme of music—visiting live concerts and shows just have to be shared with your friends. Here are some handy phrases and vocab to wow your followers with in Hebrew!

    Eyal goes to a concert, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Eyal’s post.

    איזו הופעה מטורפת! (Eyzo hofa’ah metorefet!)
    “What a crazy concert!”

    1- הופעה (hofa’ah)

    First is an expression meaning “concert.”
    In Hebrew, the term for concert, הופעה, (hofa’ah), is more general and is the equivalent of the English word “show”. This term is also used for other types of shows that are not necessarily musical. When saying the word “concert” in Hebrew, קונצרט (kontzert), it refers only to a classical music concert.

    2- מטורף (metorefet)

    Then comes the phrase - “crazy, insane.”
    When describing a show, an event, a party, etc., this word, which usually has a negative association, takes a positive meaning to describe a strong, electrifying atmosphere or an impressive setting.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Eyal’s friends leave some comments.

    1- אתה בשורה הראשונה?! (Ata ba-shura ha-rishona?)

    His college friend, Noam, uses an expression meaning - “Are you in the first row?!”
    Ask this to show your interest in the topic, and for more information from the poster.

    2- מדהים! (Madhim!)

    His neighbor, Orly, uses an expression meaning - “Amazing!”
    Use this comment when you feel very positive about, and in agreement with the post.

    3- אני לא מאמין שאני מפספס את זה. (Ani lo ma’amin she-ani mefasfes et ze.)

    His girlfriend’s nephew, Alon, uses an expression meaning - “I can’t believe I’m missing this.”
    Use this expression when you are feeling a bit disheartened.

    4- אה…. סליחה, אבל, מי אלה? (Eh… slikha, aval, mi ele?)

    His girlfriend’s high school friend, Michal, uses an expression meaning - “Eh… excuse me but who are they?”
    Use this expression to tease the poster, and/or to find out the identity of the artist.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • שורה (shura): “row, line”
  • ראשון (rishon): “first”
  • מדהים (madhim): “amazing”
  • להאמין (leha’amin): “to believe”
  • לפספס (lefasfes): “to miss”
  • סליחה (slikha): “sorry, excuse me”
  • אבל (aval): “but”
  • If a friend posted something about a concert , which phrase would you use?

    6. Talking about an Unfortunate Accident in Hebrew

    Oh dear. You broke something by accident. Use these Hebrew phrases to start a thread on social media. Or maybe just to let your friends know why you are not contacting them!

    Anat accidentally breaks her mobile phone, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Anat’s post.

    שברתי את הנייד שלי. סליחה שאני לא זמינה בינתיים. (Shavarti et ha-nayad sheli. Slikha she-ani lo zmina beynatayim.)
    “I broke my cell phone. Sorry, I’m not available for now.”

    1- נייד (nayad)

    First is an expression meaning “mobile, mobile phone.”
    The word נייד (nayad) literally means “mobile”, and is short for “mobile phone”

    2- זמין (zamin)

    Then comes the phrase - “available.”
    This word literally means what it says. It can refer to an available person or available resources.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anat’s friends leave some comments.

    1- שוב??? (Shuv???)

    Her nephew, Alon, uses an expression meaning - “Again???”
    Use this expression if you’re feeling exasperated with the poster. This comment is probably best saved when you know the poster well and have a good, close relationship with them.

    2- אני יכולה להמליץ לך על מעבדת תיקונים. (Ani yekhola lehamlitz lakh al ma’abadat tikunim.)

    Her high school friend, Michal, uses an expression meaning - “I can recommend you a cellular lab.”
    Use this comment if you wish to be helpful.

    3- אני אתן לך את הנייד הישן שלי בינתיים. (Ani eten lakh et ha-nayad ha-yashan sheli beynatayim.)

    Her boyfriend, Eyal, uses an expression meaning - “I’ll give you my old cell for now.”
    This is another comment that shows caring and a helpful attitude.

    4- הטלפונים של פעם לא היו נשברים. (Ha-telefonim shel pa’am lo hayu nishbarim.)

    Her supervisor, Yigal, uses an expression meaning - “The old phones never used to break.”
    This is a general comment so as to be part of the conversation, and give an appropriate, personal opinion.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • בינתיים (beynatayim): “meanwhile, for now”
  • עוד פעם (od pa’am): “once more, again”
  • מעבדה (ma-abada): “lab, laboratory”
  • תיקון (tikun): “fix”
  • להמליץ (lehamlitz): “to recommend”
  • לתת (latet): “to give”
  • להשבר (lehishaver): “to break”
  • If a friend posted something about having broken something by accident, which phrase would you use?

    So, now you know how to describe an accident in Hebrew. Well done!

    7. Chat about Your Boredom on Social Media in Hebrew

    Sometimes, we’re just bored with how life goes. And to alleviate the boredom, we write about it on social media. Add some excitement to your posts by addressing your friends and followers in Hebrew!

    Eyal gets bored at home, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Eyal’s post.

    משעמם לי, מי רוצה לעשות משהו? (Masha’amem li, mi rotze la’asot mashehu?)
    “I’m bored. Who wants to do something?”

    1- משעמם לי (mesha’amem li)

    First is an expression meaning “I’m bored.”
    This is a more juvenile way of expressing boredom, loosely translated to “boring to me”. This structure is used as a way of emphasizing your passiveness in the matter (i.e. it’s not your fault that you are bored) and also that it is a temporary situation. If you use the proper sentence structure: אני משועמם (ani meshuamam), it sounds more like you are bored of life in general, and not just right now.

    2- משהו (mashehu)

    Then comes the phrase - “something.”
    This is actually a compound word made of the words מה שהוא (ma she-hu). This loosely translates to “what that is”, meaning, a thing that exists but is undefined. If you want to say “someone”, you would say, מישהו (mishehu) “who that is”- a person who exists.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Eyal’s friends leave some comments.

    1- רוצה להתחלף? יש לי דו”ח להגיש מחר. (Rotze lehitkhalef? yesh li duakh lehagish makhar.)

    His girlfriend’s high school friend, Michal, uses an expression meaning - “Wanna switch? I have a report due tomorrow.”
    Use this expression to be playful and light about the poster’s predicament, while also reminding them that things could have been worse for them.

    2- תספור את המרצפות בבית שלך. (Tispor et ha-mirtzafot ba-bayit shelkha.)

    His college friend, Noam, uses an expression meaning - “Count the tiles in your house.”
    Use this expression if you are feeling frivolous and wish to tease the poster.

    3- בוא לפה, יש לי משחקי וידאו. (Bo lepo, yesh li miskhakey video.)

    His girlfriend’s nephew, Alon, uses an expression meaning - “Come over. I have video games.”
    Use this suggestion as an invitation to the poster.

    4- אתה יכול לקרוא ספר. (Ata yakhol likro sefer.)

    His neighbor, Orly, uses an expression meaning - “You could read a book.”
    This is a suggestion aimed to be helpful to the poster.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • לרצות (lirtsot): “to want”
  • להתחלף (lehitkhalef): “to switch”
  • דו”ח (duakh): “report”
  • מרצפות (mוrtzafot): “tiles, slabs”
  • לספור (lispor): “to count”
  • משחק וידאו (miskhak video): “video game”
  • לקרוא (likro): “to read”
  • ספר (sefer): “book”
  • If a friend posted something about being bored, which phrase would you use?

    Still bored? Share another feeling and see if you can start a conversation!

    8. Exhausted? Share It on Social Media in Hebrew

    Sitting in public transport after work, feeling like chatting online? Well, converse in Hebrew about how you feel, and let your friends join in!

    Anat feels exhausted after a long day at work, posts an image of herself looking tired, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Anat’s post.

    אני מותשת מהיום הזה! אני צריכה פיצוי דחוף. (Ani muteshet me-ha-yom haze! Ani tzrikha pitzuy dakhuf!)
    “I’m exhausted from this day! I need compensation ASAP!”

    1- מותש (mutash)

    First is an expression meaning “exhausted”.
    This adjective means “exhausted”. It’s quite a common word and is used in social media and other contexts. For example, a “war of attrition” is מלחמת התשה (milkhemet, hatasha).

    2- דחוף (dakhuf)

    Then comes the phrase - “urgent, ASAP.”
    This noun used to be found mostly in office or military settings, stamped on envelopes containing urgent materials. Now, however, it found it’s way to social media and expresses not only urgency but cravings as well, like “I need some ice cream ASAP!”.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anat’s friends leave some comments.

    1- מסכנה שלי. מבטיח לפנק אותך כשתגיעי הביתה. (Miskena sheli. Mavti’akh lefanek otakh ke-she-tagi’i ha’bayta.)

    Her boyfriend, Eyal, uses an expression meaning - “My poor thing. I promise I’ll spoil you when you get home.”
    Use this expression when you wish to be supportive of and empathetic with your beloved.

    2- טוב שזה נגמר. (Tov she-ze nigmar.)

    Her neighbor, Orly, uses an expression meaning - “The good thing is that it’s over!”
    Use this expression to be supportive by pointing out the positives about the poster’s situation.

    3- לכי לישון מוקדם הערב. (Lekhi lishon mukdam ha’erev.)

    Her high school friend, Michal, uses an expression meaning - “Go to bed early tonight.”
    Another supportive suggestion.

    4- מחר יהיה יותר טוב! זה בטוח! (Makhar yihiye yoter tov, ze batu’akh!)

    Her boyfriend’s high school friend, Tamar, uses an expression meaning - “Tomorrow will be better! For sure!”
    Use this suggestion when you are feeling optimistic.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • להצטרך (lehitstarekh): “to need”
  • פיצוי (pitzuy): “compensation”
  • מסכן (misken): “poor, miserable”
  • לפנק (lefanek): “to treat, to pamper, to spoil”
  • מוקדם (mukdam): “early”
  • בטוח (batu’akh): “sure, surely”
  • להבטיח (lehavti’akh): “to promise”
  • If a friend posted something about being exhausted, which phrase would you use?

    Now you know how to say you’re exhausted in Hebrew! Well done.

    9. Talking about an Injury in Hebrew

    So life happens, and you manage to hurt yourself during a soccer game. Very Tweet-worthy! Here’s how to do it in Hebrew.

    Eyal suffers a painful injury, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Eyal’s post.

    נפצעתי במשחק הכדורגל של שבת, אבל בקרוב אחזור לשחק! (Niftzati be-miskhak ha-kaduregel shel shabat, aval bekarov akhazor lesakhek!)
    “I was injured in Saturday’s soccer game. But I’ll be back to play soon!”

    1- כדורגל (kaduregel)

    First is an expression meaning “soccer, football”.
    The word for “soccer” or “football” in Hebrew is a compound word made of כדור (kadoor), meaning “ball”, and רגל, meaning “leg” or “foot”. Because the word כדור ends with a “ר”ת, and the word רגל starts with a “ר”, one of them was omitted and the phrase became one whole word.

    2- כדורגל של שבת (kaduregel shel shabat)

    Then comes the phrase - “Saturday’s soccer”.
    Soccer is one of the most popular sports in Israel. It is often played regularly on Saturdays by groups of friends. In addition, most of the Israeli soccer league games take place on Saturday evening. So the phrase “Saturday’s soccer” became quite common.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Eyal’s friends leave some comments.

    1- אתה מתכוון שבקרוב תחזור להפסיד? (Ata mitkaven she-bekarov takhazor lehafsid?)

    His college friend, Noam, uses an expression meaning - “You mean, you’ll be losing again in no time?”
    Use this expression when you are feeling frivolous and want to tease the poster, trying to lighten up the mood for the poster.

    2- יהיה בסדר אחי. קח הרבה משככי כאבים. (Yihiye beseder akhi, kakh harbe meshak’khey ke’evim.)

    His girlfriend’s nephew, Alon, uses an expression meaning - “It’ll be alright, bro. Take a lot of painkillers.”
    Use this expression when you’re feeling supportive and wish to console the poster.

    3- החלמה מהירה! (Hakhlama mehira!)

    His supervisor, Yigal, uses an expression meaning - “Get well soon!”
    This is the traditional response to news of an injury or illness that’s not too serious.

    4- זו אשמתך. זה מה שקורה למי שעושה ספורט. (Zo ashmatkha. Ze ma she-kore lemi she-ose sport.)

    His girlfriend’s high school friend, Michal, uses an expression meaning - “It’s your fault. That’s what happens when you do sports.”
    Use this expression if you want to tease the poster by being a bit confrontational. It would be better if you knew the poster well and the two of you are used to bantering this way, because this comment could be construed as a criticism.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • להפצע (lehipatsa): “to get injured”
  • להתכוון (bekarov): “soon”
  • להתכוון (lehitkaven): “to mean”
  • משככי כאבים (meshakh’khei ke’evim): “painkillers”
  • החלמה (hakhlama): “recovery”
  • מהר (maher): “quick, fast”
  • אשמה (ashma): “fault”
  • If a friend posted something about being injured, which phrase would you use?

    We love to share our fortunes and misfortunes; somehow that makes us feel connected to others.

    10. Starting a Conversation Feeling Disappointed in Hebrew

    Sometimes things don’t go the way we planned. Share your disappointment about this with your friends!

    Anat feels disappointed about today’s weather, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Anat’s post.

    רצינו לצאת לטיול, ודווקא היום יורד גשם! (Ratzinu latset le-ti’yul ve-davka hayom yored geshem!)
    “We wanted to go on a hike, but it’s raining today!”

    1- טיול (tiyul)

    First is an expression meaning “hike”.
    This Hebrew word is very general and has many meanings, unlike the English term which is more specific. It can be used to describe an intensive hike or a family day-trip that includes walking in nature or visiting historical sites. It can also refer to a tour with a guide, a trip abroad, or even a short walk with the dog.

    2- דווקא (davka)

    Then comes the phrase - “bad luck”.
    דווקא is one of the most useful words in Hebrew. It can mean that something was done out of spite or bad intent, and it can also express bad luck (like Murphy’s law, where anything that can go wrong, will go wrong).

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anat’s friends leave some comments.

    1- איזה באסה! (Eize ba’asa!)

    Her neighbor, Orly, uses an expression meaning - “What a bummer!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling warmhearted.

    2- לא נורא! מחר אמור להיות בהיר. (Lo nora! makhar amur lihiot bahir!)

    Her boyfriend’s high school friend, Tamar, uses an expression meaning - “Never mind! It should be clear tomorrow.”
    Share this comment to show you are feeling optimistic that things will be better soon.

    3- לא בדקת את התחזית? אמרו שיהיה גשום. (Lo badakt et ha-takhazit? amru she-yihiye gashum.)

    Her supervisor, Yigal, uses an expression meaning - “Didn’t you check the forecast? They said it would be rainy.”
    This is a slightly pedantic comment, probably best saved if you’re older than the poster.

    4- נלך מחר! (Nelekh makhar!)

    Her boyfriend, Eyal, uses an expression meaning - “We’ll go tomorrow!”
    Use this expression when you want to cheer the poster up with alternative plans.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • לרדת (laredet): “to go down”
  • לרצות (lirtsot): “want”
  • באסה (ba’asa): “bummer (slang)”
  • גשם (geshem): “rain”
  • גשום (gashum): “rainy”
  • תחזית (takhazit): “forecast”
  • לא נורא ((colloquial) lo nora): “never mind”
  • How would you comment in Hebrew when a friend is disappointed?

    Not all posts need to be about a negative feeling, though!

    11. Talking about Your Relationship Status in Hebrew

    Don’t just change your relationship status in Settings, talk about it!

    Eyal changes his status to “In a relationship”, posts an image of him and Anat, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Eyal’s post.

    אוהב אותך, יפה שלי! (Ohev otakh, yafa sheli!)
    “Love you, my beautiful!”

    1- אוהב אותך (ohev othakh)

    First is an expression meaning “love you.”
    Lack of the word אני (ani), meaning “I”, in this sentence makes the expression more casual and less dramatic or romantic. However, it is still a lovely way to express emotion.

    2- יפה שלי (yafa sheli)

    Then comes the phrase - “my beautiful.”
    This is a romantic thing to say because it not only means “you are beautiful, and you are mine”, but it also implies that “to me, you are the most beautiful”.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Eyal’s friends leave some comments.

    1- גם אני אותך מותק. (Gam ani otkha motek.)

    His girlfriend, Anat, uses an expression meaning - “Me too, sweetie!”
    This would be an appropriate response if your boyfriend is the poster.

    2- יופי! הגיע הזמן שזה יהיה רשמי! (Yofi! higi’a ha-zman she-ze yihiye rishmi!)

    His girlfriend’s nephew, Alon, uses an expression meaning - “Good! it’s official now!”
    Use this expression to show that you’ve been expecting this announcement, and find it agreeable.

    3- איזה חמודים אתם. (Eize khamudim atem.)

    His neighbor, Orly, uses an expression meaning - “How cute you are.”
    Use this comment to casually express that you think the couple are well suited.

    4- תשמור עליה, היא מדהימה! (Tishmor aleyha, hi madhima!)

    His high school friend, Tamar, uses an expression meaning - “Take care of her! She’s amazing!”
    Use this expression to indicate your appreciation of the female. Probably not an advisable post if you’re a guy, unless you’re her family!

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • מותק (motek): “sweetie, honey”
  • יופי (yofi): “good, right”
  • הגיע הזמן (higi’a hazman): “about time”
  • רשמי (rishmi): “official”
  • חמוד (khamud): “cute”
  • לשמור (lishmor): “to save, to keep, to watch”
  • מדהים (madhim): “amazing”
  • What would you say in Hebrew when a friend changes their relationship status?

    Being in a good relationship with someone special is good news - don’t be shy to spread it!

    12. Post about Getting Married in Hebrew

    Wow, so things got serious, and you’re getting married. Congratulations! Or, your friend is getting married, so talk about this in Hebrew.

    Anat is getting married today, so she eaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Anat’s post.

    מתרגשת מאד לקראת החופה! (Mitrageshet me’od likrat ha-khupa!)
    “So excited before the wedding ceremony!”

    1- מתרגשת לקראת (mitrageshet likrat)

    First is an expression meaning “exited before, excited towards”.
    This is a very useful expression. You can use it when you are feeling excited for something in the near future. But it can also be used for other emotions as well, like being stressed, happy or sad. However, this expression is mostly used to describe excitement.

    2- חופה (khupa)

    Then comes the phrase - “khuppah, Jewish marriage ceremony.”
    The חופה (khuppah) is a canopy comprising four poles or sticks, with a sheet of fabric tied to them like a roof. The structure represents a home, underneath which the Jewish marriage ceremony takes place. Therefore, the ceremony itself is also called a חופה (khuppah).

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anat’s friends leave some comments.

    1- מזל טוב! (Mazal tov!)

    Her nephew, Alon, uses an expression meaning - “Best wishes!”
    This is a casual and traditional congratulation appropriate to good news like this.

    2- בשעה טובה! (Besha’ah tova!)

    Her supervisor, Yigal, uses an expression meaning - “Congratulations!”
    This is another traditional response to news like this.

    3- ברכות לכלה היפה בעולם! (Brakhot lakala hayafa ba-olam!)

    Her neighbor, Orly, uses an expression meaning - “Congrats to the most beautiful bride in the world!”
    Use this congratulation when you feel very appreciative of the bride’s beauty.

    4- וגם לחתן המקסים! (Ve-gam la-khatan ha-maksim!)

    Her college friend, Noam, uses an expression meaning - “And the charming groom!”
    Use this expression in response to the previous poster’s, so as to include the groom in the congratulatory comment.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • להתרגש (lehitragesh): “to be excited”
  • מזל טוב! (mazal tov!): “best wishes! (literally: good luck)”
  • בשעה טובה! (be-sha’ah tova!): “congratulations! (literally: it’s a good hour)”
  • ברכות (brakhot!): “congrats! (literally: blessings)”
  • כלה (kala): “bride”
  • חתן (khatan): “groom”
  • מקסים (maksim): “charming”
  • How would you respond in Hebrew to a friend’s post about getting married?

    For the next topic, fast forward about a year into the future after the marriage…

    13. Announcing Big News in Hebrew

    Wow, huge stuff is happening in your life! Announce it in Hebrew.

    Eyal finds out he and his wife are going to have a baby, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Eyal’s post.

    אנחנו בהריון! (Anakhnu be-herayon!)
    “We are pregnant!”

    1- בהריון (beherayon)

    First is an expression meaning “pregnant.”
    This literally translates to something more like “in pregnancy” or “during pregnancy” than “pregnant”. It’s used in this way most likely to suggest that it’s a work in progress.

    2- אנחנו בהריון (anakhnu be-herayon)

    Then comes the phrase - “we are pregnant.”
    Some people like this expression and see it as a way of saying “we will share the burden of the pregnancy together”. Other people see it as pretentious since only the woman carries the child in her womb. Either way, this expression is as popular in Hebrew as it is in other places.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Eyal’s friends leave some comments.

    1- תישן עכשיו כמה שאתה יכול, כי בקרוב תוכל לשכוח מזה! (Tishan akhsav kama she-ata yakhol, ki be-karov tukhal lishkoa’kh mize!)

    His college friend, Noam, uses an expression meaning - “Sleep as much as you can now, because soon you will/can forget about it!”
    Use this expression to be playful and teasing with the expecting couple.

    2- ידעתי! ממתי ענת אוהבת מיונז? (Yada’ati! mi-matay Anat ohevet mayonez?)

    His wife’s high school friend, Michal, uses an expression meaning - “I knew it! Since when does Anat like mayonnaise?”
    Use this expression if you’ve observed a change in your female friend’s diet, now knowing that it’s due to her pregnancy.

    3- זה בן או בת? (Ze ben o bat?)

    His neighbor, Orly, uses an expression meaning - “Is it a boy or a girl?”
    Ask this question to show you’re interested in the topic, and if you’re curious about the baby’s gender.

    4- זה הקטן גדול יהיה! (Ze ha-katan gadol yihiye!)

    His supervisor, Yigal, uses an expression meaning - “This small one will grow to be great!”
    This is a blessing for the new baby, stating it not as a wish but as fact.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • הריון (herayon): “pregnancy”
  • תשכח מזה (tishkakh mize): “forget about it”
  • כמה שאפשר (kama she-efshar): “as much as possible”
  • ממתי? (mimatay?): “since when?”
  • בן (ben): “boy”
  • בת (bat): “girl”
  • ידעתי! (yada’ati!): “knew it!”
  • Which phrase would you choose when a friend announces their pregnancy on social media?

    So, talking about a pregnancy will get you a lot of traction on social media. But wait till you see the responses to babies!

    14. Posting Hebrew Comments about Your Baby

    Your bundle of joy is here, and you cannot keep quiet about it! Share your thoughts in Hebrew.

    Anat plays with her baby, posts an image of the darling, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Anat’s post.

    הצחוק שלה זה הצליל הכי מתוק בעולם! (Ha-tzkhok shela ze ha-tzlil hakhi matok ba-olam!)
    “Her laugh is the sweetest sound in the world!”

    1- מתוק (matok)

    First is an expression meaning “sweet.”
    Much like in English, this adjective isn’t used only to describe a sweet flavor. It can also describe a person, a quality, a face, a sound, and other things. As with all adjectives in Hebrew, it can be conjugated in the feminine, plural, etc.

    2- צחוק (tzkhok)

    Then comes the phrase - “laughter.”
    This is a very useful word in colloquial Hebrew. If you want to say “I was kidding” you’d say, “בצחוק” (be-tzkhok). If you want to say “this is a serious matter” you’d say, “זה לא צחוק” (ze lo tzkhok).

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anat’s friends leave some comments.

    1- בא לי לאכול אותה! איזו מתוקה! (Ba li le’ekhol ota! eyzo metuka!)

    Her neighbor, Orly, uses an expression meaning - “She is so adorable (lit. “I could eat her up” )! What a sweetie!”
    Use this expression to show your overwhelming adoration of the cute child.

    2- טוב, מתי את משאירה לי אותה לבייביסיטר? (Tov, matay at mash’ira li ota le-beybisitter?)

    Her high school friend, Michal, uses an expression meaning - “Well, when are you leaving her with me to babysit?”
    This is another way of saying that you adore the baby, while also being helpful. The implication is that it would be a pleasure to babysit such a sweetie.

    3- שתי היפות שלי! (Shtey ha-yafot sheli!)

    Her husband, Eyal, uses an expression meaning - “My two beauties!”
    Use this comment to express your appreciation of your wife and baby girl.

    4- איזה חמודונת! (Eyze khamudonet!)

    Her husband’s high school friend, Tamar, uses an expression meaning - “What a cutie!”
    This is a commonly-used expression which indicates that you think something or someone (usually a small animal, child or baby) is sweet or very likeable.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • צליל (tzlil): “sound”
  • לאכול אותה (le-ekhol ota): “to eat something up (meaning “something is so cute” )”
  • טוב (tov): “well, so”
  • יפה (yafe): “pretty”
  • חמודון (khamudon): “cutie”
  • להשאיר (lehash-ir): “to leave”
  • בייביסיטר (babysitter): “beybisitter”
  • If your friend is the mother or father, which phrase would you use on social media?

    Congratulations, you know the basics of chatting about a baby in Hebrew! But we’re not done with families yet…

    15. Hebrew Comments about a Family Reunion

    Family reunions - some you love, some you hate. Share about it on your feed.

    Eyal goes to a family gathering, posts an image of the group, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Eyal’s post.

    אסיפה של כל השבט! (Asefa shel kol ha-shevet!)
    “A gathering of the whole clan!”

    1- שבט (shevet)

    First is an expression meaning “clan, tribe.”
    The word for “clan” or “tribe” may sometimes be used humorously to describe a family with many members.

    2- מפגש

    Then comes the phrase - “a gathering, a get-together .”
    This noun describes a casual or friendly gathering rather than something official or work related, in which case the word “פגישה” (pgisha) is used.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Eyal’s friends leave some comments.

    1- תביא לי שאריות מהבישולים של אמא שלך! (Tavi li she’eriyot me-ha-bishulim shel ima shelkha!)

    His nephew, Alon, uses an expression meaning - “Bring me leftovers of your mom’s cooking!”
    Use this expression if you’re very familiar with the poster’s family.

    2- מגניב! איפה נפגשתם? (Magniv! eyfo nifgashtem?)

    His college friend, Noam, uses an expression meaning - “Cool! Where did you meet?”
    Use these phrases to indicate your positive feelings about the gathering, and want to know more about it.

    3- תמסור ד”ש לאחותך ממני. (Timsor dash le-akhotkha mimeni.)

    His wife’s high school friend, Michal, uses an expression meaning - “Say hello to your sister for me.”
    Use this expression to send the poster’s sister your regards.

    4- איזה כיף שיש משפחה גדולה! (Eyze keif she-yesh mishpakha gdola!)

    His neighbor, Orly, uses an expression meaning - “What fun to have a big family!”
    Use this expression to contribute to the conversation with a positive,general comment.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • שאריות (she’eriyot): “leftovers”
  • בישולים (bishulim): “cooking”
  • מגניב (magniv): “cool (colloquial)”
  • להפגש (lehipagesh): “to have a meeting”
  • ד”ש (דרישת שלום) (dash (drishat shalom)): “saying hello (by 3rd party)”
  • מסר (masar): “to send, to deliver”
  • ממני (mimeni): “from me”
  • Which phrase is your favorite to comment on a friend’s photo about a family reunion?

    16. Post about Your Travel Plans in Hebrew

    So, the family are going on holiday. Do you know how to post and leave comments in Hebrew about being at the airport, waiting for a flight?

    Anat waits at the airport for her flight, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Anat’s post.

    לונדון, הנה אנחנו באים! (London, hine anakhnu ba’im!)
    “London, here we come!”

    1- הנה (hine)

    First is an expression meaning “here.”
    This word typically translates to “here”. But in this case, it is not an adjective describing location (this is here, this is there) but an interjection: “found it! here it is!”

    2- “הנה אני בא” (hine ani ba)

    Then comes the phrase - “here I come.”
    This is a commonly used phrase in Hebrew that means “here I come” or “here it comes”. It is even used in some popular songs and has a bit of a dramatic effect, like in English. So you wouldn’t use this casually to reply to a friend who is texting you and asking where you are.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anat’s friends leave some comments.

    1- נסיעה טובה! (Nesi’ah tova!)

    Her neighbor, Orly, uses an expression meaning - “(Have) a safe trip!”
    This is a common well-wish for travellers.

    2- אל תשכח להביא שוקולדים! (Al tishkakh lehavi shokoladim!)

    Her college friend, Noam, uses an expression meaning - “don’t forget to bring chocolates!”
    Use this expression if you’re expecting sweet gifts upon the poster’s return.

    3- הרווחתם את החופשה הזו! תהנו! (Hirvakhtem et ha-khufsha hazu! tehenu!)

    Her high school friend, Michal, uses an expression meaning - “You have earned this vacation! Enjoy!”
    This is a warmhearted, generous comment that also wishes the poster an enjoyable trip.

    4- ארזתם מטריות? (Araztem mitriyot?)

    Her nephew, Alon, uses an expression meaning - “Did you pack umbrellas?”
    Use this expression to tease the poster with a bit of irony. The UK, where London is the capital of England, is known for rainy, non-traditional holiday weather.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • נסיעה טובה! (nesi’ah tova!): “A good trip!”
  • לשכוח (lishkoakh): “to forget”
  • שוקולדים (shokoladim): “chocolates”
  • להרוויח (leharvi’akh): “to earn”
  • חופשה (khufsha): “vacation”
  • לארוז (le’eroz): “to pack”
  • מטריה (mitriya): “umbrella”
  • Choose and memorize your best airport phrase in Hebrew!

    Hopefully the rest of the trip is also great!

    17. Posting about an Interesting Find in Hebrew

    So maybe you’re strolling around at a local market, and find something interesting. Here are some handy Hebrew phrases!

    Eyal finds an unusual item at a local market, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Eyal’s post.

    סוף-סוף! אפשר להשיג תאנים! (sof-sof! efshar lehasig te’enim!)
    “Finally! They have figs!”

    1- סוף-סוף (sof-sof)

    First is an expression meaning “finally.”
    Literally this translates to “end end” or “end to ends”. This saying can be used to conclude a story, and can also mean a sign of relief that a long wait is over.

    2- אפשר (efshar)

    Then comes the phrase - “possible, may.”
    This word can be used as either an adjective or an adverb. When you want to state that a sort of action is possible, you say “אפשר” and then the infinitive of the verb, such as “אפשר לקנות”. If someone asks you if they can do something, you can answer colloquially by saying “אפשר” (efshar).

    COMMENTS

    In response, Eyal’s friends leave some comments.

    1- יש! (Yesh!)

    His wife, Anat, uses an expression meaning - “Yay!”
    This exclamation shows you’re enthusiastic and feel positive over the poster’s good luck.

    2- תקנה לי קילו, אני אחזיר לך כסף! (Tikne li Kilo, ani akhzir lekha kesef!)

    His neighbor, Orly, uses an expression meaning - “Buy me a Kilo. I’ll give you money back!”
    Use these phrases to make arrangements with the poster.

    3- וזה מרגש אותך כי…? (Ve-ze meragesh otkha ki…?)

    His college friend, Noam, uses an expression meaning - “And it excites you because…?”
    Use this expression when you are feeling frivolous and want to tease the poster a bit.

    4- אני לא מאמין שאתה באמת אוהב את זה. (Ani lo ma’amin she-ata be’emet ohev et ze.)

    His nephew, Alon, uses an expression meaning - “I can’t believe you actually like this.”
    This is a personal opinion, suitable to use only if you know the poster very well. They should have no doubt that you don’t mean this as serious criticism.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • תאנה (תְּאֵנָה): “fig”
  • להשיג (לְהַשִּׂיג): “to acquire, to get”
  • יש! (יֵשׁ!): “Yay!”
  • להחזיר (לְהַחְזִיר): “to bring back”
  • כסף (כֶּסֶף): “money, silver”
  • מרגש (מְרַגֵּשׁ): “exciting”
  • אשכרה (אַשְׁכָּרָה): “actually”
  • Which phrase would you use to comment on a friend’s interesting find?

    Perhaps you will even learn the identity of your find! Or perhaps you’re on holiday, and visiting interesting places…

    18. Post about a Sightseeing Trip in Hebrew

    Let your friends know what you’re up to in Hebrew, especially when visiting a remarkable place! Don’t forget the photo.

    Anat visits a famous landmark, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Anat’s post.

    הכנרת במלוא התפארת! (Ha-kineret bi’mlo ha-tif’eret!)
    “Sea of Galilee in all its glory!”

    1- כנרת (kineret)

    First is an expression meaning “Sea of Galilee.”
    In Hebrew, the Sea of Galilee is a feminine noun and is referred to as the Kineret (כנרת). The name derives from the Hebrew word for violin (”Kinor”, כינור). The sea was given this name because of its shape, which slightly resembles a violin.

    2- תפארת (tif’eret)

    Then comes the phrase - “glory, splendor.”
    Although a pompous word, it is used whimsically to describe beautiful things, sometimes in an exaggerated way.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anat’s friends leave some comments.

    1- איזו יפה היא! (Eizo yafa hi!)

    Her husband’s high school friend, Tamar, uses an expression meaning - “What a beauty she is!”
    Use this expression to show your appreciation.

    2- אתם עושים שם קאמפינג? (Atem osim sham kemping?)

    Her college friend, Noam, uses an expression meaning - “Are you camping there?”
    Ask a question if you want more information.

    3- לא רחצנו שם מאז כיתה י”ב! (Lo rakhatznu sham me’az kita yod-beit!)

    Her high school friend, Michal, uses an expression meaning - “We hadn’t washed there since we were seniors in high school!”
    This is a chatty comment, well suited to share personal information and to contribute to the conversation.

    4- מרחו הרבה קרם הגנה! שלא תישרפו בשמש! (Mirkhu harbe krem hagana! shelo tisarfu ba-shemesh.)

    Her nephew, Alon, uses an expression meaning - “Put on a lot of sunblock! Don’t get sunburnt.”
    Use this expression to show your concern for the poster’s skin health.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • מלוא (melo): “fullness, entirety”
  • קאמפינג (kamping): “camping”
  • לרחוץ (lirkhots): “to wash”
  • כיתה (kita): “class, grade”
  • י”ב (yod-beit): “12th (grade)”
  • להשרף (lehisaref): “to get burnt”
  • הגנה (hagana): “protection, safety”
  • Which phrase would you prefer when a friend posts about a famous landmark?

    Share your special places with the world. Or simply post about your relaxing experiences.

    19. Post about Relaxing Somewhere in Hebrew

    So you’re doing nothing yet you enjoy that too? Tell your social media friends about it in Hebrew!

    Eyal relaxes at a beautiful place, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Eyal’s post.

    יושב על החוף עם ספר- אין יותר טוב מזה. (Yoshev al ha-khof im sefer - ein yoter tov mize.)
    “Sitting on the beach with a book; nothing better than that!”

    1- על החוף (al hakhof)

    First is an expression meaning “on the beach.”
    A common activity in any beach town in Israel is to sit on the beach, sometimes with a book, and rest. This can be done either alone or with a friend. Whatever you do, always remember to put on sunblock and reapply it regularly.

    2- יותר טוב (yoter tov)

    Then comes the phrase - “better.”
    In Hebrew, there aren’t separate words for “good”, “better”, and “best”. What you would say instead is literally “good”, “more good”, and “most good”. This applies to all other adjectives as well.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Eyal’s friends leave some comments.

    1- תאמין לי, החיים שלך טובים. (Ta’amin li, ha-khayim shelkha tovim.)

    His college friend, Noam, uses an expression meaning - “Believe me, your life is good.”
    This comment is aimed to point out the poster’s privileged position.

    2- ואני עכשיו תקוע במשרד. (Ve-ani akhshav takua ba-misrad.)

    His nephew, Alon, uses an expression meaning - “And I’m (now) stuck at the office.”
    Use this expression to indicate to the poster that things could’ve been worse for him/her.

    3- איזה פינוק! (Eize pinuk!)

    His wife, Anat, uses an expression meaning - “What a treat!”
    Use this expression if you’re feeling envious of the poster.

    4- אל תשכח שיש לנו פגישה מחר בתשע בבוקר. (Al tishkakh she-yesh lanu pgisha makhar be-tesha ba-boker.)

    His supervisor, Yigal, uses an expression meaning - “Don’t forget that we have a meeting tomorrow morning at 9.”
    This comment is a reminder of a prior arrangement.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • להאמין (leha’amin): “to believe”
  • חיים (khayim): “life”
  • להתקע (lehitaka): “to be stuck”
  • משרד (misrad): “office”
  • כרגע (karega): “right now”
  • פינוק (pinuk): “treat, indulgence”
  • פגישה (pgisha): “meeting”
  • Which phrase would you use to comment on a friend’s feed?

    The break was great, but now it’s time to return home.

    20. What to Say in Hebrew When you’re Home Again

    And you’re back! What will you share with friends and followers?

    Anat returns home after a vacation, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Anat’s post.

    הייתה חופשה מדהימה, אבל באמת שאין כמו הבית! (Hayta khufsha madhima, aval be’emet she-ein kmo ha-bayit!)
    “It was an amazing vacation, but really there’s no place like home!”

    1- חופשה (khufsha)

    First is an expression meaning “vacation.”
    The word for “vacation” in Hebrew comes from the same root as the word for “freedom” (חופש, khofesh). it’s easy to see the reasoning behind it: In colloquial Hebrew, the word for “freedom” is sometimes used to talk about a vacation.

    2- אין כמו בבית (ein kmo babayit)

    Then comes the phrase - “no place like home.”
    This famous saying from the book and movie “The Wizard of Oz” is often used by Hebrew speakers upon returning from a vacation as a way of self-comforting.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anat’s friends leave some comments.

    1- לא יודע לגבי זה… (Lo yode’a legabei ze̷ ;)

    Her husband, Eyal, uses an expression meaning - “I don’t know about that…”
    Use this expression to indicate that you don’t quite agree with the poster’s sentiment.

    2- ברוכים השבים! (Brukhim ha-shavim!)

    Her neighbor, Orly, uses an expression meaning - “Welcome back!”
    This is the common, traditional greeting when someone returns from a trip.

    3- זה אומר שסיימתם לגרום לי לקנא? (Ze omer she-siyamtem ligrom li lekane?)

    Her nephew, Alon, uses an expression meaning - “Does that mean you’re done making me jealous?”
    Use this expression to make light conversation.

    4- בחזרה למשרד עם מצברים מלאים! (Bekhazara la-misrad im matzberim mele’im!)

    Her supervisor, Yigal, uses an expression meaning - “Back to the office with full energy!”
    Use this expression if you’re the poster’s boss or colleague.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • בית (bayit): “home, house”
  • לדעת (lada’at): “to know”
  • לגבי (legabey): “about, referring to”
  • ברוך השב! (barukh ha-shav!): “Welcome back!”
  • לקנא (lekane): “to be jealous”
  • מלא (male): “full”
  • מצבר (matzber): “battery (of a car)”
  • How would you welcome a friend back from a trip?

    What do you post on social media during a public commemoration day such as Purim? Purim is the commemorative holiday in which Jews celebrate being saved from persecution in the ancient Persian Empire. It is commonly celebrated with costume parties.

    21. It’s Time to Celebrate in Hebrew

    It’s an historic day and you wish to post something about it on social media. What would you say?

    Eyal is at a costume party at a friend’s house, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Eyal’s post.

    בסוף ענת שיכנעה אותי להתחפש. (Basof Anat shikhne’ah oti lehitkhapes.)
    “Eventually Anat convinced me to wear a costume.”

    1- שיכנע (sikhne’a)

    First is an expression meaning “to convince.”
    In Hebrew this means to persuade or convince. it’s used frequently in speech as people in Israel love making a point and voicing their opinions. In a charming way, of course.

    2- התחפש (hitkhapes)

    Then comes the phrase - “to put on a costume.”
    Naturall, this verb is used mostly around the time of Purim, but it can also be used to described the attire of spies and detectives.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Eyal’s friends leave some comments.

    1- תודה שאתה אוהב את זה! (Tode she-ata ohev et ze!)

    His wife, Anat, uses an expression meaning - “Thank you for loving it!”
    Use this expression to show your appreciation of the poster’s comment, if you’re his wife.

    2- יצרת תקדים. עכשיו תצטרך להתחפש כל שנה. (Yatzarta takdim! akhshav titztarekh lehitkhapes kol shana!)

    His high school friend, Tamar, uses an expression meaning - “You’ve set a precedent! Now you’ll have to wear a costume every year!”
    Use this expression to joke with the poster.

    3- פורים שמח! (Purim same’akh!)

    His neighbor, Orly, uses an expression meaning - “Happy Purim!”
    This is the traditional wish during Purim.

    4- דווקא מתאים לך פיראט! (Davka mat-im lekha pirat!)

    His college friend, Noam, uses an expression meaning - “Actually it suits you, being a pirate!”
    Use this expression if you are feeling frivolous and want to tease the poster.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • בסוף (basof): “eventually (lit: in the end)”
  • להודות (lehodot): “to admit”
  • תקדים (takdim): “precedent”
  • ליצור (litsor): “to create, to make”
  • דווקא (davka): “actually”
  • להתאים (lehat-im): “to suit, to fit”
  • פורים שמח! (Purim same’akh!): “Happy Purim!”
  • If a friend posted something about a holiday, which phrase would you use?

    Pirum and other public commemoration days are not the only special ones to remember!

    22. Posting about a Birthday on Social Media in Hebrew

    Your friend or you are celebrating your birthday in an unexpected way. Be sure to share this on social media!

    Anat goes to her birthday party, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Anat’s post.

    איך זכיתי להיות מוקפת באנשים מדהימים כמוכם? תודה! (Eikh zakhiti lihiyot mukefet be-anashim madhimim kmokhem? toda!)
    “How did I get to be surrounded by such incredible people? Thank you!”

    1- מוקף (mukaf)

    First is an expression meaning “surrounded, circled.”
    This word means surrounded, usually by people, police, etc. But it has a more day-to-day use since it also means to be circled (with a pen, for example). So it doesn-t always have to be used dramatically.

    2- כמוך (kamokha)

    Then comes the phrase - “like you.”
    The way to say “like you, like me, like us, etc.” is quite simple. We take the Hebrew word for “like” - “kmo” כמו, and then we add the correct suffix to represent who we are referring to. So instead of using two words, like in English, we just need one.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anat’s friends leave some comments.

    1- יום-הולדת שמח יפיופה! החגיגות רק מתחילות! (Yom huledet same’akh yafyufa! ha-khagigot rak matkhilot!)

    Her neighbor, Orly, uses an expression meaning - “Happy birthday, you gorgeous! The celebrations are just beginning!”
    Use this congratulation if you are feeling great enthusiasm about and appreciation for the poster and their birthday.

    2- ברוכה הבאה למועדון ה-30, כיף פה! (Brukha haba’ah lemo’adon ha-shloshim! keif po!)

    Her high school friend, Michal, uses an expression meaning - “Welcome to the 30’s club; it’s fun here!”
    Use this expression to be humorous, referring to the poster’s age, which is in the thirties.

    3- עד מאה ועשרים מתוקה שלי! (Ad me’ah ve-esrim metuka sheli!)

    Her husband, Eyal, uses an expression meaning - “Live up to one hundred and twenty years, sweetheart!”
    This is a sweet wish for the poster to live long.

    4- שתמיד תהיי מאושרת! (She-tamid tihiyi meusheret!)

    Her husband’s high school friend, Tamar, uses an expression meaning - “May you always be happy!”
    Use this wish to congratulate the poster.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • לזכות (lizkot): “to win, to get”
  • יום-הולדת (yom-huledet): “birthday”
  • יפיופה (yafyufa): “(slang) gorgeous”
  • מועדון (mo-adon): “club”
  • עד מאה ועשרים! (ad me’ah ve-esrim): “Till 120 years!”
  • תמיד (tamid): “always, forever”
  • מאושר (meushar): “happy”
  • If a friend posted something about birthday greetings, which phrase would you use?

    23. Talking about New Year on Social Media in Hebrew

    Impress your friends with your Hebrew New Year’s wishes this year. Learn the phrases easily!

    Eyal celebrates the New Year, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Eyal’s post.

    שנה טובה לכולם! שתהיה שנה של שיפור עצמי והשגת יעדים! (Shana tova le-khulam! she-tihiye shana shel shipur atzmi ve-hasagat ye’adim!)
    “Happy New Year, everyone! Let it be a year of self improvement and reaching goals!”

    1- שנה טובה (shana tova)

    First is an expression meaning “Happy New Year.”
    Originally this phrase was used only during the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. However, it is currently used during the Roman calendar’s New Year as well.

    2- השגת יעדים (hasagat ye-adim)

    Then comes the phrase - “achieving goals.”
    Like anywhere else, people in Israel use the new year as an opportunity to achieve their personal goals. That is why most gyms have discounts for new members around this time of year. In Hebrew the word יעד (ya-ad) means both “goal” and “destination”. They are both places you want to reach; although one is a physical place, and the other, an abstract one.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Eyal’s friends leave some comments.

    1- שנה מדהימה ומלאה באהבה! (Shana madhima u-mele’ah be-ahava.)

    His wife, Anat, uses an expression meaning - “Amazing New Year that’ll be filled with love.”
    This is a sweet New Year’s wish for your spouse or partner.

    2- שנה טובה גבר, אולי השנה תצליח לנצח אותי בכדורגל! (Shana tova gever, ulay ha-shana tatzliakh lenatzeakh oti be-khaduregel.)

    His college friend, Noam, uses an expression meaning - “Happy New Year, man; maybe this year you’ll beat me in soccer.”
    Use this expression if you are feeling playful and frivolous.

    3- שנה טובה ושתמיד תמצא חניה! (Shana tova ve-she-tamid timtza khanaya!)

    His neighbor, Orly, uses an expression meaning - “Happy New Year and may you always find a parking spot!”
    This is a funny New Year wish.

    4- שנה טובה אחי! (Shana tova, akhi!)

    His nephew, Alon, uses an expression meaning - “Happy New Year, bro!”
    This is a conventional New Year’s wish from one male to another male friend.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • לשפר (leshaper): “to improve”
  • להשיג (lehasig): “to achieve”
  • אהבה (ahava): “love”
  • למצוא (limtso): “to find”
  • חניה (khanaya): “parking space”
  • תאריך (ta’arikh): “a date (calendar)”
  • משמעות (mashma’ut): “meaning”
  • Which is your favorite phrase to post on social media during New Year?

    But before New Year’s Day comes another important day…

    24. What to Post on Christmas Day in Hebrew

    What will you say in Hebrew about Christmas?

    Anat celebrates Christmas with her family, posts an image of the group, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Anat’s post.

    מדליקים נר ראשון של חנוכה עם המשפחה. (Madlikim ner rishon shel khanuka im ha-mishpakha.)
    “Lighting the first candle of Hanukkah with the family.”

    1- הדליק (hidlik)

    First is an expression meaning “to light.”
    This verb means to light or set on fire. Since ancient times, light was fire and fire was light. In modern Hebrew we use this same verb for turning on an electric light, even though there is no fire involved.

    2- נר ראשון (ner rishon)

    Then comes the phrase - “first candle.”
    During the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, which is a Christmas custom, people light candles for eight days: one on the first day, two on the second, and so on, until the eighth day. The first and last candles are usually lit in a setting with extended family present. It commemorates the rededication of the second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, Israel.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anat’s friends leave some comments.

    1- זה החג האהוב עלי! בעיקר בזכות הלביבות. (Ze ha-khag ha-ahuv alay! be-ikar bizkhut ha-levivot.)

    Her husband, Eyal, uses an expression meaning - “My favorite Holiday! Mainly because of the potato latkes.”
    Use this expression if you are feeling playful and are in a humorous mood. A latke is a potato pancake - traditional Hanukkah food.

    2- איפה קנית את הסופגניות? (Eifo kanit et ha-sufganyot?)

    Her neighbor, Orly, uses an expression meaning - “Where did you buy the doughnuts?”
    Ask this question if you need more information.

    3- שוב אייל והאובססיה שלו למטוגנים! (Shuv Eyal veha-obsesiya shelo li-mtuganim.)

    Her high school friend, Michal, uses an expression meaning - “Eyal and his obsession with fried food again.”
    Use this expression to comment on the previous poster’s phrase about the latkes.

    4- אייל אתה כבר לא צעיר כמו פעם, תכין את נוגדי הצרבת. (Eyal, ata kver lo tza’ir kmo pa’am. Takhin et nogdey ha-tzarevet.)

    Her nephew, Alon, uses an expression meaning - “Eyal, you are not as young as you used to be. Prepare the antacids.”
    This is also a comment on one of the previous posters’ about the fried food. It keeps the conversation going.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • אהוב (ahuv): “favorite, loved, beloved”
  • בעיקר (be’ikar): “mainly, especially”
  • בגלל (biglal): “because”
  • לביבות (levivot): “latkes”
  • סופגניות (sufganiyot): “doughnuts”
  • מטוגנים (metuganim): “fried food”
  • צרבת (tzarevet): “heartburn”
  • If a friend posted something about Christmas greetings, which phrase would you use?

    So, the festive season is over! Yet, there will always be other days, besides a birthday, to wish someone well.

    25. Post about Your Anniversary in Hebrew

    Some things deserve to be celebrated, like wedding anniversaries. Learn which Hebrew phrases are meaningful and best suited for this purpose!

    Eyal celebrates his wedding anniversary with his wife, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Eyal’s post.

    חוגגים את יום הנישואין שלנו! מצפה לעוד הרבה שנים מאושרות לצידך! (Khogegim et yom ha-nisu’in shelanu! Metsape le’od harbe shanim me’usharot letzidekh!)
    “Celebrating our anniversary! Looking forward to many more happy years with you!”

    1- יום נישואין (yom nisu-’n)

    First is an expression meaning “anniversary.”
    When referring to a marriage anniversary, we use the phrase יום נישואין (yom nisuin) in Hebrew, which literally means “marriage day”. For other types of anniversaries, people use another phrase: יום השנה (yom ha-shana), which translated literally means “annual day”. However, this phrase is a bit archaic and is not commonly used.

    2- לצידך (letzidekh)

    Then comes the phrase - “beside you .”
    This expression has a deeper meaning than just being “at one’s side”. It is used for married couples, brothers in arms, family members and other profound connections. It implies a common path and an unbreakable bond among people.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Eyal’s friends leave some comments.

    1- אין כמוך יקירי! תודה על כל מה שהיה עד היום, ועל כל מה שעוד יהיה בעתיד. (Eyn kamokha yakiri! Toda al kol ma she-haya ad hayom, ve-al kol ma she-od yihiye be’atid.)

    His wife, Anat, uses an expression meaning - “You are a darling! Thank you for everything so far, and for all to come.”
    This is a heart-felt reply to your spouse’s post about your wedding anniversary.

    2- מזל טוב לזוג הצעיר! (Mazal tov lazug hatza-ir!)

    His supervisor, Yigal, uses an expression meaning - “Congrats to the young couple!”
    This is a fairly traditional congratulation.

    3- כל הכבוד לך שמצאת אישה נפלאה שמצליחה להתמודד איתך! (Kol ha-kavod she-matzata isha nifla-ah she-matzlikha lehitmoded eet’kha!)

    His nephew, Alon, uses an expression meaning - “Good that you have found an incredible woman who can tolerate you!”
    Use this expression to joke with the poster.

    4- אתם מושלמים ביחד! (Atem mushlamim beyakhad!)

    His neighbor, Orly, uses an expression meaning - “You are perfect together!”
    Use this expression if you feel very positive about the marriage.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • לחגוג (lakhgog): “to celebrate”
  • יקירי (yakiri): “darling”
  • עתיד (atid): “future”
  • להתמודד (lehitmoded): “to cope, to deal with”
  • מושלם (mushlam): “perfect”
  • לחכות (lekhakot): “to wait”
  • להצליח (lehatsli’akh): “to succeed, to manage”
  • If a friend posted something about Anniversary greetings, which phrase would you use?

    Conclusion

    Learning to speak a new language will always be easier once you know key phrases that everybody uses. These would include commonly used expressions for congratulations and best wishes, etc.

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    Table of Contents

    1. Common Ways to Say Sorry in Hebrew
    2. How To Refuse Something Politely in Hebrew
    3. Audio Lesson - Survival Phrases “How to Say Sorry”
    4. Why You Will NOT Be Sorry For Learning Hebrew through HebrewPod101


    1. Common Ways to Say Sorry in Hebrew

    3 Ways to Say Sorry

    Nobody’s perfect, not anywhere in the world. Everybody makes mistakes, and does and says regrettable things. Then it’s time to apologize, as saying ‘I’m sorry’ is not in vain. It can be very healing! Did you know that hearing a sincerely-meant apology can have a noticeable effect on a person’s body? Research has shown that it slows down breathing and heart rate, and even causes a drop in blood pressure.

    Sometimes we cannot fix what’s broken, but we can make the experience a bit easier for anyone who suffered on account of our thoughtless actions or words.

    Here are a number of ways to say sorry in Hebrew. In any language, just make sure you really mean it! An insincere apology will not go down well with anyone.

    Woman Apologizing

    אני מתנצלת (ani mitnatzelet).
    I’m sorry

    These words should precede anything else you have to say. Use them sincerely and whenever you are clearly in the wrong. Acknowledging your guilt and apologizing for any wrongdoing will lift your spirits too! Often, remorse can eat away at us, and a simple ‘I’m sorry’, in Hebrew or any other language, can open the door for forgiveness and resolution of a bad situation. It can be a true gift!

    ברצוני להתנצל (birtzoni lehitnatzel).
    I would like to apologize.

    This is a slightly more formal way to say ‘I’m sorry’ in Hebrew. Use this phrase if you’re addressing your superiors and/or elders.

    אני מתנצלת בכנות (ani mitnatzelet bekhenut).
    I sincerely apologize.

    If you feel strongly about your apology, this is another slightly more formal phrase to use. Keep it handy for graver errors, or you might come across as insincere!

    לא אעשה את זה שוב (Lo e’ese et ze shuv).
    I won’t do it again.

    A promise you can only make if you intend to keep it! Few things feel as bad as having to hear repeated apologies from someone for the same behavior - it means the ‘sorry’ is not sincere. Don’t be that person!

    אני אוודא לא לחזור על הטעות הזו שוב (ani evade lo lachzor al hata’ut hazo shuv).
    I’ll make sure not to make this mistake again.

    A beautifully strong phrase! Again, say this only if you mean it - not just in the moment, but always! A bit more formal, this is an especially good phrase to use when apologizing to superiors and/or elders. It will make an especially good impression at the workplace, where accountability is an excellent quality to display!

    לא התכוונתי לזה (Lo hitkavanti leze).
    I didn’t mean that.

    This is a tricky one… What did you mean, then?! Clear up any confusion with sincerity. Also, use this phrase only if the harm done or mistake made was due to an accident, and then admit to thoughtlessness on your part, if appropriate.

    זו אשמתי (zo ashmati).
    It’s my fault.

    If the fault is really yours, own up to it. You will gain respect in the eyes of others! However, don’t take the blame when it’s not truly yours. It won’t be good for you, and ultimately you will not be respected much for it.

    סליחה שהייתי אנוכית (slicha she’hayiti anokhit).
    I’m sorry for being selfish.

    This is a good phrase to keep handy, especially for your close relationships. It is difficult to admit you’re selfish, isn’t it?! However, it’s good to know when to be honest. We get used to our loved ones, which often means we forget that they need our good manners and unselfish behavior just as much as strangers do.

    אני מקווה שתסלח לי (ani mekave shetislach li).
    I hope you will forgive me.

    This is a polite and gentle wish that can smooth over many harsh feelings. It also shows that the other person’s opinion and forgiveness are important to you.

    אני לוקחת את מלוא האחריות (ani lokakhat et mlo ha’achrayut).
    I take full responsibility.

    This strong statement is similar to admitting that an error or transgression was your fault. It speaks of courage and the willingness to take remedial action. Good one to use…if you mean it!

    לא הייתי צריכה לעשות את זה (lo hayiti tzrikha la’asot et ze).
    I shouldn’t have done it.

    This phrase is fine to use if you did or said something wrong. It shows, to an extent, your regret for having done or said what you did, and demonstrates that you understand your role in the mistake.

    סליחה שהתעכבתי בהחזרת הכסף (slicha shehit’akavti behachzarat hakesef).
    Sorry for giving your money back late.

    It’s rotten to have to loan money! Yet, it’s equally rotten to have to ask for the repayment of a loan. So, do your best not to pay late in the first place, but if it can’t be helped, this would be a good phrase to use!

    בבקשה אל תכעס עלי (bevakasha al tikh’as alay).
    Please don’t be mad at me.

    Well, this is not a very advisable phrase to use if you are clearly in the wrong. If someone is justifiably angry with you, asking them not to be mad at you would be an unfair expectation. However, if you did something wrong by accident, and if the consequences were not too serious, this request would be OK.

    סליחה על האיחור (slicha al ha’ichur).
    Sorry I’m late.

    Punctuality is valued in most situations, but if you really cannot help being late, then apologize! This way you show respect for your host, and win their approval.

    אני מתנצלת שהייתי מרושעת כלפיך (ani mitnatzelet she’hayiti merusha’t clapeikha).
    I apologize for being mean to you.

    Acknowledging your own meanness towards someone is no small thing, so good for you! Use this apology only if your intention is to seriously address your mean tendencies, or these words could become meaningless over time.


    2. How To Refuse Something Politely in Hebrew

    Woman Refusing

    Congratulations! Now you know how to apologize in Hebrew! After you have apologized for a mistake, focus on fixing whatever you can, and don’t punish yourself over something that cannot be taken back or reversed. That’s healthy for you! Regret can eat away at the soul, and even destroy it. It is ultimately a useless emotion if it consumes you.

    However, in language, we use apologies not only when we’ve transgressed or made mistakes. They come in handy in other situations too, when there has been no wrongdoing. Sometimes we need to express regret for having to refuse a gift, an offer, or an invitation. This can be somewhat tricky. Learn from specialists at HebrewPod101 about how to use the correct Hebrew words for this kind of ‘sorry’!


    3. Survival Phrases “How to Say Sorry”

    Say Sorry

    On the run and need a quick lesson on how to say sorry in Hebrew? Don’t fret, just listen and repeat! Click here for a recorded short lesson and learn how to give the perfect apology, with perfect pronunciation in Hebrew. A little can go a long way, and you will sound like a native!


    4. Why You Will NOT Be Sorry For Learning Hebrew through HebrewPod101

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    Day of Atonement: The Holy Day of Yom Kippur

    Each year, Jews observe Yom Kippur—a holiday dedicated to sincere repentance and forgiveness, and sometimes referred to as the Day of Atonement. On this holy day, not only do Jews ask God for forgiveness, but they forgive the sins and hurts that others have done to them, and ask forgiveness from them as well. This is a solemn day, but one of joy in the abundance of forgiveness, and of peace. The most basic Yom Kippur meaning is that of repentance and atonement.

    In this article, you’ll learn all about the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, including the most common traditions involving repentance and reflection. Learning about a Jewish observance as important as Yom Kippur is vital if you want to really see the culture and religion of Israel for what it is. And as any successful language-learner can tell you, this is an important step in mastering a country’s language.

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    1. What is Yom Kippur?

    Yom Hakippurim, also known as Yom Kippur, is considered one of the holiest days in the Jewish year. It’s a holiday of forgiveness and atonement for sins, when the Torah requires us to afflict our souls.

    While Yom Kippur atonement is the basis of this holiday, it isn’t a sad day. For on Yom Kippur, forgiveness abounds; this repentance comes with the promise of forgiveness and absolution by God. On this day, we fast and ask God to forgive us for our sins.

    2. When is the Day of Yom Kippur?

    Days of Repentance

    The date of Yom Kippur varies from year to year. For your convenience, here’s a list of when Yom Kippur is observed on the Gregorian calendar for the next ten years.

    • 2019: October 8
    • 2020: September 27
    • 2021: September 15
    • 2022: October 4
    • 2023: September 24
    • 2024: October 11
    • 2025: October 1
    • 2026: September 20
    • 2027: October 10
    • 2028: September 29

    3. Yom Kippur Observances

    Person Repenting

    The best-known tradition is fasting. The goal is to afflict our bodies as a precondition for atonement, but it’s also meant to release people from their bodily constraints, so that they can focus on soul-searching. Special prayers are said on Yom Kippur. Those offering Yom Kippur prayers admit their sins and ask God for forgiveness. This is also a day we ask forgiveness from anyone we may have wronged throughout the year.

    Most of the people in Israel aren’t religious, but on Yom Kippur, a special atmosphere permeates every part of the country. There are no radio or television broadcasts, stores and restaurants are closed, and most Jewish residents fast. The airports and seaports are closed, and there are no vehicles on the streets. The streets fill with people wearing holiday clothes, and children and young adults ride their bikes on the empty streets. All of Israel calms down for a day.

    On Yom Kippur, there is nearly no vehicle or air traffic. Ships and trains don’t run, so the level of air pollution on Yom Kippur is significantly lower than any other time of year!

    4. Yom Kippur & Shoes

    What Yom Kippur custom involves shoes, and in what way?

    The affliction of the soul required on Yom Kippur contains several prohibitions, including a prohibition on eating and drinking, a prohibition on washing oneself, and even a prohibition on wearing leather shoes. On Yom Kippur, observant Jews wear shoes made of rubber or cloth.

    5. Essential Vocabulary for Yom Kippur

    Man Deep in Thought

    Here’s the essential vocabulary you need to know for Yom Kippur!

    • אופניים (ofanayim) — bicycle
    • יום כיפור (Yom Kippur) — Yom Kippur
    • תשובה (tshuva) — repentance
    • תפילה (tfilah) — prayer
    • כל נדרי (Kol Nidrei) — Kol Nidrei
    • צום (tsom) — fasting
    • שערי שמים (sha’arei shamayim) — gates of Heaven
    • סליחה (slikha) — forgiveness
    • השתקפות (hishtakfut) — reflection
    • עשרת ימי תשובה (Aseret Yemei Tshuva) — Ten Days of Repentance
    • שירה (shira) — singing
    • חטא (khet) — sin
    • אבינו מלכנו (Avinu Malkenu) — Our Father our King
    • עצירה מוחלטת (atsira mukhletet) — complete stop
    • קהילה (kehila) — community
    • ספר יונה (sefer yona) — Book of Jonah
    • תפילת העמידה (tfilat ha`amidah) — Amidah

    To hear each of these vocabulary words pronounced, and alongside relevant images, check out our Yom Kippur vocabulary list!

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    Rosh Hashanah: How to Celebrate the Jewish New Year

    Rosh Hashanah, which is the Jewish New Year, is a time of new beginnings and fresh starts—very much like New Years around the world. On this day, Jews cast aside their wrongdoings from the previous year in hopes of becoming better the following year, and they wish each other a sweeter new year.

    In this article, you’ll learn about the Rosh Hashanah meaning and history, and what traditional celebrations look like today. In learning about this significant religious and cultural holiday, you’ll gain much into Jewish culture. This, in turn, should fuel your desire to master the Hebrew language!

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    1. What is Rosh Hashanah?

    Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish holiday taking place on the first and second days of the month Tishrei, the first days of the Hebrew year. The Hebrew calendar is based on a combination of the cycles of the moon and the sun. Every year is more or less parallel to the sun cycle and contains twelve or thirteen months, each beginning in the birth of the moon and ending with the birth of the next moon.

    The Jewish New Year is thought to be a Day of Judgement on which we are judged on what we did the previous year, and what will happen in the coming year is determined. Further, Rosh Hashanah is considered to be the day on which God is crowned by the world.

    This holiday is mentioned in the Bible. According to biblical law, the first day of the seventh month (the name of “Tishrei” in the Bible) is a holiday on which you’re to cease any work and make special sacrifices. The holiday is mainly about the commandment of blowing the “shofar” trumpet. Nothing is written in the Bible about this day being the beginning of a new year, but this tradition was set forth later.

    2. When is Rosh Hashanah?

    Standing Up Calendar

    Each year, Jews celebrate Rosh Hashanah beginning on the first of the month Tishrei, and thus it varies each year on the Gregorian calendar. For your convenience, we’ve composed a list of this holiday’s start date for the next ten years on the Gregorian calendar.

    • 2019: September 29
    • 2020: September 18
    • 2021: September 6
    • 2022: September 25
    • 2023: September 15
    • 2024: October 2
    • 2025: September 22
    • 2026: September 11
    • 2027: October 1
    • 2028: September 20

    3. How is Rosh Hashanah Celebrated?

    On the day before Rosh Hashanah, it is customary to hold vow release rituals in which every person asks to be released of his or her vows in front of three people who act as a sort of court, holding the power to release a man from his promises.

    The Shofar is the most significant and well-known custom associated with the Rosh Hashanah festival. The Shofar is made of ram’s horn, and it makes a sound that resembles crying as we blow it in-between the holiday prayers. This reminds of the true meaning and importance of Rosh Hashanah.

    During the Rosh Hashanah evening, families meet together for a festive holiday meal. They consume special Rosh Hashanah foods, such as pomegranate seeds, cooked fish, dates, and desserts containing honey. Family members will wish each other a better new year.

    As Rosh Hashanah symbolizes new beginnings, the Tashlich custom is very popular. On the first day of the holiday, after lunch, we go to a seashore or river, recite special Rosh Hashanah prayers, and shake out our clothes and pockets to symbolically cast away the sins and wicked deeds we did last year, and to express our desire to be a better person the next year.

    There’s a common Jewish saying: “He who sleeps on Rosh Hashanah, his luck sleeps too.” For this reason, some people don’t sleep on Rosh Hashanah.

    4. Apples & Honey

    Person Offering Forgiveness

    Do you know why we eat apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah?

    On Rosh Hashanah, we dip slices of apple in honey and offer each other Rosh Hashanah greetings that we shall be renewed with a good and sweet year. So we’re asking that the following year will be as good as the sweet taste of apples and honey.

    5. Useful Vocabulary for Rosh Hashanah

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    Here’s some vocabulary you need to know for Rosh Hashana!

    • תפוח (tapu’ach) — apple
    • ראש השנה (Rosh Ha-shanna) — Jewish New Year
    • גפילטע פיש (gefilte-fish) — Gefilte fish
    • תפילה (tfilah) — prayer
    • מלכויות (Malkhuyot) — Malchuyot
    • דבש (dvash) — honey
    • שערי שמים (sha’arei shamayim) — gates of Heaven
    • סליחה (slikha) — forgiveness
    • תשליך (tashlikh) — cast away
    • ספר החיים (Sefer-Ha’khayim) — Book of Life
    • זכרונות (Zikhronot) — Zichronot
    • התחלת השנה (hatkhalat Ha’shanna) — the beginning of the year
    • שופר (Shofar) — shofar
    • חלה עגולה (khalla agula) — round challa
    • השתקפות (hishtakfut) — reflection
    • רימון (rimon) — pomegranate
    • שופרות (Shofarot) — Shofarot
    • זכרון (zikaron) — memory

    To hear each of these Rosh Hashana vocabulary words pronounced, check out our relevant vocabulary list!

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    Learn How to Confidently Introduce Yourself In Hebrew

    Start off the year by learning how to introduce yourself properly in Hebrew! Learn easily with HebrewPod101 in this four-minute video!

    Table of Contents

    1. 10 Lines You Need for Introducing Yourself in Hebrew
    2. Important Tips for Introducing Yourself
    3. Video - How to Introduce Yourself in Hebrew
    4. Why HebrewPod101 is Perfect for Learning all about Hebrew Introductions

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    1. 10 Lines You Need for Introducing Yourself in Hebrew

    First impressions are absolutely everything! Right? No, wrong - who you are every day is much more important. But first impressions are definitely not unimportant either. Make sure to introduce yourself correctly, as it could mean the difference between getting a job offer or a polite refusal from an employer. HebrewPod101 shows you how to read, write and pronounce these self-introductions and conversation-starters like a native speaker!

    But first, a tip - wait to be asked before offering personal details such as your age. Good conversation is about unspoken reciprocity, and giving too many personal details too soon can be embarrassing for your Israeli friend. Rather use phrases that encourage your friend to talk about him or herself - most people like doing that! Also, it shows you take real interest in other people.

    1- Hello, it’s nice to meet you.

    שלום, נעים להכיר אותך.
    shalom, na-eem lehakir otkha.

    This phrase is an excellent way to start an introduction. It is a greeting that immediately expresses interest in the other person.

    2- My name is Talia.

    שמי טליה.
    shmi Talia.

    Self-explanatory - just replace ‘Talia’ with your own name! Also, pay close attention to what your new Israeli acquaintance’s name is. Remembering it will make them feel that you are really interested in him/her as a person!

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    3- I’m from Israel.

    אני מישראל.
    ani me’Israel.

    Sharing something about yourself is a nice conversation starter. It shows that you’re willing to engage meaningfully with the other person. In an informal setting, you can expect the other person to respond in kind. At work, this is probably information you need to volunteer only if asked. Again, remember to replace ‘Israel’ with your own country of birth!

    4- I live in Jerusalem.

    אני גר בירושלים.
    ani gar be’yerushalaim.

    Same as above - replace ‘Jerusalem’ with your town or city of abode!

    5- I’ve been learning Hebrew for a year.

    אני לומד עברית כבר שנה. אני לומד עברית כבר שנה.
    ani lomed ivrit kvar shanah.

    Say this only if it’s true, obviously. And prepare to dazzle your audience! If you have indeed worked faithfully at your Hebrew for a year, you should be pretty good at it! Use this phrase after your introduction - it is likely to indicate that you wish to engage in Hebrew conversation.

    Two people talking

    6- I’m learning Hebrew at HebrewPod101.com.

    אני לומד עברית עם עברית פוד וואן או וואן דוט קום.
    ani lomed ivrit eem ivrit pod wan o wan dot kom.

    This will be the best reply if anyone asks (Very impressed, of course!) where you study Hebrew! Simply volunteering this information, especially in a casual conversation, could make you sound like a salesperson, and you want to avoid that. Often, an employer will want this information though, so best to memorize and have this phrase handy!

    7- I’m 27 years old.

    אני בן עשרים ושבע.
    ani ben esrim ve’sheva.

    This is a line that may just get you a ‘TMI!’ look from a stranger if you volunteer it without being asked. He/she may not be willing to divulge such an intimate detail about him/herself right at the start of your acquaintance, so don’t force reciprocity. However, it’s a good phrase to know in a job interview; again, probably best only if your prospective Israeli employer asks. Also, remember to give your true age!

    First encounter

    8- I’m a teacher.

    אני מורה.
    ani moreh.

    You’re still offering information about yourself, which lends good momentum to keep the conversation going! Replace ‘teacher’ with your own occupation - and learn the related vocabulary with HebrewPod101!

    People with different jobs

    9- One of my hobbies is reading.

    אחד התחביבים שלי הוא קריאה.
    ekhad ha’takhbivim sheli hu kri-ah.

    Your hobby is another topic with lots of potential for starting a good conversation! People are often eager to talk about their hobbies, and why they like them!

    10- I enjoy listening to music.

    אני נהנה להאזין למוסיקה.
    ani nehene le’ha-azin le’muzika.

    If you’re still talking about your hobbies, this would be a good line to go with the previous one. Otherwise, wait for your conversation partner to start talking about what they enjoy doing!

    2. Important Tips for Introducing Yourself

    Introducing yourself

    A correct Hebrew introduction will make a good impression upon meeting a person for the first time. Why is this first impression important? Simple - it gives an indication of who you are as a person. So, while you want to be truthful when representing yourself, you also need to be prepared to put your best foot forward!

    First impressions are often lingering and difficult to change. In addition, it’s easier to make a negative impression than a good one, often without intending to. So, how can you make sure that your self-introduction will impress Israeli natives?

    1- Research: First, research the culture! Different cultures have different social rules, and you will be halfway towards making a great first impression if you know the proper Israeli customs for self-introductions. It will also help you avoid social mistakes - sometimes, what is acceptable in one culture is insulting in another, such as making eye contact, or giving a handshake. In your culture, what is appropriate when a person introduces him or herself?

    Also, be sure to distinguish between introductions in different situations, such as a formal and a social situation. There are bound to be differences in how you address people! The internet can be an important tool for this endeavor. Alternatively, you could visit your local library to search for books on this topic, or you could ask Israeli friends to explain and demonstrate their cultural habits for introductions. Honoring someone’s culture shows that you respect it, and as we know - a little respect can go a very long way in any relationship!

    Someone studying

    2- Study the Correct Phrases and Vocabulary: Be sure to learn Hebrew phrases and vocabulary that tell people who you are, and that encourage them to engage in conversation with you. Each situation will determine how to address the person you want to introduce yourself to. Also, make sure your pronunciation is correct! It would be most valuable to have Hebrew-speaking friends who can help you with this. Or read on for a quick phrase and video lesson on Hebrew introductions right here at HebrewPod101!

    3- Appearance: This is pretty obvious - if you want to make a good impression introducing yourself to anyone for the first time, you need to be neatly dressed and well groomed! A shabby, dirty or careless appearance and bad body odor are to be avoided at all costs; in most cultures, these will not impress!

    Also, make sure to dress appropriately, not only for the occasion, but also for the culture. For instance, bare shoulders or an open-necked shirt is an acceptable gear in many Western countries. Yet, in some cultures, dressing like this could deeply offend your host. No amount of good manners and properly expressed introductions is likely to wipe out a cultural no-no! So, be sure to know how to dress, and take care with your appearance when you are about to introduce yourself to someone for the first time!

    Following are some neat phrases with which you can introduce yourself in Hebrew, and get a conversation started too!

    3. Video - How to Introduce Yourself in Hebrew

    Good, you read and perhaps even memorized the preceding phrases to successfully introduce yourself in Hebrew! Watch this short video now to get a quick lesson on Hebrew grammar for these introductions, as well as how to pronounce them correctly. You will sound like a native when you can copy the presenter perfectly!


    4. Why HebrewPod101 is Perfect for Learning all about Hebrew Introductions

    • Culturally Focused Lessons: All our material is aimed not only to help you learn perfect Hebrew, but also to introduce you to the Israeli culture! Learn here, for instance, a list of favorite Israeli foods. Alternatively, listen to these audio lessons on Israeli culture! Studying through us could be very valuable before visiting Israel for any purpose.
    • Accurate and Correct Pronunciation & Inflection: Our hosts and voice actors are native Hebrew speakers of the best quality! It is important for us that you speak Hebrew correctly to avoid embarrassing misunderstandings and miscommunications. If you practice and can copy these presenters well, you will sound just like Hebrew natives and your introduction will be easily understood!
    • State-of-the-Art Lesson Formats and Methods: Efficacy in learning is our highest priority. You will have access to learning tools that were carefully developed by learning specialists over more than a decade! We use only well-researched, proven lesson formats and teaching methods to ensure fast, accurate, fun and easy learning! Millions of happy subscribers can’t be wrong! Create a lifetime account with HebrewPod101 for free access to many learning tools that are updated every week.
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    Whatever your needs are for learning Hebrew, make sure to do it through HebrewPod101, and you will never have to google: “How do I introduce myself in Hebrew” again!

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    The Lag BaOmer Holiday: Rabbi Akiva, Bar Kochba & More

    Lag BaOmer, the 33rd Day of the Omer, is one of the significant holidays on the calendar to Jews. From its association with Rabbi Akiva and the Bar Kochba revolt, the Lag BaOmer story is truly a staple of Jewish culture. And as any language learner knows, understanding a country’s culture is the most important factor in mastering its language!

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    1. What is the Lag BaOmer Holiday?

    Israelites celebrate Lag Ba’omer to commemorate some events that occurred during the second century of the common era: the Bar Kochva revolt against the Romans, the end of the plague that killed thousands of Rabbi Akiva’s students, and the death of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, an important rabbi and one of founding fathers of the Kabbalah.

    2. When is Lag BaOmer?

    A bundle of Harvest

    The date of Lag BaOmer varies from year to year on the Gregorian calendar. However, it always takes place during the Hebrew month lyar, on the eighteenth day. For your convenience, here’s a list of the starting date for this holiday for the next ten years.

    • 2019: May 22
    • 2020: May 11
    • 2021: April 29
    • 2022: May 18
    • 2023: May 8
    • 2024: May 25
    • 2025: May 15
    • 2026: May 4
    • 2027: May 24
    • 2028: May 13

    3. Reading Practice: Lag BaOmer Celebrations

    Bonfire at Night

    When it comes to Lag BaOmer celebrations, common ones include the Chabad Lag BaOmer parade and Lag BaOmer fires. Read the Hebrew text below to learn more about how people celebrate Lag BaOmer (and find the English translation directly below it).

    המנהג המוכר ביותר של לג בעומר הוא המדורות. יש כמה הסברים למנהג. ההסבר הראשון קשור למרד בר-כוכבא: המורדים, שהונהגו בידי בר-כוכבא, הדליקו אש על ראשי ההרים כדי להפיץ את הידיעה על פרוץ המרד; לזכר האש הזו מדליקים מדורות בחג. ההסבר השני קשור לרבי שמעון בר יוחאי: מספרים שבליל מותו היה הבית של רבי שמעון מוקף באש, שלזכרה מדליקים מדורות.

    ילדים ובני נוער ישראלים מתחילים להתכונן למדורה שבועות לפני התאריך המיועד, ויוצאים יחד לאסוף קרשים. בערב החג נפגשים כולם, מדליקים את המדורה, צולים בתוכה תפוחי אדמה ומרשמלו, יושבים סביבה ומשחקים משחקים, ולפעמים גם שרים שירים ומנגנים בגיטרה. הרבה פעמים המדורה נמשכת עד אור הבוקר.

    מנהג נוסף של לג בעומר קשור גם הוא לרבי שמעון בר יוחאי, רב שהתנגד לשלטון הרומאי בארץ ישראל ושנחשב לאחד מאבות תורת הקבלה. קברו של רבי שמעון נמצא בהר מירון, ובכל שנה בלג בעומר עולים להר מירון עשרות אלפי אנשים לציין את יום פטירתו של רבי שמעון בחגיגה גדולה שנקראת הילולת בר יוחאי. החוגגים מדליקים מדורות, שרים, רוקדים וקוראים בספר הזוהר, ספר היסוד של תורת הקבלה.

    The best-known Lag Ba’Omer tradition is lighting bonfires. There are several explanations for this tradition. The first is tied to the Bar Kochba revolt. The rebels, who were led by Bar Kochba, lit a bonfire on the mountaintops to spread word of the outbreak of the revolt. In memory of these fires, we light bonfires on the holiday. The second explanation concerns Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. We are told that when he passed away, his house was engulfed in flames, and we commemorate this by lighting bonfires.

    Israeli children and young adults begin preparing for the bonfires weeks before the designated date, and they go out together to gather planks. On the night of the holiday, they all meet up, light a bonfire, roast potatoes and marshmallows in the fire, and sit around it and play games. Sometimes, they sing songs, and play the guitar. The bonfire can often last until daybreak.

    Another Lag Ba’Omer custom is also tied to Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a rabbi who opposed Roman rule of the Land of Israel and was considered to be among the founding fathers of the Kabbalah. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai’s grave is in Mount Meron, and every year, on Lag Ba’Omer, tens of thousands of people climb the mountain to commemorate the anniversary of Rabbi Shimon’s death in a big celebration called a “Hilulat Bar Yochai”. Participants light bonfires, sing, dance, and read from the Zohar, the foundational work of the teachings of the Kabbalah.

    4. Lag BaOmer (Meron): Children’s First Haircuts

    Many Israeli children participate in a special ceremony on Lag BaOmer. What is this ceremony called, and what is done at the ceremony?

    Many traditional Jews don’t cut their children’s hair until they’re three years old. When a child reaches three years old, he’s taken to Hilulat Bar Yochai, in Mount Meron, and there, he gets his haircut as part of a festive ceremony known as a Halaka.

    5. Useful Vocabulary for Lag BaOmer

    Large Lion

    Here’s some vocabulary you should know for Lag BaOmer!

    • אריה (ar’ye) — lion
    • הר מרון (har meron) — Mount Meron
    • לג בעומר (la”g ba-Omer) — Lag BaOmer
    • מדורה (medurah) — bonfire
    • חאלאקה (Chalaka) — first hair cut ceremony
    • משואה (massua) — torch
    • רבי עקיבא (Rabbi Akiva) — Rabbi Akiva
    • מגפה (magefa) — plague
    • תספורת (tisporet) — haircut
    • ספירת העומר (sfirat ha-omer) — Counting of the Omer
    • עומר (omer) — bundle of harvest
    • בר כוכבא (bar kokhva) — Bar Kochba
    • ל”ג בעומר (lag ba-omer) — 33rd day of the Omer

    To hear each of these vocabulary words pronounced, check out our Lag BaOmer vocabulary list. Here, you’ll find each word accompanied by an audio file of its pronunciation.

    Conclusion

    What do you think of Lag BaOmer and the traditions it carries with it? Does it remind you of a holiday in your own country? Let us know in the comments! We always love to hear from you.

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    Purim in Israel: How to Celebrate the Purim Holiday

    Purim is a Jewish holiday, celebrated each year in commemoration of the overthrowing of Haman’s plot against the Jews, outlined in the Scroll of Esther. Purim in Israel is, therefore, one of the most important holidays the country celebrates.

    In learning about Purim, you’re opening your heart and mind to Jewish culture and its people—including its previous and current hardships. At HebrewPod101.com, we hope to make this journey both fun and enlightening. So let’s get started!

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    1. What is Purim?

    Purim (also called the Feast of Purim) is based on a story written in the Scroll of Esther. According to the Purim story, Ahasueros, the king of Persia, banished his wife and chose Esther, the Jewess, to take her place. Haman, the highest ranking minister in the kingdom, planned to kill all of the Jews, but Esther discovered his plot, and thanks to her wisdom and sensitivity, she was able to thwart Haman’s plans. Since then, Jews have celebrated the victory over Haman, and have read the Scroll of Esther ever year.

    2. When is Purim?

    Girl with Face Painted

    The date of Purim varies from year to year on the Gregorian calendar. However, the Purim month is always Adar, with the celebration on the fourteenth. For your convenience, here’s a list of this holiday’s beginning and end dates for the next ten years:

    • 2019: March 20 (sundown) through March 21 (nightfall)
    • 2020: March 9 (sundown) through March 10 (nightfall)
    • 2021: February 25 (sundown) through February 26 (nightfall)
    • 2022: March 16 (sundown) through March 17 (nightfall)
    • 2023: March 6 (sundown) through March 7 (nightfall)
    • 2024: March 24 (sundown) through March 25 (nightfall)
    • 2025: March 14 (sundown) through March 15 (nightfall)
    • 2026: March 2 (sundown) through March 3 (nightfall)
    • 2027: March 22 (sundown) through March 23 (nightfall)
    • 2028: March 11 (sundown) through March 12 (nightfall)

    3. Reading Practice: How is it Celebrated?

    Woman in witch Costume

    So, how is Purim celebrated? Read the Hebrew text below to find out (you can find the English translation directly below it).

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    בכל מקום תוכלו לראות נסיכות, אבירים, מכשפות, ליצנים, קוסמים וגיבורי-על. את התחפושות לובשים לא רק בערב, אלא גם ביום החג: בבתי הספר, ברחוב ובמקומות העבודה. בפורים צריך לשמוח ולחגוג, ובכל מקום תוכלו למצוא מסיבות רחוב ומצעדים צבעוניים ועליזים.

    בפורים נהוג גם לתת אחד לשני חבילות של מאכלים טעימים, שנקראות משלוח מנות. את משלוחי המנות נותנים לחברים, לעמיתים לעבודה ולפעמים גם לזרים, כדי לשמח אחד את השני. מנהג נוסף בחג הוא לתת תרומה לעניים, וכמה שיותר - יותר טוב.

    בפורים נפגשים כדי לקרוא יחד את מגילת אסתר. בזמן הקריאה מחזיקים כולם רעשנים, ובכל פעם שמוזכר שמו של המן הרשע - מרעישים בכל הכוח. הרעש מסמל את הבוז כלפי המן.

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    The most prominent custom associated with Purim is wearing costumes. Princesses, knights, witches, clowns, wizards, and superheroes can be seen everywhere. The costumes aren’t worn only at night, but also during the day, during the holiday, at school, on the street, and at work. On Purim, we must be happy and celebrate, and you can find street parties and bright, colorful parades everywhere.

    On Purim, it is customary for people to give each other tasty food packages. These are called mishloach manot. They are given to friends, colleagues at work, and sometimes even to strangers, so that we make each other happy. Another holiday custom is to give alms to the poor—the more, the merrier.

    On Purim, people gather to read the Scroll of Esther together. During the reading, everyone has noisemakers, and each time the name of the evil Haman is mentioned, people make as much noise as they can. The noise symbolizes our disdain for Haman.

    4. Additional Information: Haman’s Ears

    Which sweet Purim food do we eat to celebrate, and what body part is it associated with? On Purim, we eat a sweet, brittle cookie made of dough stuffed with poppy seeds, or sometimes, with chocolate or dates. They’re called “Haman’s ears”, because their triangular shape looks like the ears of the evil Haman.

    5. Must-know Vocab

    A Pastry called Hamentasch

    Here’s some vocabulary you should know for Purim!

    • אלכוהול (alkohol) — alcohol
    • פורים (Purim) — Purim
    • זרש (Zeresh) — Zeresh
    • עשרת בני המן (Aseret Bnei Haman) — ten sons of Haman
    • משלוח מנות (Mishloakh Manot) — Mishloach manot
    • מגילה (megilah) — Megillah
    • מרדכי (Mordekhai) — Mordechai
    • אוזן המן (Ozen Haman) — hamentasch
    • המן (Haman) — Haman
    • רעשן (ra’ashan) — gragger
    • מתנות לאביונים (Matanot La-evyonim) — Matanot l’Evyonim
    • סעודת מצווה (seudat Mitzvah) — festive meal
    • אסתר (Esther) — Esther
    • תחפושות (tachposot) — costume
    • אחשוורוש (Achashverosh) — Ahasuerus
    • להטיל פור (le-hatil pur) — draw a lot
    • תהלוכה (tahalucha) — parade

    If you want to hear each of these vocabulary words pronounced, check out our Purim vocabulary list. Here, you’ll find each word accompanied by an audio of its pronunciation.

    Conclusion

    Now you know how Jews celebrate Purim. What are your thoughts? Is there a special holiday in your own country this reminds you of? Let us know in the comments!

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    Know that your hard work will soon reap benefits, and you’ll soon be speaking Hebrew like a native. In the meantime, keep studying and treat yourself to a hamentasch or two!

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    How to Say I Love You in Hebrew - Romantic Word List

    Do you often feel lonely and sad? Do you long for romance and are willing to do whatever it takes to meet that special person? Speaking another language could revolutionize your love life! So, why wait? Learning how to say ‘love’ in Hebrew could be just what you need to find it.

    Or perhaps you were lucky, and have found your Hebrew partner already. Fantastic! Yet, a cross-cultural relationship comes with unique challenges. Learning how to speak your lover’s language will greatly improve your communication and enhance the relationship. At HebrewPod101, our team will teach you all the words, quotes and phrases you need to woo your Hebrew lover with excellence! Our tutors provide personal assistance, with plenty of extra material available to make Hebrew dating easy for you.

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    1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date
    2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date
    3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary
    4. Hebrew Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day
    5. Hebrew Quotes about Love
    6. Marriage Proposal Lines
    7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines
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    1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date

    So, you have met your Hebrew love interest. Congratulations! Who knows where this could take you…?! However, the two of you have just met and you’re not ready to say the Hebrew word for love just yet. Great, it is better to get to know him/her first. Wow your prospective love by using these Hebrew date phrases to set up a spectacular first date.

    Hebrew Date Phrases

    Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

    • רוצה לצאת איתי לארוחת ערב?
    • rotse latset yti learuchat erev?

    The important question! In most cultures, this phrase indicates: ‘I’m romantically interested in you’. Flirting in Hebrew is no different, so don’t take your date to Mcdonald’s!

    Are you free this weekend?

    • אתה חופשי בסוף השבוע?
    • ata chofshi besof hashavua?

    This is a preamble to asking your love interest on a date. If you get an immediate ‘Yes’, that’s good news!

    Would you like to hang out with me?

    • רוצה לבלות יחד?
    • rotse levalot yachad?

    You like her/him, but you’re not sure if there’s chemistry. Ask them to hang out first to see if a dinner date is next.

    What time shall we meet tomorrow?

    • באיזו שעה אתה רוצה להפגש מחר?
    • be’eizo sha’a ata rotse lehipagesh machar?

    Set a time, and be sure to arrive early! Nothing spoils a potential relationship more than a tardy date.

    Where shall we meet?

    • איפה אתה רוצה להיפגש?
    • eifo ata rotse lehipagesh?

    You can ask this, but also suggest a place.

    You look great.

    • אתה נראה נהדר.
    • ata nir’eh neheder

    A wonderful ice breaker! This phrase will help them relax a bit - they probably took great care to look their best just for you.

    You are so cute.

    • אתה כל כך חמוד.
    • ata kol kakh chamud

    If the two of you are getting on really well, this is a fun, flirtatious phrase to use.

    What do you think of this place?

    • מה אתה חושב על המקום הזה?
    • ma ata choshev al hamakom haze?

    This another good conversation starter. Show off your Hebrew language skills!

    Can I see you again?

    • רוצה להפגש שוב?
    • rotse lehipagesh shuv?

    So the date went really well - don’t waste time! Make sure you will see each other again.

    Shall we go somewhere else?

    • רוצה ללכת למקום אחר?
    • rotse lalekhet lemakom acher?

    If the place you meet at is not great, you can suggest going elsewhere. It is also a good question to follow the previous one. Variety is the spice of life!

    I know a good place.

    • אני מכירה מקום טוב.
    • ani mekira makom tov

    Use this with the previous question. However, don’t say if you don’t know a good place!

    I will drive you home.

    • אני אסיע אותך הבייתה.
    • ani asiya otkha habayta

    If your date doesn’t have transport, this is a polite, considerate offer. However, don’t be offended if she/he turns you down on the first date. Especially a woman might not feel comfortable letting you drive her home when the two of you are still basically strangers.

    That was a great evening.

    • זה היה ערב נהדר.
    • ze haya erev neheder

    This is a good phrase to end the evening with.

    When can I see you again?

    • מתי אני רואה אותך שוב?
    • matai ani roah otkha shuv?

    If he/she replied ‘Yes’ to ‘Can I see you again?’, this is the next important question.

    I’ll call you.

    • אני אתקשר אליך.
    • ani etkasher eleykha

    Say this only if you really mean to do it. In many cultures, this could imply that you’re keeping the proverbial backdoor open.

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    2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date

    You learned all the Hebrew phrases to make a date - congratulations! Now you have to decide where to meet, which can be tricky. Discuss these options with your lover to gauge whether you like the same things. Check out romantic date ideas in Hebrew below!

    Date Ideas in Hebrew

    museum

    • מוזאון
    • Museum

    If you’re looking for unique date ideas that are fun but won’t break the bank, museums are the perfect spot! You won’t be running out of things to say in the conversations.

    go to the aquarium

    • ללכת לאקווריום
    • lalekhet la’akvaryum

    Going to the aquarium is another good idea if you need topics for conversation, or if you need to impress your lover’s kids! Make sure your date doesn’t have a problem with aquariums.

    walk on the beach

    • ללכת על החוף
    • lalekhet al hachof

    This can be a very romantic stroll, especially at night! The sea is often associated with romance and beauty.

    have a picnic

    • לעשות פיקניק
    • la’asot piknik

    If you and your date need to get more comfortable together, this can be a fantastic date. Spending time in nature is soothing and calms the nerves.

    cook a meal together

    • לבשל ארוחה ביחד
    • levashel arucha beyachad

    If you want to get an idea of your date’s true character in one go, this is an excellent date! You will quickly see if the two of you can work together in a confined space. If it works, it will be fantastic for the relationship and create a sense of intimacy. If not, you will probably part ways!

    have dinner and see a movie

    • ללכת לארוחת ערב וסרט
    • lalekhet learuchat erev veseret

    This is traditional date choice works perfectly well. Just make sure you and your date like the same kind of movies!

    candlelit dinner

    • ארוחת ערב לאור נרות
    • aruchat erev leor nerot

    A candlelit dinner is perhaps best to reserve for when the relationship is getting serious. It’s very intimate, and says: “Romance!” It’s a fantastic choice if you’re sure you and your date are in love with each other!

    go to the zoo

    • ללכת לגן החיות
    • lalechet legan hachayot

    This is a good choice for shy lovers who want to get the conversation going. Just make sure your date likes zoos, as some people dislike them. Maybe not for the first date, but this is also a great choice if your lover has children - you’ll win his/her adoration for inviting them along!

    go for a long walk

    • לצאת להליכה ארוכה
    • latset lehalikha aruka

    Need to talk about serious stuff, or just want to relax with your date? Walking together is soothing, and a habit you can keep up together always! Just make sure it’s a beautiful walk that’s not too strenuous.

    go to the opera

    • ללכת לאופרה
    • lalekhet laopera

    This type of date should only be attempted if both of you love the opera. It can be a special treat, followed by a candlelit dinner!

    3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

    Valentine's Day Words in Hebrew

    Expressing your feelings honestly is very important in any relationship all year round. Yet, on Valentine’s Day you really want to shine. Impress your lover this Valentine’s with your excellent vocabulary, and make his/her day! We teach you, in fun, effective ways, the meanings of the words and how to pronounce them. You can also copy the characters and learn how to write ‘I love you’ in Hebrew - think how impressed your date will be!

    4. Hebrew Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day

    So, you now have the basic Valentine’s Day vocabulary under your belt. Well done! But, do you know how to say ‘I love you’ in Hebrew yet? Or perhaps you are still only friends. So, do you know how to say ‘I like you’ or ‘I have a crush on you’ in Hebrew? No? Don’t worry, here are all the love phrases you need to bowl over your Hebrew love on this special day!

    Valentine's Day Words in Hebrew

    I love you.

    • אני אוהב אותך.
    • ani ohev otkha.

    Saying ‘I love you’ in Hebrew carries the same weight as in all languages. Use this only if you’re sure and sincere about your feelings for your partner/friend.

    You mean so much to me.

    • אתה כל כך חשוב לי.
    • ata kol kakh khashuv li.

    This is a beautiful expression of gratitude that will enhance any relationship! It makes the receiver feel appreciated and their efforts recognized.

    Will you be my Valentine?

    • התהיה בן זוגי בחג האהבה?
    • ha`tihiye ben zugi be`khag ha`ahava?

    With these words, you are taking your relationship to the next level! Or, if you have been a couple for a while, it shows that you still feel the romance. So, go for it!

    You’re so beautiful.

    • את כל כך יפה.
    • at kol kakh yafa.

    If you don’t know how to say ‘You’re pretty’ in Hebrew, this is a good substitute, gentlemen!

    I think of you as more than a friend.

    • אני חושב עליך כיותר מידידה.
    • ani khoshev alaikh ke`yoter miydida.

    Say this if you are not yet sure that your romantic feelings are reciprocated. It is also a safe go-to if you’re unsure about the Hebrew dating culture.

    A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

    • מאה לבבות יהיו מעט מדי כדי להכיל את כל האהבה שלי אלייך.
    • mea levavot ihiyu meat midai kdei lehakhil et kol ha`ahava sheli elaikh.

    You romantic you…! When your heart overflows with love, this would be the best phrase to use.

    Love is just love. It can never be explained.

    • אהבה היא פשוט אהבה. היא אף פעם לא מוסברת.
    • ahava hi pashut ahava. hi af pa-am lo musberet.

    If you fell in love unexpectedly or inexplicably, this one’s for you.

    You’re so handsome.

    • אתה כל כך יפה.
    • ata kol kakh yafe.

    Ladies, this phrase lets your Hebrew love know how much you appreciate his looks! Don’t be shy to use it; men like compliments too.

    I’ve got a crush on you.

    • אני דלוק עלייך.
    • ani daluk alaikh.

    If you like someone, but you’re unsure about starting a relationship, it would be prudent to say this. It simply means that you like someone very, very much and think they’re amazing.

    You make me want to be a better man.

    • את גורמת לי לרצות להיות אדם טוב יותר.
    • at goremet li lirtsot lihiyot adam tov yoter.

    Gentlemen, don’t claim this phrase as your own! It hails from the movie ‘As Good as it Gets’, but it is sure to make your Hebrew girlfriend feel very special. Let her know that she inspires you!

    Let all that you do be done in love.

    • עשה הכל באהבה.
    • ase hakol be`ahava.

    We hope.

    You are my sunshine, my love.

    • אתה הקרן אור שלי, האהבה שלי.
    • ata ha`keren or sheli, ha`ahava sheli.

    A compliment that lets your lover know they bring a special quality to your life. Really nice!

    Words can’t describe my love for you.

    • מילים לא יכולות לתאר את האהבה שלי אלייך.
    • milim lo yekholot letaer et ha`ahava sheli elekha.

    Better say this when you’re feeling serious about the relationship! It means that your feelings are very intense.

    We were meant to be together.

    • נועדנו להיות יחד.
    • noadnu lihiyot yakhad.

    This is a loving affirmation that shows you see a future together, and that you feel a special bond with your partner.

    If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

    • אם חשבת על מישהו בזמן שקראת את זה, אתה ללא ספק מאוהב.
    • eem khashavta al mishehi bizman she`karata et ze, ata lelo safek meohav.

    Here’s something fun to tease your lover with. And hope he/she was thinking of you!

    5. Hebrew Quotes about Love

    Hebrew Love Quotes

    You’re a love champ! You and your Hebrew lover are getting along fantastically, your dates are awesome, your Valentine’s Day together was spectacular, and you’re very much in love. Good for you! Here are some beautiful phrases of endearment in Hebrew that will remind him/her who is in your thoughts all the time.

    6. Marriage Proposal Lines

    Hebrew Marriage Proposal Lines

    Wow. Your Hebrew lover is indeed the love of your life - congratulations! And may only happiness follow the two of you! In most traditions, the man asks the woman to marry; this is also the Hebrew custom. Here are a few sincere and romantic lines that will help you to ask your lady-love for her hand in marriage.

    7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines

    Hebrew Break-Up Lines

    Instead of moving towards marriage or a long-term relationship, you find that the spark is not there for you. That is a pity! But even though breaking up is never easy, continuing a bad or unfulfilling relationship would be even harder. Remember to be kind to the person you are going to say goodbye to; respect and sensitivity cost nothing. Here are some phrases to help you break up gently.

  • We need to talk.
    • אנחנו צריכים לדבר.
    • anakhnu tsrikhim le`daber.

    This is not really a break-up line, but it is a good conversation opener with a serious tone.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    • זה לא אתה. זה אני.
    • ze lo ata. ze ani.

    As long as you mean it, this can be a kind thing to say. It means that there’s nothing wrong with your Hebrew lover as a person, but that you need something different from a relationship.

    I’m just not ready for this kind of relationship.

    • אני פשוט לא מוכן למערכת יחסים מהסוג הזה.
    • ani pashut lo mukhan le`ma-arekhet yakhasim meha`sug haze.

    Things moved a bit fast and got too intense, too soon? Painful as it is, honesty is often the best way to break up with somebody.

    Let’s just be friends.

    • בוא פשוט נהיה חברים.
    • bo pashut nihiye khaverim.

    If the relationship was very intense, and you have sent many ‘i love u’ texts in Hebrew, this would not be a good breakup line. Feelings need to calm down before you can be friends, if ever. If the relationship has not really developed yet, a friendship would be possible.

    I think we need a break.

    • אני חושב שאנחנו צריכים הפסקה.
    • ani khoshev she`anakhnu tsrikhim hafsaka.

    This is again honest, and to the point. No need to play with someone’s emotions by not letting them know how you feel. However, this could imply that you may fall in love with him/her again after a period of time, so use with discretion.

    You deserve better.

    • מגיע לך יותר טוב.
    • megi-ah lekha yoter tov.

    Yes, he/she probably deserves a better relationship if your own feelings have cooled down.

    We should start seeing other people.

    • אנחנו צריכים להתחיל לצאת עם אנשים אחרים.
    • anakhnu tsrikhim lehatkhil latset eem anashim akherim.

    This is probably the least gentle break-up phrase, so reserve it for a lover that doesn’t get the message!

    I need my space.

    • אני צריך את החופש שלי.
    • ani tsarikh et ha`khofesh sheli.

    When a person is too clingy or demanding, this would be an suitable break-up phrase. It is another good go-to for that lover who doesn’t get the message!

    I think we’re moving too fast.

    • אני חושב שאנחנו מתקדמים מהר מדי.
    • ani khoshev she`anakhnu mitkadmim maher midai.

    Say this if you want to keep the relationship, but need to slow down its progress a bit. It is also good if you feel things are getting too intense for your liking. However, it is not really a break-up line, so be careful not to mislead.

    I need to focus on my career.

    • אני צריך להתמקד בקריירה שלי.
    • ani tsarikh le`hitmaked ba`karyera sheli.

    If you feel that you will not be able to give 100% in a relationship due to career demands, this is the phrase to use. It’s also good if you are unwilling to give up your career for a relationship.

    I’m not good enough for you.

    • אני לא מספיק טוב בשבילך.
    • ani lo maspik tov bishvilekh.

    Say this only if you really believe it, or you’ll end up sounding false. Break-ups are usually hard for the receiving party, so don’t insult him/her with an insincere comment.

    I just don’t love you anymore.

    • אני פשוט לא אוהב אותך יותר.
    • ani pashut lo ohev otakh yoter.

    This harsh line is sometimes the best one to use if you are struggling to get through to a stubborn, clingy lover who won’t accept your break up. Use it as a last resort. Then switch your phone off and block their emails!

    We’re just not right for each other.

    • אנחנו פשוט לא מתאימים.
    • anakhnu pashut lo mat-eemim.

    If this is how you truly feel, you need to say it. Be kind, gentle and polite.

    It’s for the best.

    • עדיף כך.
    • adif kakh.

    This phrase is called for if circumstances are difficult and the relationship is not progressing well. Love should enhance one’s life, not burden it!

    We’ve grown apart.

    • התרחקנו אחד מהשניה.
    • hitrakhaknu ekhad meha`shniya.

    Cross-cultural relationships are often long-distance ones, and it is easy to grow apart over time.

  • 8. Will Falling in Love help you Learn Hebrew faster?

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    Three Reasons Why Having a Lover will Help you Learn Hebrew Faster!

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    1- Being in a love relationship with your Hebrew speaking partner will immerse you in the culture
    HebrewPod101 uses immersive methods and tools to teach you Hebrew, but having a relationship with a native speaker will be a very valuable addition to your learning experience! You will gain exposure to their world, realtime and vividly, which will make the language come alive even more for you. The experience is likely to expand your world-view, which should motivate you to learn Hebrew even faster.

    2- Having your Hebrew romantic partner will mean more opportunity to practice speaking
    Nothing beats continuous practice when learning a new language. Your partner will probably be very willing to assist you in this, as your enhanced Hebrew language skills will enhance the relationship. Communication is, after all, one of the most important pillars of a good partnership. Also, you will get to impress your lover with the knowledge gained through your studies - a win/win situation!

    3- A supportive Hebrew lover is likely to make a gentle, patient teacher and study aid!
    With his/her heart filled with love and goodwill for you, your Hebrew partner is likely to patiently and gently correct your mistakes when you speak. This goes not only for grammar, but also for accent and meaning. With his/her help, you could sound like a native in no time!

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    At HebrewPod101, our focus is to help our students learn practical vocabulary and phrases used by everyday people in Israel. This means that, from your very first lesson, you can apply what you learn immediately! So, when your Hebrew partner wants to go out to a restaurant, play Pokemon Go, or attend just about any social function, you have the vocabulary and phrases necessary to have a great time!

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    Learning A Language on Your Own

    Can You Really Learn Hebrew Alone?

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    3 Reasons to Learn a Language Alone

    Learning Alone

    1. Learn at Your Own Pace and On Your Schedule

    In today’s fast-paced world, there just isn’t time for traditional classroom instruction. Between getting to class and studying on some professor or teacher’s schedule, traditional classroom learning is simply impossible to fit in. But when you learn Hebrew alone, you can study in bed if you like and whenever suits your schedule best, making it far easier to actually reach your goal of learning and mastering the language.

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    Speaking in front of a class, pop quizzes, and tests are just a few of the stressors you will encounter when you learn a language in a traditional classroom setting. Specifically, these are external stressors that often derail most people’s dream of learning a new language. But when you learn Hebrew alone, there are no external stressors. Without the external stress and anxiety, it becomes much easier and more exciting to study Hebrew and reach your very own goals—all on your own!

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    Learning a language on your own is indeed more challenging in some ways than being taught in a traditional classroom setting. In fact, while classroom instruction requires more rote memorization and following instructions, studying a language on your own requires more problem-solving and higher cognitive function to self-teach lessons and hit goals. So while it’s more challenging and requires higher levels of cognition, teaching yourself a language pays dividends throughout life by better preparing you for social/work opportunities that arise.

    How to Learn a Language on Your Own with HebrewPod101

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