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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Hebrew Season 1, Lesson 13 - Who Is It? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask who is there in Hebrew.
Body
Eric: First, you'll see how to say 'Who is it?' in Hebrew.
Yaara: [Normal] מי זה?(mi ze?)
Eric: First is an interrogative meaning 'Who'
Yaara: [Normal] מי [Slow] מי (mi)
Eric: Last is the demonstrative pronoun meaning 'It’ or ‘this'
Yaara: [Normal] זה [Slow] זה(ze)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'Who is it?'
Yaara: [Slow] מי זה? [Normal] מי זה?
Eric: Ok, now let's take a look at how to say 'Who are they?'
Yaara: [Normal] מי אלה?(mi ele?)
Eric: First is an interrogative meaning 'Who'
Yaara: [Normal] מי [Slow] מי (mi)
Eric: Last is the demonstrative pronoun meaning 'These'
Yaara: [Normal] אלה [Slow] אלה(ele)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'Who are they?'
Yaara: [Slow] מי אלה? [Normal] מי אלה?
Eric: Next, we’ll see how to say 'It's me.'
Yaara: [Normal] זה אני.(ze ani.)
Eric: First is a demonstrative pronoun meaning 'It'
Yaara: [Normal] זה [Slow] זה(ze)
Eric: Last is the pronoun meaning 'I'
Yaara: [Normal] אני [Slow] אני(ani)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'It's me.'
Yaara: [Slow] זה אני. [Normal] זה אני.
Eric: Finally, we’ll learn how to say 'That’s a friend of mine.'
Yaara: [Normal] זה חבר שלי.(ze khaver sheli.)
Eric: First is a demonstrative pronoun meaning 'It'
Yaara: [Normal] זה [Slow] זה(ze)
Eric: Next is the noun meaning 'Friend'
Yaara: [Normal] חבר [Slow] חבר(khaver)
Eric: Last is the preposition meaning 'Mine’ or ‘my'
Yaara: [Normal] שלי [Slow] שלי(sheli)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'That’s a friend of mine.'
Yaara: [Slow] זה חבר שלי. [Normal] זה חבר שלי.
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Yaara: If someone is knocking at your door in Israel and you don't know who it is, the common thing to do is ask "Mi ze?" before opening the door. This literally means "Who is it?” Again, note that Ze, meaning “this”, is the masculine form, but the default form in Hebrew is the masculine one.

Outro

Eric: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Yaara: להתראות

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Who is next you or near you right now?

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Saturday at 12:19 AM
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Hi Shelley and Samuel Santos,


Thanks for posting!


@Shelley - Sorry for the late respone. Yes, as you mentioned correctly, "mi ele" is referring to people (or other animals, for that matter) while "shel mi ele" can refer to both objects and individuals. That's actually more related to the fact the "who" is always "requesting" an individual and less about the "ele", which can describe any plural masculine group (people and objects alike).


@Samuel Santos - very nicely written! Hopefully among them there are some Hebrew friends as well! 😁😁


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Roi

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Samuel Santos
Monday at 02:18 AM
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Around here only hundreds of friends: my books.

מסביבי רַק מאות חברים: הספרים שלי


Thank you, friends! תוֹדָה רַבָּה, חֲבֵרִים!

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Shelley
Saturday at 03:03 AM
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Anyone from the team willing to address comment below?

Shelley
Sunday at 09:55 AM
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של מי זה? זה שלי. Whose is this? it's mine. מי אלה? Who are they? I suppose you can tell from the context if you are referring to people or objects since me ele can also mean who are these. These are mine. אלה שלי