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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Hebrew Season 1, Lesson 5 - Making Apologies. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to apologize and say that you didn't do something on purpose, or that you’re sorry in Hebrew.
Body
Eric: First you’ll learn how to say 'Excuse me.' in Hebrew.
Yaara: [Normal] סליחה.(slikha.)
Eric: This expression has only one noun meaning 'Excuse me’, or ‘Sorry’.
Yaara: [Normal] סליחה [Slow] סליחה (slikha)
Eric: Listen again to the word meaning 'Excuse me.'
Yaara: [Slow] סליחה. [Normal] סליחה.
Eric: Ok, now let's take a look at the formal way to say 'I apologize.'
Yaara: [Normal] אני מתנצל.(ani mitnatzel.)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'I'
Yaara: [Normal] אני [Slow] אני (ani)
Eric: Last is the verb meaning ‘to apologize'
Yaara: [Normal] מתנצל [Slow] מתנצל(mitnatzel)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'I apologize.'
Yaara: [Slow] אני מתנצל. [Normal] אני מתנצל.
Eric: Next, we’ll take a look at how to say 'I didn't mean it.'
Yaara: [Normal] לא התכוונתי.(lo hitkavanti.)
Eric: First is an adverb meaning 'No'
Yaara: [Normal] לא [Slow] לא(lo)
Eric: Last is the verb meaning 'I meant’ or ‘I intended'
Yaara: [Normal] התכוונתי [Slow] התכוונתי(hitkavanti)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'I didn't mean it.'
Yaara: [Slow] לא התכוונתי. [Normal] לא התכוונתי.
Eric: Finally, we have a way to say 'I'm sorry.'
Yaara: [Normal] אני מצטער.(ani mitz'ta'er.)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'I'
Yaara: [Normal] אני [Slow] אני(ani)
Eric: Last is the verb meaning 'Sorry'
Yaara: [Normal] מצטער [Slow] מצטער(mitz'ta'er)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'I'm sorry.'
Yaara: [Slow] אני מצטער. [Normal] אני מצטער.
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Yaara: If you aren’t sure about the proper phrase to use as an apology, it’s always your safest bet to simply use ‘Slikha’. When you apologize in this way, Israeli people will definitely appreciate your politeness.

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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Hi Listeners! Let's practice in the comments!

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Sunday at 01:23 AM
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Shalom Gillian,


The Wordbank can be accessed from our Learning Center (web platform) by clicking on the Vocabulary tab on the top and Word Bank. Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any further questions! 😇


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Levente (לבנטה)

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Gillian
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How do you access your wordbank?

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Thursday at 07:53 PM
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Hi Net


Thanks for posting your question!


In the word "התכוונתי", the vav (ו) serves as a consonant, not a vowel. It's sound, as a consonant, is "V".

The reason why there are 2 vavs, however, is that when we write without Niqqud, it may be hard to guess if the vav is a vowel or a consonant in a given word. To make it easier, we tend to double the vav in cases where it is a consonant to prevent confusion.

This is a rather modern convention. The "rea" way to write this word - with Niqqud - is הִתְכַּוַּנְתִּי - here you can see that the vav has a Patach underneath, which makes the syllable "VA".


I hope that's clear 😄 Please let us know if you have further questions 👍


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Roi

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Net
Sunday at 03:30 AM
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שלום

I can't enderstand wy Lo hitkvanti is writted with the Vav (ו ) after כ, can you help me please?

Samuel Santos
Tuesday at 03:57 AM
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שָלוֹמ

Cristiane from Team HebrewPod101.com


Thanks for the useful guidance on the first steps in Hebrew through HebrewPod you wrote to Stefan from Romania.

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I myself am not that young any more...

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Have I written well the phrase? (Because of the feminine terminations?)

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Saturday at 07:35 PM
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Hi Mari,


Thanks for posting this question.


As all Hebrew verbs, "sorry" has a feminine and masculine form as well. The feminine in this case is: "אני מצטערת" (Ani mitsta'eret). The gender of the listener is not important here.


Happy to assist :)


Yours,

Roi

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Mari
Saturday at 05:46 AM
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is אני מצטער used for both genders, or does it change if it's a female speaker?

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Tuesday at 09:10 PM
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Hi Joshua,


Thank you for commenting!


Well, since the 'Blues brothers' were actually about the blues music, it is translated as "האחים בלוז" (ha'achim bluz) - literally: "the brothers blues".


Happy to assist and always happy to answer your questions!

Roi

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Joshua
Friday at 06:25 AM
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How would one say Blues a brothers in Hebrew would it Kah'Kol Acheim or would it be Acheim Kah'Kol this is helping me out a lot answers to questions like this one how to properly say something in Hebrew.

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Tuesday at 07:23 PM
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Hi Orsi,


Thanks for posting and for sharing your phrases!

One comment - the dot at the end of the Hebrew phrases should appear on the left side. It probably happened due to the writing direction of the comment field - but I wanted to make sure that's clear just in case 😉


Yours,

Roi

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