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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Hebrew Season 1, Lesson 6 - Refusing Politely. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to politely refuse an invite in Hebrew.
Body
Eric: First, we’ll learn how to say 'No, thank you.' in Hebrew.
Yaara: [Normal] לא תודה.(lo toda.)
Eric: First is an adverb meaning 'No'
Yaara: [Normal] לא [Slow] לא (lo)
Eric: Last is the noun meaning 'Thank’
Yaara: [Normal] תודה [Slow] תודה(toda)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'No, thank you.'
Yaara: [Slow] לא תודה. [Normal] לא תודה.
Eric: Ok, now let's take a look at the formal way to say 'Thank you, but I have to decline.'
Yaara: [Normal] תודה, אבל אני נאלץ לסרב.(toda, aval ani ne'elatz lesarev.)
Eric: First is a noun meaning 'Thank’
Yaara: [Normal] תודה [Slow] תודה (toda)
Eric: Next is the conjunction meaning 'But'
Yaara: [Normal] אבל [Slow] אבל (aval)
Eric: Next is the pronoun meaning 'I'
Yaara: [Normal] אני [Slow] אני (ani)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'to be forced'
Yaara: [Normal] נאלץ [Slow] נאלץ (ne'elatz)
Eric: Last is the verb meaning 'to decline'
Yaara: [Normal] לסרב [Slow] לסרב(lesarev)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'Thank you, but I have to decline.'
Yaara: [Slow] תודה, אבל אני נאלץ לסרב. [Normal] תודה, אבל אני נאלץ לסרב.
Eric: Next we’ll learn the way to say 'Sorry, but I already have plans.'
Yaara: [Normal] אני מצטער, כבר קבעתי תכניות.(ani mitz'ta'er, kvar kavati tokhniyot.)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'I'
Yaara: [Normal] אני [Slow] אני (ani)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning ‘sorry'
Yaara: [Normal] מצטער [Slow] מצטער(mitz'ta'er)
Eric: Next is the adverb meaning ‘already'
Yaara: [Normal] כבר [Slow] כבר (kvar)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning ‘to set’ or ‘to make'
Yaara: [Normal] קבעתי [Slow] קבעתי (kavati)
Eric: Last is the noun meaning ‘plans'
Yaara: [Normal] תכניות [Slow] תכניות(tokhniyot)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'Sorry, but I already have plans.'
Yaara: [Slow] אני מצטער, כבר קבעתי תכניות. [Normal] אני מצטער, כבר קבעתי תכניות.
Eric: Finally, we have a way to say 'Sorry, I can't.'
Yaara: [Normal] מצטער, אני לא יכול.(mitz'ta'er, ani lo yakhol.)
Eric: First is a verb meaning 'Sorry'
Yaara: [Normal] מצטער [Slow] מצטער(mitz'ta'er)
Eric: Next is the pronoun meaning 'I'
Yaara: [Normal] אני [Slow] אני(ani)
Eric: Next is the adverb meaning 'No'
Yaara: [Normal] לא [Slow] לא(lo)
Eric: Last is the verb meaning ‘can'
Yaara: [Normal] יכול [Slow] יכול(yakhol)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'Sorry, I can't.'
Yaara: [Slow] מצטער, אני לא יכול. [Normal] מצטער, אני לא יכול.
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Yaara: If you’ve been invited somewhere and you can't or don't want to go, it's okay to politely decline. The important thing is not to give a vague or uncertain answer, as it’s considered rude and doesn't take into account the time or the efforts of the person giving the invitation. Israelis appreciate directness.

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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Hey Listeners! How would you refuse an invitation? Let's practice.

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Thursday at 11:11 PM
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Hello Moshe Wexler,


Thank you for commenting and posting your question!


Listening - even though we don't often see it this way - is very individual. Each person hears a little differently, as our ears (or more correctly our brains) are looking for familiar sounds, which are determined in our early childhood... this is also partly the reason why accents exist (and why they are so hard to get rid of... 😄) Therefore, for a native Israeli, 'Resh' at the end of a word would not sound like an L at all, while for others it might.


Does it make sense for you? a good way to listen better is to slow down the speed of the audio, then one might be able to "catch" the real sound better.


I hope that helps :)


Best,

Roi

Team HebrewPod101.com

Moshe Wexler
Sunday at 12:38 PM
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why does the resh sound like an "L" at end of a word?

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Monday at 02:18 AM
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Hi נתו,


Thanks for posting your question!


The phrase that you wrote is pronounced "k'var kava'ti", where both כּ and ק sound like the English "K", as the כּ has a dot within (dagesh), which makes it a "K" instead of "KH" (as in "כ").


The meaning of the phrase is "I have already set []..." for example: ["a meeting"].


I hope that helps :)


Yours,

Roi

Team HebrewPod101.com

נתו
Sunday at 08:42 PM
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כְּבָר קַבָעְתִי

Could someone help me please with the difference betwen this two words, about כ and ק..

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Friday at 10:44 PM
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Hi Caesar,

Thanks for the feedback! 😄😄😄


We are happy to hear you enjoyed the lesson!


Keep up the great work. 👍


Yours,

Roi

Team HebrewPod101.com

Caesar
Friday at 02:49 AM
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Awesome.

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Tuesday at 10:16 PM
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Hi Stana,


Thanks for commenting!


Yes, this would be a polite and efficient way to refuse. Well done 👍


Yours,

Roi

Team HebrewPod101.com

Stana
Wednesday at 05:31 AM
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לא תודה.

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Saturday at 05:24 AM
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Hi Rajean,


Thanks for commenting on this, definitely an important issue!

I can assure you that we aren't ignoring the feminine form, it simply because the masculine form is considered the easiest and most basic that we start with it, but you will see that in the next lessons the feminine forms will be explained as well :)


Yours,

Roi

Team HebrewPod101.com

Rajean
Thursday at 09:14 AM
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שלום

I am really enjoying these lessons. My only request is that there also be feminine forms of words taught also. I don't want to learn and then get used to practicing the wrong form for myself.

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