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Hi, everyone! Idit here. Today, we’re going to talk about 10 responses to “How are you?” in Hebrew, of course.
מה שלומך?
(Mah shlom'cha?) “How are you?”
So yeah, like this is the most common way to ask people in Hebrew how they are. You can also say like, “Hey, what’s up?” or “How’s it going?” But the most simple way is
מה שלומך?
(Mah shlom'cha?).
(ve-ata?) “And you?”
So after you’ve been asked “How are you?” and you’ve given your response, you would ask the other person, “and you?”
אני בסדר.
(ani beseder.) “I'm fine.”
Yeah, just
(beseder) is literally just “fine.” It can be, “You know, fine” and it can be “fine.”
שלומי לא רע.
(shlomi lo ra.) “I'm not bad.”
So I think people usually would say that after maybe they had a bit of a rough time, I don’t know, like maybe at work or something personal and then when people ask them how they’re doing, so they would say, “Oh, I’m not bad.” Like, you know, it’s getting better.
גם שלומי טוב.
(gam shlomi tov.) “I'm fine too.”
When you say
(gam) in the beginning of the sentence, it’s the same as saying in English “too,” but at the end of a sentence. So in Hebrew, you would say it first,
גם שלומי טוב.
(gam shlomi tov.).
אני ישנוני.
(ani yashnuni.) “I'm sleepy.”
I think nowadays, it’s like very common thing to say, like, how you’re doing? I’m sleepy. When do you guys actually wake up? I only wake up after I have a cup of coffee, and then maybe another hour.
אני מרגיש רע.
(ani margish ra.) “I'm feeling bad.”
So if you’re ill, usually yes, ill or having a headache, you would say that you feel bad. It’s not so much as like an emotional thing or I’m hurting, I’m sad. It’s like I feel bad, I’m ill.
שלומי מצוין.
(shlomi metzuyan.) “I'm great.”
When you’re really doing well like you’re really happy, like “I'm great.”
איך הולך איתך?
(E'ich holech it'cha?) “How have you been?”
So since in Hebrew we don’t have as much tenses as English and we don’t have all of the progressive tenses, it’s just past, present and future. When we try to ask like, “Oh, how have you been doing the last few days?”, “How have you been doing the last few weeks?”
So you would say
איך הולך איתך?
(E'ich holech it'cha?) “How are things going for you?” Pretty much, that’s the literal translation.
מה נשמע?
(ma nishma?) “What’s up?”
So this is like the number one most common expression in Israel when you ask people how they’re doing, and it’s very friendly and casual. Like, when you say,
מה נשמע?
(ma nishma?)
It’s just like saying, “What’s up?” and the literal translation is like saying, “What is heard?” Like, what do you have to tell me that is new? Please do. Please tell me. So that’s it. That’s
מה נשמע?
(ma nishma?)
So thanks, everyone, thank you for watching that video today. We discussed about how to respond to “How are you?” Please let me know in the comments below, like, what are the most surprising responses you’ve ever gotten. It’s like, “Oh, how are you?” “Yeah, my dog died...” you know, stuff like that. And please don’t forget to subscribe to the channel and like up this video, and also don’t forget to get into HebrewPod101.com for more content and more Hebrew, and I will see you all next time.