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שלום
(Shalom) everybody! Idit here. This is Hebrew Top Words and today, we’re going to talk about top 10 must-know vocabulary for the restaurant. Let’s start!
1.
מלצר
(mel'tzar)
"waiter"
האדון נותן טיפ למלצר.
(Ha-adon no`ten tip lamel`tsar.)
"The gentleman is tipping the waiter."
So the word
אדון
(adon)
is not very much used in Hebrew, even less than the word gentleman in English. It’s just that Hebrew got to be so casual with the years that people hardly ever use these words anymore and it’s kind of a funny thing to say, but it’s still a word that you should know. You will encounter it in maybe even in the newspapers or in books obviously. So yeah, it’s good to know.
2.
מלצרית
(mel'tzarit)
"waitress"
טליה מלצרית במסעדה איטלקית.
(Talia meltzarit be-misadah italkit.)
"Talia is a waitress in an Italian restaurant."
Now, this is a much more realistic phrase like in English which is not something that happens very often, you have a different word for a male and a female during the same thing. A “waiter” is
מלצר
(mel'tzar)
and a “waitress”
מלצרית
(mel'tzarit).
3.
תפריט
(tafrit)
"menu"
אפשר לקבל את התפריט בבקשה?
(Efshar leka'bel et ha'taf'rit be'va'kasha?)
"Can I see the menu please?"
This is just like a very useful sentence for a restaurant because I’m always that person that takes forever to choose. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I am so just let me see the menu okay? Unless it’s some place that I go like every day or like a lot or often, I’m like sitting in front of the menu like… but I’m a good chooser, I have to admit. When I get my dish, everybody is like oh…
4.
הזמנה
(hazmana)
"order"
התקשר כדי לבצע הזמנה.
(Hitkasher kedei levatse'a hazmana.)
"Call to place an order."
So the word for Hebrew
הזמנה
(hazmana)
can also mean a “reservation”. It can also mean the order that you’re taking when you’re sitting at the restaurant and it can also be like a takeaway order that you do by the phone. Very useful word.
5.
מים
(mayim)
"water"
תשתה מים כל יום.
(Tish'teh mayim kol yom.)
"Drink water every day."
Well of course, but not just every day. You have to drink 3 liters of water every day especially now during summer and you can get tap water for free in any restaurant or bar in Israel so you should just know that I think that that’s a law or something that you’re allowed to get free water.
6.
שף
(shef)
"chef"
השף מכין את המנה.
(Ha-shef mekhin et ha-mana.)
"The chef is preparing the dish."
Is there any language where a chef is not a chef? Chef, chef.
7.
מסעדה
(mis'ada)
"restaurant"
הוא הלך למסעדה אחרי העבודה.
(hu halakh le`mis-ada akhrei ha`avoda.)
"He went to a restaurant after work."
So the word
מסעדה
(mis'ada)
is from the word
אכל
(achal)
which means “to eat” or to have a meal.
8.
חשבון
(chesh'bon)
"bill"
מלצר, החשבון!
(Mel'tsar, ha-khesh'bon!)
"Waiter, the bill!"
The word
חשבון
(chesh'bon)
in Hebrew also means “math” because you have to do the math to know how much you pay right so it just makes sense. So waiter, the math.
9.
טעים
(ta'im)
"delicious"
סחוג עם גבינה לבנה על לחם, זה טעים מאוד.
(S’ħug im g’vinah levanah al lekhem, zeh ta’im me’od.)
"Skhug with white cheese on bread is very delicious. "
Yes it is if you like spicy food.
10.
מנה עיקרית
(mana ikarit)
"main course"
המנה העיקרית הערב היא דג על האש.
(Ha-mana ha-ikarit ha-erev hi dag al ha-esh.)
"Tonight's main course is grilled fish."
Okay everybody, that’s it. Today we talked about 15 must-know vocabulary for the restaurant. Let me know in the comments below about your experiences at restaurants; good ones, bad ones, funny ones. I sure have a lot of embarrassing ones so let me know in the comments and I’ll see you all next time. Bye!
שלום
(Shalom).

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Wednesday at 06:30 PM
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Which word or phrase do you like the most?

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Friday at 07:47 PM
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Hi Kevin,


Thanks for commenting and for bringing this issue to our attention! 👍


Yes, that's correct, the wrong word is highlighted on the 2nd phrase "טליה מלצרית במסעדה איטלקית" (Talia meltzarit be-misadah italkit.) [0:58].


The highlighte word should be "מלצרית" (meltzarit)


We will make sure to fix this asap :)


Thanks again!


Sincerely,

Roi

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Kevin
Monday at 02:10 AM
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Hi Idit, thank you for the Hebrew lesson, I enjoyed learning this topic. I hope this typo can be fixed for everyone :))


Example No.2 the one that should be highligted is "מלצרית" meltzarit (waitress) not "מסעדה" misa'ada (restaurant)


אני ממש אוהב לאכול. אני רוצה לאכול אוכל ישראלי ❤️️❤️️

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Hi Steve Crook and Anna,


Thank you very much for posting!


@Steve Crook - hahaha thanks for sharing this story! yeah, such things happen in restaurants, but I liked the boss's solution for the situation 😄😄


@Anna - good work! well written phrase 👍


Keep up the good work!

Best,

Roi

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Anna
Thursday at 06:47 PM
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תפריט . אפשר לראות את התפריט בבקשה 👍

Steve Crook
Thursday at 06:20 AM
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My waitress accidentally spilled my ice water all over me. My first thought was, "at least it's not cold outside". She was so apologetic as she cleaned up the mess, I could not get angry. Later she informed me that her boss said, "If your drink is on you, then your meal is on us", then she took the price of my meal off the check.

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Sunday at 11:20 PM
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Hi Dann W Hone, Aaron and sunil


Thanks for commenting and for the important feedback.


@Aaron - thanks, I see your point. We will take it into consideration. 👍


Enjoy learning Hebrew!


Best,

Roi

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sunil
Saturday at 03:49 PM
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Whenever you eat in someone house it becomes delicious and it must be the different spices used as well as eating in a restruant once in a blue moon.The main course is the most important phrase.

Aaron
Friday at 03:10 AM
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I prefer vowels to romanized script. It is best for a beginner to begin out with vowels, or he/she will always be looking for romanized version.

Dann W Hone
Thursday at 11:39 PM
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Very well done! Thank you!

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Tuesday at 07:29 PM
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Hi David,


Thanks for commenting and sharing your sample sentence!


Good work! this was aslmost perfectly formulated 😄👍👍 only thing - "in German" is one word in Hebrew - "בגרמנית" (begermanit).


Keep up the good work!

Yours,

Roi

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