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INTRODUCTION
Jenny: Hi everyone, I’m Jenny.
Lenny: And I’m Lenny!
Jenny: And welcome to Culture Class: Essential Hebrew Vocabulary, Lesson 20! In this lesson you'll learn about five Israeli universities. Hand picked. You can find a complete list of vocabulary at HebrewPod101.com

Lesson focus

Jenny: Lenny, what’s our first word?
Lenny: האוניברסיטה העברית
Jenny: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Lenny: (slow) האוניברסיטה העברית (regular)האוניברסיטה העברית
Jenny: Listeners, please repeat:
Lenny: האוניברסיטה העברית
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jenny: Established in 1925, the Hebrew University is the top university in Israel and the second-oldest academic institute after the Technion. It has three campuses in Jerusalem and one in Rehovot.
Jenny: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Lenny: (normal) האוניברסיטה העברית היא האוניברסיטה הראשונה שהוקמה בארץ ישראל
Jenny: The Hebrew University is the first university established in Israel.
Lenny: (slow) האוניברסיטה העברית היא האוניברסיטה הראשונה שהוקמה בארץ ישראל
Jenny: Okay, what’s the next word?
Lenny: אוניברסיטת תל אביב
Jenny: Tel Aviv University
Lenny: (slow) אוניברסיטת תל אביב (regular) אוניברסיטת תל אביב
Jenny: Listeners, please repeat:
Lenny: אוניברסיטת תל אביב
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jenny: Established in 1956 in the northern part of Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv University is Israel's largest university, with 30,000 students each year. This university is also considered to be Israel's biggest research university thanks to its nearly 130 research institutes and centers.
Jenny: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Lenny: (normal) שטח הקמפוס של אוניברסיטת תל אביב ירוק ומטופח
Jenny: Tel Aviv University’s campus area is well-groomed and green.
Lenny: (slow) שטח הקמפוס של אוניברסיטת תל אביב ירוק ומטופח
Jenny: Okay, what’s the next word?
Lenny: אונירסיטת בן גוריון
Jenny: Ben-Gurion University
Lenny: (slow) אונירסיטת בן גוריון (regular) אונירסיטת בן גוריון
Jenny: Listeners, please repeat:
Lenny: אונירסיטת בן גוריון
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jenny: Ben Gurion University was established in 1969 and is located in Beer-Sheva city in the southern part of the country. It is a major center for teaching and research, with close to 20,000 students.
Jenny: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Lenny: (normal) לאוניברסיטת בן גוריון יש חמש פקולטות
Jenny: Ben-Gurion University has five schools.
Lenny: (slow) לאוניברסיטת בן גוריון יש חמש פקולטות
Jenny: Okay, what’s the next word?
Lenny: אונירסיטת חיפה
Jenny: University of Haifa
Lenny: (slow) אונירסיטת חיפה (regular) אונירסיטת חיפה
Jenny: Listeners, please repeat:
Lenny: אונירסיטת חיפה
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jenny: Founded in 1963 as the fourth university in Israel, The University of Haifa is located on Mount Carmel in Haifa city. It is a public research university with about 18,000 students.
Jenny: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Lenny: (normal) באוניברסיטת חיפה נימצאת הספרייה האוניברסיטאית הכי גדולה בישראל.
Jenny: The University of Haifa has the biggest university library in Israel.
Lenny: (slow) באוניברסיטת חיפה נימצאת הספרייה האוניברסיטאית הכי גדולה בישראל.
Jenny: Okay, what’s the last word?
Lenny: אונירסיטת אריאל
Jenny: Ariel University
Lenny: (slow) אונירסיטת אריאל (regular) אונירסיטת אריאל
Jenny: Listeners, please repeat:
Lenny: אונירסיטת אריאל
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jenny: Originally a regional branch of Bar-Ilan University, Ariel University was founded in 1982. It has about 14,000 students and is located in the Israeli settlement of Ariel in the West Bank.
Jenny: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Lenny: (normal) אוניברסיטת אריאל חברה בארגון האוניברסיטאות העולמי של אונסק "ו
Jenny: Ariel University is a member of UNESCO’s International Association of Universities.
Lenny: (slow) אוניברסיטת אריאל חברה בארגון האוניברסיטאות העולמי של אונסק "ו
QUIZ
Jenny: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the words you just learned? Lenny will give you the Hebrew – please say the English meaning out loud! Are you ready?
Lenny: האוניברסיטה העברית
[pause]Jenny: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Lenny: אוניברסיטת תל אביב
[pause]Jenny: Tel Aviv University
Lenny: אונירסיטת בן גוריון
[pause]Jenny: Ben-Gurion University
Lenny: אונירסיטת חיפה
[pause]Jenny: University of Haifa
Lenny: אונירסיטת אריאל
[pause]Jenny: Ariel University

Outro

Jenny: There you have it – five universities in Israel! We have more vocab lists available at HebrewPod101.com, so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, see you next time!
Lenny: להתראות

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Which university would you like to study in if you could?

HebrewPod101.com Verified
Thursday at 05:33 AM
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Hi Shelley,


I'm so glad you found the materials clear and useful! Yes, smichut is a really complexed issue. But I'm sure it'll get less confusing in time.


Sincerely,

Yaara

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Shelley
Monday at 11:27 AM
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Thank you Yaara, You understood exactly what was confusing me! I pulled up the grammar on your site for smichut and was overwhelmed by the rules-quite complex-I hope that in time, i'll remember all the rules, but the exceptions can really confuse you. In any event, I was impressed with the grammer section which pulled everything together as you are able to do as well.

HebrewPod101.com Verified
Monday at 12:18 AM
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Hi Shelley,


I suppose you're referring to the Smikhut structure - "the field of study". Your intuition is correct; the confusing part is that שדה is masculine and not feminine. If it was feminine, it would have been exactly as you said - שדת המחקר. However, in Smikhut construct, when the first word is masculine, its ending doesn't change - so the construct state here is שדה המחקר (sde ha-mekh'kar). To make it plural, we will say שדות המחקר (sdot ha-mekh'kar).

It is confusing, but it is an unusual word, so it shouldn't worry you.

Good question!


Sincerely,

Yaara

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Shelley
Tuesday at 11:50 AM
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no not tet- a tav. oops!

Shelley
Tuesday at 11:49 AM
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Yes, better sense now-I think University library was tripping me up. Thank you for help with my sentence as well. When I read your sentence, it makes sense, but I am not yet able to put a long string of words together and get all the "heys" correct.

why can't you write fields of study as Sadet h,,, using a tet at the end of field? Thanks as always.

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Tuesday at 01:31 AM
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Hi Shelley,


Thank you for posting.

I think it will make more sense if you will understand it like this:

"The biggest university library in Israel is found in the University of Haifa."

באוניברסיטת חיפה נמצאת הספרייה האוניברסיטאית הכי גדולה בישראל.

Let's break down the sentence:

באוניברסיטת חיפה - in Haifa University

נמצאת - is found (there is)

הספרייה האוניברסיטאית - the university library

הכי גדולה בישראל - the biggest in Israel

Now let's put it all together in the same order:

in Haifa University, there is the university library which is the biggest in Israel.

Does it make a little more sense now? It is a common construction in Hebrew.

הייתי רוצה ללמוד באוניברסיטה שיש לה את התכנית הטובה ביותר בשדה המחקר שלי, אבל הייתי שמחה להיות בישראל

As you guessed, "would love" is a bit problematic in Hebrew - the equivalent phrase is הייתי שמחה - "I would have been happy (to)".


We do have some very good Universities :smile:


Sincerely,

Yaara

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Shelley
Monday at 08:46 PM
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היתי רוצה ללמוד באוניברסיטה שיש לו את התחנית הטובה יותר בשדה שלי של מחקר אבל אוהב להיות בישראל I would like to study at a University that has the best program in my field of study, but I would love to be in Israel. II used "will love" but how would I say "would love"? Thanks for your assistance.

Shelley
Monday at 08:17 PM
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Hello Yaara,

I am having difficulty with the construction of the expansion sentence under the University of Haifa. I feel the words should be rearranged and "shel" be inserted. Is this a common construction in Hebrew? I feel that the Hebrew should be "of the universities at the end of the sentence. Thanks, Yaara.

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Tuesday at 11:10 PM
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Shalom Shelley Lynn,


Thank you very much for your comment.

I am happy to help, anytime!


Happy Hebrew learning,


Lenny

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Shelley Lynn
Sunday at 09:46 PM
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Thank you, Lenny. This was a difficult sentence for me. Your explanations are very clear. I welcome them as it helps me learn. I've always had trouble with the double subject. Sometimes it is used for emphasis, but translating it as "is" may make things easier for me.