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Welcome to HebrewPod101.com’s “Ivrit be-shalosh dakot”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Hebrew.
Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod. Hi, I'm Yana. It’s a pleasure to meet you.
In this series, we’re going to learn basic Hebrew expressions. It’s super easy and it only takes three minutes!
In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to introduce yourself in Hebrew. In Hebrew there is no formal and informal language. You can use this introduction in both cases and keep it simple. However, in Hebrew there is a difference between male and female language.
Let’s first see how Israeli people introduce themselves in a simple way.
Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod. Hi, I’m Yana. It’s a pleasure.
[slowly] Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod.
Start by saying: Shalom, ani... then, say your name. Shalom, ani Yana. Finally, say Naim meod.
Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod.
And now let’s see the same sentence if you wish to be more specific in addressing the person you are introduced to;
If you are introducing yourself to a woman, you should say;
Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod lehakir otah.
Hi, I am Yana. It’s a pleasure to meet you (female).
[slowly] Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod lehakir otah.
If you are talking to a man, you should say;
Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod lehakir otha.
Hi, I am Yana. It’s a pleasure to meet you (male).
[slowly] Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod lehakir otha.
So, what has changed from the previous introduction?
Let’s take a close look at these together.
The last part of the introduction has been changed based on the gender of the person you are talking to.
Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod lehakir otah for a woman, versus Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod lehakir otha for a man.
Ani- I am, in this case has not been changed, and in both cases stands for “I am”(regardless of your gender).
The last sound of the last word changes, however. Otah, if you’re speaking to a woman, and otha, if you’re speaking to a man.
One more time: The simple way to introduce yourself in Hebrew is Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod.
In case you want to address the person you are talking to, say;
Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod lehakir otah (female).
Shalom, ani Yana. Naim meod lehakir otha. (male)
Now it’s time for Yana’s Insights.
When you introduce yourself, it's a good habit to shake hands in Israel. If you don’t want to worry about using the right word for men or women, just say Naim meod, as I said at the beginning of this lesson.
There is no cultural importance if you add the last part to the introduction. It just makes the sentences more complete.
Do you know how we say “thank you” in Hebrew? You’ll learn how to say this and many other words in the next lesson. Ad ha-paam ha-baa! Till next time!

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Let's introduce yourself in Hebrew!

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Wednesday at 08:58 PM
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Hi Samuel Santos,


Thanks for posting.


Yes, exactly! everything that you wrote is correct. Well done 😄👍👍


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Roi (רוֹעִי)

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Samuel Santos
Saturday at 09:00 PM
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שָׁלוֹם רוֹעִ!

So, Hebrew has cases!?

Let me put it this way for, at least for me, a better understanding.


Declination of second person (--y-o-u--), in singular number, masculine and feminine forms:


forms: --------Masculine --|-- Feminine

cases:

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Nominative אַתְּ אַתָּה

Accusative אוֹתָךְ אוֹתְךָ

Dative לָךְ לְךָ


nominative = subject

accusative = direct object (the one needing אֶת)

dative = indirect object (to/for)


Tell me , בבקשה, am I correct?

תוֹדָה רַבָּה

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Saturday at 12:59 AM
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Hi בּלאל,


Thanks for posting and for introducing yourself!


I'm Roi, very nice to meet you too! אני רועי, נעים מאוד להכיר אותך


We hope you'll enjoy learning Hebrew with us! Please feel free to post in case you have any questions 👍👍


Best,

Roi

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בּלאל
Friday at 09:57 AM
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שׁלןם , אני בלאָל נעימ מאוד להכיר אותף

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Sunday at 09:50 PM
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Hi Lauren C,


Thanks for posting your question! I'll try to explain.


In English, there is no difference between "you" in "you are nice", to the "you" in "I like you" or the you in "I give you".


However, many languages - Hebrew included - are handling these situations differently by separating these three into a nominative case, accusative case and dative case.


In Hebrew -

The nominative for singular second person is: אַתְּ (feminine) and אַתָּה (masculine) - example: "את נחמדה" (you're nice)

The nominative for singular second person is: אוֹתָךְ (feminine) and אוֹתְךָ(masculine) - example: "אני מחבב אותך" (I like you)

The nominative for singular second person is: לָךְ(feminine) and לְךָ (masculine) - example: "...אני נותן לך" (I give you...)


I hope that helps 👍


Best,

Roi

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Lauren C
Thursday at 06:44 AM
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Thanks for the video! I have a question . . . why in this sentence do you use "otah" and "otha" for you instead of "at" and "ata"? Or could you use both terms interchangeably (naim meod lehair at.)

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Wednesday at 05:19 AM
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Shalom Victoria and Isabel,


Toda raba for taking the time to leave us a comment! 😇

If you have any questions, let us know. 😉


Kind regards,

Levente (לבנטה)

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Victoria and Isabel
Wednesday at 04:31 AM
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I like that Yana uses Hebrew words to introduce herself.

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Saturday at 07:25 PM
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Hi Stefano,


Thanks for posting your question!


"You" as in "nice to meet you" is pronounced differently depending on the gender and the number of people that you're talking to.

Talking to a singular male: "Na'im lehakir ot'kha" - נעים להכיר אותך

Talking to a singular female: "Na'im lehakir otakh" - נעים להכיר אותך

Talking to plural males: "Na'im lehakir etkhem" - נעים להכיר אתכם

Talking to plural females: "Na'im lehakir etkhen" - נעים להכיר אתכן


I hope that answers that😄 please let us know if you have any other questions 👍


Yours,

Roi

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Stefano
Wednesday at 09:17 PM
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Hi,

otrah or otha?