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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 6:30 pm
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Let's introduce yourself in Hebrew!

Lukasz
Thursday at 2:58 am
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שלום, אני לוקאש. נעים מאוד.

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Sunday at 2:52 am
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Hi Valorie,


Thanks for commenting! Naim meod lehakir otakh too! :)


Enjoy learning Hebrew with us!


Yours,

Roi

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Valorie
Wednesday at 12:16 am
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Shalom, ani Valorie. Naim meod lehakir otah.

Shalom ani Valorie. Naim meod lehakkr otha.

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Monday at 11:18 pm
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Hi Alfred!


Nice to meet you 😄 glad to have you with us! 👍👍


Please feel free to comment your questions and thoughts at all times!


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Alfred Crane
Wednesday at 11:05 am
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Shalom, ani Alfred

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Tuesday at 7:04 pm
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Hi Ewelina,


Thanks for commenting and for introduding yourself!


I'm Roi, here to assist and answer questions regarding the lessons and Hebrew in general... please feel free to comment here and use the chat whenever you need 😄😄😄


And most important - have fun learning Hebrew! 👍

Yours,

Roi

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Friday at 6:15 pm
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שלום, אני אוולינה, נעים מאוד. אני רוצה ללמוד עברית.

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Hi Adnan,


Thanks for commenting and for introducing yourself!


I'm Roi, and I'm here to answer questions and assist with Hebrew related issues that you might encounter. Please feel free to comment :)


Hope you will enjoy learning with us!


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Roi

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שלום, אני עדנאן. נעים מאוד.

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Hi Anita Vaughn,


Thanks for your question.


To introduce another person, we use a phrase parallel to "and this is..." "וזאת אמא שלי" vezohi ima sheli (and this is my mom).

note that to introduce a male, we would use "זה" (ze) instead of "זאת" (zot)


Hope it's clear and happy to help :)


Yours,

Roi

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