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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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HebrewPod101.com
Friday at 6:30 pm
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Let's introduce yourself in Hebrew!

Percy
Saturday at 2:03 am
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Awesome, thank you.

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Tuesday at 9:45 pm
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Hello Anriete Nunes, Juliana and Stana,


Thank you all for commenting and for the good feedback!


Enjoy our lessons and please feel free to post your questions or comment, we will do our best to assist!


Yours,

Roi

Team HebrewPod101.com



Stana
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Shalom Roi. Thank you very much for your answer. The lessons are very interesting.

תודה רבה. שלום.

Juliana
Sunday at 1:52 am
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שלום אני ג'וליה. נעים מאוד להכיר אותך

Anriete Nunes
Wednesday at 8:51 pm
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אני אנריתהת

HebrewPod101.com
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Hi Stana,


Thanks for commenting and for introducing yourself!❤️️😄


I'm Roi, and I'm here to help out with every question you might have about the lessons or Hebrew in general.


We hope you enjoy our lessons! Please feel free to post your questions or comment, we will do our best to assist.


Yours,

Roi

Team HebrewPod101.com

Stana
Sunday at 8:59 pm
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Shalom ani Stana. Naim meod. 😄 Todah rabah. 😄


HebrewPod101.com
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Hi Gina Bautista Lukasz,


Thanks for posting, nice to meet you guys!


You are very welcome 😄 we are happy that you benefit from our lessons!


@Gina - yes, these words are similar and tricky to learn at the beginning sometimes. Don't worry, just keep practicing, writing and listening and you'll see that it becomes natural and intuitive after a while... If you have any questions, don't hesitate to post them here - I'll do my best to help :)


Yours,

Roi

Team HebrewPod101.com




Gina Bautista
Friday at 3:53 am
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Shalom. Ani Gina. Todah rabah.

OK...

I am having a hard time with otah and otha. What is a good way to practice this or get more comfortable with the different sounds?

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