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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!

Monday at 8:44 pm
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Hi Roxi,

On behalf of Roi, you’re welcome!

Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Cristiane
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Roxi
Sunday at 9:26 pm
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Hi Roi,

Toda raba!

Best wishes,
רוקסי

Sunday at 8:18 pm
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Hi Ken R, Roxi,

Thanks for commenting and for introducing yourselves! welcome aboard! 😄

I’m Roi, Here to help out with questions regarding the lessons or Hebrew in general😄

Roxi - your name will be written “רוקסי” in Hebrew, voweled version רוֹקְסִי.

Enjoy learning Hebrew with us!
Yours,
Roi
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Roxi
Saturday at 3:51 am
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Hi,

So if my name is Roxi (short for Roxana) wold it look like this in Hebrew: רקםו (Res with a dot on the upper left korner, Kuf, Szameh and Vav with Hirik)?

Thanks,
Roxi

Ken R
Sunday at 9:20 pm
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שלומ אני קנית נעימ מעוד
להכיר אותכת

Monday at 12:09 am
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Hi Huzaifa,

Thanks for your comment!

In Hebrew, we write אותך, but when written in English letters both versions are acceptable - as long as you remember to pronounce it correctly - with KH sound in the end…

Yours,
Roi
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Huzaifa
Thursday at 6:47 am
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its otah or otakh

Sunday at 9:43 pm
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Hi Skye!

Very nice to meet you too!

I Roi, here to help with any questions regarding the lessons, the videos or Hebrew in general (:

Have fun learning with us!
Yours,
Roi
Team Hebrewpod101.com

Skye Williams
Thursday at 7:05 am
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Shalom, ani Skye. Niam meod lehakir otah (otha).
Is it best to learn the Hebrew alphabet first? Or is Hebrew written in Romanization in Israel?
Todah.

Skye Williams
Thursday at 7:00 am
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Shalom, ani Skye. Niam Meod lekashir otha.