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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!

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sunil subba
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very helpful video and practical too with the wisdom to speak to both male and female with the difference in the otha pronounced slightly different.Thanks to all of you as the confidence indeed does rise up.

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Hello, shalom,


Could I ask if you could have a "loop" feature on the video, so that I could play it over again. It's helpful when I'm cooking, I don't have to keep coming to the page to hit "play" again.


Thank you. Toda rabah!


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thank you so much


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Percy
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Awesome, thank you.

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Hello Anriete Nunes, Juliana and Stana,


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

תודה רבה. שלום.