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Shalom, ani Yana. Hi everybody! I’m Yana.
Welcome to HebrewPod101.com’s “Ivrit be-shalosh dakot”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Hebrew.
In the last lesson, we learned how to talk about nationality. This time we you are going to learn how to describe your location.
When you want to know where someone is, you can use the verb Nimtsa for a man or Nimtset for a woman in Hebrew.
For example, when someone asks you on the phone Eifo at Nimtset? or Eifo ata Nimtsa? That means "Where are you?".
Let's break it down.
Eifo means "Where". It is the same Eifo as Me-eifo at/ata? from the last lesson.
At or Ata you know already!
And Nimtset or Nimtsa, means “located” or “situated”.
All together it is Eifo at nimtset?
[slowly] Eifo at nimtset?
Or for a guy;
Eifo ata nimtsa?
[slowly] Eifo ata nimtsa?
Answering this question is very easy! You just say Ani be + the place where you are.
So for example, you can say Ani be-rehov Dizengoff "I am on Dizengoff street".
[slowly] Ani be-rehov Dizengoff
Now let’s see a few other possible answers:
"I am at the office" would be Ani be-misrad.
"I am in a meeting" would be Ani be-pgisha.
"I am in a store" would be Ani be-hanut.
These prefixes are an important part of Hebrew grammar -- like prepositions in English. Let’s review a few of the main prefixes we have used so far;
We had;
Ve- for adding. like in hamishim ve-hamesh shekel.
Ha- determining specific item, location, time, etcetera. Like in Ma at osa be sof ha-shavua? or ma ata ose be-sof ha-shavua?.
Be- in, inside. As in Ivrit be-shalosh dakot.
Me (mi)- from me-eifo at? me-eifo ata? Ani mi-America
These prefixes are very important so please pay attention and don’t confuse them.
Now it’s time for Yana’s insights.
For a good practice of the prefix be-, just try to look at the map of Israel and use any street or location to describe where you are at.
Its a great way to learn your way around in Israeli streets and work on your pronunciation as well! Ani be-rehov ben yehuda.
In this lesson we learned how to talk about your location and reviewed the important prefixes so far. Next time we’ll learn how to talk about ages in Hebrew. So do you want to know how to ask somebody’s age? I’ll be waiting for you in the next Ivrit be-shalosh dakot.
Lehitraot ve-ad ha-paam ha-baa !!