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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 your location and the importance of various prefixes.
In this lesson, we are going to learn how to talk about your age.
It’s normal for young people in Israel to ask each other’s age. Of course, it might be risky to ask it to people over 30!
If someone asks you Ben kama ata? Or Bat kama at? Just know that it means “How old are you?” depends on your gender, of course. .
[slowly] Ben kama ata? For a guy.
[slowly] Bat kama at? For a girl.
Do you remember the word Kama? We learned it in lesson 8 when asking Kama ze ole?
So Kama in general, refers to number, quantity.
Now you have to answer with your age! In Hebrew we say Ani (I am), then use the same word Ben or Bat, depending on your gender, and then your age.
Here are some examples.
“I am 18” - Ani Ben Shmona-esre. (man)
Ani Bat Shmona-esre. (woman)
“I am 20” - Ani ben esrim.
Ani bat esrim.
“I am 25” - Ani ben esrim ve-hamesh.
Ani bat esrim ve-hamesh.
“I am 40” - Ani ben arbaim.
Ani bat arbaim.
Isn’t it easy? You just say Ani Ben/Bat and your age!
Lets do some more practice;
I will ask you your age twice, one for each gender, and give you a moment to answer. Answer after the sentence that corresponds to your gender.
Ready?
Ben kama ata?
[slowly] Ben kama ata?
Bat kama at?
[slowly] Bat kama at?
Great job!
Here is a tip to remember easily;
Ben- in Hebrew also means “boy”, and,
Bat - means “girl”. So you can easily remember when asking about a girl’s age or boy’s age.
Now it’s time for Yana’s Insights.
In more official situations, it is common to guess one’s age by asking if he/she is a University student? Or working after graduation etc., University students’ ages in Israel are different than in other countries- mostly it varies between 20-25 years old. So keep that in mind!
In this lesson, we learned how to talk about your age in Hebrew. Next time we’ll learn how to talk about your possessions.
I'll be waiting for you with the answer in the next Ivrit be-shalosh dakot.
Lehitraot ve-ad ha-paam ha-baa!!

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Hi listeners! How old are you? 

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Sunday at 06:28 PM
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Hi Victoria and Isabel,


Thanks for posting and sharing your ages! well done - your phrases are perfectly written! 😄😄👍👍


Keep up the great work ❤️️


Best,

Roi

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Victoria
Friday at 12:02 AM
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‏שלום אני בת ‏תשע

Hugs,Victoria

Isabel Pupo
Friday at 12:00 AM
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‏שלום אני בת שבע

Hugs, Isabel

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Wednesday at 01:59 AM
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Hi Marie Krikorian,


Thanks for commenting, I'm glad I could help with your first question!


Our beginner "Level 1 Hebrew" series goes through the important topics that you described and teaches (among others) the vocabulary needed for such situations!

You can find it here in the following link -

https://www.hebrewpod101.com/lesson-library/level-1-hebrew/


I believe you would find many of the lessons there very helpful 👍


Best,

Roi

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Marie Krikorian
Wednesday at 09:33 PM
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Toda raba Roi!

The difference is very interesting. I'd like to ask if you have some topics concerning to families. When you meet them for the first time and what kind of polite phrases are better to use of you want to show your respect. My questions may seem strange but before attending to Hebrew courses i need to know at least all this to meet his family in Israel.


Thanks in advance,

Marie.

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Wednesday at 08:55 PM
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Hi Marie,


Thanks for sharing your motivation to learn Hebrew and for posting your question! ❤️️


The difference between (אוֹתָךְ) otah and (אוֹתְךָ) otha is the gender of the listener. In Hebrew, there's no one "you", as every type of "you" (plural/singular, feminine/masculine) has a different conjugation.

In this example, "naim lehakir otakh" is said to a singular feminine, while "naim lehakir otkha" is said to a singular masculine.


I hope that helps 😄 Enjoy learning Hebrew and feel free to keep posting your questions when you have any - we're here to help out 👍😄


Yours,

Roi

Team HebrewPod101.com

Marie
Monday at 06:48 PM
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Shalom! my name is Marie and i'm from Armenia.

I'm trying to learn Hebrew because my bf is Israeli. I want to be able to talk to him in his own language but i have difficulties with feminine and masculin nouns and sentences. For example i don't know if i should say naim meod lehakir otah or lehakir otha if i'm a girl. Please help me to understand the logic.

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Wednesday at 05:26 PM
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Hi Nahuel Vento,


Thanks for posting and for introducing yourself!


We're happy to have you with us and hope you'll enjoy and benefit from our lessons!


Please feel free to post in case you have any questions - we're here to assist 👍


Best,

Roi

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Nahuel Vento
Friday at 12:55 PM
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Hello, my name is Nahuel Vento and I'm from Argentina.

שלום, קוראים לי נאויל ונתו ואני מארגנתינה.

אני בן שלושים.


תודה ולהתדאות!!

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Wednesday at 05:56 PM
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Hi Kendra,


Thanks for posting and sharing!


Very well written! good job :) 👍


Happy learning

Yours,

Roi

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