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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 age. I hope you remember that!
This lesson we are going to learn how to talk about things you own.
Yesh lekha mekhonit? Or, Yesh lakh mekhonit? “Do you have a car?”
[slowly] Yesh lekha mekhonit (man)
[slowly] Yesh lakh mekhonit? (woman)
Let’s take a closer look at this question.
Yesh lekha/lakh “Do you have”.
Yesh literally means “there is” or “there are”.
lekha/lakh is a 2nd person singular pronoun used to indicate possession: like, “belongs to you”. And finally, mehonit means “car”
So if you *do* have a car, how can you answer this question?
All you have to do is simply say;
Yesh li mekhonit
[slowly] Yesh li mekhonit.
Yesh- is “there is” or “there are”
Li- is the 1st person version of lekha/lakh. But you can use whether you are a male or female, so it’s easy!
Li- always stays the same when you are talking about your possessions. Just add the noun (mehonit, sefer, etc)
So say for example, that a classmate wants to borrow a pen from you. He might ask, Yesh lekha/lakh et? Which is “Do you have a pen?”
If you only have a red pen, you can answer Yesh li et adom. “I have a red pen.”
et- pen
adom- red
Let’s try few more examples of the words you already know;
Yesh lekha esrim shekel?
[slowly] Yesh lekha esrim shekel?
Yesh lakh esrim shekel?
[slowly] Yesh lakh esrim shekel?
How do you answer?
Yesh li esrim shekel.
[slowly] Yesh li esrim shekel.
If you want to make it more natural, just answer; Yesh li. (in case you have of course).
Now it’s time for Yana’s tips.
Beside the meaning of “there is” and “there are”, Yesh is also used in daily slang in Israel.
It means something like “Yes! we did it!” or “Oh yeah!”. So don’t hesitate to use it next time when your favorite sports team wins!
In previous lessons, we have learned simple affirmative sentences.
Next time we’ll learn how to make the same sentences negative in order to say “I’m not” and “I don’t have” in Hebrew.
It is very easy actually!
I'll be waiting for you in the next Ivrit be-shalosh dakot lesson!.