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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 use two verbs that describe going to a destination.
In this lesson, we will continue our lesson series dedicated to very common Hebrew verbs.
The second verb in our series is La’asot, which means "to do".
But as in English, you’ll see that the meaning of this verb is quite broad and it can be found in many different situations.
So imagine someone asks you Ma ata ose? Or,
Ma at osa?
That means "What are you doing?", male and female form.
So if you are doing your homework, for example, you will say in Hebrew Ani Ose shiurey bait. Or,
Ani Osa shiurey- bait.
[slowly] Ani ose shiurey- bait.(male)
[slowly] Ani osa shiurey-bait.(female)
So let’s break down this answer:
First we had:
Ose and Osa
This is the verb Laasot, to do, in the present singular form. And it can be used no matter if you’re talking in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd person.
Ani ose/osa
Ata/at ose/osa
hu/hi ose/osa
Note that in Hebrew, you can use the present singular to say that you are doing something right now.
For example if someone asks you to come and give him a hand but you are preparing the meal, you can say Sliha, ani ose aruhat-boker! which literally means "Sorry, I am preparing breakfast!" Here we are using the present singular.
So now, let’s have a broader look at what can you say with this verb Laasot in Hebrew;
It can mean "to prepare" as we saw just before,
Sometimes, it can also stands for "to work" as in Ma ata ose? Ma at osa?, meaning “what do you do for work?”.
It can also replace a lot of other verbs, for example "to buy" as in Ani ose/osa kniyot which is "I’m shopping." Or Ani ose/osa tiyul which is “I’m doing a trip”.
This verb can also express the verb "to make" or "to create" in English, as in Ani osa et ha-bgadim sheli which is "I make my own clothes". (female). Also you can use it in Ani ose psalim for "I do sculpture" (male).
Now it’s time for Yana’s Insights.
In Hebrew, we often say Ma na’ase ba-erev? That means “What are we going to do tonight”?
For example, if you are with some friends at night and you haven't decided your plans yet, you can ask it, it will sound very natural Ma na’ase ba-erev? This is
In this lesson, we learned how to use the verb La’asot in many different contexts and I’m sure it will help you a lot!
Next time we’ll learn another very useful and romantic verb, Le’ehov.
Do you know what this Hebrew verb means? I’m sure you have an idea!
I’ll be waiting for you in the next Ivrit be-shalosh dakot.
Lehitraot ve-ad ha-paam ha-baa!!