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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 the verb Laasot which means "to do" in Hebrew.
In this lesson, we will learn how to use Leehov, the most romantic Hebrew verb.
Leehov can mean both "to like" and "to love" in Hebrew, so in this lesson we are going to see how to use it correctly. Let’s go! Bou nathil!
Imagine you are in a restaurant with your friend and he or she asks you: At ohevet yain?
Or, Ata ohev yain?
This means "Do you like wine?".
So supposing you like it, you can say Ken, ani ohevet yain. Or, Ken, ani ohev yain.
I am sure you can tell which one is for female speakers and which one is for male by now!!
So let’s break down this answer:
First we had:
Ken which is simply "Yes."
Then Ani, I’m
After that, we have Ohevet or Ohev, which is the present singular form for the verb Leehov.
Finally we had Yain -- wine.
So all together it is ken, ani ohevet yain;
Ken, ani ohev yain.
Do you remember how to make this sentence negative by chance??
Note that in Hebrew we use the verb Leehov to express both that we "love" or that we "just like" something or someone.
Even if you just appreciate something, you can use Leehov. But this verb can also be used when talking about the person you are in love with.
To say that you really love or enjoy something or someone, you can add the word meod before Ohev/ohevet as in Ani meod ohev sratim, Or,
Ani meod ohevet sratim; which means "I really like movies".
And of course, Leehov is above all the verb of love, so if you are talking to the person you fell in love with, you can express your feelings with the verb Leehov.
Pay attention! Here it is very important to remember your gender and the gender of the person you are expressing your love to;
So lets check all the options we have in present singular;
If the speaker is female and the addressee is male; Ani ohevet otha.
If the speaker is male and the addressee is female; Ani ohev otah.
If the speaker is male and the addressee is male; Ani ohev otha,
and last one is if the speaker is female and the addressee is female; Ani ohevet otah.
Now it’s time for Yana’s Insights.
The verb Leehov does not necessarily express romantic feelings. It can express love between mother and child, or even between two good friends. I, personally, use it quite often towards my dear friends and people I care about.
In this lesson, we learned how to use the verb Leehov depending on the degree of your love!
Next time we’ll learn another very useful and romantic verb, Lavo.
Do you know what this Hebrew verb means? I’ll be waiting for you in the next Ivrit be-shalosh dakot!!
Lehitraot ve-ad ha-paam ha-baa!!!