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Shalom, ani Yana. Hi there! 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 introduce ourselves in Hebrew. In this lesson, we’re going to learn how to use good manners as we thank people.
Atem muhanim? Are you ready? Az bou nathil, so let’s start!
There are several ways to thank someone, let’s start with the easiest. It is just one word:
[slowly] Toda.
Toda means “thank you”.
When saying “thank you very much” you just need to add Raba.
Toda raba.
[slowly] Toda raba.
Raba means “a lot”. So Toda raba is like saying “Thank you very much.”
During the last lesson we mentioned two ways of addressing someone, depending on his or her gender. Toda or Toda raba can be used with anyone. But In case you want to address the recipient, there is another phrase you should use.
If you want to thank a woman, you say:
Toda raba lakh.
[slowly] Toda raba lakh.
Now, if you want to thank a man, say:
Toda raba lekha
[slowly] Toda raba lekha
Let’s break this phrase down. Lakh, means something like “to you” when you are talking to a woman. Toda raba lakh is thank you very much.
Lekha, is “to you” when you are talking to a man. Toda raba lekha is Thank you very much.
How do you answer? It’s easy! There are two ways to answer!
The first one is simple. “you are welcome”
[slowly] Bevakasha
It’s the simplest way to answer.
But it is more polite to say;
Ein be-ad ma.
[slowly] Ein be-ad ma.
It’s literal meaning is “It’s nothing” and it is a common and polite way to respond to someone thanking you.
So when someone is saying toda or toda raba to you, we can simply reply with:
Bevakasha or Ein be-ad ma.
Now it’s time for Yana’s Insights.
If you’re not sure about whether to use Toda raba lakh or Toda raba lekha, keeping it simple is always your safest bet. Just Toda can be used with just about anyone, anywhere, and at anytime!
Do you know what Lehitraot means? In our next lesson you’ll learn this and other greetings in Hebrew!
Toda raba! Ve-ad ha-paam ha-baa!