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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 Leehov.
In this lesson, we will learn how to use Lavo, the fourth verb in our series dedicated to the most common Hebrew verbs.
Lavo means "to come" in Hebrew, and we use it a lot! So let’s go! Bou nathil!!
Imagine a friend of yours is organizing a road trip and he asks you: Ata ba itanu? Or in a female form; At baa itanu? That means "Are you coming with us?"
So supposing you want to go too, you will say, Ken, ani ba itchem! or, Ken ani baa itchem! That means "Yes I’m coming with you!"
Pay attention to slightly different pronunciation between Ba and Baa!
[slowly] Ken, Ani ba itchem.
[slowly] Ken, Ani baa itchem.
So let’s break down this answer:
First we had:
Ken, which is simply "Yes."
Then Ani which is "I" in Hebrew.
After that we have Ba/Baa, which is the singular present of the verb Lavo.
Finally we had Ithem which is "with you” (in plural form)
So, all together it is Ken, ani ba itchem.
Ken, ani baa ithem.
In Hebrew, Lavo is exactly the same as "to come" in English.
The basic meaning is "to go somewhere with someone", or to join other people.
It is a very common verb that you should be careful not to mix up with Lalehet (from lesson 17), which only means "to go to", as we’ve seen before.
Lavo is often used to suggest an invitation to someone. If you are organizing a party, for example, you can invite your guests by asking them Atem baim la-mesiba sheli? That is "are you all coming to my party?"
Here the verb Lavo is changed to indicate second person plural masculine.
If you would like to ask few female friends, it will be; Aten baot la-mesiba sheli?
Ha-mesiba- is “the party”.
To answer this question, you can add something after this verb, as in Ken, ani ba im kama haverim. Or, Ken ani baa im kama haverim. Here you said "Yes, I am coming with some friends”.
The verb lavo is also often used as an order or as motivational advice, as in Bo iti! (for a male singular addressee) or, Boi iti! (for female singular). That means- “Come with me! lets go!”.
[slowly] Bo iti.
[slowly] Boi iti.
Iti- is “with me” (regardless of your gender)
Now it’s time for Yana’s insights.
The form Bo or Boi sounds a bit direct, so don’t use it in formal situations with your co-workers or with people you just met.
In this lesson, we learned how to use the verb Lavo, to come.
So now, our lessons series about common Hebrew verbs is over, and from the next lesson, we will jump into question words in Hebrew!
Do you know how to ask questions starting with "What" in Hebrew? I’ll be waiting for you in the next Ivrit be-shalosh dakot.