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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 the most common forms of greetings in Hebrew. Do you remember them?
In this lesson we’re going to learn a very useful phrase: “Do you speak English?”
If you find yourself in a situation where you need assistance in English, this phrase can be a lifesaver. And because you’re asking it in Hebrew, you can be sure that everyone will understand what you’re saying, even if their answer is no.
As already mentioned in previous classes, in Hebrew there is difference between male and female speech. So if you want to ask a woman, say;
At medaberet Anglit?
[slowly] At medaberet Anglit?
In Hebrew, verbs change depending on the pronoun that is used according to the gender of both the speaker and the addressee.
At in this case is the female pronoun for “you”, so the verb medaberet which means “speak”- refers to a female.
For example; if I said “I speak English”, it will be - ani medaberet Anglit
Ani, as we learned already, means “I am” .
Ani is the only way you can say “I am” in Hebrew, regardless of ones gender. then, medaberet is the female conjugation for “speak/speaking”.
So, Ani medaberet Anglit will be used only by a female speaker.
On the other hand, if you are asking a man if he speaks English, you say;
Ata medaber Anglit?
[slowly] Ata medaber Anglit?
Ata, in this case is male pronoun for “you”, so the verb medaber, which means “speak”, refers to a man only.
So if you are a man and would say “I speak English”, it will be Ani medaber Anglit.
It is important to notice that in Hebrew the pronoun and the verb change according to female, male and also to singular and plural of the same sentence. So basically, there are 4 ways to say each phrase.
But don’t worry! We will talk more about that later. For now, please only remember that you can use both- At medaberet Anglit? and Ata medaber Anglit?- only if you are addressing one person.
So lets review them once again;
At medaberet Anglit?
If you are asking a woman.
and Ata medaber Anglit?
If you are asking a man.
Adding Sliha , "excuse-me", the sentence becomes even more polite:
Sliha, at medaberet Anglit?
[slowly] Sliha, at medaberet Anglit?
or, Sliha, ata medaber Anglit?
[slowly] Sliha, ata medaber Anglit?
The responses you will receive could be one of these three:
Ken. "Yes."
[slowly] Ken.
Ketsat. "A little."
[slowly] Ketsat.
Lo. Ani lo medaber Anglit. or, Lo. Ani lo medaberet Anglit. "No, I don’t speak English."
[slowly] Lo. Ani lo medaber Anglit.
[slowly] Lo. Ani lo medaberet Anglit.
To make every sentence negative in Hebrew, you only have to add Lo before the verb, which simply means “no”.
Its easy, isn’t it?
Now it’s time for Yana’s Insights.
For those of you who are not only English speakers, you can obviously use this question with any language you need. Israeli people study other European languages at school, so maybe you will get lucky! Just substitute Anglit with…
Rusit for Russian.
Italkit for Italian.
Sfaradit for Spanish.
Germanit for German.
In this lesson we mentioned the expression Sliha. But did you know that this could also be used as an apology? In the next lesson we will learn this and other ways to apologize in Hebrew. It’s never too late to show your good manners with Israeli people!
I'll see you in our next Ivrit be-shalosh dakot lesson.


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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Hi listeners! Let's practice this question!

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Monday at 04:34 PM
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Dear Ohayon,

Thank you very much for your comments and great feedback! ❤️️❤️️

We are happy to hear that you are enjoying our lessons 😄😄

The name Ohayon in Hebrew will be written probably as "אוהיון", based on how it's written.

Keep up the good work 👍👍



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Wednesday at 11:14 AM
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I want to get a Hebrew name for me!What about 'Ohayon'?😄

I think it is cool , but I don't know the meaning of this name.

Would you please tell me the meaning of 'Ohayon' and how to spell it in Hebrew?

Thanks a lot!

Wednesday at 11:08 AM
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אני מסין.

In China few people know Hebrew so it's difficult to find proper resources to learn Hebrew.

In China I am often regarded as weird for my religious belief, for most Chinese people don't have religious belief.

HebrewPod101.com is the best way to learn Hebrew for me, besides it is free.

Thanks for your work, without you I don't know how to learn Hebrew.

תודה רבה.

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Monday at 01:00 AM
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Hello Muriel,

Thank you for your comment, we are very happy to hear you enjoy studying with us. Please note, however, that we don't always offer vocabulary lists for each of our lessons -- but this doesn't mean you cannot load new words into your Word Bank. What I would recommend you is to go to the Hebrew Dictionary, search for those words which you found in this lesson and didn't know it so far, and add them to your Word Bank from there.

Hope this helps. Thank you for studying with us and if you have any more questions, please let us know. 😉

Kind regards,


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Monday at 07:49 AM
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I do not find how to add this lesson's words to my word bank - how does it work? For some lessons, there is a button, but for some others I just don't find it!?

Thank you for the lessons, I started a few days ago and I LOVE IT!

Sunday at 06:29 PM
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Hi Ezequiel,

Thank you for introducing yourself and for posting your question.

The pronoun ״אני״ is included in verbs which belong to the 1st person future and past tenses. In such cases, for example: "I will come tomorrow" the pronoun is redundant, and one can translate it simply as "אבוא מחר" (avo makhar).

Since your phrase uses the verb "learn" in the present form (לומד), it is necessary to use the pronoun, and the correct sentence will be "אני מארגנטינה ואני לומד עברית".

I hope that helps 😄 Happy learning and please let us know may you have other questions 👍


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Sunday at 11:18 PM
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Shalom! Ani Yehezkel (Ezequiel) ve ani argentinai. My question is should I use the personal pronoun, for instance "ani", in every sentence or may I omit it sometimes? For example: Ani Yehezkel. Ani mi Argentina ve (ani??) lomed ivrit.

Toda raba!

Saturday at 12:28 AM
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Hi Jenn!

Thank you very much for introducing yourself and for your lovely words ❤️️❤️️

This is the correction for your phrase in Hebrew:


אני ג'ן. אני מדברת אנגלית. אני מדברת ספרדית. אני מדברת קצת עברית. נעים להכיר, רועי! להתראות.

Your name will be spelled "ג'ן" in Hebrew, note that you used the letter "י" in your post, while an apostrophe should be used after the "ג".

Enjoy learning Hebrew, and let us know in case you have any questions - we're here to help 😄👍



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Saturday at 04:12 AM
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אני גין. אני מדברת אנגליד. אני מדברת ספרדית. אני מדברת יברת קצת. נעים להכיר רוי! להתראות.

Shalom! Ani Jenn. I hope all is written correctly. Could you please let me know how I am doing? Is my name correctly transcribed in Hebrew? Thank you for all your help!

Monday at 07:04 PM
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Hi Schalk Burger,

Thanks for posting, and thank you - we're very happy that you're enjoying our lessons!

Let us know if you have any questions - we're here to help 😄😄



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