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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 count in Hebrew. I hope you spent some time practicing the numbers, because they will come in handy today. We’re going to learn how to go shopping in Israel!
Before we go, you need to know how to say “How much is it?”
Kama ze ole?
[slowly] Kama ze ole?
kama- is “how much” ze- is “this” (for an object), and ole- is “costs”.
Are you ready to go shopping? Let’s go!
You see something you like and want to ask the shop clerk how much it costs. The first thing to say to a shop clerk is…Sliha, do you remember what that means? "Excuse me!"
Sliha, kama ze ole?
[slowly] Sliha, kama ze ole?
You don’t even need to know the name of each thing you are interested in. You can just use Ze which means “this”. So it’s super easy!
If you want to ask about specific item, like a book, you say it differently;
Sliha, kama ole ha-sefer?
[slowly] Sliha, kama ole ha-sefer?
Ha-sefer means “this specific book”. So if you know the noun you want to ask about his price simply say; Sliha, kama ole ha and then the noun.
Sliha, kama ole ha-sefer? "Excuse me, how much is this book?"
Remember that Hebrew is a gender language? So when you ask about the book, which is a male noun in Hebrew you say ole, but if you ask about female noun like “skirt”, you say; Sliha, kama ola ha-hatsait?
Hatsait is a feminine noun, therefore the verb “cost” changes accordingly to ola.
Sliha, kama ola ha-hatsait?
"Excuse me, how much is this (specific) skirt?"
[slowly] Sliha, kama ola ha-hatsait?
Usually the clerk will answer by only saying the amount it costs, for example;
Shmonim ve-tesha Shekel...
Shloshim Shekel...
Mea Shekel...
What number is Shmonim ve-tesha? I’m not telling you! Okay, okay, it’s "Eighty nine"!
Shmonim ve-tesha Shekel
"It costs eighty nine Shekel".
Now it’s time for Yana’s Insights.
A quicker way to ask “How much?” is Kama ze? Which literally means “How much?” Even when you ask for a coffee at the counter you can ask the cashier;
Kafe ehad bevakasha. Kama ze?
“One coffee please, how much is it?”
[slowly] Kafe ehad bevakasha. Kama ze?
At this point, can you count Shekel in Hebrew? We are going to learn how to do this and much more in the next lesson!
Ill be waiting for you in our next Ivrit be-shalosh dakot lesson.