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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 phrase kama ze ole? or simply kama ze? How much is it?
In this lesson let’s see how we could answer that question by counting Shekels in Hebrew. In Israel the currency is Shekel.
Please pay attention to this word's pronunciation.
Shekel. She-kel.
And the small change currency called Agora (singular), and Agorot (plural).
Let’s try to say prices in Hebrew. Start by trying to say "26 Shekel and 50 Agorot."
Esrim ve-shesh Shekel ve-hamishim agorort.
[slowly] Esrim ve-shesh shekel ve hamishim agorot.
It is more common in these cases to say 26 shekel and “a half”. “Half” will be Hetsi
[slowly] Hetsi
Just add ve- before hetsi and you get;
Esrim ve-shesh shekel ve-hetsi.
Isn’t it easy?!
First, we say the number of Shekels, then Shekel, then ve- (and) the number of agorot, and finally agorot.
Let’s try another example:
"34 shekel and 60 agorot."
Shloshim ve-arba shekel ve-shishim agorot.
[slowly] shloshim ve-arba shekel ve-shishim agorot.
Get ready for the next example. This one’s longer:
"155 shekel and 90 agorot."
Mea hamishim ve-hamesh shekel ve- tish’im agorot.
[slowly] Mea hamishim ve-hamesh shekel ve- tish’im agorot.
That takes a lot of effort to say, doesn’t it! You can shorten it by omitting Agorot, and even the Shekel;
Mea hamishim ve-hamesh shekel ve-tish’im.
Or;
Mea hamishim ve-hamesh, tish’im.
[slowly] Mea hamishim ve-hamesh, tish’im.
The shortest version is most common when you are shopping, so don’t hesitate to use only numbers when counting your Israeli money.
Remember! the smallest coin in Israel is 5 agorot!! So you will never see prices like
53 agorot, or 38 agorot.
Now it’s time for Yana’s Insights.
In some places in Israel, especially street shops, markets, or even taxi’s sometimes, it is common to bargain on the price. It is also a good practice for counting your shekels!
For example, if you are buying two items each one is for 30 shekel, you can bargain to get the price down to 50 shekel for both of them.
Don’t hesitate to bargain! It shows you are familiar with the local culture.
You should ask your friends in Israel if they want to go shopping with you to practice these phrases! But first you’ll have to check if they have other plans or not. Do you know how to ask that in Hebrew? If not, I’ll see you in the next lesson!
Lehitraot ve-ad ha-paam ha-baa !!

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Hi listeners! Do you find Hebrew numbers difficult?

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Thursday at 04:08 AM
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Hi Arthur,


Thanks for posting your question!


When we count currencies, Hebrew allows us to use the singular form when the number is greater than 10. This is true for $20, for example (pronounced "esrim dolar"), for shekel and so on.

Since "agorot" are not a currency, they must be counted as normaly, by using the plural noun "agorot".


Happy to help :)


Best,

Roi

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Arthur
Sunday at 06:45 AM
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Why is it shekel and not shekelim (plural), but agorot is plural?

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Wednesday at 02:25 AM
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Hi Zach,


Thanks for commenting!


This is correct, the 5 Ag coin was officially canceled in 2011. Thanks for highlighting this! 👍


Yours,

Roi

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Zach
Wednesday at 10:24 PM
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Just an update, the 5ag coin has been gone for 10 years or more, 10ag is the smallest in Israel now

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Tuesday at 10:20 PM
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Hi Stana,


Thanks for posting.


I'm glad to hear! 👍 You are welcome ❤️️


Yours,

Roi

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Stana
Wednesday at 06:17 AM
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Hi. Thank you very much for your answer. Now, after repetition it is actually more easier.

תודה רבה. שלום.

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Sunday at 07:46 PM
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Hi Stana,


Thank you for posting.


With practice you'll soon master the vocabulary. 👍


And in case of any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We'll be glad to help!


Sincerely,

Cristiane

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Stana
Tuesday at 04:54 AM
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Yes, I find Hebrew numbers difficult, because the words are very long.

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Sunday at 12:03 PM
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Hi Gary,


Actually, in Israel you can bargain in very specific areas - such as the market in the old city of Jerusalem. Usually we follow the written price :smile::smile:


Yours,

Roi

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Gary
Tuesday at 10:22 PM
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HaHa! Israel isn't the only place where newbies are encouraged to bargain. But I never seem to get anywhere with it in any place. Maybe I'm too lethargic or maybe there is collusion not to bargain with americans!?!?!