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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.
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 !!