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Sherah:Hello and welcome back to Hebrewpod101.com. This is Lower Intermediate, Season 1, Lesson 15 - Watch Out For The Pothole on That Israeli Road! I’m your host, Sherah!
Amir:And I’m Amir.
Sherah:In this lesson, you'll learn to give commands and requests in the negative.
Amir:The conversation takes place on the way to Dan’s friend’s house.
Sherah:It’s between Dan and Li’el.
Amir:The speakers are family, and they’ll be using informal Hebrew.
Sherah:Cycling is a great way to get around in Israel.
Amir:It is, and it’s also a great way to see the natural landscape of Israel.
Sherah:It’s actually a very popular sport among Israelis.
Amir:Yes, we have lots of trails and paved bicycle paths. Lots of Israelis also ride road bikes, and you can see them out there on the main roads.
Sherah:I wouldn’t recommend that though because Israelis are pretty crazy drivers.
Amir:Riding where there is a lot of traffic is not a good idea, especially if you’re not used to Israeli drivers. :
Sherah:And wearing a helmet is the law, so make sure you have one on.
Amir:Just as important as wearing a helmet is making sure you have enough water with you when you ride.
Sherah:Yes, this is especially true if you're riding in the negev as it’s quite hard to find water down there.
Amir:I definitely enjoy riding in Israel, especially off-road.
Sherah:Well, the good news is the government keeps putting money into improving our bike paths, so it just keeps getting better.
Sherah:Let’s take a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word we want to talk about is לרכב.
Amir:This word means to “ride” or to “mount”.
Sherah:It can be used in three different situations. The first is riding a bicycle.
Amir:For that, you'd say הוא רוכב על אופניים or “he rides bicycles”. The second situation is riding a horse.
Sherah:And that would be הוא רוכב על סוס. The last situation you use it in is for riding a motorcycle.
Amir:This is הוא רוכב על אופנוע or “he's riding a motorcycle”.
Sherah:The next word we want to talk about is related to the first, and it is אופניים, meaning “bicycle”.
Amir:This noun is a dual plural noun in Hebrew, so all references to a bicycle in Hebrew are plural.
Sherah:The base for this word is אופן, which means “wheel”, so אופניים is basically “two wheels”.
Amir:There are some interesting words related to אופן like אופנוע, which means “motorcycle”.
Sherah:That’s a really interesting word because, like in English, it is a mix of אופניים, or "bicycle," and מנוע meaning “motor”.
Amir:Another word is אופני כושר or a “fitness bike”.
Sherah:We call that a "stationary bike" in English.
Amir:There is also a אופניים דו-מושביים, which literally means “a bike with two seats”. It’s a tandem bike.:
Sherah:The last expression we want to talk about is יותר מהיר which means “faster” in Hebrew. The literal translation would be “more fast”.
Amir:Right, this is how we make a comparative adjective in Hebrew. We add “more” or יותר in front of the adjective or sometimes behind it.
Sherah:And then we use the preposition -מ before whatever we are comparing the subject to.
Amir:An example of this is נועם הוא יותר מהיר מטל..
Sherah:In English, that's “No’am is faster than Tal”. Okay, now onto the grammar.
Sherah:In this lesson you’ll learn about negative commands.
Amir:We already covered positive commands in an earlier season.
Sherah:Yes, we did. Let’s do a little review of how we formed a positive command.
Amir:The imperative has a special tense in Hebrew.
Sherah:Right, it's somewhat like the future tense, but doesn't use the ‘ת- prefix.
Amir:The vowel pattern is often different from the future conjugations as well.
Sherah:For instance, if I were to tell you to go over there, I would say לך לשם.
Amir:And I would say לכי לשם to you, and if I were to tell you and someone else to go over there, I would say לכו לשם. :
Sherah:When you want to negate a command, you do it a little differently. :
Amir:Right, we don’t use the imperative form when negating it, we use the future second person form.
Sherah:Let’s look at the first sample sentence from the dialogue to see how a negative imperative sentence is formed. :
Amir:The first sentence from the dialogue is אל תלך לבית שלו
Sherah:Li’el is telling Dan “don’t go to his house”. The sentence begins with the word אל.
Amir:אל means “don’t,” and it’s a word that's only used in this situation.
Sherah:Right, אל can only be used for commands, it isn’t a synonym for לא. The next word in the sentence is תלך, which is “you will go”. This verb is in the future tense, but saying אל תלך is translated as “don’t go”. The rest of the sentence is לבית שלו meaning “to his house”.
Amir:The next sentence from the dialogue is אל תגידי לי מה לעשות
Sherah:This starts out in the same way with אל, but the conjugation of the verb is different because it's Dan talking to Li’el, so he must use “you” in the feminine singular.
Amir:This is a classic thing that children say, isn’t it?
Sherah:Yes, it is. אל תגידי לי מה לעשות is definitely something children say. As you can see from these two sentences, the only thing that changes is the verb.
Amir:It agrees with the subject, "you". :
Sherah:The last negative command from the dialogue is אל תרכב שם or “don’t ride there”.:
Amir:Here the subject is "you" in the masculine singular.
Sherah:There are only three possibilities of verb conjugations that we use with negative commands. Masculine singular, feminine singular, and masculine plural.
Amir:The only one we didn’t see in the dialogue is masculine plural.:
Sherah:Right, so let’s look at examples of all three forms. Amir will give the Hebrew, and I'll give the English.:
Amir:We’ll start with the masculine singular אל תקנה גלידה.
Sherah:"Don’t buy ice cream."
Amir:Feminine singular אל תקני גלידה.
Sherah:"Don’t buy ice cream."
Amir:Plural אל תקנו גלידה
Sherah:"Don’t buy ice cream." Wow, in English it’s pretty simple.
Amir:It is. In Hebrew, it's just the verb that changes according to who you're talking to.
Sherah:That’s all there is to it!


Sherah:Ok, that’s all for this lesson. Come see us at HebrewPod101.com, and talk to us about what you’ve learned here. And don’t forget to check the lesson notes.
Amir:Thanks for being with us, everyone,


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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hello Listeners! Try making a sentence giving a negative command in Hebrew.

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Friday at 11:25 PM
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Hi Linda,

Thanks for posting your questions!

The verb "to ride" is written in voweled Hebrew "לִרְכֹּב" - (pronounced "lirkov").

It is common to write it "לרכוב" and add a "ו" to assist pronunciation when writing non-voweled Hebrew, but the form "לרכב" is correct as well, as it reflects the 'true' form of the word.

I hope that answers your questions :)



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Wednesday at 10:40 PM
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I thought to ride was לרכוב and not לרכב. Why are there two forms of the infinitive and is the conjugation the same?

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Friday at 09:41 PM
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Hi Yitzchak,

Thanks for posting!

1 - the word you're looking for is "כנראה". the word "לכאורה" is "allegedly", which has a different meaning 😅.

2 - both "על האופניים" and "על אופניים" are correct - depending on what we aim to say. If you're talking about the action of riding a bike (it doesn't matter which bike) it'll be said without "ה".

Here, when the speaker is saying "על האופניים" it sounds as if this bike is a tandem and she needs a partner...

3 - Both versions are correct "אני ארכב" / "ארכב" - in spoken language, we tend to add the "אני" part, even though it's grammatically redundant.

4 - Yes! "לבד" has no gender. We could conjugate it, however, by making it "לבדך" ('levadekh' - feminine, 2nd person) or "לבדך" ('levadkha' - masculine, 2nd person)

I hope it's all clear - please let us know if it's not 👍😉

Happy to help!


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Tuesday at 04:46 AM
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A few questions:

1. In the dialogue she Li’el says על האופניים. But the lesson says על אופניים without a ה. Is it with a ה or not?

2. Dan says אני ארכב. Why did he add אני if he could have said ארכב? No?

3. Dan says לרכב לבד. Does that mean לבד is used as feminine and masculine?


Yitzchak Goldwasser
Tuesday at 04:33 AM
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אל תחכה עד מחר בבקשה. לכאורה יהיה מאוחר יותר.

Please don't wait until tomorrow. It will probably be too late.

(is לכאורה the word to use here? Wasn't sure.)


Thursday at 11:15 PM
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Hi אנה,

Thanks for posting and for sharing your work! well done!

Please accept a few corrections for your phrases -

אל תשכח לקחת *מטריה* , יש גשם בחוץ.

- typo on "umbrella"

אל תאכלי את האוכל הזה, *הוא* מקולקל.

- you accidentally used "ח" instead of "ה"

אל תקנו *יין* אדום, יש לי אלרגיה.

- Here the general form is preferred ("don't buy red wine" is better than "don't buy the red wine" - not a specific wine, but a type...)

Keep up the great work!


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Monday at 05:57 PM
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אל תשכח לקחת מתריה , יש גשם בחוץ.

אל תאכלי את האוכל הזה, חוא מקולקל.

אל תקנו את הייו אדום, יש לי אלרגיה.

Monday at 01:16 AM
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Hi קמילה,

Thanks for sharing your work! Well done - almost 100% correct 😄😄

The only correction I have for you is on the second phrase - "I asked mom" - in Hebrew it's "שאלתי את אמא" and not "ל"..

Keep up the excellent work 👍



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Tuesday at 09:31 PM
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–יעל, אל תעשי רעש בבקשה, אני צריכה ללמוד.

– אל תדאגי, אני קוראת.

– אל תלבשי את השמלה שלי!

– אל תגידי לי מה לעשות, שאלתי לאמא והיא אמרה שזה מותר לי.

– אל תחזרו מאוחר מדי, אתן חייבות לקום מוקדם מחר.

– אל תדאגו, אנחנו יודעות.

– אל תקנה את המחשב הזה, זה יקר מדי. אתה יכול למצוא משהו דומה בזול.

Sunday at 11:31 PM
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Hi Shelley,

Thank you for commenting and sorry for the delay in answering.

You are correct, this need's to be Updated as you wrote to "Mahir" (מהיר), to make the 8th line: כן... (רוכבים) בואי מפה, זה יותר מהיר.

"Maher" can be heard as well in such a context, but this is not 100% grammatically correct.

I will forward this for editing. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.



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