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Jessi: Hello, and welcome to Hebrew Survival Phrases, brought to you by HebrewPod101.com. This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Israel. You'll be surprised at how far a little Hebrew will go. Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by HebrewPod101.com and there you'll find the accompanying PDF and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment!
Survival Phrases lesson 11 - Entering A Restaurant
There is a wide variety of Israeli dishes and your job as a visitor is to try as many different foods as possible! However, before you start eating, you have to get to the table! In today's lesson, we'll cover getting to the table in a restaurant.
When entering a restaurant in Israel, they will greet you with Boker tov, which means "Good morning," or Tzahoraim tovim, which means "Good afternoon," or Erev tov, which is "Good evening."
In Israel when entering a restaurant, one rarely gets seated by the waiter or waitress. The customers often have to find their own table. However, there are occasions where they will ask you the question "How many people in your party?" Practicing it will come in handy at some point. "How many people are you" in Hebrew is Kama anashim atem? Let’s hear it once again, Kama anashim atem? The first word kama means, "How many." Let’s break it down this word and hear it one more time, kama. Anashim follows this, which in Hebrew means, "people." Finally, we have Atem, which in Hebrew is "are you."
Now let's go over how to answer. In Hebrew, you would respond by telling the waiter or waitress Anachnu shlosha, which in English means, "We are three." Let’s break it down this word and hear them more time, Anachnu shlosha.
Now we're going to review some numbers in Hebrew in case your party happens to be bigger. Please note that in Hebrew we have different ways to count depending on the gender of the noun that we are counting. Thus, the numbers one through five for masculine nouns are Echad, Shnayim, Shlosha, Arba'ah, and Chamisha. For feminine nouns, the numbers are Achat, Shtayim, Shalosh, Arba, and Chamesh.
You could also say, "We are four people," which in Hebrew is Anachnu arba'ah anashim. Let’s break it down by syllable, Anachnu arba'ah anashim. Now, let’s hear it once again, Anachnu arba'ah anashim. The first word Anachnu means, "We are." We follow this with Arba'ah, which in Hebrew is "four." The last word is Anashim, which in English means "people."
If you are just one person, the proper answer to the question is Ani levad, which in English means, "I am alone." Let’s break it down this word and hear it them one more time, Ani levad. The first word Ani means, "I am." Let’s break it down this word and hear it one more time, Ani. The second word Levad means, "alone." Let’s break it down this word and hear it one more time, Levad.
Ok, to close out today's lessons, we would like you to practice what you have just learned. I’ll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud. You’ll have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so Behatzlacha! which means “Good luck!” in Hebrew.
“How many people are you?” - Kama anashim atem?
“We're three.” - Anakhnu shlosha.
“We're four people.” - Anakhnu arba-a anashim.
“Only one.” - Ani levad.
Jessi: Alright! That's going to do it for today. Remember to stop by HebrewPod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hello listeners!

Tell us what is your favorite Israeli dish!

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Friday at 10:57 PM
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Hi ישעיהו,


Thanks for commenting and for the feedback! 😄


One small note - logical is pronounced in Hebrew "Hegioni" and written "הגיוני".


Happy learning!

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Roi

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פשוט, גיוני וסביר!

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Hi Paul Cass,


Thanks for commenting!


Glad to hear you find it useful :smile:


Have fun learning Hebrew, we're here to help with any question or misunderstanding.


Yours,

Roi

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Paul Cass
Monday at 05:43 PM
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The Survival Phrases section is very practical and helpful. בוקר טוב

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Thursday at 09:09 PM
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Hi Mark,


Thank you for posting.

Regarding your question - Absolutely! רַק אֶחָד will sound very natural.


Keep enjoying Hebrew :smile:


Sincerely,

Yaara

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Mark
Thursday at 08:29 PM
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could "only one" be "rak echat"? אֶחָד רק

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Thursday at 06:43 PM
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Hi Giada,


Thank you for posting!

Do you know what is even better than hummus and salad? Hummus and salad inside a freshly baked pita! :smile:


Keep enjoying Hebrew (and hummus) :wink:


Sincerely,

Yaara

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Giada
Tuesday at 11:32 PM
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.אני אוהבת חומוס וסלט

I like hummus and salad. :smile:

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Hi Richard,


Thank you for posting, you clearly have very good taste :smile:

Keep enjoying Hebrew!


Sincerely,

Yaara

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Richard
Sunday at 02:32 AM
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I like salad and shakshuka. אני אוהב סלט ושקשוקה