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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 14 - Restaurant 4 – At The Table
Finally, you're at the table and at your seat. Now it's time to order! In today's lesson, we will cover how to ask for a menu and then order your food and drinks.
Normally, to get the waiter's attention you can just raise your hand and simply say Slicha! "Excuse me", and then ask for a menu by saying, Tafrit bevakasha "A menu, please".
Tafrit means, "Menu." Finally, Bevakasha follow this, which in English means, "please."
Once you have looked at the menu, you can finally call the waiter for the order. A typical Israeli menu is composed of Manot rishonot "appetizers", which can be a large variety of dishes from salads to small fishes, Manot ikariyot "second dish," which can be fish or meat, and Manot achronot "dessert."
In 99% of cases, they will ask you what you would like to drink first. As we have already seen, in Hebrew there are different ways to say and ask things depending on the gender of the speaker and listener. Thus, if you were a male, the waiter would probably ask you, Ma ata rotze lishtot? Ma means, "what," Ata means, "you," Rotze means,"want," and finally Lishtot means, "to drink." Let’s break it down and hear it one more time, Ma ata rotze lishtot?
If you were a female, the waiter would probably ask you, Ma at rotza lishtot? Ma means, "what," At means, "you," Rotza means,"want," and finally Lishtot means, "to drink." Let’s break it down and hear it one more time, Ma at rotza lishtot?
Now let's see some typical beverages the Israelis have with dinner.
Bira - "beer"
Yain lavan -"white wine"
Yain adom - "red wine"
Maim -"water"
Let,s break it down this words and hear them one more time, Bira, Yain lavan, Yain adom, Maim.
In Israel, the waiter rarely asks the customer what they want. However, you can always ask for recommendations and the house specials!
If you are asking a male waiter, you will ask, Ma ata mamlitz? This literally means, "What do you recommend?" Let's have a quick look at the bits and pieces of this phrase. The Hebrew word Ma means, "what" in English. We follow this with the word for "you," which is Ata. "Recommend" is Mamlitz. This would be the equivalent for "What do you recommend?" in English.
If you are asking a female waiter, you will ask, Ma at mamlitza? This literally means, "What do you recommend?" Let's have a quick look at the bits and pieces of this phrase. The Hebrew word Ma means, "what" in English. We follow this with the word for "you," which is At. "Recommend" is Mamlitza. Ma at mamlitza? This would be the equivalent for "What do you recommend?" in English.
When you order in Israel, you usually just say the name of the dish you want. However, there is a polite way of saying "I would like" followed by the name of the things you want to eat. A male should say, Ani rotze. Let’s break it down this word and hear it one more time, Ani rotze.
Now a female would say, Ani rotza. Let’s break it down this word and hear it one more time, Ani rotza.
Now let's see some good dishes you can find on a typical Israeli menu.
Salat israeli - The traditional Israeli salad.
Humus - Paste made from cooked, mashed chickpeas, blended with Tehina, olive oil, lemon juice, salad, and garlic.
Tehina -Paste of ground sesame seeds used in cooking.
Falafel - Fried balls made from spiced chickpeas served in a pita bread and salad.
Shawarma -Shaved chicken, turkey, or beef served in pita bread or taboon bread with salad, humus, and french fries.
Let’s break it down this word and hear them one more time, Salat israeli, Humus, Tehina, Falafel, Shawarma.
Let's imagine you would like to order Humus and Thina. If the waiter is male, you should say, Ani rotze humus ve-thina. "I would like Humus and some Thina."
If the waiter is female, you should say, Ani rotza humus vethina. "I would like Humus and some Thina."
As we have seen, Ani rotze (for a male) or Ani rotza (for a female) means, "I would like." You simply follow it with the name of the food you are ordering. Please note that before Thina you will find Ve, which in English means, "and."However, unlike in English, Ve is connected to the word that follows it.
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.
“A menu, please.” - Tafrit, bevakasha.
“What would you like to drink?”(male listener) - Ma ata rotze lishtot?
“What would you like to drink?”(a female listener) - Ma at rotza lishtot?
“I would like Humus and Tehina.” (a male speaker) - Ani rotze humus ve-thina.
“I would like Humus and Tehina.” (a female speaker) - Ani rotza humus ve-thina.
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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Hi listeners!

Have you ever tried Falafel?

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Cindy Yourison
Wednesday at 01:50 PM
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This is great! Thanks for all the lessons in the basics, like what to do at restaurants.

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Hi Chris!


You're welcome! thanks for posting 😄


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Chris
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Thank you very much for this lesson!

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Tuesday at 04:28 PM
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Hello Derrick,


Thank you for reporting the issue.

Could you please let us know in which audio do you hear the sentence repeated?

Is it the main audio? It would also help us a lot if you could tell us at what minute you hear the issue.


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Derrick
Tuesday at 12:56 AM
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The speaker accidentally repeated sentences at least 3 times. I hope to hear the Survival Phrases re-recorded some time. I realize people make mistakes but when learning a new language, theae mistakes can really confuse the students.

Shelley Lynn
Friday at 03:07 AM
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Thank you.

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Tuesday at 11:40 PM
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Shalom Shelley Lynn,


Thank you for your comment.

Yes, זה in Hebrew can be both "this" or "that".


Happy Hebrew learning,


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Shelley Lynn
Sunday at 11:58 PM
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Thanks again-oops I made myself a guy with ohev instead of ohevet and a spelling error. I will try to remember the et zeh. I know that is translated as "this" can it also be translated as " that" ?

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Shalom Shelley Lynn,


Thank you for posting.

I love falafel in Pita with salad and with hummus and tehina the most. Is it possible to order that? =

?אני הכי אוהבת פלאפל בפיתה עם סלט ועם חומוס וטחינה. אפשר להזמין את זה


Happy Hebrew learning,


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