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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 18 - How Much
Now, here are some useful Survival Phrases for your funny days of unchecked shopping around Israeli stores.
You should remember that Slicha or "Excuse me" is almost always the first thing to say when you're talking to a shop clerk. After saying Slicha, you should say, Kama ze ole? "How much is this?" Kama means, "How much" and we follow it with Ze, which in English means, "this." Last, we have the word Ole, which is the verb for "to cost." Let’s break it down these words by syllable and hear them one more time Kama ze ole?
However, dear listeners, you know perfectly well how the Hebrew language can be varied and wide-ranging, so you won't be surprised to hear that there are some more interesting ways to ask, "How much is this?"
The Israelis love markets and most big cities have local markets once a week. There are of course also big markets in the larger cities that are working everyday where people go to find their bargains.
Let's imagine that you are near a stand of clothes in a local market and you want to buy a shirt. After saying Slicha to get the stand-keeper's attention, you can say Kama ola hachultza? "How much is this shirt?" As you can see, we use Kama, which means, "How much." Then we use Ola, which in English means, "cost." Last, we have the word Hachultza, which in English means, "the shirt."
Please note that to the word Chultza, which in English means "shirt," we attach Ha, which in English means, "the." However, differently from English, we always attach Ha to the noun or the adjective that follows it. Let’s break it down these words by syllable and hear them one more time Kama ola hachultza?
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 much does this cost?” - Kama ze ole?
“How much is this shirt?” - Kama ola hachultza.
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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How much is an apple in your country?

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Friday at 05:47 PM
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Hi Magdimohammmed,


תודה על תגובתך!


אני מבין את הבעיה שלך, אבל שפת הלימוד באתר היא אנגלית מכיוון שרוב האנשים לא מבינים עברית בשלבי ההתחלה.

בכל מקרה, אעביר הלאה את הבקשה שלך ששיעורי הבית יהיו כתובים בעברית גם כן.


Yours,

Roi

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Magdimohammmed
Friday at 12:24 AM
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למה לא רשמים שיעורי הבית בעברית ?כי אני לא מפיו באנגלית

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Shalom Shelley Lynn,


Thank you for posting.

Your sentence ?סליחה, כמה עולה התפוח הצהוב הזה is perfect!

Well done!!

To your question, the answer is yes, repeating the subject with "הוא the way you did in this case is incorrect.

This is the right way to use it:

.בארצות הברית, תפוח עולה עשרים וחמישה סנטים אבל ביפן הוא עולה דולר

So you can see that in this case we have a sentence which is actually made of two sentences. The subject in the second sentence can be represented by הוא as it ( the subject - apple) was already mentioned in the first sentence.


Happy Hebrew learning,


Lenny

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Shelley Lynn
Monday at 12:29 AM
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Thanks, Lenny. I know you needed to show the correct form of the sentence, but this was one the website moved my words out of order and I couldn't fix it. I see that there was one spelling error. is repeating the subject in the form of hoo incorrect?

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Sunday at 11:51 PM
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Shalom Shelley Lynn,


Thank you for your comments.

The first sentence is Perfect!! well done!:smile::thumbsup:

Second sentence:

In the United states, an apple costs 25 cents =

.בארצות הברית, תפוח עולה עשרים וחמישה סנטים


Happy Hebrew learning,


Lenny

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Shelley Lynn
Tuesday at 11:29 PM
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In the United states, an apple costs 25 cents סנטים בארצות הברית תפוח חוא עלה אשרים והמישה

Shelley Lynn
Tuesday at 11:16 PM
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Excuse me, how much does this yellow apple cost? ?סליחה, כמה עולה התפוח הצהוב הזה

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Tuesday at 11:38 AM
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Shalom Veli,


Thank you for posting,

Great having you here!

Please let us know if you have any questions,


Happy Hebrew learning,


Lenny

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Veli
Monday at 09:04 AM
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:sunglasses: to finland.... hm

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Thursday at 02:12 PM
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Hi Phillip M. Feldman,


Thank you for posting.

You can find the Lesson Notes under "Download PDFs".

I hope this helps!

If you have other questions, please let us know!


Ofelia

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