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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 20 - Currency
In Israel, the currency is the Shekel. At the time of writing this, the exchange rate is roughly 4 shekels to the US dollar and 0.25 US dollars to 1 Shekel. Currently, it is 5.7 Shekels to the British Pound, and 0.17 British Pounds to 1 Shekel. The currency includes 20, 50, 100, and 200 Shekel bills, 5, 10, and 50 Agorot, and 1, 2, 5, and 10 Shekel coins. There are one hundred Agorot in one Shekel.
Let's try to say prices in Hebrew. Let's start with 28.52 Shekels. The long way is Esrim veshmona shekalim vechamishim veshtayim agorot. This is very straightforward. First, we say the number of Shekels, then the word Shekalim. Secondly, note that the two numbers are separated by the conjunction Ve, which means, "and." Therefore, before Ve you always have the Shekalim, and after the Ve, you have the Agorot. Next, we say the number of Agorot and finally, the word Agorot. Shekel and Agora are the singular words for the Israeli currency and Shekalim and Agorot are the plural.
Saying Shekalim and Agorot is not much common in Israel, so let's learn the easiest and local way of saying your prices. The short way is Esrim veshmona, chamishim veshtayim. In this case, it might not be immediately clear which number is Shekalim and which is Agorot, but remember that there is a pause after the Shekalim. So Esrim veshmona, chamishim veshtayim is the equivalent of saying "twenty-eight fifty-two."
Let's have one more example. "4.99 Shekalim" in Hebrew short version is Arba tishim vetesha, and the long version is Arba'a Shekalim vetishim vetesha Agorot.
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.
“Twenty-eight NIS and fifty-two Agorot.” - Esrim u-shmona shekalim ve-chamishim u-shtayim agorot.
“Twenty-eight fifty-two.” - Esrim veshmone, chamishim u-shtaim.
“Four NIS and ninety-nine Agorot.” - Arba’a Shekalim vetishim vetesha Agorot.
“Four ninety-nine.” - Arba tishim vetesha.
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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What do you plan on buying on your visit to Israel?

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Thursday at 07:02 PM
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This lesson is incomplete. It keeps playing the lesson but doesn't finish it.

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Monday at 11:39 AM
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Hi ClauLin,


Thank you for posting.

You are right, In the expansion of the vocabulary, the romanization doesn't match the first sentence in Hebrew. It should be:

hi bat chamishim u-shtaim.

About your question: The correct way to write the number 2 (when it refers to females or female gendered objects) is שתיים. The reason for the mistake is that when writing with niqqud, the word will be spelled שתים - like so: שְׁתַיִם.

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ClauLin
Tuesday at 11:41 PM
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שלום,

In the expansion of the vocabulary, the romanization doesnt match the firts sentence in hebrew. In some parts of the lesson 2 is written as שמים and in some parts as שתיים. Are both ways correct?

,להתראות

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Wednesday at 01:12 PM
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Shalom Shelley Lynn,


Thank you for posting.

!על לא דבר:smile:


Happy Hebrew learning,


Lenny

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Shelley Lynn
Tuesday at 03:55 AM
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Thank you again Lenny. I see that Jewelry is masculine and you helped me with the verb and a couple of spelling errors.

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Shalom Shelley Lynn,


Thank you for posting.

I and my friends will buy many clothes and jewelry and Israeli food in Israel. =

.אני וחברים שלי נקנה הרבה בגדים ותכשיטים ואוכל ישראלי בישראל


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Lenny

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Shelley Lynn
Thursday at 05:14 AM
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אני וההברים שלי תקנו הרבה בגדים ותכשיטנות ואוכל ישראלי בישראל I and my friends will buy many clothes and jewelry and Israeli food in Israel.