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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!
Hebrew Survival Phrases lesson 28 - Riding The Taxi
In this lesson, we'll cover a phrase we use to get you to your destination when riding in a taxi. We'll look at the most basic way to express this, which is the word "to" followed by a destination. In today's lesson, we'll use Shenkin street, which is a very well known shopping street in Tel Aviv. Now, Let’s hear it once again, Lerechov shenkin. Let's go over what to say to the taxi driver to get there.
In Hebrew, "To Shenkin street" is Lerechov shenkin.The word "to" in Hebrew is Le. Please pay attention that Le is always attached to the destination word.
This is the most basic way of expressing where you would like to go and actually even the easiest one. However, speaking the local language is one of the most enjoyable things you can do on your travels. So challenge yourself by using a different option!
As we have seen, in Hebrew, there are different ways to say things depending on the gender of the speaker and listener. Thus if a man is speaking, he can say, "I would like to go to Shenkin street," which in Hebrew is Ani rotze linsoa lerechov shenkin. Let’s break it down by syllable, Ani rotze linsoa lerechov shenkin. Let’s haer it again, Ani rotze linsoa lerechov shenkin. Let's look at the components. The first word, Ani means, "I." Next is the word Rotze, which in English is the verb "want." Then we have the word Linsoa, which literally means, "to drive," but in this situation means, "to go." Finally, we have the word Le ("to"), which is attached to the destination we want to go to. Thus, all together, we have Ani rotze linsoa lerechov shenkin.
If a woman is speaking, She can say, "I would like to go to Shenkin street," which in Hebrew is Ani rotza linsoa lerechov shenkin. Let’s break it down by syllable, Ani rotza linsoa lerechov shenkin. Let’s hear it again, Ani rotza linsoa lerechov shenkin. Let's look at the components. The first word, Ani means, "I." Next is the word Rotza, which in English is the verb "want." Then we have the word Linsoa, which literally means, "to drive," but in this situation means, "to go." Finally, we have the word Le ("to") attached to the destination we want to go to. Thus, all together, we have Ani rotza linsoa lerechov shenkin.
One more helpful phrase when taking a taxi is, "Can you stop here, please?" Ata yachol la'atzor po, bevakasha? This phrase will allow you to get out of the taxi whenever and wherever you want. Let’s break it down by syllable, Ata yachol la'atzor po, bevakasha? Ata is, as we know, "you" in English. After that, we have Yachol, which is "can." Then we have the verb La'atzor, which in English means, "to stop." Following that, we have the word Po, which in English means "here," and last we have the word Bevakasha, which you should know by now. Let’s repeat the whole phrase once more, Ata yachol la'atzor po, bevakasha?
Another useful phrase you could practice when riding a taxi is Yesh lecha odef meshtar shel mataim? This means, "Do you have change from a 200 Shekels bill?" Let’s break it down by syllable, Yesh lecha odef meshtar shel mataim? Let’s hear it once again now, Yesh lecha odef meshtar shel mataim? Let's see the structure in this sentence. Yesh lecha ("do you have"). After this, we added the word, "change" Odef.Then we have the proposition Me, means, "from" attached to the word Shtar, which in English means, "bill." Next, is the proposition Shel, which in English means "of," and last we have the number Mataim "200", which indicates the amount of money the bill is worth.
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.
“To Shenkin street.” - Lerechov shenkin.
“I would like to go to Shenkin street.” - Ani rotza linsoa lerechov shenkin.
“Can you stop here, please?” - Ata yachol la’atzor po, bevakasha?
“Do you have change from a 200 Shekels bill?” - Yesh lecha odef meshtar shel mataim?
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 is the color of the taxi in your country or city?

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Wednesday at 12:20 AM
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Hi Matthew,


Thanks for your comment.


You are right, it seems that the en phrase is there instead of the Hebrew...


I'll forward it for fixing.

Thanks!

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Matthew McCarty
Saturday at 06:28 AM
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The audio for אני רוצה לנסוע לרחוב שנקין. is wrong.

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Hi Shelley Lynn,


I'm glad to be of help!


Sincerely,

Yaara

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Shelley Lynn
Thursday at 11:03 AM
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Thanks again, Yaara

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Wednesday at 02:44 PM
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Hi Shelley Lynn,


You are right - Israelis don't put “please” at the beginning of a sentence. We will not say "Please, can you help me" but "Can you help me please" (?אתה יכול לעזור לי, בבקשה) or "can you please help me" (?אתה יכול בבקשה לעזור לי).

And yes, Israel does have female taxi drivers :smile:


Keep up the good work!


Yaara

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Shelley Lynn
Friday at 02:35 AM
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Thank you, Lenny, I see the spelling errors. Am I noticing correctly that Israeli's rarely put "please" at the front of a sentence like we do in English? lol, yes, I was hoping that there are some female taxi drivers in Israel! Thank you again for your encouragement.

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Tuesday at 10:52 PM
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Shalom Shelley Lynn,


Thank you for posting.

Well done! very good sentence!

?שלום אני רוצה לסוע לרחוב אלנבי. את יכולה בבקשה לעצור בפינה שם

( that is, if you are talking to a female)

?יש לך עודף משטר של מאתיים


Happy Hebrew learning,


Lenny

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Shelley Lynn
Tuesday at 10:52 AM
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oops-also see a typo on rehov and please eliminate the l' in front of Allenby Thanks.

Shelley Lynn
Tuesday at 10:49 AM
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יש לך עודף משטר מאתים ? שלום אני רןצה לנסע לרחוב לאלנבי בבקשה את יכולה לעצור בפנה שם ?

Hello, I want to travel to Allenby street. Please are you able to stop at the corner there. Do you have change from a 200 bill? Sorry that the sentences are in the wrong order-can't always get them where I want them when I stop and restart.

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Shalom Jeannet,


Thank you for your comment and for drawing out attention to this issue.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will work on fixing it.


Happy Hebrew learning,


Lenny


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