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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 3 - Please in Hebrew
This phrase will help you take matters into your own hands! In this lesson, we'll look at the word "Please," which will be very important when you need to ask for something.
In Hebrew, "Please" is Bevakasha. Let’s break it down by syllable, Bevakasha. Now, let’s hear it once again, Bevakasha.
The easiest way to use "Please," is to point at something while saying Bevakasha, but let's try to build this up a bit, shall we? Let's start with the expression, "This, please," which in Hebrew is Haze bevakasha. In English, "this" comes before "please." In Hebrew, the order is the same. So we have Haze bevakasha.
Let's look at the word for "this." In Hebrew, "this" is Haze. Let’s break it down by syllable, Haze.
Looking at the word for "this" warrants a look at the word for "that," which is Hahu. The phrase "That please," is Hahu bevakasha. Let’s break it down by syllable, Hahu bevakasha. Now, let’s hear it once again, Hahu bevakasha.
Please remember that in Israel it is also a little rude to point at things, and especially at people. If it is necessary to point to something in order to explain better what one wants, then it is accepted. However, pointing in the direction of someone and especially to a person's face is a very aggressive stance. Furthermore, when pointing it is better to have one's arm, hand, and finger pointing in a relaxed way. Pointing with a stiff finger may seem intimidating.
As we saw in lesson 1, in Hebrew, there are different ways to say, "I thank you." depending on the gender of the speaker and listener. If a man is speaking, "I thank you" is Ani mode lecha. Let’s break it down by syllable, Ani mode lecha. Now, let’s hear it one more time, Ani mode lecha.
If a woman is speaking, "I thank you" is Ani moda lach. Let’s break it down by syllable, Ani moda lach. Now, let’s hear it one more time, Ani moda lach.
In both cases, we use the first word Ani "I" to make the phrase formal.
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.
“Please.” - Bevakasha
“I thank you. (Formal for a male speaker)” - Ani mode lecha
“I thank you. (Formal for a female speaker)” - Ani moda lach
“That Please.” - Hahu bevakasha
“This Please.” - Haze bevakasha
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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Hello, Listeners! What Hebrew word do you like the most?

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Bolis Olwak
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Hi , thank you for lesson I really enjoyed , I hope I will speak hebrew fluency soon .

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Hope you will enjoy the next ones as well 😉

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Thank you for lesson 3...the word I like most is..."ani moda/mode lekha/lakh"

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Hi Chris,


Thanks for commenting and for the positive feedback!


Sound like you're a very diligent student 👍 I'm sure it'll pay off big time!


One small note - "לקח" is indeed "a lesson", but not in this context. It's a "lesson" as in "after riding too fast I eventually fell down and learned my lesson...".

A lesson as in a classroom context is "שיעור" (Shi'ur).


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Chris
Sunday at 01:41 PM
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תודה רבה על הלקח הגדול!

While I am taking these lessons, I am also learning the alef-bet using the app Tiny Cards. I'm also learning new words using the app Duolingo.

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Hi Belinda and Simon!


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@Simon - thanks, I will forward this request.


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Simon Lasfetto
Sunday at 07:50 AM
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I enjoyed the lesson especially the pronunciation , but it would be helpful if the instructor gave or show the writing also.

Toda Raba.