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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 42 - Buying A Phone Card
While most people wouldn't or couldn't step outside without their cell phones, when visiting another country, sometimes it's a little too far for your local carrier. In recent years, you can use your cell phone when you get to Israel, but you have to pay very expensive cover charges. So if you feel like saving your pennies, the good old ways work like a charm.
Before asking for a card, you may want to find out if they have the cards. In Hebrew, "Do you have telephone cards?" is Yesh po kartisei telefon? Let’s break it down by syllable, Yesh po kartisei telefon? Now, let’s hear it one more time, Yesh po kartisei telefon? The first word Yesh means, "have." Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time, Yesh. Next, we have the Hebrew noun for "cards," which is Kartisei. Let’s break it down by syllable and hear it one more time, Kartisei. Finally, we have Telefon, which you might have figured out already means, "telephone" in Hebrew. Let’s break it down by syllable and hear it one more time, Telefon. All together, we have Yesh po kartisei telefon? Literally, this means, "Do you have cards for phoning?"
The answer to this will be "Yes" Ken or "No" Lo. In the case that they have the cards, you'll want to ask for one of the denominations we talked about.
Let's start with a twenty Shekels card.
In Hebrew, "A twenty Shekels telephone card, please" is Kartis telefon shel esrim shekalim bevakasha. Let’s break it down by syllable, Kartis telefon shel esrim shekalim bevakasha. Now, let’s hear it once again, Kartis telefon shel esrim shekalim bevakasha. The first word Kartis means, "card." Let’s break it down and hear it one more time, Kartis. Then we have Telefon "phone." After this, we have Shel, the article for "of." Next, we have Esrim shekalim, the numbers of Shekels you want to have on the card, which is "twenty Shekels." Let’s hear it once again, Esrim shekalim. Finally, you have Bevakasha, which means, "please." Now, Let’s use entire phrase one more time, Kartis telefon shel esrim shekalim bevakasha. Literally, this means, "A phone card of twenty Shekels please."
For a fifty Shekels card, you just have to change the value in this way, Kartis telefon shel chamishim shekalim bevakasha.
If you are looking for a payphone, you will have to ask Yesh po telefon tziburi basviva? This means, "Is there a payphone near here?" The first word Yesh means, "is there." Let’s hear it one more time, Yesh. Next, we have the word Po, which means "here" in English. Let’s hear it one more time, Po. Then we have the word for "phone booth," which is Telefon tziburi. Then, something you have already learned in Survival Phrases Number 30, Basviva, which translates as "near here" in English. All together, we have Yesh po telefon tziburi basviva? In English, this means, "Is there a phone booth near here?"
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.
“Do you have telephone cards?” - Yesh po kartisei telefon?
“A twenty Shekels telephone card, please.” - Kartis telefon shel esrim shekalim bevakasha.
“A fifty Shekels telephone card, please.” - Kartis telefon shel chamishim shekalim bevakasha.
“Is there a payphone near here?” - Yesh po telefon tziburi basviva?
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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Do you usually call your country when you're in a trip?

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Hi Shelley Lynn,


I'm happy to help :wink:


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Thank you, Yaara.

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Hi Shelley Lynn,


Thank you for posting.

.כן, המשפחה אוהבת לשמוע את החדשות של הטיול שלי

Yes, the family likes to hear the news of my trip.

?איפה אני יכולה לקנות כרטיס טלפון

Where can I buy a telephone card?

?יש פה כרטיס טלפון של עשרים שקלים, בבקשה

Is there here a telephone card of 20 shekels please?


Great job!


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Shelley Lynn
Wednesday at 09:40 PM
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כו המשפחה אוהבת לשמוע את ההדשות של הטיול שלי. אפה אני יכולה לקנות כרטיס טלפון ? יש פה כרטיס טלפון של אשרים שקלים בבקשה?.

Yes, the family likes to hear the news of my trip. Where can I buy a telephone card? Is there here a telephone card of 20 shekels please?

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