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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 55 - What Time Is It?
No matter where you are, you will always have some place to be! In this lesson, we'll look at a question that will give you the tools to ask how much time you have left to get there. We'll also give you the tools to understand the answer!
In Hebrew, "What is the time?" is Ma Hasha'a? Let’s break it down by syllable, Ma Hasha'a? Now, let’s hear it once again, Ma Hasha'a? The first word Ma means, "what." Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time, Ma. Next, we have Hasha'a, which in English is "the hour." All together, we have Ma hasha'a? Literally, this means, "What is the time?"
Let's go over hours here. "Hour" in Hebrew is Sha'a.However, you will never hear this word while asking for the time. When talking about (hour) o'clock you just have to say the number and that's it.
1 o'clock - Achat
2 o'clock - Shtayim
3 o'clock - Shalosh
4 o'clock - Arba
5 o'clock - Chamesh
6 o'clock - Shesh
7 o'clock - Sheva
8 o'clock - Shmone
9 o'clock - Tesha
10 o'clock - Esser
11 o'clock - Achat esre
12 o'clock - Shtem esre
Let's cover how to answer the question Ma hasha'a? in Hebrew now! First, you answer Hasha'a... and then the time. Let’s hear it one more time, Hasha'a. "It's six o'clock" in Hebrew is Hasha'a shesh. Let’s break it down by syllable, Hasha'a shesh. Now, let’s hear it one more time, Hasha'a shesh.
The first word Hasha'a means, "the time." Then you have the time, which is the number Shesh, "six o'clock." All together, we have Hasha'a shesh.
Let's go over minutes now. "Minutes" in Hebrew is Dakot. Let’s break it down by syllable, Dakot. In Hebrew, first you say the number for "hours" followed by the number of minutes.
For example, "It's 3:20" in Hebrew is Hasha'a shalosh esrim. "It's 5:55" in Hebrew is Hasha'a chamesh chamishim vechamesh, "It's 8:34" in Hebrew is Hasha'a shmone shloshim vearba.
Even Hebrew has words for the set times of the day:
"Midday" in Hebrew is Tzo'oraim.
"Midnight" is Chatzot.
Lastly, "quarter" in Hebrew is Reva. Therefore, "It's 2:15" in Hebrew can also be Shtaim vareva.
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.
“What time is it?” - Ma hasha'a?
“It's 3:20.” - Hasha'a shalosh esrim.
“It's 5:55.” - Hasha'a chamesh chamishim vechamesh.
“It's 8:34.” - Hasha'a shmone shloshim vearba.
“Midday” - Tzo'oraim.
“Midnight” - Chatzot.
“It's 2:15.” - Shtaim vareva.
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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Sunday at 06:30 PM
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Hello listeners, what time do you usually wake up? Can you try telling us in Hebrew?

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Saturday at 11:33 PM
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Hi Deannah,

Thanks for posting! I would love to try to answer your questions.

THe most common way to say "7:17 pm" would be "שבע ושבע-עשרה דקות בערב" ("sheva ve-sh'va esreh dakot ba-erev", literally: "seven and seventeen minutes in the evening").

When the number of minutes is 20 or less, we add the word "and" (ושבע עשרה דקות...). This "and" can be dropped otherwise (for example, as you wrote correctly: "שמונה חמישים ושמונה"), but we tend to add it also before round numbers (10,20,30,40, and 50 minutes), so - for example -3:40 is "שלוש וארבעים", and not "שלוש ארבעים".

I hope that clears it 😄



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Monday at 10:38 AM
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Oops, I did not mean to type the number 66 😳 typo! אני מצטערת

Monday at 08:12 AM
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I set my am alarm for, השעה שמונה חמישים ושמונה ;-)


I am curious to know how it is for 1-20? This is where I am having trouble. In example, 3:12 pm, or 3:06 am. etc. תודה !

Monday at 07:48 AM
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For the time, 7:17 pm, what would be the proper way to say this in hebrew? I don't see anything mentioning this.

Sunday at 05:32 AM
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Shalom Roi, Dave is talking about the english translation for "all" under the dialogue section. The hours are not written only the minutes. still would like to see the numbers in the grammer points under lesson notes written in the hebrew. But havn't come across the teens written out yet and that is where I am confused. Do you have a lesson for me? Thanks for your efforts.

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Saturday at 10:58 PM
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Hi Dave Novick,

Thanks for commenting!

I don't see any mistake on the lesson materials, can you elaborate a little more about what is the problem?



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Dave Novick
Sunday at 11:38 PM
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The English translations for all of the sentences that say something like, "It is 3:20" (sentence 2) are incorrect. They consist of single number and not times. In addition, each number is prefixed with a letter (e.g. "A"). This doesn't look correct.

Shelley Lynn
Wednesday at 03:59 AM
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אין בעיה No problem

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Monday at 11:36 PM
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Hi Shelley Lynn,

Thank you for helping us do that :wink:



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Shelley Lynn
Sunday at 10:00 AM
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Thanks Yaara and thanks for improving the site.