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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 59 - Nationality
In today’s lesson, we'll cover a phrase you will be able to use in all those moments in which you are introducing yourself or even your friends and you are talking about your own country and the place you come from.
First, let's review how to introduce ourselves. In Hebrew, "My name is Ofer" is Korim li Ofer. Let’s break it down by syllable and hear it one more time, Korim li Ofer. Here we have Korim, which means, "call," and Li, which means, "me." To recap, we have Korim li.
Now let's cover how to say where you're from! In Hebrew, "I'm from America" is Ani me'amerika. The first word Ani means, "I." Next, we have meamerika, which in English is "from America." Please note that in Hebrew we attach prepositions to nouns or adjectives. Thus, we attach the preposition Me "from" to the adjective Amerika "America" in this sentence. To recap here, we have just two words: a subject Ani and an adjective meamerika. All together, we have Ani meamerika, meaning, "I am from America."
In Hebrew, "I'm from Spain" is Ani mesfarad. Now, let’s hear it once again, Ani mesfarad. As you can see, the sentence doesn't change. You always have Ani me "I am from". Then the only thing that changes is the place. Therefore, you have Sfarad in place of Amerika.
In Hebrew, as we have seen before, there are different ways to say things depending on the gender of the
speaker and listener. If you are a man, this phrase is the way you answer the question, Me'eifo ata?
In English, this means, "where do you come from?" Let’s break it down by syllable and hear it one more time, Me'eifo ata? The first word Me'eifo means, "from where." Then you have Ata, which in English is "you." All together, we have Me'eifo ata? Which literally means, "From where you?" We translate it as "Where do you come from?"
If you are a woman, "Where do you come from?" is Me'eifo at? In English, this means, "Where do you come from?" Let’s break it down by syllable and hear it one more time, Me'eifo at? The first word Me'eifo means, "from where." Then you have At, which in English is "you." All together, we have Me'eifo at? This literally means, "From where you?" We translate it as "where do you come from?"
The subject changes if you are introducing a friend to someone. Therefore, "He's from America" in Hebrew is Hu me'amerika. The adjective doesn't change but the subject does. You have Hu, which means, "he" in place of Ani "I". All together, we have Hu me'amerika. "She's from American" would be Hi me'amerika. Since Hi in English means, "she" and the adjective stays the same.
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.
“My name is Ofer.” - Korim li ofer.
“I'm from America.” - Ani me’amerika.
“I'm from Spain.” - Ani mesfarad.
“Where do you come from?” (male listener) - Me’eifo ata?
“Where do you come from?” (female listener) - Me’eifo at?
“He's from America.” - Hu me’amerika.
“She's from America” - Hi me’amerika.
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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Hi listeners, could you please tell us where you are from in Hebrew?

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Thursday at 09:12 PM
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Hi Serge,


Thanks for commenting and for introducing yourself!


We hope you will enjoy our lessons and learn Hebrew efficiently and quickly!


Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions or special thoughts about the lessons - we'll do our best to help out!


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Serge
Sunday at 04:25 PM
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שלום,

אני מצרפת.

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Hi Tom,


Thanks for commenting! 😄


From which country exactly? I'm originally from Israel but I live in Germany at the moment :)


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Roi

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Tom
Tuesday at 11:09 AM
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אני מאמריקה.

מאיפה את?

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Hi Shelley Lynn,


Happy I could help :sunglasses:


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Shelley Lynn
Sunday at 12:37 AM
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Thanks, Yaara. Good to know that I don't need to repeat the subject, "hem" I needed to use the past tense, I was born.

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Hi Shelley Lynn,


Thank you for posting!

My parents are from Russia but I was born in America.

.ההורים שלי הם מרוסיה, אבל אני נולדתי באמריקה

By the way, you can also drop the ”הם" - it isn't necessary (but is not a mistake either).

Good job!


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Yaara

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Shelley Lynn
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My parents are from Russia but I was born in America .ההורים שלי הם מרוסיה אבל אני מולדת באמריקה