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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 60 - Congratulations
Today, we are going to introduce you to some phrases that are ideal for special occasions and you can use them with Israeli speakers anywhere in the world! Whether you are sending an e-mail across the globe or saying it in person, the following phrases for celebratory events will allow you to express your sentiments in Israel. In Hebrew, the custom of exchanging regards and good wishes is very important. Usually Israelis shake each other's hands and kiss each other's cheeks.
In Hebrew, "Congratulations" is Mazal tov. Let’s break it down by syllable, Mazal tov. Now, let’s hear it once again, Mazal tov. These words literally mean, "Good luck" and we use it in many special occasions such as a career move, after passing an exam, at a wedding, and so on.
"Happy birthday" in Hebrew is Yom huledet same'ach. Let’s break it down by syllable, Yom huledet same'ach. Now, let’s hear it once again, Yom huledet same'ach. The first word Yom means, "day." Let’s break it down this word and hear it one more time, Yom. Next, we have Huledet, which in English means, "birth." Last, we have the word Same'ach, which in English is "happy." All together, we have Yom huledet same'ach. Literally, this means, "Birthday happy." We translate it as "Happy birthday."
Now let's see what we say specifically at other different events that are very straightforward.
"Happy New Year" in Hebrew is Shana tova. Let’s break it down by syllable and hear it once again, Shana tova. The first word is Shana and it means, "year." The second word is Tova and it means, "good." All together, we have Shana tova. This literally means, "Year good." However, we translate it as "Happy new year."
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.
“Congratulations!” - Mazal tov!
“Happy birthday!” - yom huledet same'ach!
“Happy New Year!” - Shana tova!
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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And thank you for being with us in this Survival Phrases lessons!

Now you are ready to challenge youself with our Beginner level seasons!

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Hi nato,


Thanks for the good feedback! :smile::smile:


Enjoy learning Hebrew with us! :thumbsup:


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nato
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thank you very much.it is great

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Hi Shelley Lynn,


I'm Happy to help :wink:


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Yaara

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Shelley Lynn
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yes, very. Thank you Yaara.

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Hi Shelley Lynn,


מ - mi/me - is used mostly like the word "from" ("from" where, "from" when, "from" who, "from" what), but not only - it also comes before an object that caused something, in which case it functions a little like the word "by". This is very ambiguous, so I will give a few examples:

התרגשתי מהמחווה - I was moved by the gesture

נבהלתי מהרעש - I got scared ("from") the noise

נהניתי מהקונצרט - I enjoyed ("from") the concert

I hope this answer is helpful.


Sincerely,

Yaara

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Shelley Lynn
Sunday at 12:49 AM
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Thank you again Yaara. I need to include "m" as in "from this section". Hebrew also uses this pre-fix a lot along with the "B" Any hints as to when I should use them?

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Hi Shelley Lynn,


Thank you for posting.

I enjoyed this section, This was practical. Thank you.

.נהנתי מהחלק הזה, זה היה מעשי. תודה

I'm glad you enjoyed the lesson :smile:

Good job!


Sincerely,

Yaara

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Shelley Lynn
Saturday at 11:17 PM
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נהנתי החלק הזה זה היה מעשי תודה I enjoyed this section, This was practical. Thank you.