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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 7 - Can You Speak English?
In today's lesson, we'll cover another extremely important phrase, "Can you speak English?" Using this phrase as opposed to speaking English at someone is important for many reasons. For one, if the party you're speaking to doesn't understand English, at least they'll be able to understand what you're asking. Furthermore, it shows a lot of respect on your part that you've made an effort to learn even a little bit of the language. For these reasons and many more, we're going to cover this very important phrase.
As we saw in previous lessons, in Hebrew, there are different ways to say things depending on the gender of speaker and listener.
If a man is spoken to, "Can you speak English?" is Haim ata medaber anglit? Let’s break it down by syllable, Haim ata medaber anglit? Now, let’s hear it once again, Haim ata medaber anglit? The first word Haim means, "do." The second word Ata means, "you." The third word Medaber, which comes from the verb Ledaber, means,"to speak." Last, we have the word Anglit, which in English means, "English." Let’s break it down these words and hear them one more time, Haim ata medaber anglit.
If a woman is spoken to, "Can you speak English?" is Haim at medaberet anglit? Let’s break it down by syllable, Haim at medaberet anglit? Now, let’s hear it once again, Haim at medaberet anglit? The first word Haim means, "do." The second word At means, "you." The third word Medaberet, which comes from the verb Ledaber, means,"to speak." Last, we have the word Anglit, which in English means "English." Let’s break it down these words and hear them one more time, Haim ata medaber anglit.
The phrase that we just learned is in the formal tense. Which means you should always use the above phrase in situations with people you don't know or elders.
When speaking to younger people, it's acceptable to use the informal tense. In which case, if you are speaking to a boy, you will say in Hebrew Ata medaber anglit? Let’s say it slowly now, Ata medaber anglit? Now, we will break it down by syllable, Ata medaber anglit? Here it is once again, Ata medaber anglit? And if you are speaking to a girl, you will say in Hebrew At medaberet anglit? Let’s say it slowly now, At medaberet anglit? Now, we will break it down by syllable, At medaberet anglit? Here it is once again, At medaberet anglit? While the difference is minimal, the significance is very important
Please note that in order to make a question sentence, when we drop the question word Haim, which comes at the beginning of the sentence, we need to emphasize the word Ata (for male) or At (for female) so the listener understands that we are asking a question.
Before we move on, please remember that Haim followed by the question is the formal way to ask if somebody speaks that language. Dropping the Haim before the actual question is the informal way to ask something. Without Haim is more direct. Do not drop it with people you don't know or with elders.
Now for a change, let's try a different language. Let's try Spanish. "Can you speak Spanish?" If you are a man, you will say Ata medaber sfaradit? And if you are a woman, you will say At medaberet sfaradit? The word for "Spanish" is Sfaradit. Let’s break it down this word and hear it one more time, Sfaradit. Here, just the word for the language changes, the rest is 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.
“Do you speak English?” (formal when a male speaker is asked) - Haim ata medaber anglit?
“Do you speak English?” (formal when a female speaker is asked) - Haim at medaberet anglit?
“Do you speak English?” (informal when a male speaker is asked) - Ata medaber anglit?
“Do you speak English?” (informal when a female speaker is asked) - At medaberet anglit?
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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What languages can you speak?

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Hi Debby moore,


Thanks for commenting and for choosing to learn Hebrew with us!


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Debby moore
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Yes I can speak Ankrit ..just wait a bit longer for my new bank account ok,? thanks so much for all example so good to learn more and more

Shalom shalom

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Jo Alex SG
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Todah rabah for the lesson!

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Hi Chris,


Thanks for commenting. You are always welcome! hope you enjoyed it :)


Most Israelis speak English at a pretty good level, as it's one of Israel's official languages and since it's being tought from the 3rd class in elementary schools as 2nd language, so no worries there :) I do agree though that it's nicer to be able to talk the local language and not the 2nd language... 😄


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Chris
Thursday at 06:24 PM
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My native language is English, but I do know quite a bit of Spanish. It would be nice if someone in Israel spoke English, but I would rather learn Hebrew! Thank you for the lesson today!

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Hi Rose Obioma Aniagoh,


Thanks for commenting and good morning to you too! 😄


Hope you will be able to talk a second language - Hebrew - soon enough 😅


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Rose Obioma Aniagoh
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Todah raba Boker tov

Ani medabereth Anglith

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Hi Hugh Sullivan,


Thanks for commenting, and for sharing :)


Learning a language is a tricky process and don't be worried if you get a little mixed up once in a while! :)

You already have understanding in 3 languages, no number 4! very impressive. ?


Enjoy learning Hebrew with us,

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Roi

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Hugh Sullivan
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Only English well, a little German, a little spanish, (very little)