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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 8 - I Don’t Understand
Today, we shall see a very useful phrase meaning, "I don't understand." It is very useful because many times you won't immediately understand what people are saying.
As we have seen before in Hebrew, there are different ways to say things depending on the gender of the speaker and listener. If a man is speaking, in Hebrew, "I don't understand" is Ani lo mevin. Let’s break it down by syllable, Ani lo mevin. Now, let’s hear it once again, Ani lo mevin. The first word Ani means, "I." Let’s break it down this word slowly now, Ani. Lo, which in English is "No," follows this. Last, we have the word Mevin, which in English means, "understand." To recap, we have Ani lo mevin. Literally, this means, "I don't understand."
If a woman is speaking, in Hebrew, "I don't understand" is Ani lo mevina. Let’s break it down by syllable, Ani lo mevina. Now, let’s hear it once again, Ani lo mevina. The first word Ani means, "I." Let’s break it down this word slowly, Ani. Lo, which in English is "No," follows this. Last, we have the word Mevina, which in English means, "understand." To recap, we have Ani lo mevina. Literally, this means, "I don't understand."
Now let's look at another phrase, "I don't know." In Hebrew if a man is speaking, "I don't know" is Ani lo yodea. Let’s say it slowly now, Ani lo yodea. The word Yodea literally means, "To know." If a woman is speaking, "I don't know" is Ani lo yoda'at. Let’s say it slowly now, Ani lo yoda'at. The word Yoda'at literally means, "To know."
Another way to express that you don't understand is asking someone "What does it mean?" This phrase in Hebrew is Ma ze omer? Let’s break it down by syllable, Ma ze omer? Now, let’s hear it once again, Ma ze omer? The first word Ma means, "What." Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time, Ma. Next, we have Ze, which in English is "this." Last, we have the word Omer, which in English means, "mean." To recap here, we have Ma ze omer? Literally, this means, "What does it mean?"
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.
“I don't understand.”(male speaker) - Ani lo mevin.
“I don't understand.”(female speaker) - Ani lo mevina.
“I don't know.” (male speaker) - Ani lo yodea.
“I don't know.” (female speaker) - Ani lo yoda’at.
“What does it mean?” - Ma ze omer?
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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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Was there anything in this lesson you did not understand?

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Sunday at 07:52 PM
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Hi Dalibor,


Thanks for posting!


Well, grammatically the answer is 'no', but in everyday speech, you might hear people saying such phrases, omitting the "I" from the phrases. Another common example is "lo rotse" (לא רוצה) - literally: "(I) don't want".


Yours,

Roi

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Dalibor
Thursday at 05:10 AM
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Hi. Is it correct to say just "Lo mevin", without "ani"?

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Tuesday at 07:46 PM
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Hi Ambra Inbar,


Thanks for posting your question.


Yes, "omer" is the masculine singular form of the verb “lomar” (to say).


In this lessons we show that it can be used for clarifying a meaning as well, as in the English sentence "what does it mean" - in Hebrew we will translate literally as "what does it say" (מה זה אומר) 'ma ze omer'.


Yours,

Roi

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Ambra Inbar
Friday at 03:27 PM
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Shalom! I have a question.

Isn’t “omer” also the masculine singular form of the verb “lomar” (to say)? Thank you

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Tuesday at 12:52 PM
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Hi Jo Alex SG,


Thanks for your kind feedback. Let us know if you have any questions!



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Jo Alex SG
Monday at 10:48 AM
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Thank you so much for one more interesting lesson!

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Wednesday at 10:52 PM
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Hi Al Navarrete

Thank you so much for your positive feedback!

I'm glad that you enjoyed the lesson and have found it useful. ?

Nevertheless, I hope you won't have many misunderstandings in Hebrew ?


Keep enjoying Hebrew!


Idit

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Al Navarrete
Tuesday at 12:25 AM
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Very important lesson. Very useful when you try to speak a new language. I like the lesson format and how the instructors built it up to make it easier to learn and understand.

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Friday at 09:38 PM
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Hi vivian,


Thanks for commenting. I will write down all the 4 options to make sure it's clear -


female speaker to male listener - מה אתה רוצה - ma ata rotse

female speaker to female listener - מה את רוצה - ma at rotsa

male speaker to male listener - מה אתה רוצה - ma ata rotse

male speaker to female listener - מה את רוצה - ma at rotsa


Hope it's clear now,

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Roi

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vivian
Saturday at 07:49 AM
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Shalom


"What do you want ? " is also has


male speaker to female listener ..


female speaker to male listener ?


rotzeh need to be changed ?



Thank you.



Vivian