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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 9 - Can You Repeat That ?
There will be many times when the Hebrew around you or coming at you is fast and furious and you may not catch any or all of it. In instances such as this, asking the speaker to say it again can prove the difference between understanding a crucial piece of information and spending the rest of the day trying to figure out what they just said. The following phrase will not only give you a better sense of the language, but it will also help you tune your ear as well!
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, "Can you repeat that please?" is Ata yachol lehagid et ze shuv? Let’s break it down by syllable, Ata yachol lehagid et ze shuv? Now, let’s hear it once again, Ata yachol lehagid et ze shuv? The first word Ata means, "you," followed by Yachol, which literally means, "can." Next, we have Lehagid, which in English is "to say." The following words are Et ze, which in English mean, "that." Last, we have the word Shuv, which in English means "again." To recap, we have Ata yachol lehagid et ze shuv. Literally, this means, "Can you repeat?"
If a woman is speaking, In Hebrew, "Can you repeat that please?" is At yechola lehagid et ze shuv? Let’s break it down by syllable, At yechola lehagid et ze shuv? Now, let’s hear it once again, At yechola lehagid et ze shuv? The first word At means, "You," followed by Yechola, which literally means, "can." Next, we have Lehagid, which in English is "to say." The following words are Et ze, which in English mean, "that." Last, we have the word Shuv, which in English means, "again." To recap, we have At yechola lehagid et ze shuv. Literally, this means, "Can you repeat?"
Let's look at the next expression, which is more polite. The phrase Bevakasha, a repetition from previous lessons, means "please." All together, for a male speaker, this is Ata yachol lehagid et ze shuv bevakasha? For female speaker, this is At yechola lehagid et ze shuv bevakasha? Literally, this means, "Can you repeat please?"
At times, even repeating the words isn't enough to understand the speaker. This is often due to how fast the person is speaking. For instances such as this, you can use the phrase "Slowly please." In Hebrew, "Slowly please" is Yoter leat. Let’s break it down by syllable, Yoter leat. Now, let’s hear it once again, Yoter leat. The first word Yoter means, "more." Let’s break it down this word and hear it one more time, Yoter. Leat, which in English means, "slow," follows next. To recap, we have Yoter leat. Literally, this means, "Slowly please."
We can use the phrases we have seen together. "Can you repeat slowly please?" For a male speaker, this is Ata yachol lehagid et ze yoter leat bevakasha? Here we have Ata, which means, "you" in English. The second word is Yachol, which in English means "can." The third word is Lehagid, which is the verb meaning "to say." Next are the words Et ze, which mean "that." After that, we have the word Yoter, which means "more" followed by the word Leat, which in English means, "slow." Last, we have the word Bevakasha which in English means, "please." Let’s repeat that one more time, Ata yachol lehagid et ze yoter leat bevakasha?
For a female speaker, this is At yechola lehagid et ze yoter leat bevakasha? Here we have At, which means, "you" in English. The second word is Yechola, which in English means "can." The third word is Lehagid, which is the verb meaning "to say." Next are the words Et ze, which mean "that." After that, we have the word Yoter, which means, "more" followed by the word Leat, which in English means "slow." Last, we have the word Bevakasha, which in English means "please." Let’s repeat this one more time, At yechola lehagid et ze yoter leat bevakasha?
We can also combine "again" with "Slowly please." "Can you repeat again and slowly please?" For a male speaker, this is Ata yachol lehagid et ze shuv yoter leat bevakasha?
For a female speaker, this is At yechola lehagid et ze shuv yoter leat bevakasha?
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.
“Can you repeat that please?” (male listener) - Ata yachol lehagid et ze shuv bevakasha?
“Can you repeat that please?” (female listener) - At yechola lehagid et ze shuv bevakasha?
“Slowly please.” - Yoter leat.
“Can you repeat slowly please?” (male speaker listener) - Ata yachol lehagid et ze yoter leat bevakasha.
“Can you repeat slowly please?” (female speaker listener) - At yechola lehagid et ze yoter leat bevakasha.
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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Hello everyone!

What was today's most difficult word to pronounce? Can you repeat it?

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Saturday at 04:38 AM
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Hi Richard,


Thanks for posting your question!


Yes, "זה" is used in several ways in Hebrew, and it can function as "that, "this" and also as an "it's" in phrases such as "it's forbidden by law" ("ze asur al pi khok" - "זה אסור על פי חוק").

There are 2 feminine versions of "ze", by the way, and they are "זו" (zo) and "זאת" (zot).


I hope that helps 😄


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Roi

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Sunday at 08:26 PM
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Hi Rick,


Thank you for posting.


You can adjust the audio lesson speed by clicking on the ‘1x’ button next to the volume control icon (you can choose either 0.75x or 0.5x to slow it down).


Should you have any questions, please let us know.


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Rick
Sunday at 06:32 PM
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This lesson is spoken too fast for me!

Richard
Friday at 12:59 AM
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6th paragraph suggests et ze means “that”. But is it “this” also?


Richard

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Thursday at 03:57 AM
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Hi Johannes Hillert,


Thank you very much for your comment, we appreciate your feedback and glad to hear that you are enjoying the site😄👍


The idea behind the scene in the explanation is that in this situation, a person is speaking to you. We are trying to teach the proper way to respond in case you didn't understand something that what was told to you. Therefore, the person is referred to as "the person speaking" (to you), and not as "the speaker" (grammatically). Do you see the difference?


That said, I do understand how it can be confusing. We'll keep this in mind in the future. 😉


I will forward your requests regarding the speed of speaking 👍


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Roi

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Johannes Hillert
Sunday at 05:20 AM
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There is this grammar error that repeatedly comes up in these lessons. For the last few lessons I just tried to ignore it, but now I had enough.. 😠


"Ata yachol.." is something that depends on the person that is spoken to and not the speaker. If I am speaking to a female person I use "At yechola..". Yet all throughout the lesson the instructor says that the genus depends on the speaker - this is wrong, it depends on the person I am referring to with "Ata" or "At" - the one spoken to.


Also, the instructor can just speak in two speeds - ridiculously slow and ridiculously fast, a middle way would be great.


Anyway, apart from that I enjoy most of the material on this site, it is a great learning experience.. 😅

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Saturday at 12:20 AM
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Hi Liss,


Thanks for posting and for sharing this useful tip 👍😄


Enjoy learning Hebrew! Please always feel free to comment and post your thoughts and questions - we'll do our best to assist! 👍


Yours,

Roi

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Liss
Thursday at 02:00 PM
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It sounds very dificult all together but breaking it down in silables does the trick.. now the key is to say it faster and faster each time 😅

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Tuesday at 04:07 AM
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Hi Nancy,


Thanks for commenting!


No worries! learning a language is a process with slower and harder parts and faster and easier periods in between! I'm sure you'll see great results if you continue practicing and learning regularly.


Please feel free to comment and post your thoughts and questions, we will do our best to help out 👍😄

Yours,

Roi

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Nancy
Monday at 11:17 PM
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Yoter … sounds to me to have an L sound ,, putting all the words into a sentence is hard unless I see the word I can repeat it ,, slowly I am getting it.. I will be a very slow speaker. lol