Just take a walk through the shuk (the outdoor market) in any city in Israel, and you will see some of the most beautiful produce in the world: fruits and vegetables of all shapes, sizes, and colors! There are juicy red rimonim (pomegranates), deep purple chazzilim (eggplants) . . . and even a delicious cross between a grapefruit and a pomelo--called a pomelit. Mmmmm . . .
In Lesson 7A, we will learn the Hebrew names for many fruits and vegetables--perot ve-yerakot. We’ll also get to see some of the knowledge we acquired in Lesson 6B (about verbs in the pa-al building block) put into action.
Then in Lesson 7B, we’ll learn that, in Hebrew, even fruits and vegetables have a gender. Of course, this has nothing to do with whether men or women enjoy eating them more. In fact, gender pertinence in Hebrew does not imply anything about the nature of the word. But it does apply to every word--not just to nouns, but also to the adjectives and numbers that are connected to them.
So what will you enjoy for lunch? A tapuach ta-im or a tapuach te-ima? And what about that tomato? agvanya adom or aduma? Learn the pattern, and you’ll be able to apply it to fruits, vegetables, animals, people, and more!
Are you hungry yet? Grab a tapuach, turn on the audio lessons, and enjoy some delicious perot ve-yerakot with Liat, Eran, and Jonathan . . . Bon appetit!! (Hmmm . . . is there a way to say that in Hebrew?)