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Hebrew Lesson Number 2

Morning Encounter



Start your day with good morning and a little Hebrew chit-chat. After this Hebrew audio lesson, you’ll be ready for a casual meeting with a new Israeli friend.


Welcome to Learn Hebrew Pod 

Second Lesson!


Hello and welcome to our second special subscribers’ Audio/Visual Hebrew learning sessions. 


During this lesson and throughout our future programs, we will be exploring and deepening our knowledge of the Hebrew language and the uniqueness of its grammar.

 

We will provide you with some additional useful and necessary vocabulary, as well as fun exercises.


Both the extra vocabulary and mainly the special attention we are going to put into the grammar aspect of this audio/visual sessions are dedicated and designed for the purpose of enriching our reading and speaking Hebrew skills. 


Our anticipated goal, which we estimate, will be no less than having the ability to conduct a useful & simple Hebrew conversation in three to four months of practice and a much more complex one in less than a year of studies.




Introduction to Lesson 2:

Morning Encounter


boker tov! Ahhh . . . it’s a beautiful morning here at Learn Hebrew Pod.  The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the coffee is brewing and smells wonderful!  Mostly, we’re happy to have you with us again as we take the next step in our journey of learning modern conversational Hebrew.



And how are you this morning?  Wait a minute . . . let’s ask that in Hebrew!  ma shlomchem?


By the time we’re done with Lesson 2A, you’ll feel comfortable asking that question of a man or a woman--since we’ll be further exploring the importance of gender in Hebrew grammar.



Then, in Lesson 2B, we’ll take our first look at the frequent use of suffixes and prefixes in Hebrew, giving us the additional ability to address a group of men or a group of women.


Finally (as you will in many lessons), you’ll have the opportunity to be Hebrew speakers yourselves--practicing your pronunciation and translating words and sentences from English into Hebrew.


So plug in your desktop, laptop, mobile or tablet,  and let Eran, Liat, and Jonathan keep you company on your way to work this morning.  


But don’t be surprised if you walk into your office and greet everybody with a friendly boker tov!!


!בוקר טוב




Some Hebrew Grammar from This Lesson: 

The Order of Nouns & Adjective in Hebrew, and the Word Shalom



Jonathan:  Eran, when you met Liat today, you started your Hebrew conversation by saying boker tov.

Eran:  That is correct Jonathan. In Hebrew, boker means morning and tov  is good.

Jonathan:  With the literal translation we get morning good…



Eran:  Exactly Jonathan!  But, as you had mentioned on lesson 1-B, this of course is the implementation of the cheese cream rule.  In Hebrew we put the noun before the adjective but it is reversed in English.  Therefore boker  tov in Hebrew is translated as good morning in English.

Liat:  And I greeted Eran with the same words boker tov, Eran Good morning Eran.

an: Eran, your next sentence was ma shlomech?

In Hebrew - ma shlomech?  -   is translated into English as  how are you?

ma shlomech?   is composed of  two words:

Hebrew, the word  ma means what is.

And shlomech? …well that sounds related to another Hebrew word I’m familiar with, the word shalom.

Is it related to shalom?



Eran: It certainly is, Jonathan.

Jonathan:  We learned that in Hebrew, the word shalom has three meanings; it can either be hellogoodbye or peace.


*Read the full grammar discussion by using the Learn Hebrew Pod unique Audio/Visual Hebrew learning sessions - Lessons A, B and C at the top of this page.