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Hebrew Lesson Number 31:

A Letter from Paris

Take a stroll down the Champs-Élysées and along the Seine, visit the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, experience the scents of Paris and the taste of fine wine. Let's read all about it in Hebrew, in Michal's letter to Liat.

Introduction to Lesson 31: 

A Letter from Paris 

Learn Hebrew Pod - Lesson No. 31

One of the coolest things about Israel is its location right on the Mediterranean.  It’s close to so many other awesome places to visit--just a hop, skip, and a jump to Greece . . . or Italy . . . or France . . .

דגל צרפת

In fact, someone we know at Learn Hebrew Pod is enjoying a trip to Europe right now.  Do you remember Michal, who joined us for our visit to the beauty salon a few weeks ago?  She and Liat have become friends since meeting that day, and it seems that while Liat is here working so hard on her TV series, her many acting projects, and recording Learn Hebrew Pod, Michal is off vacationing in Paris.  

מגדל אייפל

We’ll try not to hold it too much against her since everyone deserves a little R&R . . . and since she offered to let Liat share with us her beautiful description of all her Parisian adventures.  The perfect topic for our lesson!

In addition to learning Hebrew words for the many wonderful things to see and do in Paris (and some related to traveling in general), our focus for this Hebrew lesson will be a short review of basic sentence structure--concepts that apply to both English and Hebrew.

נהר הסיין

It may not be quite as good as actually eating a croissant in a café on a sidewalk along the Seine, but we can pretend . . . and learn some Hebrew too!

Bienvenue à shiur mispar shloshim ve-achat!  bruchim haba-im!!

Team Conversation from the Lesson:

Jonathan: shalom uvruchim ha-ba-im le-shi-ur mispar shloshim ve-achat shel Learn Hebrew Pod.

Eran: Hello and welcome to lesson number thirty one of Learn Hebrew Pod.

שלושים ואחת

Liat: Your online multimedia Hebrew Learning Center on the Web!

Eran: Today's lesson is the seventh lesson – ha-shi-ur ha-shvi-i of our Intermediate level course.


Liat: asher hitchil - which startedbe-shi-ur mispar esrim ve-chamesh - in lesson number twenty five.

עשרים וחמש

Jonathan: So, after celebrating our thirtieth lesson last month - acharey she-chaganu et ha-shi-ur ha-shloshim shelanu ba-chodesh she-avar


Eran: Where we learned the special Hebrew word 'et' and its various personal pronoun declensions…

Liat: While going to the movies – la-kolno-a, to see Charlie Chaplin and the latest Disney movie…

Jonathan: We are here again, ready and prepared-

Eran: muchanim

Liat: u-mezumanim

Eran and Liat

Our Friends and Hebrew Teachers

Jonathan:  Great - achla! Just A short note for those of you who have just joined our program and are listening to our podcast for the first time: 

The Hebrew course  ha-kurs be-ivrit, developed here on Learn Hebrew Pod, is a very systematic program. Each successive lesson is built on the last.  

Through the program - derech ha-tochnit, we help our students create - anu ozrim la-studentim shelanu lizzor, an efficient and useful vocabulary – ozzar milim, as well as develop a thorough understanding of Hebrew grammar – dikduk ivri, and its different applications.  

All of this is done in a step-by-step manner, based on our special teaching techniques and unique methods.

צעד אחר צעד

It is a wonderful idea - ze ra-a-yon mezzu-yan, to listen first to this lesson – la-shi-ur haze, as every new word is explained and translated. Our grammar topic, today, is a new one, which will be explained thoroughly in this audio/visual Hebrew Lesson and the successive one, lesson B.  

But, if you are new to Hebrew – im atem chadashim la-safa ha-ivrit, particularly to conversational Hebrew, we do encourage you, after listening to this session - ahcharey she-atem ma-azinim la-shi-ur haze, to listen to the past podcasts and audio lessons in the order in which they were created – lefi ha-seder bo hem nozzru.

ארגז כלים

This process will give you a systematic, and a very comprehensive method, and will provide you with all the necessary tools – im kol ha-kelim ha-drushim, to actually being speaking – kedey she-mamash tuchlu ledaber, modern conversational Hebrew, the way it is spoken daily in Israel! - kefi she-hi meduberet be-ofen yom-yomi be-Isra-el!

Eran: Liateyzo glu-ya yafa at machzika - what a nice postcard you're holding. OH… I actually recognize the photo…. It’s the Eiffel Tower, this is Paris! - zot Pariz!

גלויה מפריז

Liat: ze nachon, Eranzot Pariz. Paris is a city, a city in Hebrew is ir, it carries a feminine gender pertinence, hence we translate "It is Paris" as "zot Pariz". And in this case… its feminine attribute is SO becoming… zot ir kol-kach yafa! - It is such a beautiful city!

Jonathan: at yoda-at Liat - do you know Liatmi be-Pariz achshav? - Who's in Paris now?

Liat: kamuvan, Yonatan. Michal!

Eran: Michal? Ah!! zot ha-sachkanit - this is the actress, she-hishtatfa ba-tochnit shelanu - that participated in our program,  when I was in Eilat, a few weeks ago.


Jonathan: bedi-yuk Eran - exactlyMichal hiklita shi-ur la-tochnit shelanu - Michal recorded a lesson for our program. That was… lifney shisha shi-urim - six lessons ago. And it was actually the first intermediate lesson of Learn Hebrew Pod.

Liat: nachon! As ani ve-Michal histadarnu kol kach tov - we got a long together so well, that we actually became friends - na-asenu chaverotanachnu shomrot al kesher - we keep in touch, ve-achshav hi be-emet be-Parizwith her boyfriend - im ha-chaver shelaNo-am. She promised - hi hivticha, to write me from there - lichtov li mi-sham.



Some Grammar from This Lesson:

The Special Hebrew Preposition - ‘Et’

Jonathan: Another optional complementary component of the verbal predicate is the object. The object can be either direct or indirect.

The direct object answers the question "what" or "whom". Let's see some examples for this:

Eran: An example with "what":

achalti agvani-ya – I ate a tomato

achalti et ha-agvani-ya – I ate the tomato

In both cases, the verbal predicate 'I ate' – 'achalti', requires a direct object, it answers the question "what". 

אכלתי את העגבנייה האדומה

In the second sentence, this object is also a particular 'The tomato'. As we learned last time, Hebrew uses the connecting word 'et' between the verb and a particular direct object.

Liat: An example for a direct object that answers the question "whom":

pagashti ish chacham – I met a wise man

pagashi et ha-ish ha-chacham – I met the wise man

Again, in both cases, the verbal predicate 'I met' - 'pagashti', requires a direct object, it answers the question "whom".  

In the second sentence, this object is also a particular 'The wise man', and again, as we have learned in last time, Hebrew uses the connecting word 'et' before the verb and a particular direct object.

Jonathan: The 'indirect object' is simply to recognize as it answers questions such as "to what?", "to whom?", "for what?", "for whom?" etc.

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