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Hebrew Lesson Number 5

Days of the Week

In this Hebrew conversation you will learn the Hebrew names for the days of the week while finding out whether Eran will accept Liat’s invitation to see a movie.

Learning Hebrew Online

לימוד מקוון של עברית

Online Hebrew Learning

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ליאת וערן - המורים שלנו לעברית בדרגת המתחילים
Liat & Eran - Our Beginner Level Hebrew Teachers

Introduction to Lesson 5: 

Days of the Week

Time flies when you’re having fun!  We have already arrived at Lesson Number Five of Learn Hebrew Pod! 

Have you ever noticed how time flies when you are studying for a test?  No, no . . . don’t worry--you don’t have to study for a Hebrew test!  But it seems that Eran has a major exam coming up, so he might not have time to go to the movies with Liat this week.

אני לומד למבחן

I'm studying for a test

While Eran tries to find time to take a break, we will learn how to say the days of the week in Hebrew.  We’ll also find out that, in order to say the days of the week in Hebrew, we actually count them - first day, second day, etc.  Cool . . . so we’ll also begin to learn how to count in Hebrew, using the ordinal numbers.

Did you know that in Israel, the first day of the week is actually Sunday (like it appears on most calendars)?  So while the rest of the world is still relaxing and enjoying the weekend, Israelis are already up and back to work.  

Friday - יום שישי

But the bonus comes on Friday - yom shishi, when everyone is out at the coffee shops - ba-tey kafe in the morning,  and everything slows down in the afternoon in preparation for Shabbat.

Lesson 5B also gives us our initial introduction to the use of prepositions - milot yachas in Hebrew, a topic we will continue to explore more thoroughly in our future Hebrew lessons.

So, take some time out to learn Hebrew with Jonathan, Eran, and Liat on yom rishon, yom sheni, yom . . .  Oh, and will Eran and Liat make it to the movies?  Tune in to Lesson 5 and find out!!

הולכים לקולנוע

Going to the Movies


Some Hebrew Grammar from This Lesson:

The Order of Hebrew Adjectives - 

The ‘Cheese Cream’ Rule

Jonathan:  toda.  So, even though Eran is a very busy guy, he was able to join you at the movies this weekend. Taking some time off is very important!

Okay, back to our lesson! In today’s Hebrew conversation we’ve learned about the days of the week.  Besides that we were also using some prepositions - milot yachas. 

מילות יחס

Because we have plenty of new words today, in this lesson we will focus on the first half of the dialogue. The second half of the dialogue and some additional Hebrew vocabulary are available on Audio/Visual lesson number 5-B.

We have already mentioned four days of the week.  Eran and Liat, would you repeat those for us?

Eran: Of course Jonathan! I said that I’m busy studying for a test between

yom rishon” ve “yom chamishi”.

yom rishon” - “Sunday” -  “yom rishon”.

yom chamishi” -  “Thursday” - “yom chamishi”. 

Liat: Then I asked Eran if he would like to join me on:

yom shishi” or “yom shabat”.

yom shishi”  -  “Friday”  -  “yom shishi”.

shabat” -  “Saturday” - “shabat”.

Jonathan: Now, if I remember correctly, we were already using the Hebrew word “yom” in lesson number one.

Eran:  Yes. “yom” is “a day”.

Liat: And in that lesson we were greeting each other. I said to Eran:

yom nifla”  - “have a wonderful day”.

Jonathan: We know that “yom nifla” is literally translated as “a day wonderful”. This is a description of the day - in other words - the word ‘wonderful’, in Hebrew - ‘nifla’ - is an adjective!

Let me remind you of the “cheese cream” rule, which says that in Hebrew the noun precedes the adjective.  We first say “a day” and then “wonderful”.          

yom nifla” -  “a wonderful day”.

In English, each day of the week has a specific name, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday etc.  In Hebrew we are actually counting the days of the week. So, in the same manner of “yom nifla

Day - יום

we are saying “a day” and then its number.

Let’s see: “yom rishon”….”yom” meaning “A day”. What is “rishon”?

Liat: “rishon” is “first”. So “yom rishon” meaning “first day”...

First - ראשון

*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.