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Hebrew Lesson Number 51:

Movin’ On Up

As we reach the first Advanced Level lesson, there’s no question that our Hebrew is on its way to new heights! Let’s catch up on all the news and take a look at what’s ahead. The sky’s the limit!

Introduction to Lesson 51: 

Movin’ On Up

We met 150 audio lessons ago with shalom and yom nifla! 

We learned to interact with friends, do a little social networking, and chat on the phone . . . 

We learned about the calendar and telling time, counted to two thousand, and celebrated some holidays together . . . 

We even prepared a bit for a trip to Israel: learning to ask directions, reserve a hotel room, hang out at the beach or a soccer game, and (most important!) order jachnun and malawach at our favorite Mediterranean restaurant.

And all of this while learning the essentials of Hebrew grammar: 

We learned the cheese cream rule, all about the Hebrew word et, and the relevance of number and gender. 


We explored prepositions and possessives, learned some slang, and discovered the system of Hebrew roots. 

And who could possibly forget meeting our seven new best friends?  The seven Hebrew building blocks . . . now we know them well!!  

Pa-al was the one who introduced himself first, so we began to get acquainted in the present, then we learned all about his past!




Zman over maher kshenehenim!  Time passes quickly while having fun! And before we knew it, we could no longer call ourselves Beginners!  It was time to kick it up a notch: Intermediate, here we come!

Pa-al hung out awhile longer and told us all about his dreams for the future. Then one-by-one, we met his six brothers and sisters (big family!) 

We took some time out to get reacquainted with our old friend et, and he introduced us to his many cousins: prepositions. 

With them, we had some fascinating conversations about how they appear when combined with different personal pronouns (otherwise known as “declensions”), and we also learned a little bit about basic sentence structure and the different parts of speech. 

We learned so many new Hebrew words in the Intermediate Level that we had to make sure we could count them all . . . so we learned to count to a million and beyond. (Okay, so we probably don’t need such high numbers just for counting Hebrew words . . . but maybe someday for depositing money in the bank!!  


Team Conversation from The Lesson

ערן בן צבי

המורה שלנו לעברית בדרגות מתחילים ובינוניים

Liat: Eran…

Jonathan: Eran…

Liat: ze katuv kol kach yafe -

Jonathan: It is written beautifully.

Liat: hamon behazzlacha!

Jonathan: hamon behazzlacha!

Eran: toda chevere, as you can see, I allowed myself to say exactly how I feel… for two main reasons: first, I feel very comfortable sharing it with our students. Second… as you may have noticed, I was not ‘easy’ on the Hebrew!  I wrote it as if I was addressing Hebrew language students, but not just any Hebrew language students… ADVANCED Hebrew language students!!!

Jonathan: ze nachon - that’s absolutely right!  And now, let’s keep our usual routine in this regard also in the Advanced Level, and translate your Hebrew monologue into English.

Liat: Jonathan, as Eran’s monologue is actually the first Hebrew text we’re about to study in the Advanced Level… would it be okay ...if I translate it into English? Or… at least join you for that?

Jonathan: Well Liat, that’s perfectly reasonable request, and I would really love to agree to it… but… I’m actually not going to be the one who’s reading the English translation today…

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Liat: ani lo mevina - I don’t understand… im ze lo ata velo ani - if it’s not you and not me... would you like Eran to read it again in Hebrew and in English?

Jonathan: Well… not exactly - lo bediyuk But this is a perfect time… Dan, would you like to join us now - tirzze lehizztaref eleynu achshav?

דן ענבר

המורה שלנו לעברית ברמת המתקדמים

Dan Inbar

Our Advanced Level Hebrew Teacher

Dan: shalom chevre shalom! ani kol kach mitragesh lihiyot kan!

Jonathan: Eran, Liat, studentim yekarim… allow me to introduce you to Dan, our new Hebrew teacher for the Advanced Level of Learn Hebrew Pod!

Liat: naim meod

Eran: naim meod

Dan: Eran, I am very very happy to meet you! Since Jonathan called me last week, I have listened to all of your recordings in the Learn Hebrew Pod program. I just love what you have been doing. It’s a great honor for me - ze kavod gadol bishvili to be asked by Jonathan to be the one that continues your wonderful job of being a teacher and a friend to the Learn Hebrew Pod students.

Eran: Dan, ani meod mitragesh - I’m very excitedwelcome - baruch haba vehamon behazzlacha.  If you ever have any questions, you are always welcome to call me, even in Prague! 

Dan: toda Eran! That means a lot to me. Liat, Jonathan, I have only good things to say to you both as well. toda al hahizdamnut - thank you for the opportunity. I can’t wait to start working with you guys.

Liat: Dan, baruch haba!

ברוך הבא


Jonathan: baruch haba! And Dan, actually, you don’t need to wait too long kedey lehatchil - to start. Would you like to be Eran’s monologue translator for this lesson?

Dan: ze ihiye li le-oneg - that will be a pleasure for me.

Liat: Jonathan, ra-ayon mezzuyan!

Jonathan: yalla, bou natchil!

!יאללה, בוא נתחיל

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Jonathan: As we mentioned before, starting with this lesson, our usual introductory conversation in the A Lesson, will be strictly in Hebrew, but will always have an ‘immediate’ English translation.

Liat: The same conversation will be repeated at the beginning of the C Lesson. There, you will be able to experience it only in Hebrew. The PDF and the audio/visual sessions of the C Lesson will include both the transliteration and the Hebrew writing of the conversation.

Dan: The A Lessons will continue to have Hebrew monologues, Hebrew dialogues, essays, articles, reviews and various other Hebrew literature resources. All, of course, appropriate for advanced level students.

Jonathan: Enriching our vocabulary and Hebrew fluency in diverse and different situations will be our main goal when going through these conversations or articles.  For the grammatical aspect, the A Lessons will also be dedicated to enriching our word bank, utilizing another, very systematic, approach:

We will learn all there is to know about the way Hebrew nouns and adjectives are formed. Starting from shiur chamishim ve-shta-im - Lesson 52, the B audio/visual lessons will be mostly dedicated to continuing our expert exploration of Hebrew verb conjugations.

Liat: So far in our program we have focused mainly on the conjugations of ‘all-natural-root-letters-verbs’. In the Advanced Level, we will study much more, also about irregular verbs:

Dan: Verbs which contain guttural letters in their roots, verbs which contain not just three but four letters in their root, and many other exceptions.

Jonathan: ze nachon! As we can see, the A lessons for the Advanced Level will be mostly dedicated to enriching our noun and adjective Hebrew vocabulary, and the B lessons will cover all there is to know on verb conjugations. And to make all of this perfectly set in our minds and rolling naturally off our tongues….

Liat: We have

Dan: the C Lessons.

Liat: After repeating the introductory conversation taken from the A Lesson…

Dan: Just in Hebrew...

Liat: Just in Hebrew, kamuvan, we will practice the monologue, dialogue, article or essay taken from the A Lesson…

Dan: We will practice the nouns, adjectives and other grammatical material we studied in the A Lesson…

Liat: And we will practice the irregular verb conjugations we studied in the B Lesson…

Dan: vekol ze, bizman sheniten lachem studentim yekarim -

Liat: And all of that, while giving you dear students…

Dan: et ha-efsharut lihiyot dovrey ha-Ivrit beazzmechem -

Liat: The option of being the Hebrew speakers yourselves.

Liat: zehu ze nachon? - That’s it, right?

Jonathan: pachot o yoter - more or less! :)  ve-achshav… Eran, ata muchan?



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