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Hebrew Lesson Number 56:

The Job Interview

Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, Liat had a chance to meet Yael, her very good friend from high school. While they chat and touch base, Liat comes up with a great idea for this lesson’s Hebrew dialogue...

Some Grammar from This Lesson:

The Infinitive Form in Hebrew

Yael, Jonathan and Liat

Lesson 56 Hebrew Teachers

Jonathan: rega Liat, lama shelo pashut tikre-u oto - why don’t you simply read it, bimkom lesaper li alav? - instead of telling me about it?

Liat: ra-ayon mezzuyan Yonatan. Yaeli, tuchli lichtov avurenu et hadialog shehaya lach im Orit? - can you write down the dialogue you had with Orit for us?

ראיון עבודה

Job Interview

Yael: betacha. hu kol kach mashmauti avuri - it is so significant for me, sheani zocheret kol mila mimenu - that I remember every word of it. shtey dakot - two minutes.

Liat: mezzuyan! az ani ve-Yonatan nedaber beynataim al… - Jonathan and meanwhile I will talk about…

Jonathan: The Infinitive form!

Liat: Of course! The infinitive form. It’s been a while:)

Jonathan: nachon! It’s been a while, but still in each of our Hebrew lessons, when we go through the vocabulary lists, we encounter more than one instance of this form.

Liat: To be precise Jonathan, we encounter the Infinitive construct form, one of the two forms of infinitives that exist in Hebrew. The infinitive construct is actually the only form of infinitive that still exists in Modern Hebrew and is highly utilized in day-to-day conversations.

Jonathan: That’s very true Liat, but as we go on with our explanation of the infinitive construct, we realize that even this form is used in Modern Hebrew in a very specific manner. bechol ofen - in any case, looking back over the history of the Hebrew language, and mostly on its Biblical manifestations, we should start our discussion with the other type of infinitive: the Infinitive Absolute.

Liat: In its Biblical manifestations the infinitive absolute is being used in a few instances. Any one of us who has ever attended a synagogue should be familiar with this form as the next quote I’m using is actually the beginning of the Fourth Commandment as it’s written in Exodus, chapter 20 verse 7:

zachor et yom ha-Shabat lekadsho

זָכוֹר אֶת-יוֹם הַשַּׁבָּת, לְקַדְּשׁוֹ

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

In this case, the infinitive absolute, in Hebrew ‘makor muchlat’ is the word ‘zachor’. It is created from the root letters zainkaf and resh which means remember. The function it serves here is a strong form of commandment.

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