Do you want to count the 10 commandments? Ahem, okay they are probably ten, but how about counting them in Hebrew? Here we will learn the Hebrew numbers together.
Let’s get right into the point…
Hebrew numbers are kind of tricky. Though they are easy to memorize, they vary in gender. When counting masculine objects, you use different form of numbers than the ones you would use when counting feminine objects.
Since we live in a male-centrist world (unfortunately) let’s go with the flow and start with the masculine-object counting numbers:
These Hebrew numbers are also gathered in this beautiful song called “echad mi yode’a?” (who knows number one?), I am not sure how old the song is, but it is brilliant. However, do not expect to understand all of it. Just get the idea, they ask
Echad mi yode’a? (who knows number 1)
Shnayim mi yode’a (who knows number 2)
Funny is that numbers in Hebrew break the masculine/feminine grammar rulers. Usually when a word ends in a “heh” letter (ה), it indicates that the word is feminine. Ironically we notice that masculine objects take the number with a “heh”. To make this easy, think of the relationship between the counting number and the items that is being counted as a traditional marriage, that goes (usually) between a male and a female.
Now, here are the Hebrew numbers used for counting female objects.
Now let’s talk about 10, 20, 30 etc. Since we leave 19, the rest of our Hebrew numbers are the same no matter what the gender of the counted objects is. Let’s see:
20: עשרים: esrim
30: שלשים: shloshim
40: ארבעים: arba’im
50: חמשים: chamishim
60: ששים: shishim
70: שבעים: shiv’im
80: שמונים: shmonim
90: תשעים: tish’im
Now you can count in Hebrew. Do not miss the chance of learning the Hebrew Alphabet through the Hebrew worksheets I created just for you.