Days of the Week in Hebrew

Hebrew Days of the Week
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Days of the week in Hebrew…

Do you get as annoyed as I get when people go around bragging about knowing the word Shabbat? Whenever you talk to someone and you tell them you speak Hebrew or you are Jewish they have to mention the word “Shabbat” in the conversation! They don’t realize that everybody does this, so this is still excusable.

So, how about you break out that stereotype and learn the rest of the Hebrew days of the week? They are really easy. We will not start with the most hated day of the week “Monday”. We will rather start with Sunday for a reason. The reason is that in Hebrew, the days are named simply by their numerical order in the week, and a Hebrew week starts with Sunday. “The First Day”

Sunday in Hebrew:

Sunday in Hebrew is Yom Rishon which literally means “first day”. It is written like this in Hebrew:

יום ראשון

Monday in Hebrew:

Monday is the second day in the Hebrew week. Thus it is called Yom Sheni which literally means “second day”. Written like this in Hebrew:

יום שני

Tuesday in Hebrew:

Tuesday in Hebrew is Yom Shlishi which means “third day”. Written in Hebrew this way:

יום שלישי

Wednesday in Hebrew:

Wednesday in Hebrew is Yom Rvi-ee meaning “fourth day”. Written like this in Hebrew:

יום רביעי

Thursday in Hebrew:

Thursday in Hebrew is Yom Chamishi, you guessed it! Yes, it means “fifth day”. This is how it is written in Hebrew:

יום חמישי

Friday in Hebrew:

Friday in Hebrew is Yom Shishi, meaning “sixth day” and this is how we write it in Hebrew:

יום ששי

Saturday in Hebrew:

Happy weekend! This is everybody’s favorite day, and everybody’s favorite Hebrew word, Shabbat. This is how we write Yom Shabbat or Shabbat in Hebrew:

יום שבת – or simply שבת

As you see, Shabbat name has nothing to do with shiv’a or seven, it means something like rest or ceasing from work (more on Wikipedia).

I pronounced these Hebrew days of the week here for you so you can have an idea how they are pronounced:

Hebrew Days of the Week. (Audio Pronunciation)

Now that you know the Hebrew days of the week, how about learning a few Hebrew greetings? or the Hebrew numbers? they are fun to learn!

Hebrew Letters You Probably Mix Up

Do you know how to read and write the Hebrew alphabet? That’s great, you are head and shoulders above others who still haven’t worked their way from aleph to tav. Still, the Hebrew letters can be confusing sometimes. At least a few letters are.

What I am trying to do here is to have these letters exposed to you, thus, I will use big fonts.

Hebrew Letters That Look Alike!

ר, ד and ך

(Dalet, Resh and Final Kaph)

Resh, Dalet and Final Kaph Hebrew Letters

Resh and dalet are so much like an identical twin to many of us. A good way to distinguish between them is to notice the upper right corner of both of them, one of them is very rounded (the resh) and the other is very sharp (the dalet)

On the other hand, to differentiate between final kaph and resh or dalet, you have to notice that the final kaph has a longer body than extends below the line, unlike resh and dalet.

Note that final kaph can either have rounded or sharp upper-riht corner, depending on the font. There is no rule here.

ב, כ and נ

(Kaph, Beth and Nun)

Kaph, Beth, Nun. Hebrew Letters

Another set of Hebrew letters that are hard to recognize for new Hebrew learners are kaph, bet and nun.

To distinguish between kaph and beth, you have to notice the lower-right corner of each letter. As you notice, kaph is rounded while beth is sharp and got like a small dash coming out of it.

Nun is often written just like beth, except for that it’s much slimmer than it.

ו, ז and ן

(Zayin, Vav and Final Nun)

Zayin, Vav, Final Nun. Hebrew Letters

In order to distinguish between zayin and vav, you have to notice the upper shape of each letter. zayin has a special shape, like an axe or something, while vav is simply curving towards the left, or sometimes it loses that curve and goes straight up.

To distinguish between vav and final nun, you have to know that final nun goes a bit below the line, since it has a taller body.

ח, ה and ת

(Heh, Chet and Tav)

Heh, Chet, Tet. (Hebrew Letters)

Last set of Hebrew letters that you probably would not get right are  heh, chet and tet. They look pretty much alike, except for that heh consists of two separate parts while chet is just drawn with one line.

Tet is pretty much like chet, except for that its lower left corner leans to the left when you write it.

Western Hebrew Months of the Year

Western Months of the Year in Hebrew
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Wondering what the Western Hebrew months sound like? It’s very common in Israel to use the Gregorian (Western) Calendar, after all, this is the global calendar that even anti-Christians are using today, so why wouldn’t Israel?

PS: If you want to learn how to write and pronounce months of the year in Hebrew, you can use these printable worksheets and audio pronunciation guide here.

Here are the Western/Gregorian Hebrew months

January in Hebrew

yanuar – יָנוּאָר

January in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation - Click to play)

February in Hebrew

februar – פֶבְּרוּאָר

February in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation - Click to play)

March in Hebrew

merts –  מֶרְץ

March in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation - Click to play)

April in Hebrew

april – אַפְּרִיל

April in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation - Click to play)

May in Hebrew

may – מַאי

May in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation - Click to play)

June in Hebrew

yuni – יוּנִי

June in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation - Click to play)

July in Hebrew

yuli – יוּלִי

July in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation - Click to play)

August in Hebrew

ogust – אוֹגוּסְט

August in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation - Click to play)

September in Hebrew

september – סֶפְּטֶמְבֶּר

September in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation - Click to play)

October in Hebrew

oktober – אוֹקְטוֹבֶּר

October in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation - Click to play)

November in Hebrew

november – נוֹבֶמְבֶּר

November in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation - Click to play)

December in Hebrew

detsember – דֶּצֶמְבֶּר

December in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation - Click to play)

Niqqud (Hebrew Vowels)

Niqqud (Hebrew Vowels)The Niqqud (sometimes referred to as Nikkud, with k instead) is the Hebrew vowels system.

Around the 7th and 8th centuries CE, when the use of Hebrew in everyday life became very limited, some pronunciation guidance was badly needed. And Niqqud was just what the doctor ordered!

The niqquds are dashes, dots and signs located on, under or inside Hebrew letters. They show us exactly what vowel we should pronounce, a, e, o, u, or something else…

Here is a list of the Hebrew vowels (also known to Israelis as the “the movements” hatnuot/התנועות) (the aleph א letter has nothing to do with the vowel, it is there just as an example, with all vowels.

Hebrew Vowels With an “A” Sound

Theדe are

Patach: אַ

PatachThe Patach (פַּתָּח) is like an a, but a short a.

Check my humble pronunciation here of “bat”, meaning daughter or girl in Hebrew. It’s written like this (note that patach under the first letter, ב)

בַּת

And pronounced like this:

Patach Example: Bat (Audio Pronunciation - Click to play)

kamatz:אָ

kamatzKamatz (קָמָץ) is like an a, but an Israeli a!

Check my pronunciation here of “aval”, meaning “but” in Hebrew. It’s written like this (note the kamatz under the second letter, ב)

אֲבָל

And pronounced like this:

Kamatz Example: Aval (Audio Pronunciation - Click to play)

 

Hebrew Vowels With an “E” Sound

These are:

Tzeirei אֵ

Tzeirei(alternatively spelled as Tzere and Tzerei)

Tzeirei (צֵירֵי) has a relatively long e sound, like in set or rather the a sound in make (however, it’s still shorter).

Here is an example for the Tzeirei, it’s the very famous word “ken” meaning “yes” in Hebrew. Here is how it’s written:

כֵּן

And here is how I would pronounce it, notice theTzeirei e sound in ken.

Tzeirei Example: Ken (Audio Pronunciation - Click to play)

Segol אֶ

Segol is another e sound, though not that long.Segol

A popular example would be the Hebrew word for boy, yeled

Written this way:

יֶלֶד

And pronounced here by me: (notice the segol e sound in the first two letters, the yod and the lamed, י – ל)

Segol Example: Yeled (Audio Pronunciation - Click to play)

Hebrew Vowels With an “i” Sound

Hiriq – אִ

HiriqHiriq (חִירִיק) is more like i in most English words like: instead, bid, swim, etc.

Here is an example, the word “im” in Hebrew which means “with”, it’s written this way: (notice the Hiriq under the ayin ע)

עִם

Hiriq Example: im (Audio Pronunciation - Click to play)

 

This page is a work in progress, however, with so many pages on my website being ever-green, I prefer spending more time on things that my readers would benefit the most from. So if you need me to pay more attention to this page and take the time (it takes hours) to complete the Niqqud/Hebrew vowels page, please let me know in a comment and I will do it much quicker, since I would know that someone is waiting.

Telling Time in Hebrew | How to Ask or Tell Time in Hebrew

Telling Time in Hebrew
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Telling time in Hebrew might not be something we all need. But once you learn how to tell time in Hebrew, it will be much fun to use with your Israeli, Jewish or Hebrew-speaking friends.

Let me first start with the most fundamental question…

“what is the time?” in Hebrew!

You can’t usually ask “what is the time” in Hebrew, you would be literally asking is “what’s the hour” instead. This is how you would ask it:

מה השעה? – Ma hasha’a?

Let’s break it down…

What in Hebrew is “ma” : מה

“The” in Hebrew is “ha” : ה

Hour in Hebrew is “sha’a”: שָׁעָה

Together that would be “ma hasha’a?”… Easy, right? Let’s move on…

Telling Time in Hebrew

Answering the what’s-the-time question

When someone asks you “ma hasha’a?” or what’s the hour as we agreed above, you would usually answer saying “the hour is…” which in Hebrew would be

Hasha’a… …השעה

Then you just put the time you want. For example if we want to say “it’s nine o’clock” we would say

השעה תשע – hasha’a tesha

Means “the hour (is) nine”. As you might know or have noticed the word “is” is omitted  in Hebrew. We literally say “the hour nine”. Means It’s nine o’clock.

Here are the words you would need to learn when you ask or tell time in Hebrew…

Hebrew Word for Time

The word “time” itself in Hebrew is Zman written and pronounced like this:

זְמַן

Hebrew Word for Minute

That is “daka”, spelled and pronounced this way:

דַּקָּה

You’d usually hear it in plural, that would be “dakot”

דקות

Now all you need to do is put the right number next to the “hasha’a” phrase, here are the Hebrew numbers if you don’t know them.
And hey, why stop there? You can always subscribe to my website for free and learn all the Hebrew phrases you want to learn, and stay updated with only interesting news from Israel. Click here to sign up for free, it’s fast and easy.

Hebrew Question Words with Pronunciation

Hebrew Question WordsDo you want to ask where something is in Hebrew? Who a person is? What is what and where leads to where? Learn how to read, write and pronounce Hebrew question words here. Welcome on board!

The Main Hebrew Question Words Are…

What in Hebrew

מַה = ma

What in Hebrew (Hebrew Pronunciation)

Who in Hebrew

מִי = mi

Who in Hebrew (Hebrew Pronunciation)

Where in Hebrew

אֵיפֹה = eifo

Where in Hebrew (Hebrew Pronunciation)

When in Hebrew

מָתַי = matai

When in Hebrew (Hebrew Pronunciation)

Why in Hebrew

לָמָּה = lama

Why in Hebrew (Hebrew Pronunciation)

How in Hebrew

אֵיךְ = eich

How in Hebrew (Hebrew Pronunciation)

Which in Hebrew

אֵיזֶה = eize

Which in Hebrew (Hebrew Pronunciation)

Now, do you want to learn Hebrew really fast (ahem, in three months or so), then you should really consider Pimsleur Hebrew.

BUT, if you want to keep it free, then you should try my interactive conversational Hebrew course, it’s awesome!

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Yiddish and Hebrew Greeting for Hanukkah

Hebrew Greeting for Hanukkah
Benjamin Netanyahu Lighting a Hanukkah candle.
We all know that Bibi speaks English, but how would you greet him in Hebrew?

Yiddish and Hebrew greeting for Hanukkah

Hanukkah (better spelled as Chanukah) is a Jewish festival that dates back, way back, to the Macabees’ Revolution.

Hanukkah is also known as “the Festival of Light”, the story behind it is very touching and the traditions are very interesting, but that’s not what we’re here for, right? Let’s get right into the point.

Hebrew Greeting for Hanukkah

Though the Yiddish greeting for Hanukkah is more popular, you still can greet people in Hebrew. The way you do so is by saying “Chag Chanukah Sameach”

Chag = חג = holiday

Sameach = שמח = happy

All together would mean “happy Hanukkah holiday”

Yiddish Greeting for Hanukkah

The more popular greeting would be the Yiddish one, it simply says

Ah Freilichen Chanukah

Stay tuned for more Hebrew phrases and Israel news.

Since you know now the Yiddish and the Hebrew greeting for Hanukkah, why stop there? You can learn Hebrew and impress “them” even more! Try Pimsleur Hebrew if you want to learn Hebrew fast, or try my free conversational course, if you want to do it gradually but free of charge!

Go back to Hebrew Greetings.

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How to Say”Prime Minister” in Hebrew. And News About Netanyahu Attacking Iran

Learn how to say prime minister in Hebrew
Bibi is ready to push the button, he said.

“I am, of course, ready to press the button if necessary,” Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said on November 6th.

This came after a controversial a report on Israeli Channel Two, said that back in 2010 Benjamin Netanyahu gave an order to the military to “be ready to attack iran in hours if necessary”.

That order was faced with big opposition from both Chief of Staff Lt. Gen Gabi Ashkenazi and the Head of the Mossad, Meir Dagan (both men who are no longer in office).

This statement of Netanyahu came after the administration of Barack Obama (who is ironically running on the same day for presidential re-election) failed Netanyahu when he asked the United States to put a clear red line for Iran, saying that “red lines do not make wars, they stop wars” back in his UN speech.

Done with politics, let’s turn to the Hebrew language

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How to say “prime minister” in Hebrew:

Just like the president is called “head of state” in the U.S., Israeli prime minister is called “head of the government” in Hebrew. This would be “rosh hamemshala”, written and pronounced this way:

ראש הממשלה

Prime Minister in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation)

The first word “rosh” means head, and “memshala” means government. “ha” simply means “the”.

ראש = rosh = head
ה = ha = the
ממשלה = memshala = government

Now let’s see these words in details:

Israeli News

How to say “head” in Hebrew

The word “head” in Hebrew is “rosh” written and pronounced this way:

ראש

Head in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation)

Israeli News

How to say “government” in Hebrew

The word government in Hebrew is “memshala”, written and pronounced this way:

ממשלה

Government in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation)

Israeli News

You will often hear the phrase

משרד ראש הממשלה – misrad Rosh Hamemshala

Means “the Prime Minister office”. “mirsad” means office. Pronounced this way:

Prime Minister Office in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation)

Stick around for more Israeli news and Hebrew words to learn.

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How to Say Tank in Hebrew. Plus News About Syrian Tanks Invading the Golan Heights.

How to say Tank word in Hebrew
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Early in November (2012), three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarized zone in the Golan heights. This, understandably, got Israel really  mad. The area has been demilitarized since 1974.

Israel, who officially sent a complaint to the UN peacekeepers, has felt since late 2011 that Bashar Al-Assad is trying to take the eyes of the world off the revolution which turned into a civil war in Syria, something that the latter of course denies and calls “Zionist claims”

Done with politics and news. Let’s concentrate on the language now.

How to say tank in Hebrew:

Hebrew adopted the English word “tank”, however, when you want to say tanks in plural, it has to follow the Hebrew plural rule, so the plural word would be “tankim”. Here is how the two words are written and pronounced:

טנק

Singular. Pronounced “tank”

Tank in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation)

טנקים

Plural. Pronounced “tankim”

Tanks in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation)

Another popular word in news and on TV would be “anti-tanks”, as in anti-tank missiles or anti-tank mines. This would be in Hebrew “neged tankim”, written and pronounced this way:

נגד טנקים

Anti-Tanks in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation)

Good luck with your Hebrew learning process, stick around for much more to come.

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How to Say “Press Conference” word in Hebrew + Bibi’s New Coalition News

Press Conference in Hebrew
Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman in a press conference. Announcing the new electoral alliance.

Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman have finally shocked everybody in Israel announcing in a press conference that their parties (Likud of Netanyahu and Yisrael Beiteinu of Lieberman) are going to run the next elections under one electoral list.

Many secular Israelis and liberals believe that this is a “dishonest” move that is just aiming to make the Israeli democracy a superficial game. However, this remains a private matter for the two parties, after all, what happens in Likud stays in Likud!

Let’s leave politics behind now, and concentrate on what we are here for…

Just like in English, “press conference” in Hebrew consists of two words, “press” and “conference”, except for that in Hebrew we literally say “conference press”.

Conference or party in Hebrew is:

מְסִבָּה

Pronounced msiba You will often here the Arabic word Chafla “חפלה” meaning strictly “party” check msiba’s pronunciation here:

Conference or Party in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation)

 

Press (or rather journalis) in Hebrew is:

עִתּוֹנַאי

This is comes from the word עִתּוֹן “Iton” meaning “newspaper”. Both words pronounced here: Iton, Itonai

Newspaper in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation)

Now the whole phrase “press conference” in Hebrew is:

מְסִבַּת עִתּוֹנָאִים

pronounced  mesibat itonayim.

News Conference in Hebrew (Audio Pronunciation)
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