Blessing in Hebrew

The word blessing in Hebrew is “bracha”. Here is how it is written in Hebrew:

ברכה

Here is how to write it with niqqud (Hebrew vowels):

בְּרָכָה

Hebrew letters used in writing the word blessing in Hebrew:

ב = bet = like “b” in English

ר = resh = like rolled “r” in Spanish or the weird French “r” sound. However, the normal English “r” sound is perfectly acceptable.

כ = kaf = like the “ch” sound in Spanish “j” letter as in trabajo or the Scottish word “loch

ה = heh = like “h” in English.

Jesus in Hebrew

jesus in hebrewSome people believe that Jesus is the Messiah, well, I cant say I do, but that’s beside the point. I still would like to teach you how to say Jesus in Hebrew:

The name Jesus in Hebrew is “Yeshua”.

Here is how you write it in Hebrew:

ישוע

Alternatively, the name is also written like:

ישו

Here is how you write Jesus in Hebrew with Niqqud (Hebrew Vowels):

יֵשׁוּעַ

And here is the other alternative:

יֵשׁוּ

In case you don’t know the Hebrew alphabet, here is a list of the letters used in writing Jesus in Hebrew:

י

Yod – יוֹד

Yod is just like a “y” in English. It is sometimes pronounced like “y” in “many” or in “why

 

ש

Shin – שִׁין

Shin could either be pronounced like English “s” (as in some) or “sh” (as in sheep)

It is pronounced like “s” when it has a dagesh on its left side, like this;

שׂ

It is pronounced like “sh” when it has a dagesh on its right side, like this:

שׁ

 

ו

Vav – וו

Just like English “o” in “born” or “u” in “put”.

Vav is pronounced “o” if it has a dagesh on the top of it, like this:

וֹ

Vav is pronounced “u” if it has a dagesh inside it, like this:

וּ

 

ע

Ayin – עַיִן

It has a special sound that doesn’t exist in English or any other Western language.

However, a huge percentage of Hebrew native speakers in Israel pronounce it just like the letter “aleph”. Like A, E, O, I or U, depending on where it is in a word and what niqqud comes with 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)

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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First Black Miss Israel + How to Say Beauty Queen in Hebrew

Beauty Queen in Hebrew. Yityish Aynaw
Could Israel strip the title “rainbow nation” from South Africa? Until that happens, Yityish Aynaw won’t rest!

Israel has finally reflected its diversity on the Israeli beauty pageant , a black woman has won the crown!

Yityish Aynaw, known to her friends as Titi, is an Ethipian olah (immigrant) to Israel, who came to the country 10 years ago, when she was 12.

Yityish left her Facebook profile open for public, however, I thought it would be best not to share any photos there, in case she changes her mind later. However, let me give you a few hints about what kind of woman she is:

The new Miss Israel doesn’t seem to be a gung-ho about politics, however, she still “likes” Amir Peretz, the famous Moroccan-born Israeli politician, who is a member of Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah party.

Beside being a “fan” of Will Smith, Titi defines Martin Luther King to be her personal hero.

Titi hopes to be “the first black TV host in Israel” and to help change the stereotypical image of the Ethiopian women and immigrants generally in Israel.

Here is a short interview of Yityish Aynaw…

Anyway, before we jump into the lingual part, let me tell you some facts about Miss Israel contest generally:

  • First Miss Israel ever was Miriam Yaron, who was born in Germany.
  • First Israeli-born Miss Israel was Michal Har’el, from Jerusalem.
  • First IDF soldier to compete in the Israeli beauty pageant was Chavatzelet Dror.
  • First mizrahi Miss Israel was Ora Vered, who was born in Yemen.
  • First Miss Israel to win Miss world was Rina Mor, in 1976.
  • Youngest Miss Israel ever was Dana Wexler.
  • First Israeli Muslim and Arab to be Miss Israel was Rana Raslan, in 1999.

Now let’s see how to say Beauty Queen in Hebrew.

Before we start, let me tell you that it is very common to say “miss yisrael” instead. Here is how Israelis write it and say it:

מיס ישראל

Miss Israel in Hebrew

To literally say “beauty queen” you’d literally say “queen beauty” think of it as if you were to say “queen of beauty”:

Queen in Hebrew is “malka”, pronounced and written this way:

מַלְכַּה

Queen in Hebrew (audio pronunciation)

Beauty in Hebrew is “yofi”, pronounced and written like this:

יופי

Beauty in Hebrew (Audio pronunciation)

Together, they would be “malkat yofi”. But when we Israeli talk to each other about the beauty queen, they have to use “the”, right? After all, how many Miss Israel’s are there in Israel?!

So “the” in hebrew, is “ha”, and interestingly we don’t put it before “queen”, we rather put it before “beauty”. So we literally say “queen (of) the beauty”. Here is how to write and say that

Malkat hayofi

מַלְכַּת היופִי

Beauty Queen in Hebrew (Audio pronunciation)

Update!!! Titi is going to meet President Barack Hussein Obama when he comes to Israel! Here is a short interview about that…

Happy New Year in Hebrew

Happy New Year in Hebrew
A happy new year requires a shofar!

The Hebrew New Year is back! That time of the year again when everybody is hopeful again and tables are full of great food and warm and cozy. Want to stand out and some some Hebrew off? Here you can learn how to say happy new year in Hebrew as well as a few other useful phrases and tips.

First off, New Year’s Beginning.

First day of the Hebrew New Year is called “rosh hashanah” written in Hebrew like this:

ראש השנה

This literally means “head of the year”. Makes sense, right?

ראש = head

ה = the

שנה = year

I pronounced it here for you:


Happy New Year in Hebrew

Now, let’s see how you would wish someone a happy birthday in Hebrew. What you actually would be wishing them is a “good year” or as in Hebrew they say “shana tova”, written this way:

שנה טובה

שנה = year

טובה = good

I pronounced the Hebrew word here for you:

 

Happy New Year in Hebrew
Apple, honey and a shofar. Three things to have for a happy new year in Hebrew and Jewish cultures.

You might have noticed that the word for good is usually “tov” instead of “tova”. The reason why we put the heh at the end of the word is that Shana in Hebrew is a female word. This should be kind of tricky, finding the female and male nouns, but a good sign we have here for female nouns is the final heh ה.

Now you know how to wish someone a happy new year in Hebrew, how about you learn a few more things? like the Hebrew greetings, how to wish someone a happy birthday in Hebrew or at least how to write Shalom in Hebrew?

By the way, there are things that are strongly related to the Jewish new year, like apple, honey and the Shofar. People usually have apple slices dipped in honey on this very special holiday.

Todah Rabah: Thank You in Hebrew

Thank you in HebrewIsn’t it a shame that most people don’t know how to say thank you in Hebrew? Though most of them know how to say that in so many different languages!

Anyway, we will just leave all those languages behind and concentrate on how to say thank you in Hebrew, our beloved language.

Thank you in Hebrew is “todah”. Written this way in Hebrew letters:

תּוֹדָה

thank-you-in-hebrew.mp3

To listen to the pronunciation of the word, click on the play button right underneath it.

If you also want to know how to say “thank you very much” in Hebrew, here is the phrase:

תּוֹדָה רַבָּה

thank-you-in-very-much-in-hebrew.mp3

It is pronounced like “todah rabah”, I have recorded it as usual for you. Click on the play button below the word to hear the Hebrew pronunciation of it.

People also asked me to write about how to say thank you in Hebrew to both males and females, I will write that in details, however, be sure that “todah rabah” can do the job very well without additions.

However, let’s break it down with more details if you want:

Thank you in Hebrew to a male:

תּוֹדָה לךָ

thank-you-in-hebrew-to-a-male.mp3

pronounced “todah lecha”. I have recorded it for you, click on the play button to hear the Hebrew pronunciation.

Thank you in Hebrew to a female:

תּוֹדָה לך

thank-you-in-hebrew-to-a-female.mp3

pronounced “todah lech”. the Hebrew pronunciation is there if you click on the play button.

Note that

1: When I say the “male” version or “female” version I am NOT referring to the speaker, but rather to the recipient. So whether you are a man or a woman, it doesn’t matter when you are the one saying “thank you” in Hebrew. What matters is who you are talking to.

2: The difference between the male and female versions is the last vowel. You will learn more about that if you either enroll in my free conversational Hebrew course or follow the website for future Hebrew grammatical notes.

3: You should feel free to say “todah rabah” without “lech” or “lecha”.

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

Israeli News

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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