It’s a wonderful afternoon here. Sunshine finally and a quiet street outside. So, here goes Pimsleur Hebrew lesson 3…
Woman: Shalom, ma shlomcha?
Man: Tov toda.
Woman: Ah! atta mevin ivrit!
Man: Ken, ktsat.
Woman: Atta amerikai?
Woman: Aval atta mevin ivrit tov meod!
New words and phrases:
But: Aval = אבל
Israeli (male): Yisraeli = ישראלי
Israeli (female): Yisraelit = ישראלית
And: ve = ו
And you (to male): veatta = ואתה
And you (to female): veatt = ואת
Unlike in English, if we want to say an American (man) would would say it one way and if we want to say an American (we mean a woman) we would say it in another way, though the two ways are very similar, they are still different:
The difference is the last letter (the t sound) that singles out most female nouns in Hebrew.. This letter in Hebrew is tav ת
I have found that there are a few phrases that I tend to forget, they are:
A little : ktsat = קצת
Excuse me: Slicha = סליחה
Very well (in the sense of, all that good!): kol kach tov = כל כך טוב
See you (though it’s very easy and I know it by heart, it is sometimes surprising to hear the Pimsleur teacher asking you say “see you, goodbye”!: Lehitraot = להתראות
So it’s my turn now! Shalom lehitraot! See you in Lesson 4