People say that Israelis can sometimes be rude when speaking. Or are we simply too direct? Contrary to popular belief, we do have ways to be courteous in modern Hebrew. Want to know how? Bevakasha!

New Words and Expressions:

Bevakasha – Please, here you are – ื‘ื‘ืงืฉื”

Ani rotse cappuccino – I want (Iโ€™d like) cappuccino – ืื ื™ ืจื•ืฆื” ืงืคื•ืฆโ€™ื™ื ื•

โ€œHayiti rotsa cappuccinoโ€ – I would like / I would have liked cappuccino – ื”ื™ื™ืชื™ ืจื•ืฆื” ืงืคื•ืฆโ€™ื™ื ื•

โ€œAval tov, ah?โ€ – โ€œBut good, eh?โ€ – ?ืื‘ืœ ื˜ื•ื‘, ืื”

Be-sheket – Quietly – ื‘ืฉืงื˜

Bimhirut – Quickly – ื‘ืžื”ื™ืจื•ืช

โ€œVakasha, shalomโ€ – Thank you, goodbye – ื‘ื‘ืงืฉื”, ืฉืœื•ื

โ€œNu vakshaโ€ – Come on, pleaaaaase! – ื ื•, ื‘ืงืฉื”

Sheket bevakasha – Quiet, please – ืฉืงื˜ ื‘ื‘ืงืฉื”

Lehikanes (be)vakasha – Come inside please – ืœื”ื™ื›ื ืก ื‘ื‘ืงืฉื”

Ani mevakesh/mevakeshet – Could I have X – ืื ื™ ืžื‘ืงืฉ/ืžื‘ืงืฉืช

Ani mevakesh lo laamod kan – Please, donโ€™t stand here – ืื ื™ ืžื‘ืงืฉ ืœื ืœืขืžื•ื“ ื›ืืŸ

Efshar levakesh mapit? – Could I please have a napkin? – ?ืืคืฉืจ ืœื‘ืงืฉ ืžืคื™ืช

Playlist and Clips:

Hana Laszlo & Eyal Geffen – Bevakasha Zo Lo Mila Kasha (lyrics) 

Lahakat Pikud Ha-tsafon – Sheket Bevakasha

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