Explaining Common Mistakes in Spoken Hebrew

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We often hear the same errors made over and over again by those learning to speak Hebrew. Some sound worse than others. But once pointed out, they’ll be easy to fix. On this episode, Guy explains some of these common mistakes โ€” why they happen and how to correct them.


Listen to the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode


New Words and Expressions:

Toda al X – Thanks for X – ืชื•ื“ื” ืขืœ ืžืฉื”ื•

Toda al ha-prachim – Thanks for the flowers – ืชื•ื“ื” ืขืœ ื”ืคืจื—ื™ื

Toda al ha-shiโ€™ur – Thanks for the lesson – ืชื•ื“ื” ืขืœ ื”ืฉื™ืขื•ืจ

Toda al mi she-at – Thanks for being who you are – ืชื•ื“ื” ืขืœ ืžื™ ืฉืืช

Toda le-itai shelem, al ha-hafaka – Thanks Itai shelem for the production – ืชื•ื“ื” ืœืื™ืชื™ ืฉืœื ืขืœ ื”ื”ืคืงื”

Toda le-Shai al ha-quiche – Thanks Shai for the quiche – ืชื•ื“ื” ืœืฉื™ ืขืœ ื”ืงื™ืฉ

Toda al something, toda le someone

Toda lach mami al ha-yom she-bo hiskamt lihyot ha-ima li-yeladai – Thank you darling for the day on which you agreed to

become the mother of my children – ืชื•ื“ื” ืœืš ืžืืžื™ ืขืœ ื”ื™ื•ื ืฉื‘ื• ื”ืกื›ืžืช ืœื”ื™ื•ืช ื”ืืžื ืœื™ืœื“ื™ื™

Toda al ha-cafe – Thanks for the coffee – ืชื•ื“ื” ืขืœ ื”ืงืคื”

Toda she-shalachta – Thanks for sending – ืชื•ื“ื” ืฉืฉืœื—ืช

Raโ€™iti be-youtube – I saw it on youtube – ืจืื™ืชื™ ื‘ื™ื•ื˜ื™ื•ื‘

Karati ba-iton – I read in the newspaper – ืงืจืืชื™ ื‘ืขื™ืชื•ืŸ

Shamati ba-radio – I heard it on the radio – ืฉืžืขืชื™ ื‘ืจื“ื™ื•

Shamati ba-hadashot – I heard it on the news – ืฉืžืขืชื™ ื‘ื—ื“ืฉื•ืช

Ha-turkit sheli lo tova – My Turkish is not good – ื”ื˜ื•ืจืงื™ืช ืฉืœื™ ืœื ื˜ื•ื‘ื”

Aval ha-shir hamud – But the song is cute – ืื‘ืœ ื”ืฉื™ืจ ื—ืžื•ื“

Ha-ivrit sheli lo tova – My Hebrew is not good – ื”ืขื‘ืจื™ืช ืฉืœื™ ืœื ื˜ื•ื‘ื”

Ha-hindi sheli lo tova – My Hindi is not good – ื”ื”ื™ื ื“ื™ ืฉืœื™ ืœื ื˜ื•ื‘ื”

Ani lo medaber sinit tov – I donโ€™t speak Chinese well – ืื ื™ ืœื ืžื“ื‘ืจ ืกื™ื ื™ืช ื˜ื•ื‘

Ha-turkit sheli lo tova – My Turkish is not good – ื”ื˜ื•ืจืงื™ืช ืฉืœื™ ืœื ื˜ื•ื‘ื”

Ahrei she-bati – After I came – ืื—ืจื™ ืฉื‘ืืชื™

Lifnei she-halacht – Before you went – ืœืคื ื™ ืฉื”ืœื›ืช

Lifnei ha-geshem – Before the rain – ืœืคื ื™ ื”ื’ืฉื

Ahrei ha-geshem – After the rain – ืื—ืจื™ ื”ื’ืฉื


Playlist and Clips:

Kobi Peretz – Toda Lach Mami (lyrics on YouTube)

Shlomo Artzi – Erets Hadasha (lyrics)

GรผlลŸen – Bangฤฑr Bangฤฑr (Turkish)

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai – Shahrukh Khan, Kajol & Rani Mukerji (Hindi)

Natan Goshen – Lifnei she-ahava tipol (lyrics on YouTube)

Ronit Shachar – Ahrei she-at Tivki Yam (lyrics)

Guyโ€™s links and tips page

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