Learn These Ten Hebrew Phrases For Everyday Conversations

Hebrew Vowels
Hebrew Vowels

Hebrew is one of the oldest recorded languages and has not changed in all the years it has been spoken. This beautiful language is full of rich history that speaks to people in a way no other language can. When a person wants to expand their knowledge of other languages, they often look to Hebrew. While learning this language is not always easy, it can be helpful if a person works with a program that will help them learn the language in steps that are easily broken down.

These ten Hebrew conversation phrases can get a person started on learning the language:

  • Good morning is a greeting that is welcomed anywhere in the world. To say this phrase in Hebrew, one would say bo-ker tov. This is written as ???? ???. This an easy phrase to learn so individuals can greet those who speak Hebrew, even if they do not know other words in the language.
  • To thank someone in Hebrew, one would say to-da ra-ba which means thank you very much.
  • When a person wants to learn the name of another, they would ask “ma shim-kha”. This means what is your name. There is no word for “IS” in Hebrew. So literally “What your-name”. SHEM is the word for “name”, but adding the “kha” ending changes the vowel and turns it into “your name”.
  • If a person is shopping, they may need to ask how much an item costs. They should say “ka-ma ze o-le”. This is an important phrase to learn if a person will be making purchases while they are traveling. “OLEH” literally means “go up”; so “How much does it go up”? We know that prices are rising all the time, don’t we?
  • When a person first starts to Learn Hebrew, it can be beneficial for them to learn to say common phrases like “How are you”. To say this in Hebrew, say “ma shlom-kha”. Most people are familiar “SHALOM”. Yes, it does mean “peace”, and is also used a greeting to say hello or goodbye. But it really means “to be whole” or “to be complete”. So, in effect, you are asking someone “What or How is your Wholeness”?
  • Should a person want to thank another, it is polite to reply with you’re welcome. To say this in Hebrew, a person would simply say “al lo da-var”. This is similar to the English phrase “it’s nothing”. You can also say “bevakashah” instead.
  • To end an evening by saying goodnight, a person would say “lai-la tov.” Knowing how to say just a few common phrases can allow a person to communicate with those who speak Hebrew; and you will see their appreciation when you try to communicate to them in their own language. “Laila” is the word for “night”, and “tov” is the word for “good”. The adjective comes after the noun.
  • When a person is meeting another for the first time, they should say “na-im me-od” or “naim li meod”. This means nice to meet you, or more literally “It is pleasant [to me] very much”.
  • I’m hungry is spoken in Hebrew as “a-ni ra-ev”. “Ani” is the personal pronoun “I”, and “ra-ev” means “hungry”; again, there is now word for “Is” in the language. Once an individual begins learning short phrases like this one, they can slowly expand their Hebrew vocabulary words.
  • When a person wants to learn Hebrew, an easy phrase to learn is good luck which is said as “be-hats-la-kha”. As some of the words above, it actually has nothing to do with “luck”. It reall means “success to you,”, and now we wish you success in learning these simple conversational vocabulary words.

Once individuals learn more about the Hebrew alphabet, they can learn how to pronounce Hebrew words with proper skill. Using a good Hebrew language tutorial can make learning this interesting language much more effective and fun.

Watch this video to practice the above words and more: