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Top 20 Hebrew Conversational Phrases, Questions You Need Pt 2

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Welcome to part 2! Read part 1 here.

Top Hebrew questions, phrases and answers you need to know for conversations. Quick, bite-sized phrases that’ll get you speaking basic Hebrew conversations. In this series, you’ll learn:

  • Phrases, Questions, Answers in Hebrew
  • Hebrew Pronunciation in English
  • As well as the Hebrew writing
  • Pay attention as phrases can be different for males and females

11. Saying where you’re from in Hebrew

  • I am from (location).
  • Ani me (location)

Where are you from? Common question to expect if you’re a foreigner. So, to say where you’re from, you’re just missing the country name. Here are some examples that you can use.

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  • I am from America.
  • Ani me’america.
  • אני מאמריקה.
  • I am from Russia.
  • Ani me’Russia.
  • אני מרוסיה
  • I am from France.
  • Ani me Sfarad.
  • אני מספרד.

12. Saying where you live.

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Aside where you’re from, “where do you live” is also a common question. Especially if you’re communicating online or if you actually live in Israel and want to be specific. Here’s the format to saying where you live:

  • I live in (location).
  • Ani gar b’ (location)

For example….

  • I live in London.
    • Ani gar b’London.
    • אני גרה בלונדון
  • I live in New York.
    • Ani gar b’New York.
    • אני גר בניו יורק

13. “How are you?” in Hebrew

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Very common question that you should know. There are two ways to ask this. One for females, one for male listeners.

  • Asking a male
    • Ma shlomcha?
    • אני גרה בלונדון
  • Asking a female
    • Ma shlomekh?
    • מה שלומך

And to answer it….

14. Answering “How Are You” or saying “I’m fine”

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So, how are you feeling, dear listener? Here are some potential answers that you can use. Remember, “Ani” means “I” or “I am” so, all of your answers will start with “Ani.”

  • I’m great.
    • Ani metzoyan
    • אני מצוין
  • I’m so so.
    • Ani kacha-kacha.
    • אני ככה-ככה
  • I’m not bad.
    • Ani lo rah
    • אני לא רע

15. “Do you speak Hebrew?”

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So, you come across an Israeli and show off some Hebrew. Chances are they’ll be surprised. And they’ll ask. Do you really speak Hebrew?

  • Asking a male
    • Ata medaber ivrit?
    • אתה מדבר עברית?
  • Asking a female
    • At medaberet ivrit?
    • את מדברת עברית?

16. “Do you speak English?”

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Similarly, you may run out of Hebrew. Don’t worry, it happens to all learners. You’ll want to switch over to English to better express yourself. This question will be very useful for you.

  • Asking a male
    • Ata medaber anglit?
    • אתה מדבר אנגלית?
  • Asking a female
    • At medaberet anglit?
    • את מדברת אנגלית?

17. Saying how well you speak English/Hebrew, or any  other language.

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To answer the two questions above, here are some potentials. As you can guess from the above, “medaber/medaberet” means to speak, so all we have left is adding an adjective/adverb.

  • Yes, I speak a little.
    • Ken, ani medeber me’at. (male speaker)
    • כן, אני מדבר מעט
  • Yes, I speak it very well.
    • Ken, ani medeberet heitev. (female speaker)
    • כן, אני מדברת היטב
  • I understand some Hebrew.
    • Ani mevin k’tzat ivrit. (male speaker)
    • אני מבין קצת עברית.
  • Yes, I speak it fluently.
    • Ken, ani medaberet shotef. (female speaker)
    • כן, אני מדברת שוטף
  • I don’t know Hebrew
    • Ani lo yodea ivrit.
    • אני לא יודע עברית.

18. Asking “How do you say this in Hebrew”

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Great question for learners. Point at something and ask how it’s said. That’s one of the best ways to learn – kind of like kids do! Remember this one!

  • How do you call this/that in Hebrew?
  • Hech korim leze beivrit?
  • איך קוראים לזה בעברית?

19. When is your birthday?

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Of course, good for getting to know someone. There’s a 1/365 chance you’ll both have the same one!

  • When is your birthday?
  • matai yom ha-huledet shelkha?
  • מתי יום ההולדת שלך

20. Saying “Happy Birthday” in Hebrew        linguajunkie.com hebrew phrases

And just to finish up with relevancy, you’ll definitely need this one. Everyone enjoys a birthday wish (as long as it’s coupled with a present, because otherwise, it’s like… c’mon! Actions count more than words!)

  • Happy birthday!
  • Yom huledet same’ach!
  • יוֹם הֻלֶּדֶת שָׂמֵחַ!

So, what do you think? Am I missing any?

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Of course, there’ll be a part 3, and 4… and so on with more phrases. I’m just getting started! See you in the comments!

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laurie

I think there is an error on your page:

Asking a male
Ma shlomcha?
אני גרה בלונדון
Asking a female
Ma shlomekh?
מה שלומך

Ani gara……..is NOT the answer to the question.