For Beginners: Top 30 Conversational Hebrew Phrases: Quick Lesson

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First, welcome back. Second – you’re going to learn the Top 25 Conversational Hebrew Phrases. This lesson is PERFECT for beginners that need some common words, expressions and phrases under their belt.

So take this quick Hebrew Lesson…

  • Read this page to review and learn the phrases
  • Both Hebrew & English translations are provided
  • Print it out to have physical study material (i do it all the time)

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For Beginners: Top 30 Conversational Hebrew Phrases

1) I’m sorry.

  • אני מצטער.
  • Ani mitsta’er.

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Manners are important and knowing how to say sorry in Hebrew is a must. Maybe you won’t use it TOO much in conversations – but it’s one of these “top” phrases everyone must know.

2) Excuse me.

  • סלח לי.
  • S`lach li.

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Similar to the above, except this is also good to know for manners. There are tons of reasons to say excuse me in Hebrew. Whether as a light apology, to get someone’s attention and so on.

3) Please.

  • בבקשה.
  • Bevakasha.

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Another must-know conversational Hebrew phrase – and of course good for manners.

4) Thank you!

  • תודה
  • todah

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How to say thank you in Hebrew. And of course… if someone says “thank you,” you WILL need the next phrase.

5) You’re welcome.

  • על לא דבר.
  • Al lo davar.

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Always good to know for manners.

6) Hello.

  • שלום.
  • Shalom.

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Greetings are important. In fact, if you’re reading this, i expect you to know this conversational Hebrew phrase already. Not from me. Hello is one of those first things you learn.

7) Good morning.

  • בוקר טוב.
  • Boker tov

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Now, speaking of greetings… here’s how you say good morning. Remember, “tov” means good.

8) Goodbye.

  • שלום.
  • Shalom.

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9) Good evening.

  • ערב טוב.
  • Erev tov.

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Another greeting – when you meet your friends (or hot date) at night.

10) No.

  • לא.
  • Lo.

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11) Yes.

  • כן.
  • Ken.

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12) Where are you from?

  • מאיפה אתה?
  • Me’eifo atah?

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13) What’s your name?

  • מה שמך?
  • Mah shim’cha?

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14) How are you?

  • מה שלומך?
  • Mah shlom’cha?

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15) Hi.

  • שלום.
  • Shalom.

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Use it with strangers and friends alike. Just a basic Hebrew greeting. And every conversation starts with greetings.

16) Nice to meet you.

  • נעים מאוד.
  • Na’im meod

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17) Congratulations!

  • מזל טוב.
  • mazal tov.

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Got a promotion? A new car? A new book? A new wife? That’s reason for celebration! And that’s where “mazal tov” comes in.

18) May I sit here?

  • אפשר לשבת כאן?
  • efshar la-shevet kan?

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19) Where is the bathroom?

  • איפה השירותים?
  • eifo ha-sherutim?

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If you’ve never asked your friends this question – you probably don’t have any friends. Or you don’t ever need the bathroom.

20) Thank you very much.

  • תודה רבה לך.
  • toda raba lekha.

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When you want to be a little more polite and express your gratitude.

21) I’m fine.

  • אני בסדר.
  • ani beseder.

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22) Good night.

  • לילה טוב.
  • Layla tov.

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23) Good afternoon.

  • צהריים טובים.
  • Tsahara’im tovim.

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24) I’m (name).

  • שמי ____.
  • shmi _____.

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Basic Hebrew introduction. Just stick your name after “shmi.”

25) I don’t understand.

  • אני לא מבין. אני לא מבין.
  • Ani lo mevin.

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As a Hebrew learner, you will definitely be confused at some point by the language. This is a necessary phrase to use. Simply when… you… just… don’t understand.

26) Awesome! 

  • גדול!
  • Gadol!

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Useful phrase – especially when you want to offer reactions. Very common in conversations.

27) I like it. 

  • אני אוהב את זה.
  • Ani ohev et ze.

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Great to know. Only because we, as humans, typically like stuff and dislike stuff. Let me rephrase – we have preferences. And we like to talk about the stuff we like so… learn this. “Ice cream? Yeah, I like it.”

28) I don’t like it. 

  • אני לא אוהב את זה.
  • Ani lo ohev et ze.

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Sometimes, you’d just want to express your dislikes. Israelis are very open about their feelings so don’t worry – you can be too. “Oh, this movie? I don’t like it. It sucks!”

29) It’s okay. 

  • זה בסדר.
  • Zeh beseder.

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Did someone step on your shoes? Is your friend late? Do you want fries with that? Do you want an extra bag for your groceries? Do you like this ice cream? …It’s okay. See how useful phrase is?

30) Really? 

  • באמת?
  • Be-emet? conversational hebrew phrases

You hear “really” all the time in conversations. So, naturally this is a great phrase to know. Use it as a reaction, as a way to learn more information.

– “Hey, I’m learning Hebrew!”

“Really?”


So, now you know the TOP 30 Conversational Hebrew Phrases. Re-read as much as you need to because perfection doesn’t happen from reading this article ONCE.

Trust me.

Be sure to print this lesson out for your own review. This lesson was made with the help of HebrewPod101 – an online Hebrew learning course.

Hope you enjoyed this! Leave a comment – tell me what other conversational Hebrew Phrases need to be on here.

– The Main Junkie

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  • Ana Maria de Quadros Avellar

    Thanks, very useful but it doesn’t explain when it address to a male or female.

  • Ana Maria de Quadros Avellar

    I thought Slicha is for “excuse me, not Slach.