Reading is nice. Writing is good. Grammar studies are fine.
But when its time to speak Hebrew, and you don’t have a set introduction prepared, you’re going to fail. Or you’re just going to give off the feeling that you don’t care about speaking or learning.
And most learners out there, above all, want to speak and be understood in Hebrew. The easiest way to do it?
- It’s to talk about yourself. Get that introduction.
- It’s to have a set introduction you’ll repeat again and again. Why?
- Because who doesn’t start with introducing themselves? Everyone does.
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So, here’s what you’ll need for a self Hebrew self introduction. In other words, this is your elevator pitch that you’ll use over and over.
- Hello. Nice to meet you.
- My name is ……
- I am from …….
- I am …… years old.
- I am a (student/occupation).
- I learned Hebrew in…
Here’s how you introduce yourself in Hebrew. Each of the 7 lines will include 1) the phrases written in English, 2) in Hebrew, and 3) the translation will be down below. Let’s go.
1. How to say “Hello” in Hebrew
- Shalom – ( שָׁלוֹם)
- Naim meod lehakir ot-ha.
- It’s a pleasure to meet you.
2. How to say My name is…. in Hebrew
- Sh’mi (name) – (name) שמי
- My name is (name)
3. I am from….
- Ani me (place) – (place) אני
- I am from (place)
- example: America: Ani me’america – אני מאמריקה.
- example:Russia: Ani me’russia – אני מרוסיה
- example: Spain: Ani me’sfarad – אני מספרד
4. I am …… years old. (How to say your age or how old you are in Hebrew)
You’ll need to know your Hebrew numbers for this one!
- Ani bat (age) – (age) אני בת
- I am (age) years old.
- I am 18 years old. Ani bat shmona esre.
- I am 20 years old. Ani bat esrim.
- I am 30 years old. Ani bat shioshim.
5. I am (student/occupation). How to say what you do in Hebrew.
- Ani (occupation) – (occupation) אני
- I am (occupation goes here).
- I am a student. Ani tal’mid.
- I am a teacher. Ami moreh.
6. I learned Hebrew in…
As in, where or how have you learned Hebrew? Did you learn it at school? Did you learn it online?
- Lamadeti ivrit b’ (method or means) – (method or means) למדתי
- I learned Hebrew in (method, means, etc.)
- I learned Hebrew in school. Lamadeti ivrit veit ha’sefer.
- I learned Hebrew at home. Lamadeti ivrit ba’vayit.
So, here’s your introduction script you might want to use.
Shalom. Sh’mi (name). Naim meod lehakir ot-ha. Ani me (place). Ani bat (age). Ani (occupation). Lamadeti ivrit b’ (method or means)
Conclusion: Is this perfect? No way! But perfection is not the name of the game. The name of the game is to start right now and keep going. You can always adjust while you go along.
Now, leave me a comment and tell me what you think.
– The Main Junkie
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