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Archive for January, 2014

Verbs in Action: Binyan Pa’al Posted by on Jan 30, 2014

The binyan פָּעַל is the most basic and simplest to understand conjugation to learn. It does not contain any special identifying markers other than the root letters. In most פָּעַל conjugations, the stem consists of the sequence CoCeC – פּוֹעֵל. The vowels ‘o’ and ‘e’ are the stem vowels that help create most of the…

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Verbs in Action: The Seven Binyanim Posted by on Jan 27, 2014

Hebrew vocabulary is quite flexible when you think about it. This is because Hebrew words are based on roots consisting of 3 consonants; you may find some with 2 or 4 consonants, but you won’t find them very often. From these roots you can modify them by changing the vowels, or adding certain prefixes, suffixes…

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A Look at Grammar: The Direct Object Posted by on Jan 22, 2014

In this article, we’re going to look at a part of Hebrew grammar that beginning students often want to know. There’s a particle in Hebrew (אֵת) that isn’t translated into English. This particle indicates that a ‘direct object’ is ahead in that sentence. A direct object answers the ‘what’ or ‘whom’ in a sentence (for…

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Using Facebook in Hebrew – The Sequel Posted by on Jan 16, 2014

Have you been using your Facebook account in Hebrew? Has it been helping you with your Hebrew studies? Let me help you out with interacting in Hebrew as you read and write your posts. Here are some commonly used sentences and phrases that I’ve collected for you. Enjoy! Did your hear about… – שָׁמַעְתָּ/שָׁמַעְתְּ עַל……

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Building Your Vocabulary – Using the Phone Posted by on Jan 8, 2014

It seems like we live in a phone-addicted society. You can find them in almost every home, every office and with the mobility factor going on today – in every pocket or purse. Phones are everywhere, so it seems like a good idea to learn some vocabulary about phones and using them. To begin…

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Resolutions For The New Year Posted by on Jan 1, 2014

Here it is, the year 2014 (On the Jewish calendar, it’s the year 5774). And many millions of people make their New Year’s Resolutions. How long they keep them is another story. Want to see the top Resolutions of all time? Here they are: 1 – לִקְרֹא יוֹתֵר –  (lik’ro yoter) – Read more. 2…

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