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Arriving At The Hotel Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Learning Hebrew


swimming pool – בְּרֵכַת שְׂחִיָּה (breh-kha seh-khee-yah)
front desk – דֶּלְפֵּק קַבָּלָה (del-pahk kah-bahl-ah)
to rest, relax – נָח (nakh)
to fill out – למִלֵּא (l’mee-leh)
key – מַפְתֵּחַ (mahf-teh-khah)
(electronic) key card – כַּרְטִיס מְפַתֵּחַ אֶלֶקְטְרוֹנִי (kar-tees maf-te-akh e-lek-tro-nee)
view (scenery) – נוֹף (nokh)
room service – שֵׁרוּת חֲדָרִים (she-root kha-dar-eem)
form – טֹפֶס (to-fehs)

I have arrived at the Leonardo City Tower Hotel here in Ramat Gan. It wasn’t too bad a drive – about 25 minutes and traffic flowed pretty well. With my reservation information handy, I go to the דֶּלְפֵּק קַבָּלָה (del-pahk kah-bahl-ah – front desk) and…

Good morning. I have a reservation for a room
בֹּקֶר טוֹב. אֲנִי הִזְמָנְתִי חֶדֶר
bo-ker tohv. ah-nee heez-mahn-tee kheh-der.

What is your name?
מַה שִּׁמְךָ?
ma sheem-kha?

My name is Johanan Ben Gedalia
שְׁמִי יוֹחָנָן בֵּן גְּדַלְיָּה
shmee Johanan Ben Gedalia

Checks the computer

Yes, one room with a double bed and a bathroom. Please fill out this form.
כֵּן, חֶדֶר אֶחָד עם מִיטָה זוּגִית וְאַמְבַּטְיָה. נָא למִלֵּא אֶת הַטֹפֶס.
ken, kheh-der eh-khad eem mee-tah zoo-geet v’ahm-bah-tee-ah. nah leh-mah-leh et hah-to-fes.

Do you have a wake-up service?
הַאִם יֵשׁ לְכֵּם שֵׁרוּת הַשְׁכָּמָה?
Ha’eem yesh leh-khem she-root hash-kah-mah?

Yes. (certainly)

After filling in the registration form, the receptionist types in a little more in the computer and hands me the key.

Here’s your key. Your room is 305.
זֶה הָמַפְתֵךָ שֶׁלךָ. החֶדֶר שֶׁלךָ שְׁלוֹשׁ מֵאוֹת חָמֵשׁ
zeh ha-maf-te-akh shel-kha. ha-khe-der shel-kha shlosh me’ot v’chamesh

Thank you very much.
Toda raba

Listen to this audio file of a man checking into a hotel. The text is given in the attached PDF.

Download the PDF: At the Hotel

Settling in

סוף הסוף! I’m in my room. What should I do – pour myself a מַשְׁקֶה חָרִיף (mash-keh khar-eef – drink) or order שֵׁרוּת חֲדָרִים (she-root kha-dar-eem – room service)? Nah, I think I’ll take a nap.



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  1. Randy:

    Toda raba Sean for your recent posts. I will be in Israel for ten days with some forty people Feb. 2013. I am referring them to your blog in hopes that they will find it as helpful as I do, and that they will become conversational in hebrew, embracing the language and culture for a truly awesome experience.

    Shalom aleichem