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Look at this short dialog:
ah-nee mees-rah-ehl (I’m from Israel)
gam ah-nee mees-rah-ehl. ah-nee mee-neh-tahn-yah (I’m also from Israel. I’m from Nethanya)
Saying where you are from is pretty easy in Hebrew. All you need to do is add the suffix מֵ- – meh (or מִ- – mee) in front of the place name:
מֵאִירלַנְד – meh-eer-lahnd (from Ireland)
מֵאַנְגְלִיָה – meh-ahn-glee-ah (from England)
מִיַרְדֵן – mee-yahr-dehn (from Jordan)
מִתֵימָן – mee-tey-mahn (from Yemen)
If you noticed, the suffix מִ- – mee becomes מֵ- – meh when it’s before a silent letter or a guttural letter (ר, ע, ת, ה, א). But you’ll hear Israelis use מִ- – mee in pretty much all cases.
Let’s say you want to ask someone else where they’re from, or someone asks you where you’re from. The magic word to listen for is מֵאַיִן? – meh-‘ah-een.[audio:https://blogs.transparent.com/hebrew/files/2012/05/meayn.mp3]
מֵאַיִן אתה? Where are you from? (masc)
מֵאַיִן את? – Where are you from? (fem)
מֵאַיִן הִיא? – Where is she from?
מֵאַיִן הוּא? – Where is he from?
First, let’s look at some new words:
New York – נְיוּ יוֹרְק – nyoo-york
Jerusalem – יְרוּשָׁלַיִם – yeh-roo-shah-lah-eem
Mexico – מֶקְסִיקוֹ – mehk-see-koh
Say the following in Hebrew:
1. You are from New York
2. I am from Jerusalem
3. He is from Israel
4. You are from Mexico
Can you understand the following conversation? See if you can translate it into English:
Besides asking where someone is from, you can also ask where something is from. For example, מאין היין? – meh-‘ah-een hah-yah-yeen? (Where is the wine from?). And you can say where it’s from: היין מצָרְפַת. – hah-yah-yeen mee-tsahr-faht (The wine is from France).
הַ – hah (the)
יין – yah-yeen (wine)
הַיין – hah-yah-yeen (the wine)
הַ (hah) is the Hebrew definite article. It is translated in English as “the” and it is always attached to the word it belongs to.
Can you say in Hebrew that the wine is from New York? England? Israel?
The recordings for this post is from Hebrew from Scratch – Book 1