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"אהבה באה?"

Translation:Is love coming?

June 21, 2016



So what is the difference between "בא" and "באה"? Is it a masculine/feminine thing?

"אבא בא" "Dad comes/is coming"

"?אהבה באה" "Is love coming?"


Exactly. Append the ה to the end of the verb if the subject is feminine. Note that in present tense, in most cases we add ת for feminine, not ה. The ה is usually added in the past tense.


So which means that "באה" is "(Fem Sub) has come" or "(Fem Sub) came"?


No. This means that באה is an exception to the general rule of present feminine being with a ת.


Man= בה Woman= באה Love is feminine


No, Man - בא, Woman - באה But yes, love is feminine


Thanks! That answers my question I just asked on another comment thread :)


Is this just one of Duo's signature nonsense sentences or is this an actual Hebrew idiom?


Haha Well you wouldn't hear that sentence as is. But you could say "אל תדאג, אהבה תבוא" -Al Tid'ag, Ahava Tavo (Don't worry, love will come) for example when encouraging someone


That's a beautiful phrase.


So THATS what all this means


How do you know when to pronounce the ב as a 'v' and as a 'b'?


As A-Magyar said, it would come naturally after little practice. If you wish to know the grammatical rule, ב is pronounced as B only at the start of a word or a syllable.


The method behind this is particularly complicated in this situation because the vowels aren't typically marked (to be fair, Hebrew didn't originally have written vowels, so it makes sense if the native speakers don't want to use them, as you'll find they often don't). The letter bet is one of a select few letters (ב ,ג ,ד ,כ ,פ ,ת, [Tav/taw, pe, kaf, dalet, gimel, bet, respectively]) that has a dot (which also isn't marked) known as a "daghesh forte," (as opposed to a daghesh lene) and this daghesh determines the letter's sound. Daghesh= "hard" or "B" sound, no daghesh= "soft" or "V." Whether or not this dot is present (and whether it is daghesh or forte) is determined by the preceding vowel, which isn't marked. But over time you learn to recognize which vowel sounds trigger which consonant sounds. As an interesting aside, all of the letters you will type are consonants, not vowels. Even alef א and ayin ע are consonants, and are technically silent at all times. But I'm sure we'll get into that later in the course. :) Confused yet? ;)


You just have to learn when to pronounce it which way. Sucks, but that's the way it is.


Yeah, it comes quite easily after a while. It is similar to the use of 'c' in English. After some time, the brain just gets used to it and knows which sound it represents.


Actually, with 'c' it's not guessing. There IS the rule we learn in schools when studying English: 'c' mostly is read as 's' before e,i,y and as 'k' before other letters (except -ch and -ck). There are some exceptions, but mostly the rule applies.


Yes you are right but also ב has its own rules. its a bit more complicated than 'c' but when you know them you never have to guess. there are 2 cases for B sound, one is whenever its in the beginning of the word. the other case goes that way: each word in Hebrew has basic letters. usually its 3 letters but can be also 4. אהבה basic letters are א.ה.ב verbs in Hebrew can go 7 ways each one called 'building'. in 3 of them the middle letter get dagesh (if its ב it will sounds B) the buildings are פיעל פועל התפעל for example: חיבר (connected) is building פיעל with the basic letters ח.ב.ר התלבש (got dressed) is building התפעל with the basic letters ל.ב.ש in those words ב sounds like B although its not in the beginning of the word. its a bit progressing grammar but thats the point.. hope I helped and sorry about my broken English. here for any questions.


I was surprised how quick it is to pick up. I thought I would be completely lost without the dagesh or vowels.


You have to understand which one is which accoding to the context


"Love comes?" was not accepted.


You should report it.


Wow!! Love is coming!!!


When would this sentence ever be spoken in real life?


It wouldn't. This is probably just because at this point in the course, you know like 3 words


More like three letters!


is "ahava" a name to?


Ahuva is a name; it means "loved". Ahava may be a name too.


'Ahava' may refer to a name.


A girl's name. I know of at least one girl named "Ahava" in Israel.


What makes it a question? Only the intonation? Or is there something else?


Just the intonation, indeed


I'll go back to Spanish Antonio Cervantez But I am not giving up! Thank You.


@ajcee7. The typical rule of thumb is that it is a b sound at the beginning of a word and a v sound in the middle or end. But there can be exceptions and watch out for prefixes.


It looks like Ahava is being used as a name.


Why not? In Russian there's woman name Любовь which also means Love. A pretty sweet name, isn't it?


When the sentence refers to a female You write with "ה" like "באה" ,Or somtimes with a "ת" like "אוכלת =She eats"


Am i the one of who still tries reading Hebrew from left to right instead of right to left.. get me every time


I get used to reading rigth to left, but sometimes I got confused when writting some short words and write them backwards =)


i love learning hebrew!


ahavá bá'a?


I believe they are trying to differentiate between dad and love, seeing as they sound and are written similar.


Dad is masculine, love is feminine. There are two separate forms of Hebrew for masculine and feminine nouns.


The English sentence doesn't make sense. You say this Hebrew to mean what?


It is a name in hebrew.


I don't get it. if אהבא is a name then it could only be transliterated as ''ahava'' instead of what the name means. like, if someone's name is ''Fleur'', English speaker are never going to call her '' Flower'' just because of its english meanings.

above in the post someone mentioned that it is an idiom, but I couldn't quite understand its use, can someone explain it more please


It's not an idiom. It's not a name. It's just a simple sentence that helps us recognize letters and start to form words. There aren't too many possibilities to make sensible sentences with only a few letters they teach in this skill.


you wouldnt say "love", you would say "my beloved"


"You are (female) my beloved" = את אהובתי


The alphabet is just impossible...


Would you like someone to change it for you?


The alphabet is the easiest part! You just have to put some effort into memorizing it.


Dad is ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ wasn't accepted!


Ahava means "love".


I wonder if אהבה is related to Ancient Greel ἀγάπη. Is there a chance they origin from the same (even more ancient) root? Something like Phoenician, maybe?


I can't find an etymologies for "אהבה" online, but Semetic languages are not related to Indo-European languages. If there is any connection, it's either pure coincidence or the word has been borrowed into at least one of the languages from elsewhere.


Thank you for the information. I went to read more about Semetic languages and found that Phoenician language was also Semetic. So, Greeks borrowed the letters to use them in their own language which happened to be of a totally different group. I never realized that, foolishly assuming that if their letters origin from there, their words also should. Thank you again!


Could it not be "is the love coming?" as well?


no, the love - האהבה


How does one know when it's a question vs a statement?


Well, you'd think that the question mark would be enough to recognize this is a question?! Or the intonation, if you had the listening exercise.


I need to get in the area at the VERY BEGINNING... TO LEARN the letters... I have never seen Hebrew writing, or learned how they sound, sentence structure, anything... And I can't get into the page I need... Just the main page for my German lessons... Maybe I'd be able to on my PC instead of my cell phone??


Its my first time and I'm already being asked to translate?


So.... I don't even know the Hebrew alphabet and this first course is trying to get me to recognize words spelled out in it. I'm so lost.


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I got it right and it said it was wrong!!!!!


that happens to me too and it drives me crazy!

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