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"האם אתה בא?"

Translation:Are you coming?

June 21, 2016



Could this also be "?אתה בא"?


Yes, and it's actually much more commonly "?אתה בא".


Yes, it could but "האם אתא בא" is more like asking, while "אתא בא" is more like" come already!"


So Hebrew has a feminine and a masculine way to say 'you'?


One male - ata One female - at Multiple males - atem Multiple females - aten.

If there is a mixed group almost all of the time the male word is the one people will used.


Looks like in Arabic: One male: Anta (انتَ) One female: Ante (انتِ) Multiple males: Antum Multiple females: Antunna (انتُنَّ)


"If there is a mixed group almost all of the time the male word is the one people will used." - just like in Polish


And just like in French (all of the time)


In fact, most Latin languages, if not all of them, use the male gender when there is a mixed group of people.


Yes. I am a Portuguese speaker and we use it too.


Mnemonic I thought of for the plural one: Men, womeN (ateM, ateN). Didn't work for the singular one.


yes, both for singular and plural


Yes, male-ata, female-at


He is pronouncing the word "האם" wrong, missing the Ha. The word "אם" means 'if' and not 'are'. This is confusing (not to mention that 'if you are coming?' makes little sense).



Yes, אם means "if"... (: Actually, I think that האם is derived from אם. Because someone wants to ask someone IF dad is coming today, IF something... ~


No, Duo is pronouncing it right. The letter ה is almost silent everywhere. So it is correct to both pronounce it as "Ha-im" and "A-im"


Is there a pronunciation difference between ת and ט?


Not in Modern Hebrew.


Similar with "أنت" in Arabic

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    האם ("ha-em") also means "the mother".


    Ha'im is a (formal, not used in every day speech and writing) question word, ha'em is "the" /ha/ +formal word for mother /em/ - and they are both spelled האם.


    They need to slow the speaking down, I heard something completely different so got it wrong. :(


    sounds like "ha ima ta ba"


    The first word sounds like האמא, not האם.


    I was confused because the proper way to say the mom is האמ


    The common way to say "the mother" is האמא /ha'eema/ - derived from the noun אמא plus ה for "the". The formal way to say "the mother" is האם /ha'em/ - derived from the noun אם plus ה for "the". But there is another word spelled האם, but pronounced /ha'eem/ (NOT /HA'EM/) - which is only a question word that has nothing to do with moms. ם is a form of the letter Mem, which is the one to be used in the end of words instead of מ. Therefore - it is written האם NOT האמ. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Final_form



    When מ is the last letter of a work it appears as ם (few letters have that for example כ becomes ך)


    It is called sofit and is used as the final m(mem sofit), n(nun sofit, chaf(chaf sofit, out of order, sorry), fe(fe sofit), tsadi(tsadi sofit). All 17 other letters retain their original form when they occur at the end of a word.


    You used a מ at the end of your word rather than ם. The sofit form(final form) is always correct there. A mistake I constantly fight with!


    So if youre asking a question with "Is" in the beginning, Do you start with "האם"?


    Yes, but it's optional. If you use vocal inflection when speaking or a question mark when writing you don't need it.


    As mentioned above, this is very formal, practically extinct from spoken Hebrew.


    To be honest I would prefer to skip words like this האם or may be just mention it in one of last lessons as official formal language that is not used in reality.


    How can i identify the words of the hebrew in the pronounciation?


    I hear, Ha Ima Ta Ba.


    It's "ha'im 'atah ba?"


    You hear correctly. The correct words split is different, of course, but what you wrote is phonetically identical to the actual sentence.


    Lol I heard this completely wrong. Thought it said האמא באה XD


    What is the difference between אתה and את? Both means you? Also is it optional to put האם to make question form of sentence? Because אבא בא can mean dad comes and is dad coming


    When speaking to a masculine, אתה, to a feminine - את.

    The word האם is very formal; in spoken Hebrew it's always just omitted.


    Ah I see. Thank you!


    אתח is masculine, את is feminine.


    Some times sounds are not correct and are cut short. It is hard to figure phrases out related to this problem... But it is still a good tutor.


    Why doesn't the hebrew lessons start with learning hebrew letters and vowels'?


    Why are there so few vocals related to the memory cards? How could we get some more?


    What does האם mean? Is it an auxiliary indicating the interrogative, like the arabic 'hal' ?


    האם = is a question starter that asks for an answer Whether it's A or B (yes or no).


    Why is "do, is" at the beginning of the sentence? When it is not in the translation?


    It is an auxiliary word - a word that means nothing in itself, but is needed in the formulation of sentence - to indicate a question. Like a verbal question mark.

    In Arabic, for example, they have 'hal'.


    is this different from "are you coming?"


    No. אתה בא? and האם אתה בא? mean either "are you coming?" or "Do you come?" (I know, the latter translation sounds odd in English). Hebrew basically has only three tenses - past, present, future. (:


    4 tenses - Command ציווי...


    Imperative is usually not considered a tense, but a mood. The tenses listed are in the Indicative mood.


    Could this also be translated as "Do you come?"


    Sometimes, this sounds like one word with a bunch of syllables.


    What does האם exactly means?


    It is a question word to let you know that what follows is a question. Ancient Hebrew did not have punctuation marks. It is translated into English as "is, are, do, does".


    I think it is more helpful to say it is not translated at all, since you can remove it from the Hebrew sentence and it will keep the same meaning, while in English you'll still need "is", "are", "does" etc.


    Isn’t you are coming the same thing?


    "You are coming" is a statement, "are you coming?" is a question.


    This is much harder than it needs to be.


    مش فاهمه حاجه


    Is האם used for both "if" and "is"?


    Directly substituting word for word between English and Hebrew will be problematic here due to the different grammar of both languages.

    "if" may be translated to האם, though it is more commonly translated to אם. "is", on the other hand, is a verb. In English, every sentence must have a verb. In Hebrew, not every sentence will contain a verb. hence, translating האם in to "is" is not accurate.

    In my opinion, it is better to read a Hebrew to Hebrew dictionary so that you can get a feel of the word rather than a parallel. This would help to better understand the word and its usage.

    From a Hebrew online dictionary: "האם - היש אפשרות?, הייתכן ש?, היש אמת בדבר?, האמנם? "האם אתה מודה באשמה "האם יירד מחר גשם?" Or in English: Is there a possibility?, Is it possible that?, Is there any truth to it?, Is it?, "Do you confess to being guilty?" "Will it rain tomorrow?"


    Sorry, i mean is it used for "is" and "are"


    Yes, it's not inflected at all.


    In the lesson, the question was put to the left of the sentence. Here it is put to the right. Which is correct?


    In Hebrew, like in English, the question mark is at the end, so (in Hebrew) to the right. Duo has a bunch of right-to-left bugs.


    Yarden, talking about right-to-left bugs, the Hebrew sentences at the top of the pages written in blue are all backwards for me. The older formatted ones written in black are in the correct direction. On my computer it reads "בא אתה האם". I don't know if it's a problem with my computer or Duolingo. I turned in a bug report but was unable to attach the screen shot. Also, Duolingo does not reply to individual bug reports, so if they check things out and things look all right on their end, they will not get back to me to advise me how to correct the problem. Do you have any advice? Update: The problem of the blue sentence being written backwards has been corrected. It took a number of months, though.


    How is the litter ם pronounced ?! كيف ينطق الحرف ם ?!


    It is pronounced "m". It is the way "מ" is written at the end of a word. It's name is "mem sofit" or "final mem".


    What does האם means in such context?


    From the course notes:

    Yes/No questions

    Yes/No questions in Hebrew do not change the sentence structure. You can simply add a question mark in writing, and in speech, you can use a questioning intonation.

    For example:

    <pre>אני אבא (aní ába) - I am a father. ?אני אבא (aní ába?) - Am I a father? </pre>

    We can also add the word "האם" (ha-ím) in order to emphasize that a question is being asked, but it is considered formal, and is therefore not very common in spoken Hebrew.

    For example:

    <pre>אני אבא (aní ába) - I am a father. ?האם אני אבא (ha-ím aní ába?) - Am I a father? </pre>


    What does האם mean? I have noticed it in combination with different personal pronouns which I have often seen without it. Can someone please define it for me?


    It's not related to pronouns. It's a prefix for yes/no questions, that's not really used anymore in spoken Hebrew.


    From the word bank I selected:

    האם את בא

    And it says "You have a typo".

    But it doesn't tell me what, or where.

    Not very helpful really!


    Your typo was בא instead of באה. You used the masculine verb with the feminine noun. אתח בא or את באה,, not את בא or אתח באה. Hope that clears it up for you.


    Yes, thank you.


    האם אתה בה? The voice actor is asking a male friend: Are you coming?

    My puzzlement arises from the sounds he makes Ha-ima Ta-vah? The you pronoun for singular male is A-tvah? But why is he not pronouncing the letter A? Aleph?

    Can someone help me understand by writing this whole sentence phonetically? Thank you!


    Actually, it's "ha'im ata ba", not "va"


    Yes you're right, my mistake.


    Thank you, Danny! I must point out that the Hebrew Speaker breaks the expression in two parts: 'Haima' 'taba'. He makes a liaison!


    A lingo was given: thank you! After you wrote the expression phonetically, I noticed that the voice actor merged the the M sound with the Aleph sound....Thank you!


    Why is my answer to "האם אתה בא?": "You're coming?" wrong while "Are you coming?" correct?


    Because "You're coming?" is quite informal (and some would argue incorrect??) and therefore often times not accepted in this course. On the other hand "Are you coming?" would be a proper way of asking that question and because of that, it is accepted.


    All would argue it is incorrect. "האם אתה בא?" is a question. A proper way translates this to English would require the verb to be at the beginning of the sentence as in "Are you coming", whereas "you are coming" is a statement and not a question.


    Isnt coming supposed to be feminine in this because you is feminine? So it should be האם אתה באה, instead of האם אתה בה?


    No, אתה is masculine and את is feminine. So, it will be: אתה בא or את באה.


    "Are you coming?" Sounds a lot like "Is mom coming?" Can anyone please tell me what the difference is between the two??


    Ha'im ima ba'a - האם אמא באה - is mom coming?

    Ha'im ata ba - האם אתה בא - are you coming?

    Or without the האם in the beginning. It doesn't change the meaning.


    Probably he heard "ha'im ata ba" (are you coming) as "ha'ima ta ba" (which sounds like mom, ima) since the contraction from the last consonant and first vowel can be confusing to a foreign ear.


    That was very difficult to hear


    A bit off topic but does anyone know of a free or low-cost resource to help beginners practice writing in Hebrew? Shalom, and thanks in advance. Happy learning!


    There are literally dozens of different free websites, apps and youtube videos that teach the Hebrew letters. Just google it and you can find a resource that you like the best.


    Hey. A bit off topic but I'm looking for a resource to help beginners practice writing in Hebrew. Online and low-cost is preferable. Shalom, and thanks in advance!


    That X looking letter is messing me up


    The letter is called alef, it is the first letter in the alefbet/alphabet. When in doubt about its sound, I give it the a/ah sound when sounding out a new word. It is considered to have no sound of its own, but to be a "place holder" of any vowel sound. Most of the time though, it has the a/ah sound.

    Examples of how other vowel sounds are written are: alef with yud אי can be i/ee or e/ai/ae, and alef with vav או can be o/oh or u/oo. If the vowel points were written, you could tell exactly which sounds are meant. But, the nikkud are usually only used in religious texts like prayer books, and books for young children. I would show you the letters with the dots/nikkud but my computer is not currently set up to do so. With one dot under the alef, אי would be i/ee. With two dots under the alef, אי would be e/ai/ae. Vav with a dot over it או would be o/oh and vav with a dot to its left או would be u/oo.

    If you have not already read the tips, it would be helpful to do so. Also, google something like "Hebrew vowels/letters with nikkud" to see what the letters with vowel markings look like. Good luck.


    I am completely new to Hebrew. COMPLETELY. I'm beyond lost, and feel like I am picking up nothing! Is anyone coming into this completely dumb and blind? Any tips?


    Learn the alphabet first. This is a good course, if you know the alphabet. It is too difficult, though, to try to learn the alphabet the way they try to teach it here. You can buy a book (search on-line) or find a YouTube class, and/or go to Memrise.com and do one of their Hebrew alefbet/alphabet classes. Good luck with you studies!


    Is "Are you going" really wrong , meaning this sentece would never be used to mean inside a context like : adam and eve marry on monday, are you going?


    Yes, it is wrong, because בא means "come", not "go".


    guys pls, type bellow the hebrew alphabet with transcription


    Maybe i'm reading this incorrectly, but if the word for "You" here is feminine, shouldn't the word for "coming" also be feminine?

    In other words, why is "בא" correct here and not "באה"?


    Not quite. אתה is masculine and את if feminine.

    The correct two forms are:

    אתה בא? - masculine

    את באה? - feminine

    This is written in several posts in here, but unfortunately it is so cluttered in here that people can't really find their answer. I suggest you also delete your duplicate posts, which add to the clutter.


    Thank you, that was helpful. I was having connectivity issues. Didn't realize there were duplicates.


    I am not absorbing anything, I wish this first lesson were a lot easier.


    I thought the same thing at first, knowing nothing of the Hebrew language initially. It helped, however, to look up the aleph-bet and familiarize myself with what the letters looked like and the sounds they made. Soon, I was able to pick up patterns. When I stuck with it, I picked up even more.


    I don't understand where these words begin or end, it's so confusing

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