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"אבא בא."

Translation:Dad is coming.

June 21, 2016



Don't give Piano a hard time for this question! Nowhere in the tips and notes (that I read) does it mention that you will need a Hebrew keyboard to actually do the lessons. I would think this would be something very important to put in the opening remarks, right after the bit about Hebrew reading from Right to Left.


On a related note, I wish that there could be a side-by-side Latin version as there is with Russian, where you can freely switch back and forth between Latin and Cyrillic.


I don't think you need a physical keyboard, you can download one no?


Yes you can. I have a samsung (android) phone and in your language settings you can download hebrew (among many many others if you want). Then anytime your keyboard is up you can swipe the space bar to select languages quickly האבא - just an experiment with the keyboard there - it even types from right to left for you.


On a pc yes, but there is not one available for my phone.


I understand the premise. However is it not common sense to think of this when you look at the language?


Not really, when the Russian course allows you to type transliterated answers.



"Father, come!"

Kannada: "Appa, bā!" [ಅಪ್ಪ ಬಾ!] Tamil: "Appa, vā!" [அப்பா வா!]

Easy to remember :)


The sentence actually translates to "father comes", or more usually "father is coming". The imperative sentence "father, come!" would be אבא, בוא! (Aba, bo!)


Yes, that I understand. Just pointed out the similarities.


well look at u smartypants


I was really looking forward to Duolingo Hebrew, but am extremely disappointed. 1. The letters (especially the Hebrew letters) need to be MUCH larger. (Is there a way to change the overall size of the text?) 2. About the exercises, I found they were simple enough that I could remember most of the answers the second or third time through (I was clueless the first time). But I couldn't say I really have learned them and will remember them. It gave the uneasy feeling that I was "cheating"--just repeating what I saw just a few seconds before, not retaining it in my long-term memory. 3. As others have commented, much more attention needs to be paid to learning the alphabet. 4. Clear instructions should be included at the outset on how to set up and use the Hebrew keyboard function in Windows (and Mac and any other applicable platforms), how to toggle between Hebrew and English keyboards, etc. Perhaps with some practice exercises on that. Although there is an extensive comment on the Hebrew Windows keyboard in the discussion (thank you for that, whoever contributed it), it is written and formatted in a very hard-to-follow way. 5. Some explanation of vowels (and especially their absence in written form (at least here, and often elsewhere) should be made. When are vowels used in print? Only in Hebrew Bibles? 6. Back to the alphabet: Much more time should be spent learning each letter and sound of the alphabet in the form of exercises, not just reading the notes and memorizing the hard-to-read characters. Introduce each letter in large print, discuss its pronunciation(s), and take some time to differentiate it from similar looking and similar sounding letters (there are so many characters that appear confusingly similar in Hebrew). "Aleph" especially needs more explanation, since it is so often simply a placeholder for a vowel that is often (including here) unwritten. "Bet" can have at least two sounds, b and v; there should be some explanation of the differences in usage. (Over the years, I have studied Latin, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and biblical Greek and Hebrew in traditional classes. Recently I started using the Pimsleur system for modern Hebrew, Greek and Spanish, and it works fairly well for "tourist" purposes, though since it is oral-only, one never learns the alphabet or spelling until late in the program, if then. (That's not a plug for a competing system; "Oral-only" works for infants and toddlers, but it seems a shame to exclude the written form entirely for adults; in many fields, it is acknowledged that aural and visual learning can reinforce each other if done right. I hope Duolingo Hebrew will do it right. I've tried learning biblical Hebrew and Greek in traditional classes (twice for Greek) with unsatisfactory results. I thought Duolingo Hebrew would help. I am VERY disappointed. (I had tried Duolingo to review Spanish and German, which I found much better, perhaps because the alphabet is familiar). Maybe the links to memrise etc. in the discussion will help. However, I hope that Duolingo Hebrew can be improved substantially while in beta. It will be worth the effort. Thanks to those who are developing this!


About point 5: in Hebrew there are no vowel letters. There's the Nikkud system, yet it is complex, archaic, and rarely used. However, verbs (and most nouns) follow a pattern system (Binyanim for verbs, and Mishkalim for nouns), which makes pronouncing predictable.

About point 6: Aleph (א), Heh (ה), Vav (ו), and Yod (י) are used sometimes as Matres Lectionis - consonants that indicate vowels. Aleph (א) indicates the vowel "uh" (e.g. the last א in the word "father", אבא, Aba), or "o" (e.g. in the word "no", לא, Lo). Pay attention that for both vowels, they are short and stop abruptly. Heh (ה) also indicates the vowel "uh", yet longer, without the abrupt stop (e.g. the last א in the word "love", אהבה, Ahava). Vav (ו) indicates the vowels "o" (e.g. "voice", קול, Kol), or "oo" (e.g. "garlic", שום, Shoom; or "cool", קול, cool) Yod (י) indicates the vowel "i" (e.g. "who", מי, Mi)

There are four (4) letters with two sounds - Bet (ב), Kaf (כ), Peh (פ), Shin (ש). Bet (ב) can sound like B or V; Kaf (כ) like K or Ch (as in loch); Peh (פ) like P of F, and Shin (ש) like Sh or S. Notice the similarity between the duos. The "harder" sound (B, K, P, and Sh) is used only at the start of a word or a syllable.


Thank you, but this information should be there to inform the people who learn here. Many (myself included) do not read all the comments on the commentpages.


they're on the tips and notes


I totally agree!! There are small books only to learn the alphabet in Hebrew (but also for Arabic). That kind of information should be included here. Before these lessons! This course should start very very simple and FUN. This is not fun.


I don't understand the listening tasks... Are you meant to have a Hebrew keyboard to do this question?


http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Hebrew Hmm. Well they are still setting that up also: Are you on windows? There is a Hebrew Keyboard layout just waiting for you in the Windows Control Panel, click on Regions and Languages, from there click on Keyboards and Languages, click on Change Keyboards (Don't worry you will be able to access English easily also.), Click on "Add", scroll down to Hebrew (Israel) and pick a keyboard, click "OK", click "Apply", click Advanced Key Settings, click on English, click Change Key Sequence, click the box next to Enable Key Sequence, choose a Ctrl + number (I like CTRL + 1 for English myself), click OK, then click on Hebrew and do the same for another number ( I use CTRL + 3 for Hebrew, because I use many other languages also.), Then click "Apply", then click OK You will have a little language bar on the top of your screen or on the bottom on your task bar. You can right click it to put it in the other place if you prefer. Click on Settings , I like it (docked in the taskbar.) Now you can click on the little icon to switch languages are just use the CTRL+3 or whatever number you assigned to it to switch to Hebrew and CTRL+1 or whatever number you assigned to English to switch back.


Does the Windows setting allow one to type Hebrew vowels? Also, does it easily allow accents to be typed in other languages? For instance, do the Windows programs set up our key boards to act as if they were Hebrew, French, and Spanish key boards instead of having to type in codes to produce vowels or accent marks? BTW, thank you very much for providing this information in the thread.


Yes, you can type all Hebrew letters and, of course that includes vowels. You can also set up French and Spanish keyboards. I personally prefer the United States-International Keyboard for French, Spanish and German which allows me to press the apostrophe key and a letter to create á, the key left of the 1 plus a letter to create à, the quote key plus letter for ä, the circumflex plus letter for â, the right ALT key plus s for ß and ~ key plus n for ñ or right ALT key plus n for ñ, right ALT does act on many other letters to provide other special letters. You do need to remember which letter is where for the Hebrew keyboard. So you can open this little keyboard view while you are learning it. https://www.microsoft.com/resources/msdn/goglobal/keyboards/kbdheb.html

You can see any Windows Keyboard layout here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/globalization/mt644793

Here is the US-international keyboard view: https://www.microsoft.com/resources/msdn/goglobal/keyboards/kbdusx.html You can scroll over any of the special keys to see what accented letters you can get with it. For example, apostrophe + c will give you the cedille ç

For some less common languages, I use Holdkey with the regular English keyboard which I can suspend to use my easier favorite windows keyboards by pressing Win-Alt-Esc and repress that to go back to Holdkey. (Holdkey is a program which can be downloaded.)

Also I learned the alphabet on Memrise and Shalom Sesame: https://www.memrise.com/course/52953/alphabet-symbols-and-pronunciation/6/


A Hebrew keyboard is essential for studying the Hebrew alphabet.


I think you should try the Japanese keyboard, that normally works in Hebrew the best. . . . . . . . . . :/

Of course you use Hebrew & English keyboard guy.


If you really want another way to type, you can go to translate.google.com and translate from Hebrew to a language that you don't know (for extra non-cheating, make it a language whose alphabet you don't know). Make sure that the button in the bottom-left of the text box is selected, and Google Translate will transliterate for you. It's not perfect, mind you, so you do need to make sure it wrote the letters you wanted.


A bit disappointing... I thought that you would be taught Hebrew from A, meaning that you would first learn the letters etc.


You are being taught from A. There is a thought and method in this course. Try to be patient and continue. I'm sure things will get clearer. Also, if you are using the mobile app, you might not be aware of the tips&tricks sections, that have a lot of additional important information and only appear in the web version.


What's the difference between בא and באה? I guess this concerns the gender of the subject, or not?


yes, בא = male, באה = female


Toda raba! Merci beaucoup !


I don't know at all Hebrew and not the alphabet...do I have to continue this way


You have an explanation about the alphabet in the notes :)


is ב pronounced b or v?


It depends. If it has a dagesh (the dot in the middle) the sound is b, and without the dagesh the sound is v. Because this course is generally teaching you without nikkud, it seems a little confusing at first, but you will get used to it as you go.


I want to learn hebrew, not english. But i make a lot of mistakes in your lessons - i know the correct translation from hebrew to russian, but then i must translate from russian to english - in order to finish the task. And what can i do?


Need to learn basics before it starts asking questions.


Is there a transliteration keyboard for Hebrew? For example, I type "Aba ba" and it shows up as "אבא בא"?


What I did is slide my fingers across the keyboard until I got (tvcv) אהבה


I don't think that would work. There is no set way to transliterate Hebrew. I think the most common example of that is the word Hanuka.. or is it Chanukah or Hanukkah or Chanukka etc.


I understand your reasoning, but the fact that there isn't only one way to transliterate or transcribe Hebrew into Latin characters doesn't necessarily preclude the possibility of such a method of input. Take Russian for example -- Duolingo allows for toggling between Cyrillic and Latin, and there are multiple ways to write Russian in Latin: e.g., Would it be zdravstvuyte? zdravstvuytye? zdrastvuyte? zdrastvuyt'e? Yes. Nevertheless, the key is consistency and uniformity, picking a single good system.


So that can work for Cyrillic? meaning, you don't need a Cyrillic keyboard?

If not, that would be beneficial considering the colour, theatre, palor, sabre, conundrums between British and USA English, are not issues I need learning other languages more than is necessary.


For Russian on Duolingo, yes, the option is available to learn the language without learning Cyrillic, the native alphabet, that is, through Latin.

This is a useful option for those whose needs or desires in learning the language place literacy on a level of secondary or perhaps nonexistent importance, or those who wish to learn reading and writing after some mastery of the spoken and heard language (in mimicking first-language acquisition, perhaps).

I may have been too vague -- I don't think Duolingo accepts all of those variants. I meant to convey that the key to effective implementation of something like this in spite of the presence of so many systems of romanisation is that Duolingo pick one system which has a straightforward phoneme-to-letter mapping and stick with it consistently.

There are no issues of learning regional or other such intricacies with this sort of an approach that would be peculiar to the romanised version, I think. Any conundrums of the sort you mean would, in the case of Hebrew in Latin script, solely be artefacts of the multiplicity of romanisation systems available, rather than things like regional variation, which would be present regardless of Latin or Hebrew script, but as mentioned, this is soluble through uniformity and consistency in the approach.


Confusing.. Where is the dot in 'bet'...


It's still there. You don't see it because most of modern Hebrew texts (as are most words in the Duolingo course) are written without nikkud.


This course is without any dots apparently so you have to understand mostly from context. Here though you should know: Bet in the beginning of a word has always a dot in it (and pronounced as B instead of V). So are Gimel, Dalet, Caf, Peh, and Tav. בגד כפת.


I don't know how to get the Hebrew keyboard


You need to download it, try to google it :)


What's the difference between בא and באה?


s.(m) = בא

s.(f) = באה

Father is coming = אבא בא

Mother is coming = אמא באה


I have not gone very far yet in Hebrew, but this course seems to be logically presented. Like other courses of Duolingo, the alphabet is to be learnt elsewhere. Or you can plunge straight in and try to make sense of it. I am enjoying the lessons a lot. I have heard Hebrew spoken but not tried to understand written Hebrew until now. There are so many available online resources for the Alphabet - http://www.cartoonhebrew.com/alefbet - such as this one in pictures which is helpful. Toda raba to the creators of this course.


isn't it supposed to be pronounced "abba va?" vs ba? because it is at the beginning of the word?


No. It's just the opposite. Usually, the "b" sound comes at the beginning of a word or syllable.


my bad, I just noticed that i mixed them up!


Why is אבא pronounced as "aba", but ב‎ is pronounced as "v". Why is the word not pronounced "ava"? This video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBVpQzvrJ4w) says it is spelled as אבּא. Are both spelling acceptable?


Dots and lines used to represent sounds in Hebrew are called nikkud, those dots and lines are not written, they only give the pronunciation of the word. The letter ב sounds sometimes like a b and sometimes like a v, that dot inside the letter indicates that's a b sound.


Also, "ב" is usually pronounced as a "b" sound at the beginning of a word or syllable and as a "v" sound at the end of a word or syllable.


isnt the bet with a dot


มันก็จะ งงๆ นิดๆ


Tamai khun kian pen pasa Thai?


I really like Hebrew although the alphabet seems very difficult to digest


Why is the dot on the right here, not on the left?


I'm shocked that no one has mentioned this yet, so I feel it's my moral obligation to do so.

סבא בא, אבא בא / אריה מכפר סבא בא / בא ברוך, ברוך הבא / עם דודה, דודה רבה / סבא בא, אבא בא / גם הסבתא יבאבא / אהלן ומרחבא / מי שבא ברוך הבא!




It's like Arabic without vowels which will drive me crazy


Very difficult write in hebrew, cause there are many similar characters. The sound are differents too.


When I typed in the answer "אַבָּא בָּא" it is not get accepted...


We are not supposed to write using nikkud. The system doesn't recognize it properly and thinks it's a mistake.


רוצה קצת עזרה


How do you type in the Hebrew characters? Is there a special keyboard somewhere?


Jsffjiwh Gunjan to get a good day to get the chance of rain in this case it would have loved the way you


The app should recognize father not just dad as a synonym. It gives an error when you input "father"


When learning hebrew is everyones start off words, "Love , Coming, Is, Father/dad, the"?


It is so hard to learn hebrew but i am want to learn ot cuz my friend



"Father, come!"

Kannada: "Appa, bā!" [ಅಪ್ಪ ಬಾ!] Tamil: "Appa, vā!" [அப்பா வா!]

Easy to remember :)




Why this question's anwser is Dad has come?? It's anwser is Dad is coming!! It's a error!!


It can be both because dad has came and dad is coming is the same thing in Hebrew


I accidently pressed enter at the wrong time


This is wrong, also I guessed this hebrews are like the every day uncle larry


I actually really dont know Hebrew im a pilipino


this is annoying i typed dad coming im bad at this


it dosent make any sense it s backwords


dad is coming


it also should be father come


Why is dad coming not acceptable? It sounds the same from dad is coming...


ill have to study this language on my phone since i have the hebrew keyboard there....


That's a good wisdom


is it pronounced ab baba


oops - the answer: father came seems wrong - father come or father is coming seems right.


אבא בר. Dad is coming


google said it means come father


It's wrong. If it was "come father", it would be בוא אבא which is a command while אבא בא describes a situation: Dad is coming


THE LIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HEHE


I got mixed up with the love one



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