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"Is dad coming?"

Translation:האם אבא בא?

June 21, 2016

169 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLL77

Duo you are too kind to me in Hebrew lessons. My errors are so ridiculously far off, but you are giving me credit and telling me I have a spelling error. In Russian, or any other language, if I make more than one typo I get it marked as incorrect.
Please, true, consistent feedback is more beneficial to a learner than giving "credit for trying."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/astrid__vegan__

The feedback is consistent because you will see the right answer below. :-)

I think it is nice for beginners that they can make more mistakes. Otherwise people check out too soon.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LmaoJamBoi

It just says I have a typo... lol. I have to admit that מ )mem) and ב(bet or base, depending on your pronunciation) do look a little similar in this font.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ady_chanukayew

If by "base" you are refering to the unemphasized letter "ת" (the letter ב is read and written בֵּית). It is the Ashkenazy accent, and they also use it only in prayers, so nobody calls it that


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ady_chanukayew

its "bet" not "base",  בֵּית


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chowmain1

בית. Got it!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EGO33K4U

I think in Russian and in German there are credit for spelling errors but only if the sounds are similar, for example: "onlyne" and "online"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AtalinaDove

For Mac users, you can quickly switch between keyboards by going to system preferences, keyboard, input sources, and then clicking the plus at the bottom and adding Hebrew. If you want the sounds to match the English keyboard, check the QWERTY option instead of just Hebrew. Make sure "show input menu in menu bar" is checked. After that in the toolbar on the top right corner of your screen a flag should show up. If you click on it you can then switch between a Hebrew keyboard and an English keyboard very quickly.

Edit: If you click on "Keyboard" in the same row as "Input sources and check "Show keyboard and character viewers in menu bar", you can then click on the flag and click on "Show keyboard viewer", and a mini-keyboard will pop up to show you where each key is.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MIFisher

You can also use the keyboard shortcuts control+spacebar and control+option+spacebar to quickly switch between keyboards.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AliDon1

Thank you for this tip!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ellmiringo

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rykesaur6

What is the difference between בא and באה because both were excepted but I was just wondering what made them grammatically different?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeutH

Conjugation by gender. בא is masculine, באה is feminine.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rykesaur6

So in Hebrew are the nouns distinguished into feminine and masculine nouns, like in French, or is it only with people/animals that we would make the distinction? And if its only with people would inanimate nouns be treated as masculine or feminine?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeutH

Animals, people and inanimate nouns all have gender (like in French). A feminine noun gets feminine verbs, adjectives and numbers. A masculine noun gets masculine ones. ~ (:


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LmaoJamBoi

Oh. So this is going to be like learning Spanish then


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/carter.ag

Similar, with the addition that verbs in the second person (as well as adjectives) must agree with gender. You/tú/usted don't do that.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RonaShacha

But there's no nosotros/ nosotras in hebrew :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AviaSh1

You just use the masculine form then, אנחנו or אנו


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jacobkoedoot

I'm using this link: https://www.branah.com/hebrew It's an easy to use hebrew keyboard. Save text after done generates the hebrew text easy copy/paste pop-up.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AussieJunkie

Thanks for the tip!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeyaniraLe1

IT REALLY HELPED. THANKS ALOT. SERIOUSLY. ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GustXM

Thank you, it works very well!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bouvetoya

Is there a phonetic Hebrew keyboard? For example, typing "a" would type "א", b would type "ב", etc. That would be so useful!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BransonSha

If you have a Mac, you can go to Keyboard Preferences and select a phonetic Hebrew keyboard. You can also set up a quick switch option that allows you to switch keyboards using command+space. A quick google search will give you all the specifics!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Strobro3

Do you by chance, know about anything like that for windows?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EdwardDov

But what would you do for aleph and ayin, two different letters that make the same sound? There are also two K sounds in hebrew


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LioraHide

I could also say אבא בא? Right? Why use האם?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Helsa123

אבא בא? means "daddy's coming?" With האם in front it means "is daddy coming?", so both are correct just like in English, the first one being less formal.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katy836819

האם its more formal


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kristoff-Johan

If you are using the "Hebrew-QWERTY" keyboard on the Mac (in system preferences) you can go from normal Mem ( מ ) to the terminal Mem ( ם ) that is needed in this sentence by holding SHIFT + M. (At first I was writing "האמ אבא בא?" but now I can have the correct "האם אבא בא?")


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LmaoJamBoi

I never learned it as terminal mem, I always learned it as final mem, but whatever. Lol


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Omer100f

If you are toking to a Hebrew speaker or to your friend (informal) so it's better to say just ?אבא בא without the האם


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rogruman

absolutely. האם is kind of a dated word.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/livnat07

In fact, in hebrew its rare that people use the word האם at a beginning of a question.. its not the daily language


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OzzieOnkno

why is האם never used here with the feminine word אמא? Is האם masculine?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RonaShacha

Pure chance. You can say the same to mom (although you won't 'cause nobody speaks like that.you'll only find it written in books/news/essays) האם is actually a question word but you mostly can discard it


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KatiePrive

it is i did not know that


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/quadrin

I'm having trouble going from keyboard to keyboard - can anyone help me? I use a chromebook


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BransonSha

there's a chrome extension called duolibro that automatically switches keyboards for you. however, the Hebrew keyboard isn't based on QWERTY so you might have to invest in a Hebrew keyboard cover.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/quadrin

I got it guys. Thanks :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RobertoG123

I don't see a Hebrew keyboard on here. I've been copying and pasting individual letters, but it's extremely annoying to do that.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HSG05

I gave up on that. I have just been typing "x" with the problems and reporting the problem.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IlIllIl

??? I'm sure there are enough legitimate problems with the early beta and the team is busy enough as it is. Hopefully they have a way to filter out your troll reports.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/unwashedsauce

hit shift+alt in windows (if Hebrew is installed on your machine)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/khschook

I have this program on my Android. The Hebrew keyboard is extremely easy to download and use if you have the Samsung keyboard


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OJMAN1

I had a windows 7 computer and I didn't have a Hebrew keyboard. So I bought Lenovo tablet, went into settings and changed the keyboard. After that I went on Duolingo and at the bottom of the screen there was a keyboard symbol and I could choose between English and Hebrew.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yahalomah

I found a good hebrew keyboard app for my tablet on google play. Works great!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DiDaMaSa

About the meanings I understand that באה and בא refers both to 'come(s)' or 'is coming' what I actually don't understand is in which situation should I use באה or בא. Someone please help me


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beltrix1

The first one you will use for a woman, the second one for a man. Generally the suffix אה, or only ה is often used for creating a feminine version of a word.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ohad886

There is an exception in counting though. When you want to say 'three boys' you say 'שלושה בנים' because שלושה is the suitable way of counting for masculine nouns. Now if you want 'three girls' you say 'שלוש בנות' and you can see that שלוש is the feminine form and the addition of ה brings you the masculine form שלושה. That exception is the same for all numbers between three and 10 (included) and although many Hebrew speakers make mistakes in this subject of gender when counting (maybe one reason is that the addition of ה here has the opposite meaning to the meaning it usually has), there is a groing awareness to that and many Hebrew speakers correct those who make mistakes (I say that as an Hebrew speaker living in Israel).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shae778145

What is the order of nouns, verbs, participles, etc. when writing and Hebrew


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eu.Sou.Vitor

I took so much time to write this sentence :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TUnitG6

Everyone looking for a keyboard for Windows - I created this QWERTY keyboard a few years ago that I am willing to share: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3615322/Hebrew%20QWERTY.zip


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/foreverimprove

why is "נא אנא אנ" incorrect?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LoboEfra

Looks like you're confusing the ״נ״/nun/ and the ״ב״ /bet/ for the most part.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Katerina_Pyrkh

I was sure that "האם" means "if" and did a mistake :/


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rogruman

well, you're close :) אם means if. without ה.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CiaraHakkola

that is what i thought but i only have biblical hebrew, so i took it as a lesson in modern!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shirki

It does mean "if", depending on the context.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Boyce636682

The words are not sounding out


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KASEYC626

i don't know how to write in herew help


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Helsa123

In Windows you can follow these instructions: http://frontype.com/how-to-add-language/Hebrew.html

If you use the shortcut Ctrl+Windows+Spacebar, you can tab between keyboards.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/askrahn

On android I very much reccommend the Touchpal keyboard. You just swipe the space bar to change languages.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bladewright

There is a keyboard addon just for Duolingo you can install for your brower called DuoKeyboard. It will automatically change keyboards and show you a cheat sheet when you need it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mario_gm

How do I install this on my PC?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Irjov

I suggest that the Hebrew characters (א, ט, ל, י, ת ח, ב, ו, ק ...) are arranged below the table for translating the sentence. In Portuguese this is already done in the following cases: ç, é, ê, õ, ã, for example.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RiverW3

like many, MANY, other people before me have already said- there are several ways to get a Hebrew keyboard onto your computer/mobile device. I suggest you go through the comments and find which way works most for you, as having characters for the entire Aleph-bet would be ridiculous


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Noah204903

Where should one start if they dont even know the alphabet yet? The introduction to Hebrew seems way too advanced.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lourdesantonella

Will be better here the voice when you select a correct world


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElenaObole1

why didn't you just make an exercises for absolutely beginners? some people just can't even read the letter!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wahrhaft

Good day! Is it only me not having voice pronunciation whilst tapping words? Or does the whole course hasn't this feature? It would be really helpful if it did.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PaoloMatan

It keeps asking me to right in hebrew. Even though I have an English keyboard. So I keep getting this wrong


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danny912421

So, how do you expect to learn Hebrew if you don't have a Hebrew keyboard? Of course you need it in order to proceed. If you don't have it, download it!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jacobkoedoot

@AtalinaDove great tip! thanks!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lindsey91

Is this really necessary? Russian let's you type using the English alphabet if you match the sounds.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Esatia

I think that since Hebrew just came out of beta, they may be revising and adding to the program... it is kind of annoying that they don't have an alphabet... they have the special letters for Spanish...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kristoff-Johan

I suggest switching your keyboard (I prefer the Hebrew-QWERTY on the mac) in system preferences keyboard options. Then take a screen-shot of the keyboard (shift + command + 4 on the mac) so that you can see what you are typing.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lindsey91

I did- I think you have to, otherwise you can't type the answer.

I'm already familiar with the alphabet so the QWERTY keyboard works well even without being able to see it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/g1w2e3n

ןא ןד םנהןםוד אישא צט שמד'קרק 'שד ש אטפןמע קררםר


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SalsabeelE

Whats does " האם" mean ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichelleAd712181

it means is, but not as in he is, she is, but as in is daddy coming?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stacylaure

Trying to type in Hebrew and am having trouble understanding how to do so. Do you type the sentence backwards?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alexa771908

i do not know how to type on the computer in hebrew? does anyone know how


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Irjov

I suggest that the Hebrew characters (א, ט, ל, י, ת ח, ב, ו, ק ...) are arranged below the table for translating the sentence. In Portuguese this is already done in the following cases: ç, é, ê, õ, ã, for example.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AshtonGrutzius

how do u write in Hebrew on a English laptop


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EjSpeedster

How can you type in Hebrew?!!!!!!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dl9922

I love Duolingo, but it would help a lot if it came with an online Hebrew keyboard .


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samantha783507

Im not sure how to translate on an american keypad. There are no symbols on a key pad to be able translate


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drincade

Does anyone know how to make a mem sofit (final mem) on a keyboard or any other final form consonant? Whenever I type, it just makes the regular mem.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HorvthMria0

Excuse me, I dont find the write-signs hebrews under, so I can't write them in the writing solutions. Thanks.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dartme1

The words are backwards as I click them...am I supposed to click them in reverse order? Should I be applying some css trick to this? flexbox row-reverse or something?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew533134

If I'll pay for DL Plus, will I get hebrew alphabet and transcriptions?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BaiShann

I don't find I get much except the absence of Ads. I have not been offered the hebrew alphabet or transcriptions. :( They did recently put up, ask questions field. I have asked two but no response to either in a couple of weeks.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linguist240

What is the reading and meaning of the word before aba? I thought the sentence would be aba ba?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mosheperlm

זה יכו להיות גם האם אבא מגיע?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RonaShacha

מגיע is arrive בא is come


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/end_the_su

i keep doing it the wrong way around shjshss


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Charlie964297

why isn't האם אבא באה correct for "is dad coming?" i thought האם meant "is"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RonaShacha

'Cause dad is masculin =בא For mom it would be באה


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/3bits

Is it correct to write האם בא אבא? Does it have the same meaning asהאם אבא בא?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HannahMary116601

i don't have a Hebrew key bored so how do i do this


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EstelleGil9

Can't answer because I cannot access a Hebrew keyboard


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danny912421

Download one to your device or use a virtual one.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EstelleGil9

I believe a virtual keyboard turned up at an earlier lesson. I was expecting you to supply one when presenting such a lesson.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danny912421

That was probably a "word bank". It doesn't appear in every skill. You still need your own keyboard.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EstelleGil9

Thanks, Happy you monitor these comments so quickly. OK, I'll get myself a keyboard!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Irjov

I suggest that a keyboard with the letters in Hebrew be made available on the screen. It is difficult to write the trudging from English to Hebrew.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iris99978

How can I type in Hebrew? I only have an English keyboard.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sborralitfam17

How tf do i type in hebrew?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EjSpeedster

WHY CAN'T I TYPE IN HEBREW??????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ourun

um.. so how am i supposed to type with letters that are not on my keyboard ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KAYRRIE

how do i enter the hebrew words when on a desktop (not a mac)?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bassonqueen77

I can't type in heberw


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RS3342

how do you type in hebrew on an english computer


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KessMaster500

How exactly can you get a hebrew keyboard? On a computer to be more exact.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ReadingBadger

on a computer i do not have a hebrew keybord


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joseph159037

How can we answer questions without providing the Hebrew alphabets?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marvinepst1

when it asked for me to write in Hebrew is writes from left to right but in English


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SPICYWEENER

my answer should be excepted because when i hovered over it said it was right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuanDavid195228

This is for me in special if you supossed that the Words are wrong


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/herecomethebears

I selected from the wordbank the exact answer and they marked me wrong??


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sally152577

please tell me when to use בא and when באה . thank you


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dartme1

The latter is feminine. In this sentence, we're talking about a father, so we'll use the former which is masculine. Cheers!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndreasEgg7

Cant write ivrith with my new mobile


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew533134

Install Hebrew keyboard layout or use Google translator to input Hebrew letters


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ellmiringo

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stupedfatidiot

אני ישראלי וזה מבלבל אותי!

בא באה בוא בא אמא אבא בא בה בהבבלהלהלהלהלערל3חל......


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Isaac55908

מאיפה אתה????


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/antoniojack

How can we type in Hebrew? Is there no option to write (and read) using the Latin alphabet?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeutH

I don't know if it's the best way to do it, but until you'll get another answer - you can use a virtual keyboard.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SarahSimpsonA1

hi another thing you can do is click the english word and the hebrew appears in drop down bubble, copy and paste to answer bubble. Ièm having trouble with getting the order of the words right if anyone can help, ive tried going forward and backward and the program switches the order of words so its confusing


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BTJVision

how come the translation (the Duolingo) did not say any "ם"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KatiePrive

i dont know why adn twhat does that mena


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/g1w2e3n

it should be obvious that my answer was a typing error


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nikitacohen

What did you write?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SnowVSLanguage

I use a Chromebook so it is hard to type Hebrew


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mypersonatalie18

Why is this question in an adjectives lesson


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KennyLiga

Mט גשג מקהקר בשצק


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KatiePrive

waht does the word you just said mean pls tellm me i amenglish


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KatiePrive

on my keyboard i amnpt allowed t owrite in hebrew and the langauge is really funny


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/456qwejos

No he is not coming :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/perryvashti

Thank you for posting about the keyboard.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Junior687463

None of the options is available. Keeps saying that the answer is wrong.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pereldaniel

i did the right answere and it said its wrong


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_kenzie.....

What's the difference between בא and האה


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beltrix1

Masculine/feminine respectively.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielFarbiarz

טם דםט גק ןדרשקך טם /12'דק צשד /וק או


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fractal_shadow

I keep switching the letters around >.< Learning new alphabets is nothing new to me, so this is a lot more confusing than I thought it would be. I think its because of the reading direction.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chikondi7

i do not a have hebrew keyboard so i can not translate


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gracie797357

i can't type in hebrew, and i don't have a mac!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_kenzie.....

go to www.branah.com/hebrew you can copy and paste the words


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EthanLevi3

beloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jo.0903

idiots r bloody teaching

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