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"יש לכם צבה?"

Translation:Do you have a turtle?

June 23, 2016



keep in mind:

צבה turtle (f)

צבא army



צבּה - hard ב

צבא - soft ב


The pronounce is tsabá and tsavá?


Male turtle: צב tsav Female turtle: צבה tsaba Becuase why not.


Not ‘because why not’ but because Hebrew doesn’t like word-final consonant clusters, including geminate consonants (which is what the dagesh in צַבָּה is), so צַבּ (underlying צַבְב) gets simplified to צב, and without the gemination ב is spirantized because beged-kefet.


And לכם should not be confused with לחם. They don't serve the same function in a sentence, but if you're not paying attention you could get tripped up.


So יש לכם צבא would mean, do you have an army? :)


Makes sense, armies as in יהוה צבאות


And there's also the word for a color, צבע


this one would be pronounce tzeva צבע :)


צ,ה,ל = Army isn't?


צה"ל= צבא ההגנה לישראל= Israeli defense forces.

Army= צבא


No. צה"ל is an abbreviation for צבא הגנה לישראל (Israel Defense Forces). The first word, צבא, is army.


Sure it's in my back pocket


צבה is also "distended, swollen" in literary, flowery Hebrew per Rav Milim


I'd say that's ancient. Not in use in modern Hebrew


Thanks for the clarification!


how to differentiate by ear להם vs לכם ?


Lahem vs lakhem



Listen very closely for the k sound. It might be hard to hear if the speaker is speaking quickly, but it's there.


להם - Lahem לחם - Lah'em (deep non gutteral h sound, ح /ܚ) לכם - Lakhem (gutteral sound here)


l *לחם - lekhem

In Modern Hebrew ח and כ (without dagesh) are pronounced the same.


It is but it is the wrong way of pronouncing. Most Israelis don't know the difference between aleph and ayin, teth and tav, heth and khaf...don't know to pronounce ssode. I guess that is because of the Ashkenazi influence. In Syriac we have the same letters and each letter has a distinct sound. Also like the Yemenites pronounce, the gimel with a dagesh is a jimel!! That's sad most people don't follow the real pronounciation, but we can practice the real deal

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There is no right and wrong pronunciation. The way letters are spoken varies over time and over space.

The Bible has the story of the shibboleth. That's where one clan was pronouncing the "sh" sound like an s. The Talmud complains about the residents of three cities who pronounce ayin as aleph and kheth as khaf.

Most of the differences you site have nothing to do with Ashkenazi influence. Only Yemenites pronounced all of those. The Jews of the Maghreb and of Iraq had their ayin and Kheth. All the other differences were missing there as well. You're implying that there is some pristine Hebrew that was pronounced correctly that the Yemenites preserve. It's just as likely that the Yemenites, being more isolated from the rest of the Jews, received much more influence from their Arab neighbors than did the people in the Maghreb.

The common accent in Israel these days is mostly the Sephardi rhythm, with its heavy use of Milra (accentuating the last syllable) but without the throaty consonants. Even most people with Maghreb roots have lost them by now. Some people with Yemenite roots still pronounce them, but that's fading as well. It's the way things go with living languages.


Again, the people of Benyamin's incapability to pronounce it (shibboleth) rightly is shown there. There is also a place where the sages have seen a person who can't differentiate aleph and ayin unfit for reciting a blessing. I am a Chaldean we have the same alphabet (again because of our Assyrian Jewish roots), we pronounce it that way too. You can see how much importance the pronunciation is given in the teachings of Rabbi David Bar Hayyim.

Not being able to pronounce rightly have always been associated with unlearned men. No two letters can sound the same/ be a combination of sounds in Hebrew, it is a standard rule kept by the sages long ago!!


Why does Duolingo insist on teaching the feminine form of turtle (and spider)? In 30 years in Israel, I have never heard someone say צבה or עכבישה!


How do you say turtledove? צב??

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תּוֹר (tor)

הַנִּצָּנִים נִרְאוּ בָאָרֶץ עֵת הַזָּמִיר הִגִּיעַ וְקוֹל הַתּוֹר נִשְׁמַע בְּאַרְצֵנוּ.

The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing[a] has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

-- Song of Solomon 2:12


I hadnt been given this word before and there was no option to translate


That happens on Duolingo. I hope now you'll never forget it!


יש לי צבה :)


I don't understand why my answer was wrong. יש לכם צבה?

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    Its "יש לכם צבה", not "צבה לכם יש". Hebrew is written right to left.

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