How does one distinguish between "this" (near) and "that" (far) objects in Hebrew? Thanks.
There is no good equivalent this/that pair in Hebrew. I don't think it is that necessary (Sapir-Whorf?). הזה means "this one", and ההוא can be used as "that one".
Thank you Pumbush and Sepharadit! Aside from the "that one" meaning, is there a literal meaning for "ההוא" in English?
This donkey or that one over there? החמור הזה או ההוא שם?
But I think "that" is more common in English than "Hahu" in Hebrew, we don't use it a lot.
I'd been taught that the Hebrew ר is more of a guttural sound, quite in contrast to the alveolar r in English. So, that might have something to do with people having issues hearing it. Maybe.
I agree with Snommelp. The ר sounds the same as the "r" we have in French (I can clearly hear it at the end of the word), it's a voices uvular fricative (ʁ). Linguistics friends, correct me if I'm wrong :)