"הפיל אוכל תפוח."

Translation:The elephant eats an apple.

June 29, 2016

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Gerardd88

This פיל must be related to Turkish "fil". Maybe through Arabic?

June 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/YanitoLeSang

You can also notice that all the word of this sentence are almost the same in arabic ... ha-pil ookhel tapuach / el-fil ya'kool tofah ( notice how in arabic 'p/f' is always 'f' ... kh/k is always 'k' but the hebrew 'ch' can be arabic 'h' or 'ch' ) Languages are beautiful :)

April 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FaizaMazhar

Amen.. and may people too stay as close as their roots to one another..

April 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

I knew I recognised it! I gave up Turkish ages ago, obviously it was still in there somewhere, but I had no idea why. Thanks for inadvertently helping me figure that out. With a bit of luck, I'll now remember it better!

It's possible it came from the same source for both Arabic and Hebrew and then got borrowed by Turkish, or maybe vice versa? Since they are both Semitic languages.

June 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Phillip_Davis

Wiktionary says it came to Turkish through Arabic, which got it from Persian, which got it from Akkadian. So the root is semitic, but it took a roundabout path to Turkish.

July 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Convoluted!

July 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/John12122

: )

October 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/John12122

: )

October 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/John12122

im eating a apple right now

October 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Yairah

That is precisely what i typed ... & it was marked wrong. Grrrr

December 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

If you have a genuine problem, report it. However, it may be that you made a typo without realising.

Also, if it was an audio exercise, it marks lack of nikkud as typos, and you can get marked wrong if there are several of those.

December 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/mahchosek

Why would it be that 'The elephant is eating an apple' be incorrect?

August 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

That should be accepted. If you get it again and it's not, report it, but do check whether you made a typo. At this point, I'd be quite surprised if that translation were not accepted.

August 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Yon752197

Ge'ez and Hebrew are very similar, the syntax also similar to it. I think it is more closer to Ge'ez than Arabic.

December 20, 2018
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