https://www.duolingo.com/CinnamonBoy

The different ways to say "you" in Hebrew

I've noticed there are more ways than one to say "you" in Hebrew... Please list them down so I could remember them. And it also changes words like "like". For example, there's

אוהב

אוהבת

אוהבים

And so on so forth... Please help, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you so much!!!

!!!תודה

July 6, 2016

17 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/earthkissed

singular feminine is "at" - את

plural feminine is "aten" - אתן

singular masculine is "atah" - אתה

plural masculine is "atem" - אתם

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/CinnamonBoy

Thank you! Is it "AH-ten" or "ah-TEN"? And same for singular masculine and plural masculine.

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

I believe all the second person pronouns in Hebrew that have more than one syllable are stressed on the second syllable.

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/CinnamonBoy

So on the last syllable? Okay. Thank you so much for your help again! ;D

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Yeah, second syllable - last does sound a bit weird in a context where there are only two doesn't it? My brain's maybe not firing on all cylinders this evening! 8-o :D

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/airelibre

On/about no/not (a)-thing.

Perhaps more common is אין בעד מה en ba'ad ma (there is not, in favour of, what - I guess it's like "there's no ulterior motive behind it").

Or simply בבקשה, which is mostly "please" but also "you're welcome".

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/CinnamonBoy

Hahaha! Of course, silly me! And, down below, I know you replied to me, "You're welcome", but what does it literally mean? And is it pronounced "al lo da-VER"???

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/airelibre

da-var

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

I realised when you asked that I really haven't a clue what the literal meaning is. לא is no or not, and I think it maybe means something along the lines of it's no bother, but a quick Google didn't bring up anything very useful in terms of unpicking it. I'm afraid I only know it as a phrase, and the only word I'm confident of within that phrase is the לא!

The best guess I can come up with is דבר as meaning "thing", which is one of the meanings Wiktionary ascribes to it, על with the meaning "concerning", and it meaning "to no thing", "it's nothing", "don't concern yourself with it"?

But I'm guessing and extrapolating there, I don't know and I can only find literal meanings of each word in isolation.

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/CinnamonBoy

Thank you all for your beautifully helpful comments! :D

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Tomer530853

For the present tense there is: אוהב- masc. singlar אוהבת- feminine singular אוהבים- masc. plural אוהבות- feminine plural

אני(feminine)/את/היא- אוהבת

אני(masc.)/אתה/הוא- אוהב

אנחנו(masc.)/אתם/הם- אוהבים

אנחנו(feminine)/אתן/הן- אוהבות

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

אתה masculine singular is

את feminine singular is

אתם masculine plural (also used for mixed groups) is

אתן feminine plural is

For to like/to love you have:

אתה אוהב

את אוהבת

אתם אוהבים

אתן אוהבות

(the forum is really not fond of R>L languages but I think this eventually worked out okay...)

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/CinnamonBoy

Thank you so much! The last two are pronounced "Atem ohevem" and "Aten ohevot", correct?

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

You're welcome :)

Disclaimer - not a native and I don't know your accent. Please defer to natives/audio wherever possible. However, as best I could transliterate them into English (at least in my accent, which could be wildly different from yours so bear that in mind), they'd roughly be "atem ohaveem" (or ohavim) and "aten ohavot".

HTH :D

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/yona.guy

Should be "aten ohavot".

July 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/CinnamonBoy

Okay, thank you for your help! :)

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

על לא דבר (:

July 6, 2016
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