"Send me an angel!"

Translation:שלח לי מלאך!

July 12, 2016

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Just a note: This says send me an angel in a female form, but also relates to male

Male: Shlah li malah

Female: Shlehi li malah

Just so you know :) Shalom

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The female form in Shil-hi.


That's the correct form. But using the future as an imperative is very common, and the initial ת in תשלחי tishlekhi often isn't pronounced clearly, so it becomes more like t'shlehi or 'shlekhi.

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I'm aware of that, but this is getting uncomfortably close to teaching ESL students "ain't", "y'all" and the quotative be-like.

Using "תשלחי" instead of "שילחי" is common enough that it should be (disdainfully) mentioned. Shlehi takes this a step too far.


Of course, the course itself doesn't teach this, and it only mentions the use of the future as an imperative in the tips and notes, but I'm sure it would be interesting for anyone intrigued enough to read the comments and who wants to delve deeper into the language.

Also, quotative "be like" might be new, and hence disliked by language conservatives, but it does serve a useful purpose: It allows you to say more or less what someone said without having to give a direct quote, and it's more direct than "S/he said something like...". I like it, but yeah, I wouldn't be able to use it in an essay, let's say.

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We got a Hebrew equivalent...

So Tal is like "female is Shlehi" and I'm like "no, it's shil-hi" and you're like "yeah, but people pronounce it like that", and I'm like "Dude! that ain't cool".

אז טל עושה ״בנקבה זה שְלֶחִי״, אז עשיתי לו ״לא, זה שִלְחִי״, אז ׳תה עושה לי ״כן, אבל ככה זה אנשים בולעים ת׳הברות״, אז עשיתי לך ״בן אדם! לא לעניין״


Haha, yes exactly. :-)


Shlakh li mal’akh!

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