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  5. "הפועלים צריכים לשתות מים."

"הפועלים צריכים לשתות מים."

Translation:The workers need to drink water.

July 20, 2016



Now this is definitely the place when you can call Hebrew grammar hard... I alerady don't remember a lot of those verbs and now I have to learn the infinitives that sounds completely different as if they were new words like: shoté -> lishtót, ba -> lavó, sofér -> lispór. It's even hard to recognise the root here. Well, at least you don't have four different forms of those infinitives, do you??? :)


No, only one infinitive form. But you will start to recognize patterns especially in the vowels and where the root letters show up in the word. לשתות ends with the ת even though it isn't one of the root letters. If you notice though, the same thing always happens to the infinitive form whenever you have a ה as the final root letter in a verb. לרצות ־רוצה lirtsot-rotseh לשתות ־ שותה lishtot-shoteh לראות ־ רואה lirot-ro'eh. לספור ־ סופר lispor-sofer follows the same pattern just without the extra "t" ending, since it doesn't have the ה as the final root letter, notice how the vowels are still the same though. בא ־ לבוא will follow a different pattern since it's in another group of verbs.

Hope that helps.


Thank you. I know there are patterns and I hope it will get easier with time. But before I was able to recognise roots in the present tense even when I didn't know how to conjugate a verb. Here it's ridiculously hard to recognise it even if you think for a while.


Yes, I can see that it would be hard if this course was all one had to go off of. I'd recommend picking up a Hebrew verb book of some kind, just to help get a handle on the conjugations.


Thanks. They're really not that bad. But I should definitely make decks for Anki and review them (or get a book as you suggested) because my Hebrew vocabulary is very poor and words are much harder to remember.

Unfortunately, I don't have time for that as I already spend more time for the Hebrew tree than I originally planned. But the course is really good and I don't have many problems, so I hope I'll be able to remember as much as possible. That's how it looks if you are not learning the language full-time. :) Now I'm only trying to get familiar with it and learn as much as I can but I hope I'll come back to learn it more in-depth in future.


Yes, Hebrew conjugations are notoriously hard.


Lots of easy patterns, once you start recognizing them though.


Yes, but with emphasis on "lots". :-) Not to discourage anyone though, every language has some areas that are difficult and others that are easy.


I don't know if I'd call it hard per se, but learning to recognise the root is definitely a skill that needs a lot of drills.


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