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"הילד אוכל פסטה עם גבינה."

Translation:The boy eats pasta with cheese.

November 10, 2016



Out of curiosity, why isn't עם spelled ים?


Etymology: ע used to be pronounced differently (and some people still pronounce it differently). So it's like asking why we write "year" instead of "yeer": it used to be pronounced as "yay-arr" but not anymore. Although it's different, because some people in Hebrew still pronounce ע as it "should" be.

Also, it wouldn't be ים, it would be אים because you need the א to show that the י is pronounced as a vowel and not as the consonant y. ים is already a word: "yam" - sea.

The word for "if" is אם, also pronounced as "im". Theoretically it would be spelled אים but it's such a common word, no one includes the י.

The words אם and עם sound the same for most native speakers but different for some Arabic speakers (whether they're Christian, Muslim, Jewish or Atheist...).


תודה רבה for the detailed and helpful response.


I was taught by a classical Hebrew professor to pronounce ayin gutterally, in the back of the throat, as he pronounced it, but he was obsessed with proto-Hebrew and diachronic aspects of the Hebrew language (how it changed over time). Modern Israeli Hebrew, from what I can tell, does not do so, as you indicate, except for those trying to emulate the past. From what I can tell from DL pronunciation and the Israeli tv program סרוגים, the kaf is pronounced more as a ח than a ח! The latter is more like a harder ה.


Oh come on! I wrote cheeze instead of cheese (I'm tired) and it marked it as incorrect? Shouldn't it give it to me with a typo?


ילדים כל העולם אוהבים פסתה עם גבינה


How would one say "mac n' cheese" in Hebrew? Is it the same way as "pasta with cheese"?


Can ילד also mean a child, when ילדים is children? I wrote that once and it was wrong.


Jasmin, in this sentence it’s obvious that ‏ילד is a boy because of the masculine verb.

In other sentences where there’s no masculine or feminine indication, ‏ילד can mean a child.


Ha-yeled okhel pasta im gvina.

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