Updated: Jan 29
I know how difficult it's to be in the middle of a country where you don’t understand any word of what people are saying must be really hard! Most likely, you already know some basic Hebrew words like“Shalom”, and maybe “Bevakasha”, but we want to take this opportunity to provide you with a basic survival guide in order to improve you Hebrew.
Here’s a list of words you must to know before coming to Israel. I guarantee that these terms are going to make your life easier whether you are picking someone up at the local bar, or negotiating the price of the lovely “Hamsa” you want to hang next to your front door back home.
These are the Hebrew words you’ll need to learn in order to have easy and successful visit to Israel
Let’s start with an important one – something you shouldn’t only learn, something you should start applying from the very moment you board the white and blue airplane. This is a word that will guide you throughout your entire time in the land of milk and honey. No, we’re not talking about “Hummus ” (which is actually, an Arabic word at its roots)… We’re talking about “Savlanut” (Pronounced sav-lah-noot).
Savlanut means “patience”, and it can even be used for “be patient” when you accompany the word with a not-so-friendly gesture with your hand.
Everything is going to be OK, just ask for a little “savlanut”, and we’re sure your experience in Israel will be more enjoyable and pleasant.
An optimistic point of view: Everything is going to be alright!
If there’s something you have to recognize about Israelis it is their eternally optimistic mood. It doesn’t matter that several dozen rockets fall in our country once in a while, it doesn’t matter that supermarkets are crazy expensive, or that it is really hard to buy a house in Israel. The answer will always be the same: HaKol BeSeder.
Indeed, the typical Israeli answer to whatever problem you might have is that “everything is going to be OK”. No, don’t get confused, we’re not in Woodstock or in the middle of a Ho’oponopono meditation in Hawaii.
Israelis are optimistic by nature. It can be for many different reasons, but they are. So whenever you see yourself in the middle of a discussion, problem or a sad moment, just close your eyes, picture yourself at the Western Wall or in the middle of Haifa’s promenade and remember: HaKol BeSeder.
Fun fact: HaKol BeSeder can also be used for “no problem”. So “HaKol Beseder” if you want to use it for that too.
Get the right price and negotiate everything: Asking for a discount!
Let’s not exaggerate, many people think that they can enter a fancy restaurant on Rothschild Boulevard and bargain (please, don’t be one of those). But indeed, there are some places in Israel where you can apply everything you learned while watching Fauda or Ramzor and let the cheap spirit come out for a while.
But wait, how will you ask for a discount in Hebrew if you don’t know how to even say the magic word (and this time, the magic words aren’t please nor thank you). Discount is “Hanacha” (pronounced ha-nah-chá), and you can practice the usage of this word in any of the markets, and in some souvenir stores. Don’t worry, if the salesman gets angry, you can always say “Savlanut, haKol BeSeder”. Are you getting it already?
So of course if you want to take your Hebrew Level to the next step you could start today! Book now the one on one Online class with me on Zoom or Skype from the convenient of your home.