- family, f משפחה
Here is where I drew a poor picture of Chewbacca from Star Wars!!!
- He says: “Me Chewbacca”, which sounds like: meesh-pacha.
- I know, Chewy doesn't really talk, but give him a BIG hug, because he Is Family!!!
- vowels are: chireq, sheva, qamets, qamets. The sheva closes the first syllable. Qamets: The first is expected, as it is an open syllable. The second is really part of the feminine suffix qamets-hey, where hey is part of the vowel. I remember the two qamets by picturing Chewbacca offering me a cup of "tea", whilst his other hand also holds a cup of tea. The tea reminds us of the vowel qamets, which looks like a letter "T" in English.
- So don't forget! Chewbacca has two cups of tea, one for himself and one for you, and as he hands you your cup, he says: "Me Chewbacca", and gives you a BIG hug, because he is family!
- Shalom chaverim!! KEREN
That's it for today! Have fun with Hebrew. Be sure to explore not just this blog, but also some of the resources on my resource page. I have useful links, also.
Please leave questions or comments and thanks for visiting!
מורה עברית קרן
Morah Ivrit, Keren
Remember when the son of Jacob (Israel), was born? Rachel wanted to name him “son of my sorrow, but Jacob named him “son of my right hand” Ben-yamim.
Think: “My son is the bane of my life!” I know, it is not literally true, but this is simply a trick for remembering that בן means son!
This man is also riding an alephant (use Aleph to spell). My mnemonic: “My name is Ishmael”. A famous literary allusion! Moby Dick captain. “Ish is a Male” Think: “Ishmael is a man, a male, and "eesh" in Hebrew is man!
Some people may forget the yod between aleph and shin. Just remember that most Hebrew words have a three-letter root, called שורש shoresh.
The vowel with the aleph is Chireq yod : חירק יוד. This one is a single “dot” under the letter, followed by the yod, which has no vowel attached because it is part of the vowel. I think of it this way: a dot looks like an egg. The word egg begins with “e”. So, the sound of one single dot under a letter is “ee”, as in : “EEE! I laid an egg!”
So here's our entire picture: A man, named Ishmael, is riding an alephant, and suddenly an egg drops out from under him and he exclaims: “EEE! I laid an egg!”
This mnemonic helps you remember the definition AND the spelling. What a special bonus. Yes, I do have fun thinking this crazy stuff up!!
Make Hebrew Fun today!!!
peace & blessings,
קרן מורה עברית
Keren, morah ivrit (Teacher of Hebrew)
I am a Mom and Grandma who began studying Hebrew to assist my understanding of the Hebrew praise songs I was singing for our Messianic Jewish Synagogue praise team way back in 2001. A home educator at the time, this quickly led to learning Hebrew in order to teach my children.