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What are some common Hebrew words and their meanings?

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Some common Hebrew words and phrases are "shalom," "barukh haba" and "eyn davar." "Shalom" means "hello" in English, "barukha haba" means "welcome" as a Hebrew greeting and "eyn davar" translates to "you're welcome". "Ken" and "lo" are "yes" and "no" in English, respectively.

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TeachMeHebrew.com recommends emphasizing the last syllable of each Hebrew word unless otherwise specified. Additionally, the same word in English can translate to multiple words in Hebrew, according to usage, due to prefixes and suffixes in the Hebrew language.

Other common words include "tov," which means "good" in English, and "ra," which translates to "bad". The word "big" in English is "gadol" in Hebrew; "small" is pronounced "katan".

Common Hebrew words "ze", "hu" and "sham" are the words "this," "that" and "there" in English. "What" and "where" translate to "eyfo" and "heykhan" in Hebrew.

Because the Hebrew and Yiddish languages use a different alphabet, it is called the "alefbet" by native speakers. The language is written from right to left, but pronunciation aids are often added to assist English readers. Special word processors and fonts are necessary to properly translate words to English because the words have numerical values as well as several dialects and styles between written and spoken Hebrew.

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