Common Hebrew Phrases

Here are some more common Hebrew phrases to help you learn to speak Hebrew. These are pretty basic essentials you'll find yourself using a lot:

Yes, No and Other Essential Hebrew Words

common hebrew phrases

Yes Ken

No Lo

Please Bevakashah
This also doubles as "You're welcome."

Thank you Todah

Excuse me Selichah

One of the most used Hebrew phrases - especially useful as you elbow your way through a crowd (you'll never get anywhere if you don't!) Just keep repeating this word with a smile as you push your way through.

Where Ehfo?

When Matai?

Why Lamah?

Huh? Eich?

What? Mah?


person wondering how to get somewhere

Which bus to … Eizeh autobus le … [wherever you’re going].

How much to go to … Kama leh … [wherever you’re going].

This question is to be used before you get into a taxi, when you want to know how much it will cost you to get somewhere.

Should you really ask this question or not? Read our page on traveling by taxi before you decide.

Most of the time, it’s best to ask the driver to turn on the meter. Using these Hebrew phrases, this is how the conversation goes:

Cabbie: Atah rotzeh mehir? (Do you want a price quote?)
You: Ba moneh, bevakasha. (On the meter please.)

Now, that wasn’t too hard, was it?

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