Lyrics for my father

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Lyrics for the  song in Hebrew. Google translate works pretty decent between Hebrew and English (much much better than between Korean and English). . . so I was able to get a quick translation to start working with as I memorize the song.smile

לאבא שלי יש סולם
מגיע כמעט עד שמיים
ואבא שלי כה רעב
אוכל ארוחה פעמיים
ואבא שלי הוא הטוב מכולם
ואבא שלי הוא הכי בעולם
ורק בגללי הוא האבא שלי
כי הבטיח הוא לי
שהוא רק שלי

ואבא הביא מתנה
קטר על פסים של רכבת
ואבא הביא לי בובה
יודעת לשיר ולשבת
ואבא שלי הוא חכם מכולם
ואבא שלי הוא הכי בעולם
ורק בגללי הוא האבא שלי
כי הבטיח הוא לי
שהוא רק שלי

לאבא’לה יש מכונית
כמו אווירון בשמיים
לאבא שלי יש שעון
אינו מתקלקל גם במים
ואבא שלי, הוא יודע המון
אנגלית, צרפתית, ואפילו חשבון
ורק בגללי הוא האבא שלי
כי הבטיח הוא לי
שהוא רק שלי

ואבא שלי משחק
איתי בכדור ובג’ולים
ואבא שלי לי הביא
אלבום וגם יופי של בולים
אז למה כששרתי לו שיר שאהב
נרדם הוא פתאום ועצם את עיניו
אז למה כששרתי לו שיר שאהב
נרדם הוא פתאום ועצם – את – עיניו

אבא, למה?

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My father. . .

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I found this cool youtube song — about fathers. The tune is simple — there’s lots of fun words, some that I know but also some that I don’t, so I’m going to try to learn it today.

Another thing I want today is make a video of me speaking some Hebrew (not singing the song though, I’m afraid.^^)

Lexicarry

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Yesterday I had some great conversations for two and half hours in Hebrew, mostly with a Lexicarry book but also on books and movies- I spoke barely a word of English but my friend sometimes did and sometimes I asked what a word in Hebrew was by referring to the English translation. Part of me feels rather good I discussed books and movies we had been watching in Hebrew, another part of me feels frustrated that I could understand and say so little. I guess practice makes perfect, as they say.

I’ve planned another couple hours of conversation practice tomorrow, but finding people today to talk with will be harder. It’s Shabbat, and almost all buses, stores or cafes are close.

Tongue twisters

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I found some fun tongue twisters in Hebrew over here. And while I’m on the bus as well as working on Anki, I’ll try to get these time words down. I ran into some trouble a few days ago trying to explain where I was before I came here.

Busy day

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I had a great official lesson today with Street Hebrew, getting rock clear on the superlatives used in Hebrew.  (I’ll write a detailed review of the lessons later on after I’ve taken a few more, but so far I’ve learned a lot through them).

I was able to schedule one appointment today, so I’ll head off to the university today to meet him there. This will be the second person I’ve met just scheduling the appointment totally in Hebrew. Now I also want to speak completely in Hebrew when we meet.

The bus trip to the university is about an hour long but I have a bunch of Anki to catch up on and several podcasts to listen to, so I’ll be keeping busy.

Anno said: 

The first goal is to find a way to chat with people online in Hebrew. There are several ways I’m going to go about this. One of them is find people on skype to chat with. Another way is joining a couple language exchange sites.

I started using both italki and my language exchange and sent a lot of different messages, but so far haven’t been able to chat with anyone yet.  One thing I’ve tried to do is find Israelis who are interested in studying Korean. That way I can exchange Korean for Hebrew and get to practice both languages, having my cake and eating it too.laugh

Cool day

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One very important part of language study is continual evaluation. But evaluation is not just an assessment of present shortcomings and goals for the future but also an evaluation of how far along the trail one has actually trod.

Today was pretty cool, language-wise. I was mostly inside but in the afternoon I went to the laundry to pick up my clothes and made sure (in Hebrew) that she didn’t need the receipt. In the evening I ordered shwerma, and was able to answer all of their questions (What kind of shwerma did I want? (laffa) Was I eating it here? (yes, i was) What toppings did I want? (Everything) and when paying, “Had I ordered any drinks (no)). Afterwards I went to the store, bought a few things, and discussed with the clerk the price of humus — was 850 grams for 13.50 or 1kg for 18.90 cheaper?

This is a marked change from just a short while ago. Two weeks ago I would have broken down and I would have tried to and felt the need to speak in English in all of these situations. But today I spoke not a word of English and I was able to communicate well. I am speaking Hebrew now.

The more I speak with people. . . .

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Disappointingly I wasn’t able to go to meet the person I was planning on talking with in Hebrew this evening.cryHowever, I was able to do a lot of work with Anki — putting in new sentences and reviewing them. I now have 614 facts (mostly sentences) compared to four hundred a few days ago. This week’s goal is to increases the anki facts to 1000. For most sentences I have three fields, the Hebrew (with audio if possible), and then on the backside the English translation and the transliteration if there was no audio.

The more I speak with people the more I realize how many things I still need to learn, when I find myself needing a word or idea and having to explain around it or having to use a prop or hand motion to express myself.

One of my language helpers introduced me to the movie Sweet Mud. I’ve downloaded the move with English subtitles, so I’ll watch it tomorrow in my down time.

I have two specifically speaking goals for tomorrow. The first goal is to find a way to chat with people online in Hebrew. There are several ways I’m going to go about this. One of them is find people on skype to chat with. Another way is joining a couple language exchange sites.

The second goal is to meet two Hebrew people in person tomorrow and talk with them in Hebrew. I haven’t even set up appointments yet, so I’ll need to send some e-mails off tonight!laugh

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