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Lesson 144 - Israel Diamond Exchange Feb. 05, 2016
Leah wants to visit the Diamond Museum at the Israel Diamond Exchange. Her curiosity about diamonds was sparked by the diamond that Benny gave her.
Lesson 143 - Backpacking Trip Jan. 01, 2016
Ilana is worried. Her daughter Noa wants to go on a long backpacking trip to India. Ilana is especially worried because Noa wants to go alone.
Lesson 142 - Matriculation Exams Dec. 04, 2015
Yossi called his daughter, Ilana, to ask about the foreign worker application. Instead, he got an earful about the tension in the house. His granddaughter, Noa, was studying for her matriculation exams.
Lesson 141 - Foreign Worker - Part 2 Nov. 06, 2015
In this second part of our lesson, Ilana tells her father about the formalities of obtaining a foreign worker. Now that Yossi agreed that it's a good idea, he is impatient to get a foreign worker to help him with his daily life.
Lesson 140 - Foreign Worker - Part 1 Oct. 02, 2015
Ilana called her father, Yossi, to see how he was doing. He complained about his health and about becoming a burden on the family. Ilana suggested getting a foreign healthcare worker to live in and help with his daily activities.
Lesson 139 - Results of the Cooking Competition Sep. 04, 2015
This is the last of our trilogy of lessons. In this lesson Hannah and Meir talk about the results of the competition. Although they didn't win, they came close and learned valuable lessons along the way.
Lesson 138 - Cooking Competition Aug. 07, 2015
This is the second lesson in our trilogy in which Meir and Hannah are participating in the cooking competition. They are checking out the kitchen and carrying out their plan.
Lesson 137 - Preparing for the Cooking Competition Jul. 03, 2015
Today we begin a trilogy of lessons about Meir and Hannah's experiences in a cooking competition. In this first installment they discuss the preparation; they study the judges' criteria and select a menu.
Lesson 136 - Stars Jun. 05, 2015
Naomi and Adam are excited to watch the upcoming lunar eclipse. We hear that Naomi learned quite a bit about astronomy while taking her grandson to the planetarium and the observatory.
Lesson 135 - Horoscope May. 01, 2015
Naomi and Dina were planning a trip but postponed setting a date until later. Adam learned from Naomi that Dina became interested in astrology and was avoiding important decisions this week.
Lesson 134 - Diet Apr. 03, 2015
Batya announced that she was starting a new diet. Ariel reminded her that she started many diets that ended with disappointment. He wanted to try to form healthier eating habits and to tackle it together as a team.
Lesson 133 - Letter Translation Mar. 06, 2015
Ariel asked Ronit to translate a letter that he received from his niece in Paris. In the letter, she writes about a recent wedding and a planned visit to Israel.
Lesson 132 - Monopoly Game Feb. 06, 2015
In the dialog today, Yossi and Dina decide to pass the time during a power outage by playing Monopoly. Let's hear them go over the game instructions.
Lesson 131 - Power Outage Jan. 02, 2015
Yossi and Dina experience a power outage at their home. While trying to discover the cause of the outage, they realize that so many of their appliances are electric and unusable in an outage.
Lesson 130 - The Hula Reserve Dec. 05, 2014
Batya is the Hula Reserve tour guide and is leading a group in a tour of the reserve. One of the visitors is Moshe, a natural science teacher who is also an amateur ornithologist. She is happy to appoint him as her assistant for the tour.
Lesson 129 - Fitness Center Nov. 07, 2014
Dorit reluctantly came to the gym. She was intimidated by all the equipment, but Yigal explained that every trainee gets an individualized exercise program and starts gradually. He was certain that Dorit will come to enjoy it as much as he does.
Lesson 128 - Krav Maga Oct. 03, 2014
Dorit attacked her cousin Yigal when he entered her apartment because she mistook him for a burglar. Yigal was not physically hurt but was very offended. To make amends, Dorit had to teach him Krav Maga and join him at his gym.
Lesson 127 - Israeli Television Sep. 05, 2014
Eli invited his friend Yuval to come over and watch TV. The private invitation soon snowballed into a small party. Batya and Eli didn't usually invite friends during the week, but supporting friends was important to them.
Lesson 126 - Dreams Aug. 01, 2014
Gali had a nightmare about the international move. To ease the pressure, her husband suggested paying the moving company to pack and unpack. He also tried to get her excited about the wonderful adventure ahead.
Lesson 125 - International Shipping Jul. 04, 2014
Gali Levine is getting a price estimate for international moving. Yossi is the shipping company representative who helps Gali with advice about lowering the cost.
Lesson 124 - Bike Rental in Tel Aviv Jun. 06, 2014
Moti and Batya belong to a bicycle club that is planning a trip in the Negev to see the blooming anemones. Batya is more accustomed to street biking in Tel Aviv and needs a different bike for the trip.
Lesson 123 - Raising a Baby May. 02, 2014
Sarit took her six-month-old baby girl to Tipat Halav for immunization. In the waiting room she met Arie and his three-month-old baby boy. Being a first time parent, Sarit was anxious, but Arie was able to reassure her.
Lesson 122 - Online Ordering Apr. 04, 2014
In our dialog today, Gila has a problem with the delivery of her online order. Let's listen to her conversation with the delivery company customer service representative.
Lesson 121 - Adolescence Mar. 07, 2014
Arie got a call from Ronit, the psychologist at his son's school, to talk about a change in his son's behavior. Adolescence is marked by big changes in many areas, and Ronit and Arie want to work together to help his son, Alon, to have good mental health.
Lesson 120 - The Israel National Trail Feb. 07, 2014
Sarit just met her childhood friend, Shila, who told her about her walking group. The group walks sections of the Israel National Trail. Arie is interested to hear about this trail and considers joining a walking group with Sarit.
Lesson 119 - The Israel Philatelic Service Jan. 03, 2014
Danny and Noa are visiting the Israeli Philatelic Service to learn about Israeli stamp production and about the history of the Israeli Philatelic Service. A unique service called "My Stamp" caught their attention and they can't wait to share it with Rina.
Lesson 118 - The National Library Dec. 06, 2013
The National Library is at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Danny and Noa are there, looking for books about stamp collecting. They are very impressed by the size of the library, but they're also a bit intimidated. Instead of getting help from a librarian they decide to make it a competition. The winner will be the one who's first to find the books.
Lesson 117 - A Visit to the Library Nov. 08, 2013
Noa and Danny are heading to the library to look for books and magazines about stamp collecting. Danny fondly remembers the stamp collecting hobby he shared with his father and wants to continue sharing this hobby with his daughter Rina.
Lesson 116 - Yoga Class Oct. 11, 2013
Yoram is a new yoga student. He came for help with his back pain but unfortunately for him, he pulled a muscle right at the beginning of class. Gali, the yoga instructor, educates him about yoga and helps him ease the pain.
Lesson 115 - Laundromat Sep. 13, 2013
Gali and her husband were on a walking tour of the Old City Walls when a heavy rain suddenly caught them unprepared. They were drenched and had to look for a laundromat to dry their clothes. In the dialog, Gali is calling her friend Yossi to tell him all about it and to pass the time.
Lesson 114 - The Maccabiah Aug. 16, 2013
Noa and her daughter Rina are preparing to host two athletes that will compete in the Maccabiah. The Maccabiah is the world's largest Jewish athletic competition, taking place every four years in Israel. Noa and Rina reminisce about the last Maccabiah and are excited about the upcoming one.
Lesson 113 - Jeep Tour Jul. 19, 2013
In their last meeting, Leah and Benny planned the boating part of their team-building retreat. Today, Benny is excited to plan a Jeep tour and is pushing for a rock climbing activity for the last day of the retreat.
Lesson 112 - Boating Jun. 21, 2013
Leah and Benny meet during their coffee break to plan the team-building retreat. Benny is planning boating activities on the Jordan River, but Leah wants to make sure that the activities are safe for all the employees.
Lesson 111 - Camping May. 24, 2013
Leah and Benny are organizing a team-building retreat for the employees of their department. They like the idea of camping and they are working out the details.
Lesson 110 - Fashion Week Apr. 26, 2013
Yael has tickets and she's inviting Uri to the fashion week in Tel Aviv. Although they have different taste in clothes, they're both excited to see the new fashion for the upcoming season. They're part of a big crowd of fashion enthusiasts, so parking is going to be a problem.
Lesson 109 - Yad Sarah Mar. 29, 2013
Udi called his neighbor Nily and asked her for help. His guest fell and hurt his leg, and he needed her professional help as a nurse. Nily helped him and calmed him down with practical and moral support.
Lesson 108 - A Ride for a Soldier Mar. 1, 2013
Yossi gave Gali a ride. She's an army soldier traveling home on a short leave. Their conversation brought back old memories of Yossi's own army service.
Lesson 107 - A Golan Winery Feb. 1, 2013
Sarit and Arie go on family trips together. Last time it was Sarit who planned the outing to the Marzipan Museum, and this time it's Arie's turn. He's planning a trip to the wineries of the Golan Heights.
Lesson 106 - The Marzipan Museum Jan. 4, 2013
Sarit and Arie go on family trips. They take turns planning the outings and this time it's Sarit's turn. She's excited to plan a trip to the Marzipan Museum, but before Arie embarks on the trip he wants to make sure that she took care of all the little details.
Lesson 105 - Beit Hatfutsot Dec. 7, 2012
Tami is making a family tree as a present for her grandmother's 90th birthday. She is asking her father, Yoram, to accompany her to Beit Hatfutsot to research her family roots. She is hoping to find new relatives to add to their family tree.
Lesson 104 - The Windmill Nov. 9, 2012
Noa and Danny own a Judaica store in Jerusalem. Noa wants to attend the re-opening of the restored Montefiore Windmill. Danny is worried about the store's declining sales but gets excited about the prospects of benefiting from the windmill re-opening.
Lesson 103 - Natural Disasters Oct. 12, 2012
Batya is surprised by the amount of rain this summer. She calls Moti early in the morning to discuss it with him but soon realizes that she needs to lift his mood.
Lesson 102 - ATM Sep. 14, 2012
Amnon and Ilana become hungry while shopping. They need to withdraw money from an ATM because they don't have small bills. Amnon discovers that Ilana has a fear of ATMs and he steps up to help her overcome these fears.
Lesson 101 - Going to a Movie Aug. 17, 2012
Moti, Batya and Omer are going out to see a movie but Moti is distracted and Omer is late. After a few snags they are going to enjoy the movie and relax before their flight the next day.
Lesson 100 - Hadassah's Centennial Jul. 20, 2012
Yuval is a doctor at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem and he is happy to hear from Ilana that her aunt will be attending the upcoming Hadassah centennial celebrations.
Lesson 99 - Solar Energy Jun. 22, 2012
Yoav rushed to Dalya when he heard her scream in the shower. He found that she screamed because the water turned lukewarm. Let's hear Yoav and Dalya brainstorm about fixing the water heater and being environmentally conscious.
Lesson 98 - Taxes Jun. 1, 2012
Eli had a sleepless night being anxious about filing his annual tax return. His wife, Daphna, reassures him and offers to help.
Lesson 97 - Post Office May. 11, 2012
Gali is going to the post office to send a couple of packages, not knowing that she chose the busiest time. The post office clerk Eli, understanding her frustration from standing in the long line, helps her with all her requests.
Lesson 96 - Israeli Elections Apr. 20, 2012
New immigrants to Israel come from many different countries with different political systems. Noa is an Ulpan teacher and today she's teaching her students about the election system in Israel. Some of her students are soon to become Israeli citizens and vote for the first time.
Lesson 95 - Naomi Shemer Mar. 30, 2012
Gali is preparing to publish a book about the songwriter Naomi Shemer and she asks the help of Yossi who is a music consultant. Yossi is excited to help because he admires the songs of Naomi Shemer.
Lesson 94 - Investments Mar. 9, 2012
Eli just sold his car and wants to invest his money. He is consulting with Batya, his investment advisor, about how to invest in tough economic times. Let's hear her advice.
Lesson 93 - Detention Feb. 17, 2012
In our lesson today Naomi calls her husband to drive with her to the detention center to release their son Yuval on bail. Adam takes it hard but Naomi is proud of her son for demonstrating for social justice.
Lesson 92 - Conference at King David Hotel Jan. 27, 2012 Try this lesson for free
Batya is looking forward to participating in an architecture convention but her husband, Moti, is not looking forward to her being away from home. Soon Moti realizes that he needs to be more supportive of this great opportunity for Batya.
Lesson 91 - Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Jan. 6, 2012
Meir, who's an amateur violinist, is persuaded by Nily to join an organized trip to see the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He has to overcome his reluctance to leave his banana plantation in the middle of harvest.
Lesson 90 - Card Game Dec. 16, 2011
Moti, the TV producer, asks Efrat to interview the Finance Minister. Since the minister is a busy man, Efrat doesn't know when he'll arrive. She has to stay late and she's not happy about it. To pass the time, they're going to play cards.
Lesson 89 - Funeral Nov. 25, 2011
Nily is calling Meir to tell him about the tragic death of Hanan. She invites him to come with them to the funeral but asks him to get a few things for her including renting a car for the trip. Let's hear how Meir reacted to all this.
Lesson 88 - Moshav Nov. 4, 2011
Meir is coming to ask for Udi's help so he can harvest his wheat on time. He meets Nily, Udi's wife, who is sending him on many errands. In a Moshav, it is customary to help one another. Let's hear the dialog.
Lesson 87 - Hershele and the Goat Oct. 14, 2011
Adam is complaining to his wife Naomi that it's very crowded in their house and no one has a place of their own. In response, she tells him the story of Hershele and the Goat, in the hope that he will understand the moral of the story.
Lesson 86 - TV Culture Section Sep. 23, 2011
Efrat is preparing the culture section of a weekly TV program and in the dialog she's meeting with Moti, her producer, to seek his advice. He's excited about the topic and is eager to learn all about the author and his writing process. Moti is going to help Efrat produce the program and to enlist other TV professionals to help too.
Lesson 85 - Weizmann Institute of Science Sep. 2, 2011
Aviva, from the Weizmann Institute in Israel, is returning a call from Yaeer, an American high-school principal, to give him information about their science summer camp. She tells him about this exciting research program for high school students.
Lesson 84 - Sing-Along Aug. 12, 2011
Irit just received two tickets to a sing-along. She's calling Uzi to see if he'll go with her. She reminds him that she promised Dana to come in order to get her to perform with them at the Karmiel Dance Festival. Uzi is excited to try a sing-along with her.
Lesson 83 - Karmiel Dance Festival Jul. 22, 2011
The annual dance festival at Karmiel draws thousands of dancers from all over the world. Irit is the choreographer of an Israeli dance troupe that's going to compete there. She's making last-minute preparations with the help of Uzi, a dancer in the troupe. She's optimistic and enthusiastic about their chances to win an award at the competition.
Lesson 82 - Aliyah Jul. 1, 2011
Aliyah inevitably involves some bureaucracy. In our dialog, Daniel comes to the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption looking for information and looking for his uncle who works there. His uncle is not in today and Etti who works there gives him all the information about the aid available to new immigrants.
Lesson 81 - Wet Walls Jun. 10, 2011
Plumbing problems always happen at the most inconvenient time. Orly discovers that her walls are wet and it takes some effort to convince Yoav of the severity of the situation. Let's hear how they plan to bring different repair specialists to resolve the situation.
Lesson 80 - Courthouse May 20, 2011
Anat has an amusing story about her trouble with the law. She calls Omer to ask him to drive her to the courthouse the next day. Let's listen and find out why she needs to be there and why she can't drive herself.
Lesson 79 - Hershele Apr. 29, 2011
Hershele is an iconic figure of Jewish humor. In our dialog today, Ilana asks Eli to write a summary of a business meeting. It's late and Eli is reluctant because he thinks that it's a waste of time to summarize what was said when everyone attended the meeting. Ilana tells him the story of Hershele and hopes that he'll understand the moral of the story.
Lesson 78 - Answering Machine Apr. 8, 2011
Keren and Rami work for the phone company and today they need to write a manual for their phone services. In particular, they need to write instructions for recording a greeting on the answering machine, a task that many customers find challenging. Keren and Rami have different ideas about the wording of the greeting.
Lesson 77 - Timna Mar. 18, 2011
Sharon is directing a documentary about the copper mines of Timna, and she's calling Avner, the photographer, to remind him about starting early the next morning. Avner is reluctant, but Sharon who's passionate about the film's importance insists that they start early and promises a treat for the crew after they finish filming.
Lesson 76 - Jerusalem Light Rail Feb. 25, 2011
Batya and Moti are about to go on a trip together. Batya is late and Moti is impatient, but she explains the reason for the delay and by the end of the dialog, Moti knows much more about the Jerusalem light rail system.
Lesson 75 - Gordon Beach Feb. 4, 2011
Israel has many beautiful beaches and our dialog today brings to light the attractions of Gordon beach in Tel Aviv. Let's hear the exciting plans of Adi, her aunt Nava and cousin Yigal, for one of the most famous beaches of Tel Aviv.
Lesson 74 - Neighbor's Fire Jan. 14, 2011
Disasters and emergencies can bring people together. In our lesson today we learn how to speak about emotions through a dialog between Boaz and his neighbor Vered after a fire in her apartment.
Lesson 73 - Retirement Dec. 24, 2010
Retirement is a significant life event and the topic of our dialog today in which Hadassah calls Shlomo to congratulate him on his retirement. Shlomo tells her how he celebrated the event and asks her how she's enjoying her retirement.
Lesson 72 - Bar Mitzvah atop Masada Dec. 3, 2010
Osnat is calling the bus company to arrange private transportation for her son's Bar Mitzvah celebration atop Masada. She's not sure about the details because her son has his own ideas about the celebration now that he's going to have his rite of passage, his Bar Mitzvah.
Lesson 71 - Buying an Apartment Nov. 12, 2010
Tamar is looking for an apartment in Tel Aviv with the help of a broker. Since it's a sellers' market he advises her to be ready to move quickly when she finds an apartment. In Israel it's customary to engage a lawyer for the purchase agreement, but Tamar is not worried about that for a reason that we'll discover in the dialog.
Lesson 70 - At the Bank Oct. 22, 2010
Benny is going on a business trip abroad and he needs to buy foreign currency. Leah is the foreign currency clerk and she's been servings Benny for many years. In fact, he was her first customer when she began her career at the bank as a teller.
Lesson 69 - Yiddish Oct. 1, 2010
Yiddish is a German dialect spoken by Ashkenazi Jews all over the world. In our dialog today, Liat learns that her great grandmother, Gita, knows Yiddish, and Liat is intrigued by the interesting language that uses the Hebrew alphabet.
Lesson 68 - Eliezer Ben Yehuda Sep. 10, 2010
The revival of Hebrew as a modern spoken language is primarily the initiative of Eliezer Ben Yehuda. In our lesson today we learn about him from a conversation between Gali and her friend Yossi.
Lesson 67 - The Great Rift Valley Aug. 20, 2010
Earthquakes and geological faults and rifts are the subject of today's lesson. In our role play, the geologist Dr. Yafa Levi is a guest on a TV science program. The interviewer asks about a recent earthquake that was felt in Eilat. He likes to know how the city's location on the Great Rift Valley has influenced the earthquake.
Lesson 66 - Magen David Adom Jul. 30, 2010
Magen David Adom is Israel's national emergency medical and ambulance service. In our lesson today Orna tells her neighbor why her son Danny has a giant bandage on his chin and how she had to rush him to Magen David Adom. While the injury was certainly an ordeal, the ambulance ride was quite a treat for Danny.
Lesson 65 - Scuba Diving in Eilat Jul. 9, 2010
Scuba diving is an exciting activity but you have to observe the safety rules. Iris is a scuba diving instructor in Eilat. Today she's taking a group of divers to Ras Mamlach, a beautiful coral reef in the Red Sea just across the border in Egypt.
Lesson 64 - Paying the Bills Jun. 18, 2010
Paying the bills is a chore that many people dread and often put off. Dorit comes home to find Yigal sitting in the dark. She wants to know whether they need to call an electrician, but Yigal solves the mystery by confirming that Dorit forgot to pay the monthly bills.
Lesson 63 - Driving in Israel May 28, 2010
Meyrav and Danny are driving to a party in Haifa. They are taking the freeway and debating if it will be quicker to take the toll road. In the dialog we'll hear and practice useful vocabulary on the topic of driving.
Lesson 62 - Soccer Practice May 7, 2010
Soccer is hugely popular around the world and in Israel. In our lesson we'll speak about soccer and learn how to say words like practice, goalkeeper, shin guards, and State Cup final. Nirit is the girls' coach and she is coming to pick up Sharon for a soccer practice. Sharon is not yet ready and Hagai, her father, complains that she was also late for school.
Lesson 61 - Lag BaOmer Apr. 23, 2010
The most well-known custom of Lag BaOmer is the lighting of bonfires. In today's dialog, Noam is planning a bonfire with her friends on Lag Ba'omer. She wants the bonfire to be the biggest and tallest in the neighborhood so she wants to enlist her father's help.
Lesson 60 - Jerusalem Neighborhoods Apr. 9, 2010
Sarit is developing a software version of a treasure hunt game through the neighborhoods of Jerusalem. She asks her friend Uri, a serious gamer, to try the game. The treasure hunt takes the player through various neighborhoods and the old city and concludes downtown where the player finds the treasure and a traveler can find a choice of shops and restaurants.
Lesson 59 - Made in Israel Mar. 19, 2010
Flower export is an important industry in Israel. Noam is a flower grower who wants to ship his flowers to Europe in time for Christmas. He calls Wings, an import export shipping company to ask about their service. Orna is glad to help him and offer him options to ship by sea or by air.
Lesson 58 - Daily Newspaper Mar. 5, 2010
In this first advanced-level lesson we'll hear Ariela and Yonatan discuss their daily newspapers. Ariela points out that Yonatan looks very tired, and Yonatan complains that his dog wakes him up very early when he barks at the newspaper delivery person. Ariela suggests changing to another newspaper and tells Yonatan about her family's newspaper habits.
Lesson 57 - HaMovil HaArtzi Feb. 19, 2010
Fresh water is a scarce resource across the world and in Israel. In our dialog, Maya takes a long shower as many teenagers do, and her mother is trying to convince her to preserve water. She tells her about HaMovil HaArtzi, The National Water Carrier of Israel, that delivers drinking water to most of the population. Let's listen and learn how to speak about this important topic.
Lesson 56 - Brit Milah Feb. 5, 2010
The excitement surrounding the birth of a new baby is the topic of today's lesson. Ilana announces that she's going on maternity leave and asks her boss Amnon to bring a substitute so she can train her. Amnon wants to know if they are invited to the Brit and whether she picked a name for the baby. Let's find out what happens and learn some new and useful expressions.
Lesson 55 - Tu Bishvat Jan. 22, 2010
Buying a tree at the nursery is the topic of today's lesson. Eyal's wife wants to plant a fruit tree for Tu Bishvat and he is looking for ideas. The salesperson at the nursery helps Eyal choose a lemon tree so that his wife can enjoy it for cooking and for making lemonade. She also gives him advice about watering the tree and conserving water by using drip irrigation.
Lesson 54 - Judaica Gift Jan. 8, 2010
Choosing gifts for the relatives is the topic of today's lesson. Gila and her husband Shai are going to stay with her aunt and uncle in New York for Passover. Gila is suggesting various Judaica gifts but Shai wants to buy something a little more practical. At the end they settle on some gifts and also buy themselves a hamsa, a good luck charm, to bring them good luck on the long trip.
Lesson 53 - At the Vet Dec. 25, 2009
Caring for pets is the topic of today's lesson. Aliza brings her dog Bonnie to see the veterinarian Dr. Levi. She thinks that Bonnie swallowed something that made her sick. Bonnie is also due for her vaccinations. Dr. Levi inquires about Aliza's other pets, and she tells him how much work they all are, especially training Bonnie.
Lesson 52 - Car Question Dec. 11, 2009
Live call-in radio programs are great entertainment. In our role play today, Ariela calls in with a car question. She wants to ask Shlomo, the expert mechanic, about her problem starting the car this morning. In fact she had to tow it to the garage because it won't start. Shlomo describes the possible reasons and discovers that Ariela neglected to take the car in for regular maintenance.
Lesson 51 - Israel Electric Company Nov. 27, 2009
Generating electricity can be a fascinating and often controversial subject. Today Ariel is going on a tour of Orot Rabin, the Israel Electric Corporation site in Hedera. Ora is the tour guide and she explains how electricity is generated at this site. Ariel is worried about pollution and Ora explains that the electric company built tall chimneys to reduce air pollution at this coal power plant.
Lesson 50 - Sports Nov. 13, 2009
Getting kids away from screens and doing physical activity is the topic of today's lesson. Talia loves to watch television during her vacation but her mom wants to persuade her to participate in a sport. She knows that her daughter isn't a sport enthusiast so she lets her choose. After much negotiation they agree to try dancing.
Lesson 49 - Sizes and Measurements Oct. 30, 2009
A common challenge for world travelers is converting units of measure. Today Tami calls Eitan to wish him bon voyage for his upcoming trip to America. Eitan asks if she wants him to bring her anything. Tami wants some clothes for her husband but is surprised to learn that sizes in the US are different from sizes in Israel. At the last minute she also asks for a mixer and learns that appliances in the US use a different voltage.
Lesson 48 - Touring Israel Oct. 16, 2009
In this fourth and last part of Yael's adventures in Israel she tells Uri about their travels throughout the country. While hearing about how they crisscrossed Israel, we learn some new expressions such as how to say to crisscross or that something doesn't seem possible.
Lesson 47 - Wedding Oct. 2, 2009
Weddings are a reflection of culture and the one that Yael attended in the Kibbutz is no exception. In the previous two lessons we heard Yael describing her trip to Israel. Now we get to the best part of the trip, her cousin's wedding in the Kibbutz. Let's hear how it went.
Lesson 46 - Flight to Israel Sep. 18, 2009
In our previous lesson Yael was planning a trip to Israel. Now she's just returned and we get to hear all about her many adventures. She recounts to Uri the experiences of flying with the kids, collecting the luggage and eating airplane food. Let's hear how it all went.
Lesson 45 - Trip to Israel Sep. 4, 2009
Traveling to Israel is an annual tradition for many Israelis who live abroad. Yael is planning to go to Israel with her family as she does every summer. This year it's especially exciting since they're invited to her cousin's wedding and have the opportunity to reunite with the extended family. In the dialog, Yael shares the details of her plan with her friend Uri.
Lesson 44 - Renting in Haifa Aug. 21, 2009
Haifa, a beautiful port city built on the slopes of mount Carmel is the largest city in northern Israel. Ronit lives in Haifa and she just moved to a new apartment downtown. In the dialog between Ronit and Eli who wants to come and help her unpack, we learn about Haifa and the Carmelit, a unique underground railway. We also learn some new words and expressions related to moving.
Lesson 43 - Job Interview Aug. 7, 2009
Our subject today is the all too common and often dreaded job interview. Yaron is looking for a new challenge and he is coming for a job interview with Tami, the bank branch manager. She wants to know about his background and experience and his reason for leaving his former bank. Through the dialog we'll learn some words like a resume, position, salary, and benefits.
Lesson 42 - Chutzot Hayotzer Jul. 24, 2009
The international art fair at Chutzot Hayotzer is a Jerusalem summer tradition. Sarit is one of the local artists who'll present at the fair and her friend Arie is keen to come and see the fair. In their conversation Arie is surprised to learn of Sarit's artistic talents and he wants to come and see her ceramic art exhibit. Sarit describes the attractions that the fair has to offer.
Lesson 41 - New Hairdo Jul. 10, 2009
Going to the hair salon is always an experience full of possibilities. Ronit has an appointment with her hairdresser Uri who's been wanting to give her a new look for some time. Today might be his chance. Ronit wants a change, but she still wants to recognize herself in the mirror. In the end, she puts her trust in Uri.
Lesson 40 - At the Pharmacy Jun. 26, 2009
Today at the pharmacy, Reuven comes in to buy painkillers for his back and he is helped by the salesperson. Reuven doesn't have a prescription, but that's not a problem for our salesperson. While at the pharmacy, Reuven picks up various items for his wife. Through the dialog between Reuven and the salesperson we'll learn how to talk about pain and how to ask for medication, band-aids and other items.
Lesson 39 - Ordering at a Restaurant Jun. 12, 2009
In today's dialog, Danny is at a restaurant and he is having a hard time choosing what to order from the menu. The helpful waitress describes the choices and makes recommendations, and Danny negotiates with her. Through the dialog we'll learn how to order at a restaurant.
Lesson 38 - My Son the Actor May 29, 2009
Being a mother often means worrying about the children even when they're grown up. Yuval calls his mom but she complains that he doesn't call her often enough. Yuval is a busy actor and he tells his mom about the production and the rehearsals. Through the dialog we'll learn how to speak about theater production and how to be kind to mom.
Lesson 37 - Shavuot Blintzes May 15, 2009
Shavuot is approaching and Gila wants to prepare the traditional blintzes, or cheese crepes, for the holiday dinner. She wants her mother to teach her how to prepare them. Listening to the dialog between Gila and her mother we get to learn how to make blintzes and learn the vocabulary for giving a recipe.
Lesson 36 - Remodeling May 1, 2009
Home remodeling projects can be quite challenging. In our dialog, Ariel wants to remodel his apartment and he is asking Ronit to recommend a contractor. Ronit recently remodeled her apartment and she shares with Ariel the joys and difficulties of remodeling.
Lesson 35 - Volunteering in Degania Apr. 17, 2009
The kibbutz is a unique Israeli institution established on socialistic ideals. We learn about it today from Ronit who tells Avi about the book that she wrote. The book is about her experience volunteering at Kibbutz Degania, the first kibbutz, founded near lake Kinneret in the north of Israel in 1909.
Lesson 34 - Tel Aviv Celebrates 100 Apr. 03, 2009
In this lesson we hear Yossi calling Tel Aviv City Hall for information. He is planning to visit Tel Aviv with his family in April and wants to inquire about interesting events that are happening during his visit. His timing couldn't be better as Tel Aviv celebrates its 100th birthday in April. Let's listen to the dialog between Yossi and the city information agent.
Lesson 33 - Cell-Phone Repair Mar. 20, 2009
Jeffrey, a listener from New Jersey, sent us a lesson idea about dealing with a cell-phone service provider. In our lesson, a customer calls a cell-phone repair service to ask about unlocking their phone and checking a problem with the keypad. Through the dialog we'll learn how to ask for service and consider the question of whether to admit that our cell phone got wet.
Lesson 32 - Purim Costume Party Mar. 06, 2009
Purim is a fun holiday celebrated by exchanging gifts of food and drink and giving charity to the poor. An entertaining tradition of Purim is masquerading, dressing up in masks and costumes. This is not only for children and is great fun for adults too. In this lesson, we discuss going to a Purim costume party and dressing up as historical figures.
Lesson 31 - Buying a Car Feb. 20, 2009
Buying a car can be an exciting occasion. Ronit had saved for two year and is now planning to order a new car from the importer. Ariel is surprised that it takes so long to get a new car. In America, you can buy a new car and drive it home with you. In the dialog between Ronit and Ariel we learn some new expressions.
Lesson 30 - High-Tech Startup Feb. 06, 2009
Haim, a listener from Israel, requested that we dedicate a lesson to business dialog. In this lesson, we'll hear from Yoram who works for a venture capital fund in Tel Aviv about his recent investment in a high-tech startup and his meeting with their new CEO.
Lesson 29 - Bike Riding Jan. 23, 2009
Bike riding is a great father and daughter activity. In this lesson Rina is asking her father to go biking together on the path that runs along the stream all the way down to the sea. Through the dialog we'll learn some new words related to biking and photography.
Lesson 28 - The Dead Sea (Part 2) Jan. 9, 2009
In the first part of this lesson we heard about Noa's recent vacation in Israel and her trip to the Dead Sea. We left off as Noa described how they covered their body in black mud that's rich in minerals and is said to be good for your health.
Lesson 27 - The Dead Sea (Part 1) Dec. 26, 2008
In this lesson we're going to talk with Noa about her recent vacation in Israel and her trip to the Dead Sea. This lesson introduces new vocabulary, expressions, and verb structures.
Lesson 26 - Making a Hanukiah Dec. 12, 2008
Hanukkah, the festival of lights, lasts eight days with each day marked by lighting candles on a Hanukiah. In this lesson, Dina is taking her children to the Israel museum in Jerusalem where they will make Hanukiyot from clay. We'll learn some useful verbs such as to make, to build, and to prepare.
Lesson 25 - Jerusalem Biblical Zoo Nov. 27, 2008
The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo is a beautiful botanical and zoological garden that was rebuilt in a new location in Jerusalem in 1993. In this lesson we'll hear a man asking his friend who works at the zoo to tell him about the place. We'll hear how to give facts and figures and learn how to say large numbers.
Lesson 24 - Dentist Appointment Nov. 14, 2008
In this lesson, Danny complains to Noa that his tooth aches and asks her what to do. We learn that Danny hates going to the doctor and spending time in the waiting room. Noa tells him that there's no choice and that he has to go. She also reminds him that he needs to get his teeth cleaned.
Lesson 23 - Caesarea Oct. 31, 2008
In this lesson, Yael tells her friend Yuval about going to Caesarea with her archeology professor to participate in the ongoing archaeological digs. They are going to live in Caesarea and dig in the Roman city, and Yael invites Yuval to come along.
Lesson 22 - Sukkot Oct. 15, 2008
In this lesson, Rina, Noa and Danny discuss the sukkah that they are going to build. Rina is very excited because the family will have all their meals in the sukkah and Rina wants to decorate the sukkah and sleep there during the holiday.
Lesson 21 - Surprise Party Oct. 3, 2008
In this lesson, Noa and Danny are planning a surprise party for their friend Ehud. Noa is making a grocery list for the party, and Danny is suggesting various things to buy. We'll learn how to speak about drinks, appetizers, fruits and desserts.
Lesson 20 - Shana Tova Sep. 19, 2008
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year's holiday, is approaching. Dina is calling her nephew Alon to invite him over to celebrate the holiday with her family. It's important to her that the family is together for the holiday and that Alon is included. In this lesson we'll learn some new words related to the customs of Rosh Hashanah.
Lesson 19 - Back to School Sep. 5, 2008
It's back to school time. Rina is back and she's going to tell us about her first day of school and about her new classmate Shira. Noa is also here and she'll play the role of Rina's mother in the dialog. We'll learn some new vocabulary and expressions related to describing a person.
Lesson 18 - The Dead Sea Canal Aug. 16, 2008
In this lesson we'll hear a dialog between Ronit, a journalist, and her old friend Ariel, in which they discuss the Dead Sea Canal project. This project aims to run sea water to the Dead Sea to prevent it from drying, and to make electricity by taking advantage of the big difference in sea level.
Lesson 17 - A Visit to the Knesset Aug. 8, 2008
In this lesson, Danny is calling the visitor information office of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament. Danny wants to bring guests to Jerusalem to see the Knesset and perhaps even watch the assembly in session. Through the dialog between Danny and the visitor information agent we'll learn some useful new words and expressions.
Lesson 16 - Beijing Olympics Jul. 25, 2008
The Olympic games in Beijing are rapidly approaching. In this lesson, Noa and Danny discuss the Israeli delegate and their prospects of winning a medal at the Olympics. In particular, Danny is interested in the doubles tennis where Israel has strong players for both the men and the women.
Lesson 15 - Eating Out Jul. 11, 2008
In today's lesson, we'll hear a young couple discuss going out to eat. They talk about various kinds of food, where to go, and how to get there. Food related vocabulary is always useful for learners of a new language. You'll find it especially useful if you plan to visit Israel.
Lesson 14 - Ski at Mt. Hermon Jun. 27, 2008
In this lesson Ilan receives a phone call from his aunt Dina. She wants to take him skiing on Mount Hermon, Israel's only ski resort. Ilan raises objections, but Dina can be quite persuasive. Through the dialog we'll learn how to answer the phone, ask questions, and use some new expressions.
Lesson 13 - Seasons and Weather Jun. 13, 2008
In today's Hebrew lesson we'll hear from Noa about her summer vacation in Spain. We'll talk about the weather in Spain, and the weather back home, and learn some new words and expressions related to speaking about the weather.
Lesson 12 - Zimmer May 30, 2008
Today Danny is going to make reservations for a Zimmer in a kibbutz. A Zimmer is a popular type of bed-and-breakfast vacation house in the Israeli countryside. In recent years this form of vacation has become very popular in Israel, and you can find luxurious cabins and vacation homes in beautiful locations such as Mount Carmel and the Galilee in the north of Israel.
Lesson 11 - Clothes and Colors May 23, 2008
In today's lesson we'll hear Noa and Rina discuss a favorite topic, buying clothes. Rina's birthday is coming up and she wants new clothes in the colors of the latest fashion. We'll learn how to speak about clothes and colors, and pick up some useful expressions.
Lesson 10 - Ulpan May 16, 2008
In today's lesson we'll hear from Noa about her job teaching Hebrew at the ulpan. An ulpan is a school for the intensive study of Hebrew that is designed for adult new immigrants to Israel. Noa will tell us about her students and the program.
Lesson 10A - Prelude to Lesson 10 Aug. 30, 2011
This lesson prepares you for the dialog in lesson 10 by teaching the necessary vocabulary. You should take this lesson before taking lesson 10.
Lesson 9 - Yom Ha'atzmaut May 2, 2008
In this Hebrew lesson we'll hear a dialog between Talia and her mom about celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut, the Israeli Independence Day. This year on May 8, Israel will celebrate its sixtieth anniversary. Many world leaders are planning to come to Israel to participate in the celebrations. In our lesson however, we'll focus on the plans of one family.
Lesson 9A - Prelude to Lesson 9 Aug. 30, 2011
This lesson prepares you for the dialog in lesson 9 by teaching the necessary vocabulary. You should take this lesson before taking lesson 9.
Lesson 8 - Passover Seder Apr. 18, 2008
In this lesson Noa will tell us about her plans and preparations for the Passover Seder. We'll hear about some of the Passover Seder customs and how to wish someone a happy Passover. As we do so, we'll also be learning Hebrew pronouns.
Lesson 8A - Prelude to Lesson 8 Jul. 24, 2011
This lesson prepares you for the dialog in lesson 8 by teaching the necessary vocabulary. You should take this lesson before taking lesson 8.
Lesson 7 - Meals and Food Apr. 4, 2008
In this lesson we'll speak with Noa about her meals and what she likes to eat for breakfast, lunch, and supper. The dialog introduces vocabulary related to meals, food and drinks. We'll also learn how to say usually and sometimes.
Lesson 7A - Prelude to Lesson 7 Jul. 24, 2011
This lesson prepares you for the dialog in lesson 7 by teaching the necessary vocabulary. You should take this lesson before taking lesson 7.
Lesson 6 - Directions Mar. 21, 2008
In this lesson we'll hear a dialog between a hotel guest and the front desk clerk. The guest is asking for directions to the beach. The dialog introduces vocabulary related to requesting and giving directions and planning to go to the beach.
Lesson 6A - Prelude to Lesson 6 Jul. 10, 2011
This lesson prepares you for the dialog in lesson 6 by teaching the necessary vocabulary. You should take this lesson before taking lesson 6.
Lesson 5 - Telling Time Mar. 14, 2008
In this lesson we'll practice telling time. We'll hear a dialog between Danny, Noa, and Rina about their schedule. We'll see how to ask "what time is it?" and how to answer for various times of day. And as always, we'll pick up some new vocabulary and expressions.
Lesson 5A - Prelude to Lesson 5 Jul. 10, 2011
This lesson prepares you for the dialog in lesson 5 by teaching the necessary vocabulary. You should take this lesson before taking lesson 5. It makes studying lesson 5 easier and more enjoyable.
Lesson 4 - Family Visit Feb. 22, 2008
In this beginner-level lesson we're going to talk with Noa about her recent visit with her sister Dahlia in Tel Aviv, and about her nephew Yoni. In this conversation, we'll hear some useful expressions, learn how to ask questions, and get introduced to the possessive form and some new vocabulary.
Lesson 4A - Prelude to Lesson 4 Mar. 10, 2008
This special lesson sets the ground for lesson 4 and prepares you for the dialog there by teaching the necessary vocabulary. You should take this lesson before taking lesson 4. It would then make studying lesson 4 easier and more fun.
Lesson 3 - School Feb. 8, 2008
In this beginner-level lesson we'll meet Noa again and talk with her about her school. We'll learn some new vocabulary related to school and we'll touch on the subject of counting and ordinal numbers.
Lesson 3A - Prelude to Lesson 3 Mar. 9, 2008
This special lesson is designed to prepare you for the dialog in lesson 3 by teaching the vocabulary that's needed for that lesson. This lesson should therefore make studying lesson 3 easier and more enjoyable.
Lesson 2 - Alphabet Jan. 25, 2008
In this beginner-level lesson we'll learn the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. We'll say the name of each letter and hear a word or two that begin with that letter. We'll then discuss pronunciation.
Lesson 1 - Introduction Jan. 11, 2008 Try this lesson for free
Welcome to the first lesson of Hebrew Podcasts. In this beginner-level lesson we'll meet Rina. She'll help us practice some greetings such as saying hello and "how are you?" Rina will tell us about her school and her favorite teacher. Through the dialog with Rina you'll learn some new words.
Lesson 1A - Prelude to Lesson 1 Mar. 7, 2008 Try this lesson for free
If you are just starting to learn Hebrew and find that our lesson 1 goes too fast, then this easy-level lesson is for you. It's designed to prepare you for lesson 1 by covering the basic vocabulary that you'll need in that lesson.