Whenever you try to learn a new language, one of the first things you’ll go through is the numbers. Learning how to count is a big part of being fluent and proficient in a language. Numbers encompass the ability to shop, calculate, tell the time and a lot more! What can we say, numbers are important. For this reason we cannot let you go through your studies without helping you and providing the necessary information, which may be a shocking surprise.

Collection of digits. Numbers, figures. Vector paint splash.

Let’s start with the basics:

As in many languages, knowing how to count up to 10 will most probably make it easier for you to approach larger numbers. So let’s start counting:

Number Name of Number (EN) Name of Number (HE) Pronunciation
1 One 讗址讞址转 Akhat
2 Two 砖讈职转旨址讬执诐 Shta’im
3 Three 砖讈指诇讜止砖讈 Shalosh
4 Four 讗址专职讘旨址注 Arba
5 Five 讞指诪值砖讈 Khamesh
6 Six 砖讈值砖讈 Shesh
7 Seven 砖讈侄讘址注 Sheva
8 Eight 砖讈职诪讜止谞侄讛 Shmone
9 Nine 转旨值砖讈址注 Tesha
10 Ten 注侄砖讉侄专 Eser

 

After you memorize this list, the rest will make much more sense and will be a lot easier to remember, but for our purpose let’s start with just these numbers. What’s so special about them? That’s a great question:

Collection of digits. Numbers, figures. Vector paint splash.

 

Everything is gendered!

The Hebrew language, much like Latin languages, is gendered. Each noun is either feminine or masculine, and the numbers change accordingly as well. Confused? Don’t be. After memorizing the numbers it’s actually not so hard to manage. Every Number has actually two forms, masculine and feminine, that change according to the noun it refers to. While counting, calculating or stating numbers that have no immediate noun connected to them it is preferred to use the feminine form, which is stated above. How shall you know the masculine form of the numbers? We’ll teach you of course!

 

Maculine Feminine Number
Hebrew Writing Pronunciation Hebrew Writing Pronunciation
讗侄讞址讚 Ekhad 讗址讞址转 Akhat 1
砖讈职谞执讬旨执讬诐 Shna’im 砖讈职转旨址讬执诐 Shta’im 2
砖讈职诇讜止砖讈指讛 Shlosha 砖讈指诇讜止砖讈 Shalosh 3
讗址专职讘旨指注指讛 Arba’a 讗址专职讘旨址注 Arba 4
讞植诪执砖旨讈指讛 Khamisha 讞指诪值砖讈 Khamesh 5
砖讈执砖旨讈指讛 Shisha 砖讈值砖讈 Shesh 6
砖讈执讘职注指讛 Shiv’a 砖讈侄讘址注 Sheva 7
砖职诪讜止谞指讛 Shmona 砖讈职诪讜止谞侄讛 Shmone 8
转旨执砖讈职注指讛 Tish’a 转旨值砖讈址注 Tesha 9
注植砖讉指专指讛 Asara 注侄砖讉侄专 Eser 10

 

There isn’t anything more awkward than confusing between genders, especially these days, so now when you know how to address each noun, being either feminine or masculine, you are ready to take one step further and learn how to continue counting.

Just follow the rules 鈥 the logic behind every Hebrew number above ten

Every number over ten has the same logic that you can follow, pretty easily, to learn how to count even further up. Numbers are divided into singles, tens, hundreds etc. When you write, for example, the number 98 the number 9 in the tens, and 8 is in the singles. You already know how to pronounce 9, and 8, so what should you add in order to pronounce 90? It’s pretty easy 鈥 most times it’s just a suffix. The suffix IM (讬诐) is used usually, so 3 (Shalosh – 砖诇讜砖) becomes 30 (Shloshim – 砖诇讜砖讬诐). The same goes for 40 (Arba’im – 讗专讘注讬诐), 50 (Khamishim – 讞诪讬砖讬诐) and so on.

Counting isn’t such a chore when you know these rules. From here on in, it’s just practice, practice practice! Take some time to memorize, and then try to use these in a conversation. The best way to learn is to practice, read and speak 鈥 contact us today to start your way towards the Hebrew speaking world.