Notes by Autumn Light

On Hebrew, English, translation, editing, and more—by Jonathan Orr-Stav

How do I ask in Hebrew “do you speak Hebrew”?

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(My answer to this question at

  • Formally:
    • To a man or boy: Ha’im atah medaber ivrit?
    • To a woman or girl: Ha’im at medaberet ivrit?
    • To more than one person: Ha’im atem medabrim ivrit?
  • Informally (which is usually the case), one drops the word Ha’im, which is the equivalent of the French Est-ce que.

Author: יונתן אור-סתיו | Jonathan Orr-Stav

Hebrew-English translator, editor, author. מתרגם עברית–אנגלית, עורך באנגלית, וסופר.

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