When touring in the Holy Land, whether a Private guide accompanies you or touring alone, knowing some useful Hebrew words can be helpful.
The two official Major Languages in the Holy Land are Hebrew and Arabic and it is spoken by most of the population.
If you are planning on visiting the Arabic cities of Israel such as Nazareth or Cities in the West Bank, we recommend you to check our other guide for Useful Arabic words and Phrases.
Although a large amount of people speaks English, most of the locals speak Hebrew or Arabic due to the fact that these are the official state languages.
In the following list, we have brought you a collection of 20 useful Hebrew words which will help you during your trip to the Holy Land.
You will find this list most useful in the Major Israeli cities like Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, or Haifa for communicating with locals.
In addition to the mentioned, for those who are looking for a good restaurant to eat or just for a souvenir, it’s also good to know the following useful words:
That’s the currency. It’s a fun word, don’t you think? Good luck figuring out the conversion. It’s always been at an odd amount when I visited, which makes quick conversions in my head rather difficult.
- Kama ze ole?
Means “How much does it cost”. This phrase will be useful when shopping in the Holy Land for souvenirs to bring home.
- Eyich Maggeim L…?
It’s a question phrase meaning “How do you get to…?”. use this phrase when looking for attraction or for your lost group. When pronouncing the “Eyich” think of the word “Eight” and replace the T with CH. When saying L just literary say the letter L.
- Be te’avon
It’s Hebrew for Bon Apetit! If you like to eat, you’ll learn this one quick.
The toast/cheers when you clink beer glasses, it translates “to life!”
- Ayfo – The question word meaning “Where”. Pronounced “A-FAW”.
- Ach shely (or Achi)
The Hebrew equivalent to the American slang word – “bro”. Roughly translates as “My Brother”.