One of the ways to learn new words is by associations to words you already know such as the most common greeting: good morning – בּוֹקֶר טוֹב – boker tove; good night – לַיְלָה טוֹב – lahy-la tove; Happy New Year (lit: good year) – שָׁנָה טוֹבָה – sha-na toh-va.
You can see that just from the above phrases that the adjectives in Hebrew go AFTER the nouns. This is lesson #1.
Lesson #2 is that the word for ‘good’ has more than one form. Right! Adjectives have gender. tove – טוֹב – male adjective; toh-va – טוֹבָה – female adjective.
Let’s learn a few words that derive from the word tove – טוֹב:
- adjective – tove lev -טוֹב לֵב- goodhearted; kindhearted
- noun – toov – טוּב – goodness
- noun – toov lev – טוּב לֵב – kindness
- phrase – kole – toov – כָּל טוּב – all the best
Le-heet-ra-oht v’kole toov!
לְהִתְרָאוֹת וְכָּל טוּב
See you and all the best!