Past Tense

Hebrew Lesson 14 (Past Tense & Colors)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 14th lesson deals with the past tense in Hebrew. In addition I included a vocabulary list about colors, as well as some basic phrases. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Hebrew Classes.


The past is one of the 3 tenses (present, past, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the past tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Hebrew, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Past Tense in Hebrew

Past Hebrew
I saw youראיתי אותך [Ra'iti otkha / otakh]
I wrote with a penאני כתבתי עם עט [Ani katavti im et]
You loved applesאתה-את אהבת תפוחים [Ata / at akhavta / akhavt tapukhim]
You gave moneyאתה נתת כסף [Ata / at natata / natat kesef]
You played tennisאתה שיחקת טניס [Ata / at sikhakta / sikhakt tenis]
He read (past tense) a bookהוא קרא ספר [Hu kara sefer]
He understood meהוא הבין אותי [Hu hivin oti]
She had a catהיה לה חתול [Haia la khatul]
She knew my friendהיא הכירה את חבר שלי [Hi hikira et ha-khaver sheli]
We wanted to learnאנחנו רצינו ללמוד [Anakhnu ratzinu lilmod]
We thought Spanish is easyאנחנו חשבנו שצרפתית זה קל [Anakhnu khashavnu she-sfaradit kala]
You (plural) worked hereאתם-אתן עבדתם-עבדתן כאן [Atem / aten avadtem / avadten can]
You (plural) spoke Frenchאתם-אתן דיברתם-דיברתן צרפתית [Atem / aten dibartem / dibarten tzarfatit]
They drove a carהם-הן נהגו ברכב [Hem / hen nahagu be-rekhev]
They smiledהם-הן חייכו [Hen / hen khaiekhu]


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List of Colors in Hebrew

Below is a list of 18 words and expressions related to colors.

Colors in Hebrew

Colors Hebrew
Blackשחור [shahor]
Blueכחול [kahol]
Brownחום [hum]
Colorsצבעים [tsavi'im]
Dark colorצבע כהה [tseva kehe]
Grayאפור [afor]
Greenירוק [yarok]
Light colorצבע בהיר [tseva bahir]
Orangeכתום [katom]
Redאדום [adom]
Whiteלבן [lavan]
Yellowצהוב [tsahov]


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Daily Conversation in Hebrew

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Hebrew Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Hebrew

English Hebrew
Black is his favorite colorשחור הוא הצבע האהוב עליו [shahor hu hatzeva haahuv alav]
I have black hairיש לי שיער שחור [yesh li sear shahor]
Red is not his favorite colorאדום הוא לא הצבע האהוב עליו [adom hu lo hatzeva haahuv alav]
She drives a yellow carהיא נוהגת במכונית צהובה [hi noheget bimhonit tzehuba]
The sky is blueהשמיים כחולים [hashamayim khulim]
Your cat is whiteהחתול שלך לבן [hahatul shelha lavan]
I enjoyed myself very muchנהנתי מאד [Nehenati me'od]
I agree with youאני מסכים / ה איתך [Ani maskim / maskima itkha / itakh]
Are you sure??אתה בטוח / את בטוחה [Ata batuakh / at betukha?]
Be careful!הזהר / י [Hizhir / hizhiri]
Cheers!!לחיים [La-khaim]
Would you like to go for a walk?אתה / את רוצה ללכת לטיול [Ata / at rotze / a lalekhet le-ti'ul?]

Fun Facts

Language Quote: ❝To have another language is to possess a second soul.❞ ‒Charlemagne

Congratulations! You finished your 14th lesson in Hebrew about the past tense, and a vocabulary list about colors. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Hebrew Lesson 15. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Hebrew homepage.

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