Official Languages of Israel
Hebrew: שפות רשמיות בישראל
There are two official languages in Israel; Hebrew and Arabic.
As well as being the language of the Bible and Jewish prayer, Hebrew is also the spoken language of Israel. Every school-going child is required to learn Hebrew. Hebrew is read from right to left. If you are living in Israel being able to communicate in Hebrew is very important.
English is not an official language but it is widely used. English is required as a second language in schools and at universities. Israel is one of the hi-tech centers of the world and many international companies have offices here. Depending on where you are in Israel, you may be able to get by with English only. In the tourist capitals; Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Eilat, English is widely spoken. Raanana, Kfar Saba, Modiin, Ramat Bet Shemesh, to name but a few, have large English speaking communities.
There is a large, and rapidly growing, French speaking community in Israel and a large Ethiopian community who speak Amharic. Russian is widely spoken. There are approximately 1,000,000 Russian immigrants living in Israel. With an immigrant population from some 100 countries, there is hardly a language that is not spoken in Israel.
If you are visiting Israel for the very first time, here are a few Hebrew key words you should learn:
|Shalom - שלום||Shalom means; hello, goodbye and peace.|
|LeHitra'ot - להתראות||LeHitraot means: see you later|
|Betay'avon - בתאבון||Betayavon means: bon appetite|
|Savlanut - סבלנות||Savlanut means: patience|
|Boker tov - בוקר טוב||Bokertov means: good morning|
|ערב טוב - Erev Tov||Erev tov means: good evening|
|קמה זה עולה - Kama ze oleh||Kama ze oleh means: how much does this cost|
|סליחה -Slicha||Slicha means: sorry|
|BeVakasha - בבקשה||BeVakasha means: please|
|Todah - תודה||Todah means: thank you|
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