I don't speak English.

12:43 Mar 8, 2000
English to Hebrew translations [PRO]
English term or phrase: I don't speak English.
I would like to know how to write "I don't speak English" in Hebrew. I need to know for a school assignment. Thanks for the help.
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Summary of answers provided
naEyni dover anglit
John Kinory (X)
naaNI LO medaBER angLIT -or- aNI LO medaBEret angLIT
musici
naaNI lo meddaBER angLIT
Igal Gabbay (X)


  

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1 hr
aNI lo meddaBER angLIT


Explanation:
The stress is on the capitalized syllables.

Igal Gabbay (X)
Local time: 05:02
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5 hrs
aNI LO medaBER angLIT -or- aNI LO medaBEret angLIT


Explanation:
The syllables that are capitalized should be stressed. All vowels are 'Spanish vowels.' The first phrase should be used if the speaker is a man; the second phrase should be used if the speaker is a woman (in Hebrew, gender makes a difference).

A slightly shorter but much more high-flown phrase with the same meaning is:

aNI LO doVER angLIT -or- aNI LO doVEret angLIT

musici
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Local time: 19:02
PRO pts in pair: 4
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32 days
Eyni dover anglit


Explanation:
eyNI doVER angLIT (speaker is male)
eyNI doVEret angLIT (speaker is female)

Stress on caps. This seems to me more elegant (certainly more concise) than the phrase used in many books, where the beautifully compact nature of Hebrew is lost by breaking it into ANI LO etc.
eyni = I am not, I do not
dover = speak
anglit = English

John Kinory (X)
Local time: 03:02
PRO pts in pair: 43
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