- מדינה קטנה -

How to learn - what each unit has and how to use it
4 lesson parts navigation
please, look at them and
decide upon the order in which YOU want to learn!
part with
- the song (audio/video)
- text in Hebrew to follow along - - its translation to English

part with
Useful verbs frоm the song
- flashcards
- an exercise
part with
Spotlight on one sentence with games that practice its verb forms.
part with
"Butterfly" video (see the verbs and their forms highlighted inline and on the chart)
Listen, then listen and read along. :)
Hebrew Lyrics ---->
במקום די רחוק, קרוב לכאן
אספנו את עצמנו
הבאנו חברינו
ולא אמרנו מי ומה

*בדרום* בצפון* או במרכז
שכרנו קצת שמים
דמעות* הביאו מים
פתחנו ארץ חדשה

*מדינה קטנה מתחמקת מצרה
את הכתובת* לא תמצא
*היא שמורה* בתוך קופסה
בעולם כל כך קשה
להתבלט זה לא יפה
נתחבא כאן ולנצח* לא נצא

שני בתים, שני סוסים, שלושה עצים
נוסעים תמיד ברגל
*שרים שירים בלי דגל
נושמים שנים ללא** סיבה

מלחמות אסונות* חולפים בצד
אנחנו בתוכנו
וכל מה שאצלנו
*תמיד ניתן למחיקה

מדינה קטנה...

יום אחד אם כדאי אולי נצא
*כל עוד* נעמוד לאורך
**אני לא מרגיש ת'צורך
נחיה נמות ואז נראה

מדינה קטנה...

*דרום - south
*צפון - north
*מרכז - center
*דמעות - tears
*צרה - trouble
*כתובת - address
*שמור - saved, kept
*קופסה - box
*נצח - eternity
*דגל - flag
*אסונות - disasters
*כל עוד - as long as
*לאורך - along(side)

**ללא=בלי , just a bit higher language
**ת'צורך = את הצורך
(in speaking את is often not distinctly pronounced, it sounds like "ta" and not "et ha-", and this is how it's reflected in writing. In English that's what we do with "c'mon" instead of "come on".)
English Translation ---->
In afar away place, close to here
We collected ourselves
We brought our friends
And we did not say who and what

In the south in the north or in the center
We rented a bit of sky
Tears brought new water
We opened a new land

A small country avoids trouble
You will not find the address
It is kept in a box
In such a difficult world
To stand out is not beautiful
We will hide here and forever we will not go out

Two houses, two horses, three trees
Always driving on foot
Singing songs without a flag
Breathing years without a reason

Wars, disaster pass by
We are within ourselves
And everything we have
Can always be erased

Small country ...

One day if it's worthwhile we might go out
As long as we stand along
I do not feel the need
We will live, die and then we will see

Small country ...

Read the songs' text at LingQ

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Learn all the useful verbs from the song
with flashcards and exercises
(Quizlet has many study modes! See the switcher in the right bottom corner? You can choose to play a matching game, or choose the flashcards mode, test yourself mode and other modes!)
Here - click to listen to the audio and match the root! ;)
All verbs - list
לאסוף (אוסף\אוספת)
To gather
להביא (מביא\ה)
To bring
לאמור (אומר\ת)
To say
לשכור (שוכר\ת)
To rent
לפתוח (פותח\ת)
To open
להתחמק (מתחמק\ת)
To avoid
למצוא (מוצא\ת)
To find
להתבלט (מתבלט\ת)
To stand out
להתחבא (מתחבא\ת)
To hide
לצאת (יוצא\ת)
To leave, to go out
לנסוע (נוסע\נוסעת)
To drive
לשיר (שר\ה)
To sing
לנשום (נושם\נושמת)
To breath
לחלוף (חולף\חולפת)
To pass
להינתן (ניתן\ניתנת)
To be given
לעמוד (עומד\ת)
To stand
להרגיש (מרגיש\ה)
To feel
לחיות (חי\ה)
To live
למות (מת\ה)
To die
לראות (רואה\רואה)
To see

(type any of the verbs in the search box and press enter - and you'll see its full conjugation table - vocalized, transcribed, and even with the stresses marked red! ;) )

EXAMPLE SENTENCES with these verbs
Here's a wonderful resource for us for researching the word meaning in context - again, type the verb you are interested in in the search box and press enter - you'll see many example bi-lingual sentences, so you can in one glance see "the cloud of meanings" as I call it. :)

a closer look at one sentence
Let's work with one sentence from it -
identify the Hebrew verb that was used here (click on the box to see verb choice)
_________יום אחד אם כדאי אולי (1) _______, כל עוד (2) ________ לאורך, אני לא (3) _________ ת'צורך, (4) _______ (5) __________ ואז (6)
choose the correct English meaning of this verb
_________יום אחד אם כדאי אולי (1) _______, כל עוד (2) ________ לאורך, אני לא (3) _________ ת'צורך, (4) _______ (5) __________ ואז (6)
Practice the same verb pattern as in the song
with another verb from this group.

Example -

ללמוד --> תלמדו,
??? <-- לשאול
Let's have a closer look at the verb tenses we see in the song
"Black belt" level exercise!
1) click play, scroll down to the lyrics.
2) Click << the arrows >> to the right and left of the text image to practice! (4 levels of mastery waiting for you)
!!!כל הכבוד
Next week - next lesson! :)