A Larger Dose of Hebrew

Traveling in Israel – in Hebrew

In this video, we encounter a variety of words and expressions that are key to traveling like an Israeli. לטייל The first such word is לטייל. This means to travel, but it’s not travel in the utilitarian sense of getting from Point A to Point B. Rather, this is to travel leisurely. The noun form […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 7, 2016 | A Larger Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Summer Vacation – in Hebrew

Strictly speaking, חוֹפֶשׁ means freedom, while חֻפְשָׁה means vacation. חופשה is used correctly in terms such as חֻפְשַׁת לֵדָה – maternity leave, and חופשת סֶמֶסְטֶר – semester break, but as for that vacation enjoyed every year by virtually all schoolchildren and teens, the term is הַחֹפֶשׁ הַגָּדוֹל – the Great Vacation, or literally, the Great Freedom. […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 8, 2015 | A Larger Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Heating Up – in Hebrew

In the video I present the two Hebrew words for heat wave – חַמְסִין and שָׁרָב . A cognate of the Hebrew חֲמִשִּׁים , the word חמסין means fifty in Arabic spoken dialect, خمسين in Arabic characters. In the Egyptian dialect, it also refers to the devastating heat wave that often hits North Africa during the fifty-day […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 28, 2015 | A Larger Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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