how to say “to climb” in Hebrew

לְטַפֵּס

One of my Arik Einstein favorites, אוהב להיות בבית  (I Like to Be Home) is a gem of a song for people looking to get a sense of Hebrew’s so-called present tense (I say so-called, because really such “present-tense verbs” in Hebrew are participles).

The song begins:

יש אנשים שמטפסים על הרים…

There are people who climb mountains…

מטפסים is a variety of the active-intensive verb לטפס to climb.

For example:

אני אוהב לטפס על הרים.

I like to climb mountains.

Likewise, the act of climbing is טיפוס , as in טיפוס הרים – mountain climbing.

The homograph טיפוס meaning type is not related to טיפוס meaning climbing.

After having studied literature and linguistics on the bachelors level and psychology on the masters, Ami decided to draw upon his hobby of learning languages, his understanding of human thought processes and his skill of explaining complex ideas in simple terms, to found a program that enables people to speak Hebrew with confidence.

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