how do you say “invention” in Hebrew?


When I was growing up, some kids wanted to be firemen, others wanted to be sports stars. Most of the time, I wanted to be a movie director. But after watching episodes of Mr. Wizard, sometimes I also wanted to be an inventor.

An invention, in Hebrew, is a ממציא if he’s a male and a ממציאה if she’s a female. An invention is a המצאה .

For example:

אני תמיד אוהב לשמוע על המצאות מדעיות.

I (a male) always love hearing about scientific inventions.

המצאה derives from the active-causative verb להמציא – to invent. להמציא also means to make up or to fabricate, as in:

את סתם ממציאה סיפורים.

You (a female) are just making up stories.

The root of all these words is מ.צ.א meaning find: an invention is sort of a finding, well, at least if it’s not fabricated.

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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