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how to say “offender” in Hebrew

 עֲבַרְיָן The other day we saw the Hebrew word for crime – פשע. פשע is crime in the general sense, while פשיעה might refer to an individual crime or crime in a certain context such as a neighborhood. An offense, however, is an עבירה. And an offender? That’s an עבריין if he’s a male and עבריינית if she’s a […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 22, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “justice system” in Hebrew

Correction: In yesterday’s post, I wrote that organized crime is פשע ארגוני. I’m not sure why I wrote that. In any case, the correct term is פשע מאורגן. מַעֲרֶכֶת מִשְׁפָּטִית The Hebrew word for system is מערכת, of the root ע.ר.כ meaning order. For example: איזו מערכת הפעלה מותקנת אצלכם במחשב? Which operating system is installed on your (plural) […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 21, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “crime” in Hebrew

פֶּשַׁע The Hebrew word for crime is פשע. Likewise, organized crime is פשע מאורגן. The term you’re more likely to hear in the Israeli media, though, is ארגוני פשע – crime organizations such as the mafia. For example: ישנה מלחמה מתמדת בין המשטרה לבין ארגוני הפשע. There’s a perpetual war between the police and the crime organizations. Don’t confuse […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 20, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how to say “mud” in Hebrew

בֹּץ The Hebrew word for mud is בוץ. For example: דרכת בבוץ? אתה צריך לנגב רגליים. You (a male) stepped in the mud? You need to wipe your (the) feet. Such a tangible thing as mud also serves as a symbol. Take coffee, for example – if it’s milk and sugar free, we call is mud. The same goes for Hebrew: […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 19, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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Weekly Hebrew Review – simplicity, complication and decisions

חֹמֶר לְשִׁנּוּן Review Material Can’t read Hebrew yet? You spent time on your Hebrew this week. Use these review materials to make it yours to keep. Flashcards . Scatter . Gravity . Test Blast from the Past Crossword Puzzle! שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a nice weekend!

By Ami Steinberger | February 17, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “decide!” in Hebrew

תַּחְלִיט! The Hebrew word for to decide is להחליט. It’s an active-causative verb of the biblical root ח.ל.ט meaning to make final. For example: קשה לי להחליט איזה צבע לקחת… It’s hard for me to decide which color to take… To which someone losing patience might reply: תחליט! Decide! …if they’re speaking to a male, or: תחליטי! […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 16, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “simplicity” in Hebrew

פַּשְׁטוּת The other day we saw the word פשוט – simple. In today’s culture of big data and instant gratification, simplicity has become a sought-after virtue. The Hebrew word for it is פשטות. For example: איך הפשטות חסרה לנו בחיי היום-יום! How missing is simplicity from our day-to-day life! The ות- ending to פשטות makes פשוט into […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 15, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how to say “it’s complicated” in Hebrew

זֶה מְסֻבָּךְ For those of you who don’t know, Facebook allows people to show their relationship status with tags like “single”, “married”, “divorced”, and others. The one that might spark the most curiosity is the status, “it’s complicated.” In Hebrew, that’s זה מסובך. For example: סטטוס מערכת היחסים שלי? זה מסובך. My relationship status? It’s complicated. מסובך […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 14, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 7 Comments
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how to say “simple” in Hebrew

פָּשׁוּט In English, calling someone simple usually implies that the person has inferior intelligence. But in an age of increasing complexity and nostalgia for the simple life on a kibbutz, when Israelis call someone simple – פשוט – it’s a compliment. For example: היא אדם פשוט. She is a simple person. Note that even though we’re talking about a female, […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 13, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “that’s what they say” in Hebrew

כָּכָה אוֹמְרִים He gets complimented, “wow, you’re a really good swimmer.” To which he replies with a smug smile, “that’s what they say.” The latter expression, in Hebrew, is ככה אומרים. It means literally, this way (they) say. I put they in parentheses since it’s implied, not spoken explicitly. Here’s the dialogue above, in Hebrew: מחמיאים לו, […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 12, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – a dizzying experience fencing on the dry land with a used sword

חֹמֶר לְשִׁנּוּן Review Material Can’t read Hebrew yet? You spent time on your Hebrew this week. Use these review materials to make it yours to keep. Flashcards . Scatter . Gravity . Test Blast from the Past Crossword Puzzle! שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a nice weekend!

By Ami Steinberger | February 10, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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