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Make this Week’s Doses of Hebrew Your Own – WEEKLY REVIEW

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 Game Test שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם, וְסוֹף שָׁבוּעַ נָעִים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a nice weekend!

By Ami Steinberger | July 31, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “an excuse to party” in Hebrew

סיבה למסיבה Jews party a lot, with ט”ו באב (see Wikipedia article) tomorrow night being no exception. The Hebrew term for an excuse for a party is the play on words, סיבה למסיבה – literally, a reason for a party. For example:   תמיד יש סיבה למסיבה. There’s always an excuse for a party.

By Ami Steinberger | July 30, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “unlimited” in Hebrew

בלתי מוגבל, ללא הגבלה In English, there’s the word unlimited as it might be used as an adjective, as in “we have an unlimited amount of…”, and there’s unlimited as it might appear in an ad: “Spaces unlimited!” Hebrew has a term for each. In adjective form, Hebrew uses בלתי מוגבל to describe masculine objects and בלתי מוגבלת for feminine […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 29, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “(movie) script” in Hebrew

תסריט The Hebrew word for (movie) script is תסריט, of the root ס.ר.ט (s.r.t) meaning ribbon or film. I put the word movie in parentheses because the תסריט contains the word for movie in itself. For example: הוא הגיש מאה תסריטים לפני שאחד התקבל. He submitted a hundred scripts before one was accepted. You may be familiar with another […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 28, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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a change in YDDH format: how to say “vocalization” in Hebrew

***Correction*** Before I get to the change, I’ll first point out a correction to Thursday’s post, which translated שמאלה as right instead of left (no politics intended :). It should have read, and now reads in the online version: בָּרַמְזוֹר, אַתְּ פּוֹנָה שְׂמֹאלָה. At the traffic light, you (a female) turn left.   ניקוד Now for […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 27, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how to say “Temple Mount” in Hebrew

הַר הַבַּיִת The Hebrew word for mountain is הָר, and the word for temple is מִקְדָּשׁ. In the case of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, the term is בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ – literally, the house of the temple. But you won’t hear anyone in Israel – religious or secular – referring to the Temple Mount as […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 26, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Make this Week’s Doses of Hebrew Your Own – WEEKLY REVIEW

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 Game Test שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם, וְסוֹף שָׁבוּעַ נָעִים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a nice weekend!

By Ami Steinberger | July 24, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “change in direction” in Hebrew

תַּפְנִית If you’ve taken our Level 1 class, you know the word for to turn – לִפְנוֹת, as in: בָּרַמְזוֹר, אַתְּ פּוֹנָה שְׂמֹאלָה. At the traffic light, you (a female) turn left. The root of לפנות is פ.נ.ה (p.n.h), which forms the base of the word for a change in direction: תַּפְנִית. Most of the […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 23, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “hard drive” in Hebrew

כּוֹנָן קָשִׁיחַ We’ve seen that while the generic Hebrew word for hard is קָשֶׁה, the word for tough, at least when describing a person, is קָשׁוּחַ, of the root ק.שׁ.ח. (k.sh.kh). That same root forms the word for stiff or rigid – also hard – when describing an object – קָשִׁיחַ. For example: קָנִיתִי דִּיסְק קָשִׁיחַ […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 22, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “tough” in Hebrew

קָשׁוּחַ The word for hard is קָשֶׁה, whose root is the three letters that appear in the word. The word for tough, as a character trait, is קָשׁוּחַ. Its root is ק.שׁ.ח (k.sh.kh), almost the same as קשה. The word in context: הִיא בּוֹסִית קְשׁוּחָה מְאֹד. She’s a very tough boss. That’s the word for […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 21, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “softness” in Hebrew

רַכּוּת If you’ve got some Hebrew under your belt, you may know the pair of opposites רַךְ – soft, and קָשֶׁה – hard. Softness is a higher-level word. In Hebrew, it’s רַכּוּת. For example: הַכֻּתְנָה מַעֲנִיקָה רַכּוּת מְרַבִּית. Cotton provides maximum softness. רכות means softness in the figurative sense as well. Likewise, בְּרַכּוּת means softly, literally, […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 20, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “especially” in Hebrew

בִּמְיֻחָד, בִּפְרָט The Hebrew word for special is מְיֻחָד, so especially – literally, with special or with “specialness” – is בִּמְיֻחָד. For example: הוּא לֹא גָּבוֹהַּ בִּמְיֻחָד. He’s not especially tall. Now, that’s the basic word. A more polished, specific expression in English is in particular, which in Hebrew is בִּפְרָט – literally, in detail. […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 19, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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