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how to say “parents” in Hebrew

הוֹרִים English speakers who didn’t grow up using the kh sound (as in chutzpah) often find it difficult to distinguish between the Hebrew h and kh sounds. Thus when they learn Hebrew, they might confuse the words חורים – holes and הורים – parents. הורים is the plural form of הורה – a male parent (a female parent is a הורה, which […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 27, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “night shift” in Hebrew

מִשְׁמֶרֶת לַיְלָה The Hebrew word for work shift is משמרת, a Biblical Hebrew word of the root ש.מ.ר meaning  watch or guard. You may recognize it from this song. A night shift is משמרת לילה. For example: מי שעובד במשמרת לילה חי חיים אחרים. Those who work the night shift live a different life.

By Ami Steinberger | February 26, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “night shift” in Hebrew

מִשְׁמֶרֶת לַיְלָה The Hebrew word for work shift is משמרת, a Biblical Hebrew word of the root ש.מ.ר meaning  watch or guard. You may recognize it from this song. A night shift is משמרת לילה. For example: מי שעובד במשמרת לילה חי חיים אחרים. Those who work the night shift live a different life.

By Ami Steinberger | February 26, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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mud and the justice system

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 24, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “controversial” in Hebrew

שָׁנוּי בְּמַחְלׁקֶת The Mishnah – המשנה – is called such because the words are meant to be repeated over and over until they are memorized: משנה comes from the root ש.נ.ה, the same root as that of שניים – two, and שנית – a second time or again. Something else that tends to be repeated over and over – or least talked about – is […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 23, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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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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