Your Daily Dose of Hebrew

how do you say “protest” in Hebrew?

מְחָאָה Curiously, the word for protest – מחאה – is related to the expression to clap hands – למחוא כפיים. That’s because sometimes clapping hands isn’t always about appreciation or adoration, but rather sometimes it’s what a director might do to get their crew to focus – protesting what’s going on at the moment. מחאה in context: […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 25, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “really, really bad” in Hebrew?

נוֹרָא וְאָיוֹם This expression appears first in Biblical Hebrew, though there the words appear in the opposite order: כִּי-הִנְנִי מֵקִים אֶת-הַכַּשְׂדִּים, הַגּוֹי הַמַּר וְהַנִּמְהָר; הַהוֹלֵךְ, לְמֶרְחֲבֵי-אֶרֶץ, לָרֶשֶׁת, מִשְׁכָּנוֹת לֹּא-לוֹ. אָיֹם וְנוֹרָא, הוּא… (חבקוק א’:ו’-ז’) For I am establishing the Chaldeans, that bitter, hasty nation, who goes to the ends of the earth to seize dwellings […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 24, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “not just any cafe” in Hebrew

לֹא סְתַם בֵּית קָפֶה Here’s the word סתם again with yet another usage. Here, it means just or just any as in: זה לא סתם בית קפה. This is not just any cafe. בית קפה – cafe – means literally, house of coffee. Some other applications of לא סתם: אנחנו לא סתם אחים – אנחנו תאומים. We’re not just (any […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 23, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – excited about summer in Israel, but a few hazards…

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 שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a nice weekend! =”410″> Flashcards . Scatter . Gravity . Test שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 21, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “to dehydrate” in Hebrew?

לְהִתְיַבֵּשׁ You may know the basic Hebrew word for dry – יבש. This word forms the root of related words such as the active-intensive לייבש – to dry something and the reflexive intensive להתייבש – to dry up… or to dehydrate. For example: מאוד קל להתייבש בארץ בקיץ. It’s very easy to dehydrate in Israel in the summer. Note that […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 20, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “hotter than usual” in Hebrew?

חַם מֵהָרָגִיל The Hebrew word for regular is רגיל (despite the similarity between the words regular and רגיל, there doesn’t seem to be a connection). And something regular is also typical or usual. Thus hotter than usual is חם מהרגיל. For example: מחר מזג האוויר יהיה חם מהרגיל לעונה. Tomorrow the weather will be warmer than usual […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 19, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “scorpion” in Hebrew?

עַקְרָב For those of us who live in the desert, עקרבים – scorpions – could be a real issue. Note that when speaking of one such animal the ב in the word עקרב has a soft v sound, but when speaking of more than one, it’s עקרבים with a hard b. For example: יש להיזהר מאוד מעקרבים. (One […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 18, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “makes sense” in Hebrew

הֶגְיוֹנִי The basic Hebrew word for to think is לחשוב. For example: אני חושב שכן. I (a male) think so. Another word for to think that has a more contemplative, meditative quality – to muse – is להגות. This word appears as such only in literary contexts – in everyday speech it means to pronounce. But להגות – […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 17, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “excited” in Hebrew?

מִתְרַגֵּשׁ The Hebrew word for emotion is רגש. You might recognize it in the word (active-causative verb) for to feel – להרגיש. You’ll also spot it in the reflexive-intensive verb להתרגש – to get excited or to get emotional. For example: היא מתרגשת לקראת הטיסה שלה למקסיקו. She’s excited for her flight to Mexico. and הוא התרגש בחתונה של […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 16, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – between the balcony and the backyard… consulting

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 שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a nice weekend! =”410″> Flashcards . Scatter . Gravity . Test שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 14, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “backyard” in Hebrew?

חָצֵר In Biblical times, חצר meant two different things (and was even pronounced two different ways): a closed area outside a building, or a village (among other things, an open area). Today’s usage of חצר as yard or backyard follows the first meaning. For example: החצר שלנו מגודרת בשיחים. Our yard is fenced in with bushes. חצר means yard, […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 13, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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