how to say “behavior” in Hebrew

how to say “behavior” in Hebrew

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by mikebaird

To behave is to conduct oneself in a certain way. It is therefore not surprising that the Hebrew word for to behave comes from the Biblical root meaning conduct or drive נ.ה.ג (n.h.g). 

To behave is לְהִתְנַהֵג (leh-heet-nah-HEG), a reflexive-intensive התפעל verb. And following the verbal-noun pattern, behavior is הִתְנַהֲגוּת (heet-nah-hah-GOOT).

For example, הַהִתְנַהֲגוּת שֶׁל הַיָּלְדָה הִיא לֹא מְקֻבֶּלֶתthe girl’s behavior is unacceptable – (hah-heet-nah-hah-GOOT shel hah-yahl-DAH hee loh meh-koo-BEH-let).

Some other words of the same root are מִנְהָג custom or tradition (meen-HAHG), לִנְהוֹג to drive (leen-HOHG) and לְהַנְהִיג to lead (leh-hahn-HEEG).

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  • Why is it מקבלת and not מתקבלת?

    ablock Reply
  • מתקבלת (meet-kah-BEH-let) would be “accepted” as in “she is being accepted to the Masters program.”

    מקובלת (meh-koo-BEH-let) means “socially (or otherwise) acceptable.”

    Ami Steinberger Reply
  • My bad…for some reason I read that as meh-KAH-beh-let

    ablock Reply
  • Related also to הנהגות — spiritual practices.

    Frume Sarah Reply

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