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how to say “I don’t feel like it” in Hebrew

לֹא בָּא לִי I don’t want, in Hebrew, is אני לא רוצה (spoken by a male) or אני לא רוצה (spoken by a female). But what about I don’t feel like it? That’s לא בא לי – literally, it doesn’t come to me. This expression works for both males and females. Here’s an example: בחורף, לא בא […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 29, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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Weekly Hebrew Review – salad, signaling and the garage

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 | January 27, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “garage” in Hebrew

מוּסָךְ A garage is a place for cars – for storage or for fixing. Until Modern Hebrew came up with מוסך, Israelis used ‘גאראג to refer to such a haven. מוסך comes from the root ס.כ.כ, the same as that of the leafy roof of a Sukkah (as well as the word סוכה itself), סכך. For example: […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 26, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how to say “I’m driving” in Hebrew

אֲנִי בִּנְהִיגָה In Biblical Hebrew, לנהוג means to conduct. Modern Hebrew extends לנהוג to include conducting a vehicle or driving. For example: היא כבר נוהגת? Does she drive yet? The act of driving is נהיגה. To say, I’m driving, you say, אני בנהיגה – literally, I’m in (the act of) driving. For example: היא לא יכולה לדבר עכשיו – היא בנהיגה. She […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 25, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to signal” in Hebrew

לְאוֹתֵת The Biblical-Hebrew word for sign is אות, as in: אות היא ביני וביניכם (שמות ל”א י”ג) It is a sign between me and you (Exodus 31:13) אות also means letter, but in the plural, it’s אותיות, whereas אות meaning signal is אותות in the plural. For example: כמה אותיות יש באלפבית העברי? How many letters are there […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 24, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “I repeat” in Hebrew

אֲנִי חוֹזֵר If you’ve taken a course with Ulpan La-Inyan, you’ve heard the instruction: הקשיבו וחזרו – listen and repeat. Broken down, that phrase comprises: הקשיבו – listen, when speaking to more than one person. It’s an imperative (command) form of להקשיב – to listen. חזרו – repeat, an imperative form of לחזור – to return or go back, as well as to repeat. […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 23, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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some salad ingredients in Hebrew

לַסָּלָט – for the salad Here are a few items I like to throw into my salads: חסה – lettuce עגבניות – tomatoes (one tomato is an עגבנייה) פטריות – mushrooms (one mushroom is a פטרייה) גרעיני חמנייה – sunflower seeds חמוציות – cranberries (since Israelis typically don’t eat fresh cranberries, there’s no need to specify […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 22, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – intention, pregnancy, pain and the best in the world

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 | January 20, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “the best in the world” in Hebrew

הֲכִי טוֹב בָּעוֹלָם, הַטּוֹב בְּיוֹתֵר בָּעוֹלָם There are two ways of saying the best in Hebrew: הכי טוב is the common way. טוב changes form depending on what is spoken of as the best. For example: אלה הנעליים הכי טובות. These are the best shoes. הטוב ביותר is the higher-register form, the one you’re likely to hear highly-educated […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 19, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to move to the side!” in Hebrew

לָזוּז הַצִּדָּה If you’ve got some basic Hebrew down, you know the word for house or home – בית. You probably also know a special directional word for home – הביתה as in: הם רוצים ללכת הביתה. They want to go home. Here Hebrew takes the word בית and puts the letter ה before it and after it to indicate direction. […]

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

בְּהֵרָיוֹן The Hebrew word for parent is הורה for a male (a father) and הורה for a female (a mother). Another word of the same root ה.ר.ה is הריון – pregnancy, and its derivative בהריון – pregnant or literally with pregnancy. For example, you might hear on an Israeli public bus: תנו לאישה בהריון לשבת, ואתם תעמדו. Let the pregnant woman sit, […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 16, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 3 Comments
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