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how to say “to breathe heavily” in Hebrew

לְהִתְנַשֵּׁף You may know the Hebrew word for to breathe – לנשום. More specifically, to exhale is לנשוף. For example: לשאוף, לנשוף… Inhale, exhale… When someone breathes heavily, people around them hear them exhale. To breathe heavily or to pant is להתנשף. For example: אם אתה מתנשף, סימן שאתה שורף קלוריות. If you breathe heavily, it’s a sign that you’re burning […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 20, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to work out” in Hebrew

לְהִתְאַמֵּן Last Friday, the streets of Jerusalem were closed to traffic and, instead, open to thousands of runners and spectators participating in the Jerusalem Marathon (we at Ulpan La-Inyan proudly support AACI’s Shira Pransky Project). The Hebrew word for to work out is the reflexive verb להתאמן – literally, to train. For example: הוא מתאמן שלוש פעמים בשבוע. He works out three […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 19, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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Weekly Hebrew Review – joy and good manners

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!

By Ami Steinberger | March 17, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “direct” or “straight up” in Hebrew

דּוּגְרִי Here’s another word that arrived in Hebrew via a foreign language: the slang word דוגרי, straight up or direct. It originated in Turkish (doğru meaning right or correct), traveled south and came to Hebrew via the local Arabic word دُغْرِيّ (dughri) meaning straight (this I learned in a cab with an Arab driver). Imagine you’re an American woman, and you’re […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 16, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how to say “polite” in Hebrew

מְנֻמָּס Some might scoff and say there’s no word in Hebrew for polite. And, in a way, they’d be right, since the word מנומס – polite – comes to Hebrew via the Greek word νομος (nomos) meaning law or custom. Thus manners in Hebrew are נימוסים. For example: אין להם נימוסים. They have no manners. Here’s מנומס in action, albeit in the plural: הם ילדים […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 15, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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another way of saying “please” in Hebrew

אֶשְׂמַח אִם… You may know the basic Hebrew word for please (also thank you) – בבקשה. For example: אפשר חשבון, בבקשה? Can I get the check, please? A more formal way of saying please is נא. For example: נא לכבות את המזגן לאחר השימוש בחדר. Please turn off the air conditioning after using the room. There’s also אנא, which is […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 14, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how to say “gladly!” in Hebrew

בְּשִׂמְחָה You may know the Hebrew word for joy – שמחה. For example: השמחה היא בין הרגשות הבסיסיים. Joy is among the basic emotions. You may also know the common response to thank you – בבקשה, you’re welcome. Here’s another way of saying it: בשמחה – literally, with joy or gladly. For example, one might say: תודה על הטרמפ! Thanks for the ride! […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 13, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how to say “jumpy” in Hebrew

קוֹפְצָנִי You may know the Hebrew word for to jump – לקפוץ, also jumping. For example: לא לקפוץ מהגג! No jumping from the roof! A jumpy person, for better or for worse, is קופצני if he’s a male and קוצפנית if she’s a female. קופצני also applies to rhythms and songs, for example: הנה שיר קופצני. Here’s […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 12, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – returning clothes and modesty

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 | March 10, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “in full garb” in Hebrew

בְּבִגּוּד מָלֵא The basic Hebrew word for clothes is בגדים. For example: היא לובשת בגדים יפים כל יום. She wears nice clothes every day. Clothing or garb is ביגוד, and full garb is ביגוד מלא. For example: הכומרים הגיעו לחוף הים בביגוד מלא. The priests arrived at the beach in full garb.

By Ami Steinberger | March 9, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “modest” in Hebrew

צָנוּעַ According to Wikipedia, the name of the capital city of Yemen, Sana’a (صنعاء‎‎), probably means well fortified, derived from a Southern Arabian dialect. Since the Mishnaic Hebrew word להצניע means to hide or to store something, it’s not far-fetched to connect these two Semitic words: in order to store something, one needs to fortify it so that it’s not easy to […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 8, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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