Your Daily Dose of Hebrew

keeping busy… to employ… in Hebrew – http://ktzat-ivrit.ulpan.com

מעסיק Perhaps you know the Hebrew word for a business – עֶסֶק (EH-sehk). If I were to state that he’s busy, I’d say, הוּא עָסוּק (hoo ah-SOOK); I were to say that a woman is busy, it would be, הִיא עֲסוּקָה (hee ah-soo-KAH). However, if I wanted to say, he’s preoccupied with something, I’d say, מָשֶׁהוּ מַעֲסִיק […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 25, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how do you say “I get it” in Hebrew? http://ktzat-ivrit.ulpan.com

ק.ל.ט. Perhaps you’re familiar with the term מֶרְכַּז קְלִיטָה (mehr-KAHZ klee-TAH) – absorption center. Perhaps you’ve lived in one. The word קליטה comes from the root לִקְלוֹט, which means to absorb. The word is used in colloquial Hebrew to mean to get it, as in “Ah, now I get it!” – אָה, עַכְשָׁיו אֲנִי קוֹלֵט! […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 22, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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21
2010

Hebrew for income (tax) – http://ktzat-ivrit.ulpan.com

מס הכנסה The great American institution, the IRS, has an Israeli equivalent. It’s called מַס הַכְנָסָה (mahs hakh-nah-SAH) – literally, income tax. לְהַכְנִיס (le-hakh-NEES) is to insert or to cause to come in – so its noun form is הכנסה – income. מַס is a Biblical Hebrew word that means something to the effect of […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 21, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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barbecuing… in Hebrew – http://ktzat-ivrit.ulpan.com

על האש A מַנְגָּל (MAHN-gahl) is a barbecue… but the word comes from Arabic. Rather, the proper (well, maybe not really proper) way to say it in Hebrew is עַל הָאֵש (ahl hah-ESH), which means, literally, on the fire. The really proper way to say it is מַצְלֶה (mahts-LEH), coming from the word לִצְלוֹת (leets-LOHT) […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 20, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to party… in Hebrew. http://ktzat-ivrit.ulpan.com

לחגוג You probably know the word חַג (hahg) – holiday, in the religious sense. To celebrate is לַחְגּוֹג (lah-GOHG). Here’s a video שחוגג sixty years of Israel’s independence (two years dated). In my mind, it celebrates the diversity of Jews in Israeli society, that, after thousands of years of separation and the widest possible variety of […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 19, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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18
2010

independence… in Hebrew – http://ktzat-ivrit.ulpan.com

עצמאות The Hebrew word עַצְמָאוּת (ahts-mah-OOT) comes from the root ע.צ.מ (a.ts.m.), which carries the basic meaning of essence or that which stands out. An independent political entity stands out as unique in the world; it waves a flag of its own: Incidentally, these are the colors on the Ulpan La-Inyan website. Some other words that […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 18, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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memories… in honor of Israeli soldiers who fell defending our homeland – http://ktzat-ivrit.ulpan.com

זיכרון Tomorrow is יוֹם הַזִּכָּרוֹן (yohm hah-zee-kah-ROHN), Israel’s Memorial Day (literally, Day of Remembrance). In the States, some people have a somber Memorial Day, but the vast majority see it as an excuse for a getaway, a barbecue, or a shopping spree.Not so in Israel. יום הזיכרון (the root ז.כ.ר., in this context, is the core […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 17, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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as Shabbat draws near… the Hebrew (and Arabic) connection between “west” and “evening” – http://ktzat-ivrit.ulpan.com

.ע.ר.ב I’m again in the Ethiopian-Jewish absorption center Beit Alpha, and it’s right before Shabbat. In Hebrew, Sabbath Eve or the day right before the Sabbath, is called עֶרֶב שַׁבָּת (EH-rev shah-BAHT) – the eve of Sabbath. How do you say west in Hebrew? מַעֲרָב (mah-ah-RAHV). If you look closely, you’ll see that it’s got the same three-letter […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 16, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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“yom” means more than “day” – http://ktzat-ivrit.ulpan.com

יום You probably know that יוֹם (yohm) means day.  You also probably know that the Book of Genesis (סֵפֶר בְּרֵאשִׁית – SEH-fehr beh-reh-SHEET) presents the story of creation in a six-day sequence – and that this contradicts modern science… at least on an initial reading. On top of that, the second chapter of Genesis speaks […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 16, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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“the” in Hebrew and its relationship to the Arab world – http://ktzat-ivrit.ulpan.com

ה If you know a bit of Hebrew, you probably know the Hebrew equivalent of the English definite article, the. It’s הַ (hah), and at times הָ (also “hah”, but pronounced a bit differently by some speakers) or הֶ (heh). What you may not have noticed is that almost always in the letter following the […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 14, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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change can take place in an instant… what would you call “a change” in Hebrew? The answer: http://ktzat-ivrit.ulpan.com

שינוי Aside from being the name of a short-lived left-of-center Israeli political party, the word שִׁנּוּי (shee-NOO-ee) means a change. Sometimes it takes a long time for a שינוי to appear. However, sometimes, שינוי takes place in an instant. Where in English you might say, it’s warm today, for a change, in Hebrew you’d say, […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 13, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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