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Weekly Hebrew Review – lower the volume on the curses… we’ve been there.

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 7, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “for no reason” in Hebrew?

סְתַם The Hebrew word סתם has many meanings, including just, plain, just kidding and more. One way to use this word is to say for no reason. For example: את סתם דואגת. You (a female) are worrying for nothing. and סתם עבדתי קשה על הפרוייקט. I worked hard on the project for nothing. סתם can appear in various places in […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 6, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “fourteen years old” in Hebrew?

בֶּן/בַּת אַרְבַּע עֶשְׂרֵה In English, if you want to tell someone your age, you might say I’m twenty five. But if you say אני עשרים וחמש in Hebrew, you’ll sound awkward and your non-native status will be picked up immediately. Hebrew’s way of expressing age is to say son – בן – or daughter – בת – of that […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 5, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “a curse” in Hebrew?

קְלָלָה The Hebrew word for blessing is ברכה. Its opposite, a curse, is קללה. For example: ברדיו שומעים רק שירים עם קללות. On the radio (you) hear only music with cursing (curses). To curse is the active-intensive פיעל verb לקלל: לא כדאי לקלל – הקללה רק חוזרת אליך. It’s not worthwhile to curse – the curse just […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 4, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “lower the volume!” in Hebrew?

תַּנְמִיךְ אֶת הַווֹלְיוּם! The Hebrew word for short or low is נמוך (referring to a male or a masculine object) or נמוכה (referring to a female or a feminine object). For example: אתה נמוך מדי לעלות על המתקן. You (a male) are too short to go on the ride (the apparatus). Taking the root נ.מ.כ and plugging […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 3, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say (and use) “to be” in Hebrew?

לִהְיוֹת Hebrew doesn’t have words for is, are and am – forms of to be – so that she is tall gets translated to היא גבוהה – literally, she tall. To be itself, however, does have a Hebrew equivalent: להיות. For example: מחר אנחנו צריכים להיות שם בשעה עשר. Tomorrow we need to be there at ten o’clock. להיות […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 2, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – I need favors, I’m embarrassed… I’m flying

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 | June 30, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “to fly” in Hebrew?

לָעוּף, לָטוּס How do you say to fly in Hebrew? Depend on who’s flying. If it’s a bird or another organism, the word is לעוף. For example:   עוף, גוזל. Fly away, little bird. But if what’s flying (or the one doing the work involved in flying) is an inanimate object, use לטוס: טסתי לפריז בשבוע שעבר. […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 29, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “to take in the mail” in Hebrew?

לְהַכְנִיס אֶת הַדֹּאַר Yesterday we saw that להשקות means to water or to cause to drink. Hebrew does the same with the root כ.נ.ס meaning gather, using the active-causative הפעיל verb form to yield להכניס – to take in or to bring in. For example: תעשי לי טובה, תכניסי הביתה את הדואר. Do me a favor (to a female), bring the […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 28, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “to water the flowers” in Hebrew?

לְהַשְׁקוֹת אֶת הַפְּרָחִים The simple word for a drink in Hebrew is שתייה. For example: בא לי שתייה קרה. I feel like (having) a cold drink. But a higher-register word, corresponding to the English beverage, is משקה, of the root ש.ק.ה – drink. This root also plugs into the active-causative הפעיל verb form, creating להשקות – to water… or to […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 27, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “embarrassed” in Hebrew?

מִתְבַּיֵּשׁ The Hebrew word for shame is בושה. For example: בושה וחרפה. A disgrace. (literally, shame and dishonor) בושה also means embarrassment, with its root ב.ו.ש (interchangeable with ב.י.ש) plugging into the reflexive-intensive התפעל verb form, producing להתבייש – to be embarrassed. For example, a Bar Mitzvah boy might say to his parents before being called up to […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 26, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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