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how to say “what do you mean?” in Hebrew

מַה הַכַּוָּנָה? מַה זּׁאת אוֹמֶרֶת? Text has dominated among the communication media in recent decades. But key elements of communication are lost in text – body language and tone of voice. Thus the question, What do you mean? could sound genuinely curious, or it could sound argumentative or dismissive. Hebrew’s מה הכוונה – literally, what’s the intention – sounds genuinely curious […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 3, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “our little land” in Hebrew

אַרְצֵנוּ הַקְּטַנְטוֹנֶת The word ארץ means earth as well as country or land. For example: ארץ ישראל יפה. The land of Israel is beautiful. The word for small is קטן; little, said in a loving way, is קטנטן for a masculine object and קטנטונת for a feminine object such as ארץ. Our land is ארצנו… and our little land is ארצנו הקטנטונת. ארצנו הקטנטונת […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 2, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “act of courage” in Hebrew

מַעֲשֵׂה גְּבוּרָה If you know a bit of Yiddish, you’ve probably heard the term bubbe meise. Meise, which means fable, comes from the Hebrew word מעשה which means tale or story… as well as action and act. Perhaps you’ve spotted the root ע.ש.ה – doing – in the word מעשה. Thus an act of courage is מעשה גבורה. For example: לא מעטים מעשי הגבורה בהסטוריה של צה”ל. […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 1, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “example” in Hebrew

דֻּגְמָה The root ד.ג.מ spawns many words in Hebrew, including דוגמן/דוגמנית – model (as in Bar Refaeli), דגימה – sampling and דגם – model (think BMW i8). But perhaps the most common word derived from ד.ג.מ is דוגמה – example. For example (לדוגמה): אני לא מבין, תני לי דוגמה. I don’t understand, give me an example (spoken by a male to […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 30, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – outside, probably

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 | April 28, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “probably” and “sure…” in Hebrew

בֶּטַח Israelis do not like to express doubt. So their word for probably… well, there isn’t a single word for probably. There’s קרוב לוודאי – close to certain, as in: קרוב לוודאי שהלהקה תגיע לארץ בשנה הבאה. The band will probably (almost certainly) come to Israel next year. There’s also ככל הנראה – as much as can be seen, but […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 27, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “you’ll need to…” in Hebrew

  תִּצְטָרֵךְ… To say, I need in Hebrew, it’s either אני צריך if you’re a male or אני צריכה if you’re a female. Technically, these words are not verbs – so they don’t move smoothly into the past and future tenses. In the past, it’s הייתי צריך or הייתי צריכה – literally, I was needing. For example: […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 26, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “the Ministry of Foreign Affairs” in Hebrew

מִשְׂרַד הַחוּץ Whereas English tends to be long-winded, Hebrew is concise. English has the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but Hebrew has משרד החוץ – literally, the office of the outside (to understand what “the outside” refers to, see yesterday’s dose). For example: היא קיבלה עבודה טובה במשרד החוץ. She got a good job at the Ministry of […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 25, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how to say “outside of Israel” in Hebrew

בְּחוּ”ל They love going to Thailand, South America and Berlin, but for Israelis there really are only two location categories in the world: Israel and everywhere else. Israel is called הארץ – the land (yes, it’s the same name as the newspaper). Everywhere else is called חו”ל, an abbreviation of חוץ לארץ – literally, outside of the land. […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 24, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “go outside!” in Hebrew

צֵא הַחוּצָה! The basic Hebrew word for to go out is לצאת. You may recognize its root, י.צ.א, from the Hebrew term for the Exodus: יציאת מצרים (literally, the exit from Egypt). If you wish to ask someone (or you dog) to kindly leave your home or office, you might say get out! In Hebrew, that’s צא החוצה when […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 23, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – Passover, games and barbecues

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 | April 21, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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