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how to say “to get strong” in Hebrew

לְהִתְחַזֵּק If you’ve got some basic Hebrew under your belt, you may know the word for strong – חזק. For example (in the feminine): יש פה רוח חזקה מאוד. There’s a very strong wind here. חזק, a three-letter word, functions as a root, produces several other words such as להחזיק – to hold, לחזק – to strengthen someone or something, and […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 3, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how to say “wealth” in Hebrew

עֹשֶׁר Yesterday, we saw the word for poverty – עוני, while a poor man is עני. On the flip side, the word for wealth is עושר, and a rich man is עשיר (a rich woman is עשירה). A similar-sounding word is אושר – contentment or happiness. Most Modern-Hebrew speakers pronounce the sounds of ע and א the same way, so that the only […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 2, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “poverty” in Hebrew

עֹנִי The Hebrew Bible having exported to the world the value of helping the weak, it should come as no surprise that Hebrew has more than ten ways to say poverty, including דלות, אביונות and מסכנות. The common word used today to describe this state lacking is עוני, the same word used to describe Matzah as bread of poverty or bread of affliction – […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 1, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – cleaning up

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 . Space Race . Test חג שמח!

By Ami Steinberger | April 22, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to clean up a mess” in Hebrew

Note: This will be the last Dose of Hebrew until after Passover, except for tomorrow’s weekly review. חג שמח! לַעֲשׂוֹת סֵדֶר You may know the Hebrew slang word for a mess – בלגן. Contrary to popular belief, this word is not borrowed from Arabic, but rather from Slavic languages such as Russian and Polish. The opposite of a […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 21, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 4 Comments
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how to say “search engine” in Hebrew

מָנוֹעַ חִפּוּשׂ To search in Hebrew is לחפש. For example: סליחה, אני מחפשת את הדואר. Excuse me, I (a female) am looking for the post office. Following the active-intensive verb pattern, the act of searching is חיפוש. And since an engine is a מנוע, a search engine is a מנוע חיפוש. For example: גוגל לא המציאה את מנוע החיפוש. […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 20, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “disinfectant” in Hebrew

מְחַטֵּא You may recognize the three-letter root of the word disinfectant – מחטא – as that of the word for sin – חטא as well as of the active-simple verb to sin – לחטוא.   To illustrate the latter word, here’s a Biblical verse: כי אין צדיק בארץ אשר יעשה טוב ולא יחטא. (קהלת פרק ז’) For there is no […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 19, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “cleanliness” in Hebrew

נִקָּיוֹן If you’ve got some basic Hebrew down, you likely know the word for clean – נקי. For example: החולצה שלך לא נקייה. Your blouse (a feminine object) is not clean. The word for cleanliness is ניקיון, as in: מצב הניקיון בחדר שלך זה פשוט קטסטרופה. The cleanliness situation in your (a male’s) room is horrendous (simply […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 18, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “air pollution” in Hebrew

זִהוּם אֲוִיר The Hebrew word for air – אוויר – is borrowed from Ancient Greek. The word for pollution (as well as infection) is זיהום. The word appears in Mishnaic Hebrew and comes from the active-intensive verb לזהם – to pollute or to contaminate. For example: נמל חיפה זיהם את המים. The Port of Haifa polluted the water. It follows that water pollution is […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 17, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – a story is told, classified information, and other passive-intensives

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 . Space Race . Test שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם, וְסוֹף שָׁבוּעַ נָעִים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a nice weekend!

By Ami Steinberger | April 15, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “insiders” in Hebrew

מְקֹרָבִים The basic Hebrew word for close is קרוב, as in: מקום העבודה שלי נמצא קרוב לבית. My place of work is (situated) close to home. And family members, people who are close genetically or through marriage, are קרובי משפחה. For people close to someone of stature – insiders – the word is מקורבים. For example: הוא ממקורבי ראש הממשלה. He is […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 14, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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