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how to say “charcoal” in Hebrew

פֶּחָם You’re all set for the barbecue on the beach in Tel Aviv with the food, disposable cutlery, a picnic blanket, a bottle opener and the barbecue itself. One thing missing: charcoal. So you go to the supermarket and ask: איפה יש לכם פחמים? Where do you guys have charcoals? You ask for it in […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 20, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “an opener” in Hebrew

פּוֹתְחָן You invite people over, and everyone brings a bottle of wine. But you’ve got no opener. What do you do? You go to your neighbors and say: יש לכם פותחן? Do you have an opener? פותחן comes from the simple verb לפתוח – to open. This ן- ending indicates that the object or person excels at […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 19, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “I’m stuffed” in Hebrew

אֲנִי מְפֹצָץ With their penchant for making light of difficult and chronic things like war and terror, Israelis translate I’m stuffed as אני מפוצץ if it’s a male speaking and אני מפוצצת if it’s a female – literally, I’m exploded. For example: קינוח? לא, תודה, אני מפוצץ! Dessert? No, thanks, I’m stuffed! Raise your hand if you […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 16, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “hide and go seek” in Hebrew

מַחְבּוֹאִים The other day, we saw the word להטמין – to conceal. The more basic verb, to hide, in Hebrew is להחביא. For example: אבא, איפה החבאת את האפיקומן? Dad, where did you hide the afikoman? A hiding place is a מחבוא, so that the game hide and go seek, in Hebrew, is מחבואים – literally, hiding places. For example: ילדים […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 13, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “treasure hunt” in Hebrew

חַפֵּשׂ אֶת הַמַּטְמוֹן Suppose there’s a piece of מצה – matzah – hidden somewhere in the house. Kids know this game as searching for the אפיקומן. But in the broader sense, this game is an example of חפש את המטמון – treasure hunt, or literally, search for the treasure. For example: ילדים אוהבים לשחק את המשחק “חפש את […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 10, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “raw” in Hebrew

חַי, נָא A raw vegetable is חי – literally, alive. For example: היא לא אוהבת לאכול בצל חי. She doesn’t like eating raw onion. For meat, however, use the word נא. For example: לא הרבה אנשים אוכלים בשר נא. Not many people eat raw meat. נא referring to meat and נא meaning please are not related.

By Ami Steinberger | April 9, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – spicy portions of falafel (with music) – come every day!

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 7, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to play (an instrument)” in Hebrew

לְנַגֵּן You’re at a bonfire in the beautiful Israeli desert. A guy pulls out a guitar and asks everyone: מה לנגן? What should I play? What’s he’s saying literally is what to play? לנגן, an active-intensive verb, means to play a tune. Likewise, נגן means music player and ניגון is a melody . For example: בסדר פסח יש הרבה […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 6, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “come back every day!” in Hebrew

תָּבוֹא כָּל יוֹם! Turns out you and your falafel guy watched the same soccer game last night, and you’ve established a good rapport. Handing you your מנה פלאפל – falafel portion, he might say to you (if you’re a male): תבוא כל יום! Come (back) every day! If you’re a female, he’d say: תבואי כל יום. […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 5, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “spicy” in Hebrew

חָרִיף What do Israelis put in their falafel sandwich? חומוס (hummus), טחינה (tahini), סלט (a salad of cut up cucumbers and tomatoes) and חריף of course! חריף means sharp or spicy – in the case of falafel, חריף refers to spicy sauce. חריף could also refer to a person who has a sharp mind. For example: היא אישה שנונה וחריפה. She […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 4, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how to say “witin the hour” in Hebrew

בַּשָּׁעָה הַקְּרוֹבָה It’s 9pm and suddenly there’s a power outage. With your phone battery is at 3%, you find the number of a local electrician, but he can’t come right away. Instead, he says: אני אגיע בשעה הקרובה. I’ll be over within the hour. In Hebrew, within the hour is in the close hour – or with proper Hebrew syntax, in the hour […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 3, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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