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Learn to Read and Write Hebrew

Part 1 of 3 Watch this video to learn to read and write 9 Hebrew letters.  This is the first of 3 videos, after which you’ll be able to read and write the entire Hebrew alphabet. https://youtu.be/LNuIefqjpAk Part 2 of 3 Watch this video to learn to read and write another 9 Hebrew letters.  This is the second of 3 videos, after which you’ll be able to read and write

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How to Say “Symbol” in Hebrew – Ulpan La-Inyan

סֵמֶל Hebrew’s word for symbol – סמל sounds a lot like the English. But which came first? According to Wiktionary, “symbol” is based on the Greek σύμβολον (súmbolon). סמל, in contrast, first appears in the Bible as well as in other ancient Semitic languages. Which came first is unclear, though it could also be that the two words developed independently of each other and that their similar sound is coincidental.

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How to Say “Liberation” in Hebrew – Ulpan La-Inyan

שִׁחְרוּר To release or to dismiss, in Hebrew, is the פיעל verb לשחרר, as in: למה שחררו אותך מוקדם מבית הספר? Why did they dismiss you (a boy) early from school? לשחרר also means to liberate, so that liberation is שחרור. For example: היום יום שחרור ירושלים. Today is Jerusalem Liberation Day. Likewise, one of the names of Israel’s War of Independence is מלחמת השחרור – The War of Liberation.

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How to Say “Paratroopers” in Hebrew – Ulpan La-Inyan

צַנְחָנִים In Biblical Hebrew, לצנוח means to fall… somewhat dramatically. לצנוח is a simple verb of the root צ.נ.ח. To create a word for the modern invention of the parachute, Hebrew drew upon the ancient root צ.נ.ח to create מצנח… and for a soldiers that uses it, the word צנחן – paratrooper. For example: הצנחנים שחררו את העיר העתיקה בירושלים ב-1967. The paratroopers liberated the Old City of Jerusalem in

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How to Say “Chinese” in Hebrew – Ulpan La-Inyan

סִינִית The Hebrew word for China is סין, as in: ביחס לישראל, סין ממוקמת במזרח הרחוק. Relative to Israel, China is located in the Far East. The word סין itself does appear in Biblical Hebrew, though there it refers to a town near Egypt (Wiktionary). When Modern Hebrew refers to סין as China, it most likely draws upon the Arabic rendering of the 秦 (Qín) dynasty, صين (seen). Anyway, Chinese

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How to Say “Quarter” in Hebrew – Ulpan La-Inyan

רֶבַע, רוֹבַע How do you say quarter in Hebrew? Depends on what you mean. If you’re talking about one fourth of something, use רבע. For example: אני אגיע בעוד רבע שעה. I’ll be there (I’ll arrive) in a quarter of an hour. If, though, you’re referring to a neighborhood, a quarter in the geographical sense, the word is רובע:  המשפחה שלה גרה ברובע היהודי בעיר העתיקה בירושלים מאות שנים. Her

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How to Say “Convicted” in Hebrew – Ulpan La-Inyan

מוּרְשָׁע In Modern Hebrew, the words צדיק and רשע have religious tones: they mean righteous one and evil one, respectively.   But in the Bible, these terms aren’t only religious, they have to do with justice itself: כִּי יִהְיֶה רִיב בֵּין אֲנָשִׁים וְנִגְּשׁוּ אֶל הַמִּשְׁפָּט וּשְׁפָטוּם וְהִצְדִּיקוּ אֶת הַצַּדִּיק וְהִרְשִׁיעוּ אֶת הָרָשָׁע. (דברים כ”ה, א’) If there is a quarrel between men, and they approach the tribunal, and they [the

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אם אתה בסביבה – If You’re Around

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5kH8oo4xj4 If You’re Around By Arik Sinai רחוב ישן בצהרי היוםלצידיו בתים עם גג אדוםבמספרה ממול יושב אדוןמסתפר. פסי רכבת חוצים שדהוגשר מעל הפסים חוצהמכולת בית מלוןבית דואר בלי חלון. כן כך נראית העיירה שליאם תעצור אולי תראה אותיואם אתה נמצא כבר בסביבהדע לך שכאן הזמן לא הכרחי. הנפח את הפח חתךועוד כמה חורים קדחהוא בונה חלון לבית המלוןמתפרנס. גברת שמידט אשתו של הקצבתמיד אומרת “זה המצב”עשבים שוטיםכלבים וחתולים. כן

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How to Say “Jury” in Hebrew – Ulpan La-Inyan

חֶבֶר מוּשְׁבָּעִים The English word jury is related to the French jurer and the Spanish jurar, both meaning to swear. Hebrew’s term for jury is חבר מושבעים, literally, group of sworn in ones. For example: בתיק הזה חבר המושבעים יחליט, לא השופט. In this case the jury will decide, not the judge. חבר in חבר מושבעים looks like the word for a male friend, but it’s vocalized with eh vowels

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How to Say “To The Point” in Hebrew – Ulpan La-Inyan

לָעִנְיָין In 2008 I founded a Hebrew language-learning program, an אולפן (ulpan), that would shift the industry of Hebrew instruction from bookish academic study to practical conversational-skill training. The idea was to stop beating around the bush and instead get straight to the point. I named it אולפן לעניין – Ulpan La-Inyan. לעניין means literally “to the matter”. Here it is in context: בואו ניגש ישר לעניין. Let’s get (approach)

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