ספר
 
If you’ve taken Level 1 of Ulpan La-Inyan, you know the Hebrew word for book – סֵפֶר (SEH-fehr). You may also know the word for number – מִסְפָּר (mees-PAHR), though, if I’m not mistaken, that comes up in Level 2. These words carry the same root; the core concept is counting, or recounting.


The root ס.פ.ר., in Modern Hebrew, is also used to describe the act of barbering. A barber is a סַפָּר (sah-PAHR). To barber is לְסַפֵּר (le-sah-PEHR). A barber’s salon is a מַסְפֵּרָה (mahs-PEH-rah).


Check out the video below – listen and repeat. (click if you can’t see the video)