how to say “grades” in Hebrew


Americans call them grades, but elsewhere in the English-speaking world they’re called marks. The Hebrew word for these indications that cause joys and woes, can make or break, is ציונים – while one grade or mark is ציון .

For example:

לא מספיק שיהיו ציונים טובים, חשוב גם אישיות.

(It’s) not enough that there are good grades, it’s important (to) also (have) personality.

ציון is related to the word מצוין , which today means excellent but in Mishnaic times meant distinguished. Likewise, the Modern-Hebrew word לציין means to point out.

הערב מציינים שנה חדשה. שנה טובה!

This evening (we) mark a new year. (Have a) good year!

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