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how to say “hard of hearing” in Hebrew

Mon | Dec 09

how to say “hard of hearing” in Hebrew

 

having trouble seeing the print?

כְּבַד שְׁמִיעָה, קְשֶׁה שְׁמִיעָה

 

 

Last week I posted about the Hebrew words for blind, deaf and mute. Responding to the post, my student and friend Ruti asked whether the terms in Hebrew provoke the same politically-correct sensitivity as they do in English.
 
My answer is that it depends who you’re talking to, as it does in the States. For those more sensitive, here are some politically-correct terms:
 
 
לְקוּי…
 
לְקוּי, לְקוּיַת רְאִיָּהvisually-impaired (masculine and feminine, respectively, as below) listen and repeat 
לקוי, לקויית שְׁמִיעָהhearing-impaired listen and repeat 
לקוי, לקוית דִבּוּרspeaking-impaired listen and repeat 
 
 
מתנדבים
volunteers at AACI’s Library
for the Visually Impaired and Homebound
 
 
כְּבַד…
 
כְּבַד, כִּבְדַת ראיהhard (literally, heavy) of sight listen and repeat 
כבד, כבדת שמיעהhard of hearing listen and repeat 
כבד, כבדת דבורhard of speaking listen and repeat 
כבד, כבדת לָשוֹןone who stutters (derived from Moses) listen and repeat 
 
For the latter group, one can substitute כבד with קְשֶׁה listen and repeat and כבדת with קְשַׁת listen and repeat, to mean literally hard of
 
For example:
 
יֵשׁ סִפְרִיּוֹת מְיֻחָדוֹת עֲבוּר אֲנָשִׁים קְשֵׁי רְאִיָּה.
There are special libraries for people hard of sight.
by Ami SteinbergerFounder and Director, Ulpan La-Inyan

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