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How to Say “Not Thrilled” in Hebrew – Ulpan La-Inyan

Wed | Sep 05

How to Say “Not Thrilled” in Hebrew – Ulpan La-Inyan

Perhaps you’ve been to a Jewish wedding and noticed the words to a song (lyrics from the biblical ספר ירמיהו
– Book of Jeremiah):
קול ששון וקול שמחה, קול חתן וקול כלה…
The sound of joy and the sound of gladness, the voice of a bridegroom and the voice of a bride…
ששון
(also a name for boys) is one of the many Hebrew words for joy. Its verb form – the simple verb לשוש
– doesn’t show up much in day-to-day conversation, except in the expression “not thrilled” – לא שש
if the speaker is male, and לא ששה
if she’s female.
For example:
אני לא שש לראות אותה חוזרת לתחביבים הישנים שלה.
I’m not jumping for joy to see her return to her old hobbies.

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