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

Sun | Nov 05

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

If you’ve been to a synagogue on a Friday night, you’ve probably heard the word מזמור
. This refers to a poem or song that appears in the book of Psalms.
The Modern Hebrew word for singer takes ז.מ.ר
(the three root letters of מזמור
), creating זמר
(a male) and זמרת
(a female).
For example: 
כל הנוער הישראלי רוצים להיות זמרים.
All the Israeli youth want to be singers.
The “ah-ah” vowel pattern in זַמָּר
, with a dot of emphasis (דגש
) in the second letter of the root, is characteristic of many professional terms such as טבח
(butcher) and נגר
(carpenter).
זֶמֶר
(with “eh” vowels) is one of the words for melody or tune.

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