how to say “talented” in Hebrew

מֻכְשָׁר

Look closely at the words for talented – מוכשר for a male and מוכשרת for a female – and see if you can spot the three-letter root.

It’s כ.ש.ר meaning fit, the same root as that of כשר – kosher.

Food that is kosher is fit for Jewish eating. Likewise, a person who is talented is naturally fit for particular tasks.

Here’s the word in context:

היא בחורה שנונה ומוכשרת.

She’s a witty and talented young woman.

מוכשר and מוכשרת derive from the הופעל verb form.

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