how to say “to call” in Hebrew


There’s to call in the simplest sense of calling out – that’s לקרוא (yes, it’s the same word as to read).

Then there’s to call on the phone, for which some use the פיעל verb לצלצל – literally to ring, but most use the התפעל verb להתקשר – literally to make contact.

For example:

ניסיתי להתקשר אליו אבל לא הצלחתי להשיג אותו.

I tried calling (to) him but I didn’t manage to reach him.

Note that להתקשר in this example is followed by אליו – to him. In Hebrew, we don’t call someone, we call to someone.

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