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The Hebrew word for treadmill is הֲלִיכוֹן listen and repeat, deriving from the verb לָלֶכֶת listen and repeat – to go – whose root is ה.ל.כ (h.l.k) meaning walking or going.
הִיא מַגִּיעָה לְמָכוֹן הַכֹּשֶׁר כָּל בֹּקֶר וְהוֹלֶכֶת עַל הַהֲלִיכוֹן.
She comes (arrives) to the fitness center every morning and walks on the treadmill.
But הליכון is also used to mean walker, as in:
כְּשֶׁהוּא הִגִּיעַ לְגִיל מְבֻגָּר מְאֹד, הוּא הִתְחִיל לָלֶכֶת עִם הֲלִיכוֹן.
When he reached a very old (mature) age, he started walking with a walker.
To disambiguate, Israelis will often refer to a treadmill as a הֲלִיכוֹן כֹּשֶׁר listen and repeat – a fitness walker.
by Ami Steinberger, Founder and Director, Ulpan La-Inyan
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