How to say “keeping busy” ” to employ” in Hebrew

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Perhaps you know the Hebrew word for a business – עֶסֶק (EH-sehk).
 
If I were to state that he’s busy, I’d say, הוּא עָסוּק (hoo ah-SOOK); I were to say that a woman is busy, it would be, הִיא עֲסוּקָה (hee ah-soo-KAH).
 
However, if I wanted to say, he’s preoccupied with something, I’d say, מָשֶׁהוּ מַעֲסִיק אוֹתו (MAH-sheh-hoo mah-ah-SEEK oh-TOH) – literally, something is keeping him busy. Listen and repeat.
 
It’s the same word for to employ and an employer – for example, אֲנִי רוֹצֶה לְהַעֲסִיק מִישֶׁהו (ah-NEE roh-TSEH le-hah-ah-SEEK MEE-sheh-hoo) – I want to employ someone.
 
The truth is I do – on a substitute-teacher level. My teacher for my new Tel Aviv classes is stranded in England until Thursday.
 
If you know someone with a free morning, fluency in two languages (Hebrew and English) under their belt, a laptop and a great smile, send them my way!
 
שָׁבוּעַ טוֹב (shah-VOO-ah tohv) – good week!

After having studied literature and linguistics on the bachelors level and psychology on the masters, Ami decided to draw upon his hobby of learning languages, his understanding of human thought processes and his skill of explaining complex ideas in simple terms, to found a program that enables people to speak Hebrew with confidence.

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  • hi i know someone who would fit perfectly. speaks english, hebrew and russian, has a laptop and a very great smile. the only thing i don’t know is if she has time. but i asked her, so maybe you’ll her from her.
    best wishes and thanks once more for the blog. it’s always fun and interesting.
    daktari

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