how to say “to behave” in Hebrew


To behave is to conduct oneself in a certain way. Thus Modern Hebrew draws upon the Biblical root נ.ה.ג meaning to conduct, to drive (such as a chariot) and creates the reflexive התפעל verb להתנהג .

For example:

הוא מתנהג בצורה פראית!

He behaves in a wild manner!

Other words of the same root include מנהג – custom (the way people are accustomed to conducting themselves), לנהוג – to drive (a vehicle), and מנהיגות leadership (encouraging others to conduct themselves in a certain way).

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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  • Ami is right on with his approach. Suugestion: Once classes are large enough, it would make sense to divide prople according to age. A younger person might need the vocabulary of business, science, and levels of management know levels of management where an older person who is retired needs to know how to get by in life, speak on the phone, speak to Medical people at the Koopa, know all the foods in the supermarket, know how to read their bills. And all should learn about the history of Israel in Hebrew.

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