how to say “to exchange words” in Hebrew

לְהַחְלִיף מִלָּה

Hebrew has lots of verbs that have to do with talking, such as:

לדבר – to speak

לשוחח – to converse

להביע – to express

A nice, handy expression for to speak with or to have a word with someone is להחליף מילה – literally, to exchange a word.

For example:

עבר כבר שבוע ולא החלפנו מילה.

Already a week has passed and we haven’t exchanged a word.

להחליף is a הפעיל verb of the root ח.ל.פ meaning to pass by.

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