how to say “film director” in Hebrew

בַּמַּאי קוֹלְנוֹעַ

The word for a director who orchestrates the production of a play or a movie is במאי for a male and במאית for a female. They derive from the word במה , which once referred to the platform on which people would perform religious rituals including sacrifice (containing a מזבח – an altar), but today it refers to a stage.

קולנוע , a 20th-century Hebrew word referring to film or movie, combines two ancient Hebrew words: קול meaning sound or voice, and נוע meaning movement – a movie is a moving picture, also a moving sound.

So a film director is במאי קולנוע or במאית קולנוע .

For example:

כשהייתי ילד, רציתי להיות במאי קולנוע.

When I was a boy, I wanted to be a movie director.

בימאי and בימאית are broader terms referring to a director of any production, including television.

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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