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how to say “to light up” “to illuminate” in Hebrew

להאיר   If you know some Hebrew, you more than likely know the word for light – אוֹר (ohr) – especially if you’ve been following Ktzat Ivrit for the last couple of weeks.   Using the three-letter word אור as a verbal root, א.ו.ר (a.w.r), the word for to light up or to illuminate is created: לְהָאִיר (le-hah-EER). […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 8, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to clarify” in Hebrew

לברר   לְבָרֵר (le-vah-REHR) goes beyond the English usage of to clarify. In Hebrew, this word is also used to mean to make sure or to find out – such as in, תְּבָרְרִי מָתַי הַסֶּרֶט (te-vah-reh-REE mah-TAH-ee hah-SEH-reht) – Find out (speaking to a female) when the movie is.   The root of the word is ב.ר.ר – the […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 27, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “communicate” in Hebrew

לתקשר   If you’ve taken our Level 1 conversational Hebrew class, or if you have equivalent background in Hebrew, you know that one of the words for to call someone on the phone is לְהִתְקַשֵּׁר (le-heet-kah-SHEHR). The root of that word is ק.ש.ר (k.sh.r) – connection. So when you call someone, you’re connecting with them.   This guy […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 5, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to identify with” in Hebrew

להזדהות   If you’ve made aliyah, you surely know the term for ID card – תְּעוּדַת זֶהוּת (teh-oo-DAHT zeh-HOOT). The root of זהות – identity – is ז.ה.ה (z.h.h).   To identity with someone or something is לְהִזְדָּהוֹת (leh-heez-dah-HOHT). For example, הוּא מִזְדָּהֶה עִם הָעָם הַיְּהוּדִי (hoo meez-dah-HEH eem hah-AHM hah-yeh-hoo-DEE) – he identifies with the Jewish […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 4, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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in Hebrew, there’s “to share” and there’s “to share”

להתחלק, לשתף   To share a thing with one or more people – such as rent for an apartment – is לְהִתְחַלֵּק (le-heet-hah-LEK).   To share a feeling or an experience, however, is לְשַׁתֵּף (le-shah-TEF). For example, רָחֵל שִׁתְּפָה אוֹתִי עַל הַטִּיּוּל שֶׁלָּהּ לְאֵירוֹפָּה (rah-HEL sheet-FAH oh-TEE ahl ha-tee-YOOL sheh-LAH le-ei-ROH-pah) – Rachel shared with me […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 3, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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today there was a big one – how do you say “demonstration” in Hebrew?

הפגנה   To my Level-5-ers – you’ve already had this lesson. Consider it review :).   The Hebrew word for demonstration – political or otherwise – is הַפְגָּנָה (hahf-gah-NAH).    To demonstrate or to display is לְהַפְגִּין (le-hahf-GHEEN). For example, הוּא מַפְגִּין עִנְיָן בַּלִּמּוּדִים (hoo mahf-GHEEN een-YAHN bah-lee-moo-DEEM) – he displays interest in (his/the) studies.   Today there […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 17, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “broadcast” in Hebrew?

שידור   The word שִׁדּוּר (shee-DOOR) means a broadcast, like the kind done over TV or the radio. A שידור חָי (shee-DOOR KHAH-ee) is a live broadcast.     לְשַׁדֵּר (le-shah-DEHR) means to broadcast. It follows the same grammatical structure as לְדַבֵּר (le-dah-BEHR) – notice that the two words have the same vowel points. And […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 6, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “identity” in Hebrew?

זהות   If you’ve lived in Israel or have taken Level 2 of Ulpan La-Inyan, you’re familiar with the term for ID card – תְּעוּדַת זְהוּת (teh-oo-DAHT zeh-HOOT).   The word זהות itself means identity. Its root is זֶה (zeh), which means this. Identity is “this-ness.”   Today, perhaps more so than ever, it’s critical that […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 6, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “stage” in Hebrew?

שלב, במה   There’s the stage that people perform on, and the stage that is similar in meaning to rung, level, etc.   The stage where plays and concerts take place is a בָּמָה (bah-MAH). Likewise, a director of a show, or a film for that matter, is a בַּמַּאִי (bah-MAH-ee). The plural is בָּמוֹת (bah-MOHT).   […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 30, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “chase after” in Hebrew

לרדוף   My house-mate Josh suggested this word. Josh grew up in the UK and now chases down terrorists – he’s a soldier in the IDF, preparing to be a commander. The Chapters of the Fathers (פִּרְקֵי אָבוֹת – peer-KAY ah-VOHT) lists appropriate ages for various milestones in the life of the Jewish male: 9 for […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 29, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “unique” in Hebrew?

ייחודי   I’ve been blessed to work with great people at Ulpan La-Inyan.   Caron our instructor, one of these such people, sent me this video clip, which I invite you all the watch. If you can’t see the clip, you’ll need to go to the Ktzat Ivrit blog. One of the key words in […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 23, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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