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how to say “to beware” in Hebrew

  לְהִזָּהֵר, לָגוּר listen to this word pronounced       If you’ve had conversations in Hebrew with children, you probably know how to say,  be careful! (literally, caution!) – זְהִירוּת (zeh-hee-ROOT). “Beware! Dog in yard!” To be careful is לְהִזָּהֵר (leh-hee-zah-HEHR). It’s a verb of the נפעל (neef-AHL) variety – not really active or passive, or […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 8, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to go to the beach” in Hebrew

  לָלֶכֶת לַיָּם listen to this word pronounced       If you know a bit of Hebrew, these words probably aren’t new to you. So consider this a lesson in idiom. In English we talk about going to the beach. If that were translated literally to Hebrew, it would be לָלֶכֶת לַחוֹף (lah-LEH-khet lah-KHOHF). […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 7, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “convenient” in Hebrew

  נוֹחַ listen to this word pronounced       This one’s for Abi S, who asked to know the difference between comfortable and convenient in Hebrew. Truth is, we use the same word for both: נוֹח (NOH-ahkh). For example, you could say either: נוֹחַ לִי עַל הַסַּפָּה (NOH-ahkh lee ahl hah-sah-PAH) – I’m comfortable (literally, it’s comfortable for […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 6, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “information” in Hebrew

  מֵידָע listen to this word pronounced       If you know some basic Hebrew, look at the word above and try to spot its root.  The שֹׁרֶש or root (SHOH-resh) of the word מֵידַע (meh-ee-DAH) is י.ד.ע (y.d.a), the concept of knowledge. Using that root, מידע means information. In contrast, the word for data is […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 5, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “allegiance” in Hebrew

  אֱמוּנִים, נֶאֱמָנוּת       In elementary school at Emek Hebrew Academy, we used to say, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…” Since today is the independence day of the United States, I think it appropriate to highlight one of the words in that expression. Allegiance to a cause, […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 4, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “a big production” in Hebrew…

  הֲפָקָה listen to this word pronounced       Yesterday around the Shabbat table at the absorption center in Beit Alpha, someone asked me whether as a child I dreamed of teaching Hebrew and running an ulpan. I replied that I actually dreamed of becoming a film director. As a kid, I used to […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 3, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “Constitution” in Hebrew

  חֻקָּה listen to this word pronounced       In honor the 4th of July (come celebrate it this Monday with AACI in Jerusalem!)…  and this week’s Torah portion It took eleven years for the United States to ratify a constitution that would represent “the people.” Israel, after 63 years, has yet to ratify […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 1, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “bespectacled” in Hebrew

  מְמֻשְׁקָף listen to this word pronounced       I bet you weren’t expecting this one. To ease your mind, the word for bespectacled in Hebrew is much more en vogue than its English counterpart. You may know the Hebrew word for glasses or spectacles – מִשְׁקָפַיִם (meesh-kah-FAH-yeem). To put on glasses is לְהַרְכִּיב משקפים – literally, […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 30, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “bespectacled” in Hebrew…

  מְמֻשְׁקָף listen to this word pronounced       I bet you weren’t expecting this one. To ease your mind, the word for bespectacled in Hebrew is much more en vogue than its English counterpart. You may know the Hebrew word for glasses or spectacles – מִשְׁקָפַיִם (meesh-kah-FAH-yeem). To put on glasses is לְהַרְכִּיב משקפים – literally, […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 30, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “network” and “store chain” in Hebrew

  רֶשֶׁת  listen to this word pronounced       רֶשֶׁת (REH-shet) in Biblical Hebrew means net. If you’ve been receiving your daily dose of Hebrew since March of 2010, perhaps you remember that entry. Today the word רשת is also used to refer a chain of establishments, such as רֶשֶׁת מַחְסָנֵי חַשְׁמַל, Chain of […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 30, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “written in a foreign language” in Hebrew

  לוֹעֲזִית listen to this word pronounced       Yesterday I introduced the Hebrew term for foreign language – שָׂפָה זָרָה (sah-FAH zah-RAH).   Today I’m going to introduce a caveat to that entry.   When describing something written in a foreign language, Israelis are less likely to say זֶה כָּתוּב בְּשָׂפָה זָרָה – […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 28, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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