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how to say “sad” in Hebrew

  having trouble seeing the print? עָצוּב, עֲצוּבָה  listen and repeat     The Hebrew word for sad is עצוב listen and repeat in the masculine and עצובה listen and repeat in the feminine.   For example:   כְּשֶׁאֲנִי קוֹרֵא עַל טַיְפוּן הַייאֶן, אֲנִי מַרְגִּישׁ עָצוּב. As I read about Typhoon Haiyan, I feel sad.  listen        עצוב comes from the Biblical root ע.צ.ב (a.ts.b) meaning pain, displeasure and grief. It also makes up the Modern-Hebrew word

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how to say “border crossing” in Hebrew

  having trouble seeing the print? מַעֲבַר גְּבוּל  listen and repeat     Mid-Fall Hebrew Courses Register Now!      The Biblical Jacob crossed the Jordan River with his family and belongings, just as today people cross that river between the countries Israel and Jordan. The Hebrew term for border crossing is מַעֲבַר גְּבוּל listen and repeat.   A מַעֲבָר listen and repeat is a crossing point. It comes from the root ע.ב.ר (a.b.r) meaning passage, appearing

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how to say “pink” and other colors in Hebrew

  having trouble seeing the print? וָרֹד, וְרֻדָּה  listen and repeat     Mid-Fall Hebrew  Courses Starting Soon! Register Now!      See review material  at the end of today’s dose!   In the Torah portion to be read this Shabbat by Jews around the world, Jacob has a vision of עַתֻּדִים… וּבְרֻדִּים  listen  – billy goats… (and) speckled.   בָּרֹד listen and repeat, in that context, most likely means speckled, but it can also

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how to say “rose” in Hebrew

וֶרֶד, שׁוֹשַׁנָּה Modern Hebrew has two words for rose: וֶרֶד and שׁוֹשַנָּה. Both are also names given to Israeli baby girls (שושנה is the original Hebrew for the English name Susanna), though not as often today as in previous generations. While ורד first appears in the later Mishnaic Hebrew, שושנה first appears in Biblical Hebrew where recent research has shown it to refer not to a rose, but rather to

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how to say “meeting” in Hebrew

  having trouble seeing the print? פְּגִישָׁה, מִפְגָּשׁ, אָסֵפָה, יְשִׁיבָה  listen and repeat     Mid-Fall Hebrew  Courses Starting Soon! Register Now!        As you can tell from the title, there are many words in Hebrew for meeting. Here’s a digest for you.     פגישה   The most common word for meeting is פְּגִישָׁה listen and repeat. It comes from the active-simple verb לִפְגּוֹשׁ listen and repeat – to meet – of the root פ.ג.שׁ (p.g.sh) (related to the root

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how to say “technical difficulty” (solved) in Hebrew

  having trouble seeing the print? תַּקָּלָה טֶכְנִית  listen and repeat       Those of you receiving Your Daily Dose of Hebrew via email may have been disappointed over the past few days, since no emails have gone out.   If you’re receiving this one, the problem has been solved.   Here’s how to say glitch in Hebrew – תַּקָּלָה listen and repeat (among other definitions).   For example:   הַתַּקָּלָה הַטֶּכְנִית נִפְתְּרָה,

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how to say “specific” in Hebrew

  having trouble seeing the print? מְסֻיָּם, נְקֻדָּתִי, סְפֶּצִיפִי  listen and repeat   Mid-Fall Hebrew  Courses Starting Soon! Register Now!      The English word specific has a few synonyms: particular, precise, exact, etc.   Likewise, Hebrew has more than one word for different situations. The most commonly-used one is transliterated from English: סְפֶּצִיפִי listen and repeat. For example:   אַתָּה מְדַבֵּר עַל אָדָם סְפֶּצִיפִי? Are you (a male) talking about a specific person?  listen 

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how to say “emergency exit” in Hebrew

  having trouble seeing the print? יְצִיאַת חֵרוּם  listen and repeat     Mid-Fall Hebrew  Courses Starting Soon! Register Now!        The Hebrew word for emergency is חֵרוּם listen and repeat, as discussed here.   An exit is a יְצִיאָה listen and repeat, coming from the active-simple verb לָצֵאת listen and repeat – to go out – whose root is י.צ.א (y.ts.a).   When יציאה is connected to another word in an “of” (construct-סְמִיכוּת) relationship, such as an

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how to say “lenses” and “lentils” in Hebrew

having trouble seeing the print? עֲדָשׁוֹת, עֲדָשִׁים  listen and repeat   Mid-Fall Hebrew  Courses Starting Soon! Register Now!        See review material at the end of today’s dose… and TEST YOURSELF!   The Hebrew words for lens and lentil are the same – עֲדָשָׁה listen and repeat. That’s because when the makers of Modern Hebrew were thinking about what to call that small part of the eye that enables us to focus on the

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how to say “surgery” in Hebrew

  having trouble seeing the print? נִתּוּחַ  listen and repeat     Mid-Fall Hebrew  Courses Starting Soon! Register Now!      Surgery, as in a surgical operation, is נִתּוּחַ  listen and repeat – whereas surgery in the abstract sense, is כִירוּרְגִּיָה listen and repeat – chirurgy transliterated.   So, we have:   הִיא עָבְרָה נִתּוּחַ. She underwent surgery.  listen    and   הוּא לָמַד כִירוּרְגִּיָה. He studied surgery.  listen        ניתוח is the abstract noun of the

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