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how to say “captivity” in Hebrew

שֶׁבִי The Hebrew word for captivity – שבי – looks like it could be related to to sit – לשבת, especially considering the fact that !שבי means have a seat! when speaking to a female. But whereas the root of לשבת is י.ש.ב, that of שבי (captivity) is ש.ב.ה. And though they also have ש.ב in them, these roots […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 19, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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By Ami Steinberger | August 17, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “gate” in Hebrew

שַׁעַר Given the importance of this item to civilization, the Hebrew word for gate or opening – שער – is one of the oldest, and may even be related to the German word Tor – gate or door (perhaps door is related as well). שער is also used to mean a book cover, as well as an entrance to a city […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 16, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “central station” in Hebrew

תַּחֲנָה מֶרְכָּזִית This is a particularly useful expression, both for people who use public transportation in Israel and for those who don’t use it themselves but drop off and pick up friends and family who do. The expression is תחנה מרכזית, where תחנה means station and מרכזית means central. For example: סע באוטובוס 405 מהתחנה המרכזית. Take […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 15, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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By Aaron | August 14, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “go!” in Hebrew

סַע! לֵךְ! קָדִימָה! In English, to give someone a green light to do something, you might say go! or go ahead! In Hebrew, you’re likely to hear people saying !סע, which means literally travel! For example, the motto of one of Israeli’s shared car services (CityCar) is: פשוט קח וסע. Just take and go. סע […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 14, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “it’s just that…” in Hebrew

פָּשׁוּט Whereas in English it takes three (albeit short) words to say it’s just that…, Hebrew keeps it simple with one word: פשוט, which means, well simple or simply. For example: לא התכוונתי להתעלם ממך, פשוט הייתי נורא עסוק. I didn’t mean to ignore you (a female), it’s just that I (a male) was really busy.

By Ami Steinberger | August 13, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to ignore” in Hebrew

לְהִתְעַלֵּם The Hebrew word for world is עולם, though the Biblical meaning is eternity. The root of עולם is ע.ל.מ meaning concealment. So when ע.ל.מ gets plugged into the reflexive התפעל verb form, we get to ignore (to pretend that something is not there) – להתעלם. For example: אי אפשר להתעלם מהעובדות. (You) can’t ignore the facts.

By Ami Steinberger | August 12, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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By Ami Steinberger | August 10, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to go south” in Hebrew

לְהַדְרִים The Hebrew word for south is דרום. Its ah vowel in the beginning gets shortened to a short eh or cut off entirely when דרום appears in an of relationship (construct state or סמיכות), as in: הנגב נמצא בדרום הארץ. The Negev is in the south of Israel. To go south is להדרים. For example: הוא עבד ביקב בצפון, […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 9, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “winery” in Hebrew

יֶקֶב Referring in Biblical Hebrew to an element in the wine-making process, today יקב refers to the entire winery. For example: תעשיית היין הישראלית חזקה מאוד – יש כאן יותר מ-300 יקבים. The Israeli wine industry is very strong – there are over 300 wineries here. In an of relationship (construct state or סמיכות), the plural […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 8, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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