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how to say “kettle” in Hebrew

קוּמְקוּם Nothing like a hot drink on a cold day. The Hebrew word for an apparatus that can help prepare such a drink is קומקום. In context: תרתיח מים בקומקום. Boil water in the kettle. (spoken to a male) and קומקום בשווי מאתיים שקלים בתשעים ותשעה שקלים בלבד! A kettle worth 200 shekels at only […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 12, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “worth” in Hebrew

שָׁוֶה, בְּשֹׁוִי The Hebrew word for worth or valued at is שווה, the same word as equal. For example: הבית הזה שווה מיליון דולר. This house is worth a million dollars. In Hebrew slang, שווה means great or worthwhile. For example: זה סרט ממש שווה. It’s a really great (worth your time) movie. A related word is בשווי – at the value […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 11, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “a painting”in Hebrew

צִיּור The Hebrew word for to draw is the active-intensive פיעל verb לצייר. It comes from the root צ.י.ר, the same as that of צורה – form. For example: הוא נורא אוהב לצייר. He really likes to draw. A drawing or a painting is ציור. For example: הציורים שלה היום שווים מאות אלפי שקלים. Her drawings today are […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 10, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – scary clown behavior in alleys – go this way!

חֹמֶר לְשִׁנּוּן Review Material Can’t read Hebrew yet? You spent time on your Hebrew this week. Use these review materials to make it yours to keep. Flashcards . Scatter . Gravity . Test שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a nice weekend!

By Ami Steinberger | December 8, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “go this way” in Hebrew

לֵךְ מִפֹּה Make sure to read this post carefully and listen to the audio, because using לך מפה in the wrong context can get you in trouble. When giving someone directions, you might want to tell them to go via one route instead of another. To say that, point and use מפה – literally, from here. […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 7, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “last chance” in Hebrew (including SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT for 2017 olim)

הִזְדַּמְּנוּת אַחֲרוֹנָה, צַ’אנְס אַחֲרוֹן This is not only a lesson, but also a special announcement for people who made aliyah in 2017. If you’ve got some Hebrew under your belt (and if you’ve taken our Level 2 course) may know the Hebrew word for last – אחרון for something masculine and אחרונה for something feminine. These […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 6, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “an alley” in Hebrew

סִמְטָה If you’ve taken our Level 1 course, you know the word for street – רחוב, which appears in Biblical Hebrew. A denomination of a street – an alley is סמטה, a word first appearing in Mishnaic Hebrew. In the plural, it’s סמטאות. For example: הסמטאות בעיר הזאת לא מפחידות. The alleys in this city are not […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 6, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “scary” in Hebrew

מַפְחִיד The Hebrew word for fear is פחד. For example, one might react to hearing a loud motorcycle storming by right in front of them with: איזה פחד! How scary! (what fear!) פחד is a three-letter word, which means it is primed to function as a root. Thus we have the active-intensive פיעל verb לפחד – to […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 5, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “clown” in Hebrew

לֵיצָן Since the recent cinematic version of Stephen King’s It has turned clowns into objects of fear, I feel it is my duty to bring back the genuine smile to the clown experience by teaching you the Hebrew word for it – ליצן – and linking you to a favorite Israeli children’s song featuring the word. If […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 4, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to behave” in Hebrew

לְהִתְנַהֵג To behave is to conduct oneself in a certain way. Thus Modern Hebrew draws upon the Biblical root נ.ה.ג meaning to conduct, to drive (such as a chariot) and creates the reflexive התפעל verb להתנהג. For example: הוא מתנהג בצורה פראית! He behaves in a wild manner! Other words of the same root include מנהג – custom […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 3, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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Weekly Hebrew Review – packing resonating objects in a suitcase at my place

חֹמֶר לְשִׁנּוּן Review Material Can’t read Hebrew yet? You spent time on your Hebrew this week. Use these review materials to make it yours to keep. Flashcards . Scatter . Gravity . Test שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a nice weekend!

By Ami Steinberger | December 1, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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