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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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how to say “the wine industry” in Hebrew

תַּעֲשִׂיַּת הַיַּיִן Such a beloved item among people, it’s no surprise that the word for wine is similar in many languages. In Hebrew, it’s יין. Here’s a Biblical example: ויין ישמח לבב אנוש. (תהלים ק”ד, ט”ו) And wine gladdens the human heart. (Psalms 104:15) The word for industry is תעשייה, deriving from the root ע.ש.ה meaning doing. When […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 7, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to taste” in Hebrew

לִטְעוֹם The Hebrew word טעם means taste or flavor. For example: יש לזה טעם של בוטנים. It has a flavor of peanuts. To taste is the simple verb לטעום. For example: היא לומדת פיסול, והוא טועם יין. She studies sculpting, and he tastes wine.

By Ami Steinberger | August 6, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “sculpting” in Hebrew

פִּסּוּל If you’ve read some of the Bible in Hebrew, you are almost certainly familiar with the word פסל – graven image or statue. There, the simple פעל verb לפסול means to chisel, as in: פְּסָל לְךָ שְׁנֵי לֻחֹת אֲבָנִים כָּרִאשֹׁנִים (שמות ל”ד, א’) Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones (Exodus 34:1) But since the Bible, […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 5, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly YDDH Review

חֹמֶר לְשִׁנּוּן Review Material You spent time on your Hebrew this week. Use these review materials to make it yours to keep.      To take full advantage of the review material, click on “Choose a study mode” in the bottom right corner of the box above. שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 3, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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