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how to say “to schmooze” in Hebrew

לְשׂוֹחֵחַ Truth is, there isn’t really a good translation for to schmooze in Hebrew. לדבר means to talk, and its synonym לשוחח means to have a conversation. The latter is the closest Hebrew has to the cozy Yiddish word. Here’s לשוחח in context: דוד, בוא אלי לעיר העתיקה ונשוחח. David, come to me to the Old City and […]

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

עַתִּיקוֹת The Hebrew word עתיק means ancient, but it can also refer to an antique – though the word usually appears in the plural: עתיקות. For example: אל תגעו בעתיקות – הן שבירות! Don’t touch the antiques – they’re fragile! עתיק comes to Hebrew via Biblical Aramaic. Though the etymological dictionaries don’t point out a connection between […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 18, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “fragile” in Hebrew

שָׁבִיר The Hebrew word for to break is the simple verb לשבור. For example: אני לא שברתי את הקערה! I didn’t break the bowl! Something breakable – or fragile – is שביר, a word of the same root as לשבור. For example: ספלים מחרסינה הם שבירים ביותר. Porcelain mugs are especially fragile. שביר follows an adjective pattern found […]

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

חַרְסִינָה The Hebrew word for ceramic or earthenware is חרס. But another material often confused with ceramic – porcelain – is חרסינה. For example, one might wonder: מה ההבדל בין חרס לחרסינה? What’s the difference between ceramic and porcelain? Turns out that the main difference is that חרסינה is less porous than חרס and thus the chances of water getting through […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 16, 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 | December 14, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “cost of living” in Hebrew

יֹקֶר הַמִּחְיָה The Hebrew expression for cost of living is יוקר המחיה. For example: מה יוקר המחיה הממוצע בארצות הברית? What is the average cost of living in the United States? The expression means literally, expensiveness of sustenance. You may recognize the word יקר – expensive or dear – in the word יוקר, as well as the word חי – […]

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

מְמֻצָּע The Hebrew word for average is ממוצע. For example: האדם הממוצע לא מבין בפיננסים. The average person isn’t much of an expert in finance. This word comes from the root מ.צ.ע and is formed using the פועל verb structure.

By Ami Steinberger | December 12, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “I’m not much of an expert in…” in Hebrew

אֲנִי לֹא מֵבִין בְּ… The Hebrew word for expert is מומחה for a male and מומחית for a female. But to say I’m not much of an expert in something in a more informal sense, Hebrew has a special expression: -אני לא מבינה ב if you’re a female, and -אני לא מבין ב if you’re a male. […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 11, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “biotech” in Hebrew

בִּיוֹטֶכְנוֹלוֹגְיָה This dose is useful for two reasons: 1. you can get a sense of how Hebrew translates (or transliterates) international technical or scientific terms, and 2. you can practice recognizing such terms in Hebrew, which are often more difficult to read than proper Hebrew words. The Hebrew word for biotech or biotechnology is ביוטכנולוגיה. Take your […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 10, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “college” in Hebrew

מִכְלָלָה While the Hebrew word for university remains the transliteration אוניברסיטה, the word for college is an authentic Hebrew one: מכללה. For example: מכללת ספיר ממוקמת קרוב לעיר שדרות. Sapir College is located near the city Sderot. If you look closely at מכללה, you might spot its root: כ.ל.ל, which means all or every. The English word college is related […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 9, 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 | December 7, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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