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how to say “nevertheless” in Hebrew

עִם זֹאת If you want to sound really smart, use words like nevertheless – in Hebrew, עם זאת. For example: אומנם היא לא צודקת, עם זאת יש אמת במה שהיא אומרת. Although she’s wrong (isn’t right), nevertheless there’s truth to what she’s saying. עם זאת means literally with this.

By Ami Steinberger | June 20, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to a certain extent” in Hebrew

בְּמִדָּה מְסֻיֶּמֶת In English, we cut down the absoluteness of a claim by saying to a certain extent: we use the metaphor of length to describe how “far” something will go. In Hebrew, when we want to simmer down what we’re saying, we might use במידה מסוימת – literally, by a certain measure. For example: במידה מסוימת, […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 19, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “totally” in Hebrew

לְגַמְרֵי If you remember when in the nineties Americans would say things like totally radical, dude!, raise your hand with me. Hebrew has a few words for totally and completely (one of them is בהחלט, made famous by Shulem Shtisel), but the one that best matches the slangy tone of totally is לגמרי. For example: אני לגמרי אוהב את […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 18, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “clear” in Hebrew

בָּרוּר ברור (use ברורה for something feminine such as the Mishnah) means clear both in the literal sense… יש לכתוב בכתב יד ברור! Write in clear (legible) handwriting! …as well as in the figurative, explanatory sense: אמרתי ככה, וזהו – מה לא ברור?  I said it like this, and that’s it – what’s not clear?

By Ami Steinberger | June 17, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “certain places” in Hebrew

מְקוֹמוֹת מְסֻיָּמִים The Hebrew word for place is מקום, while the word for certain or specific is מסוים when describing something masculine and מסוימת for something feminine. Now, מקום is a masculine word, so that a certain place is מקום מסוים. But when speaking about places, מקום suddenly gets an ending that makes it look feminine: מקומות are places, with […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 16, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “rehearsal” in Hebrew

חֲזָרָה In American English, a rehearsal is what actors do (many times) before they go on stage in front of a live audience. But in British English, rehearsal also means a review of material that one would like to know well. Hebrew’s word חזרה encompasses both meanings, as it comes from the simple verb לחזור – to return. Here’s […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 16, 2019 | 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 | June 14, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “on and off” in Hebrew

לְסֵרוּגִין Bars protecting your window from intruders – סורגים – have large gaps between them to let in the light and air. This is the idea behind the originally-Mishnaic Hebrew word לסירוגין, on and off or intermittently: there are gaps in time between events, such as moments of sleep. For example: היא זקוקה למנוחה – היא ישנה […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 13, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “in need of” in Hebrew

זָקוּק ל… The basic way of saying I need in Hebrew is אני צריך if you’re male and אני צריכה if you’re female. But to say that someone is in need of something, we use another word that expresses greater urgency: זקוק for a male and זקוקה for a female. For example: אתם לא רואים? הוא זקוק לעזרה! You guys […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 12, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “rest” in Hebrew

מְנוּחָה You may know the Hebrew word for to rest – לנוח, a simple hollow verb of the root נ.ו.ח. You may also know rest the noun, מנוחה, from Shabbat songs and prayers. Here’s the word in a sentence: בישראל כל עובד זכאי ליום מנוחה שבועי. In Israel every employee is entitled to a weekly day […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 11, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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