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how to say “bride” in Hebrew

כַּלָּה The Hebrew word for bride is כלה, as in: איפה קונים שמלת כלה במחיר טוב? Where does one buy a bridal gown at a good price? If you look carefully at the vocalized version of כַּלַּה – you’ll see a dot in the ל. This dot indicates that the ל was once pronounced with emphasis, since […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 23, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “groom” in Hebrew

חָתָן It’s wedding season in Israel – עונת החתונות – and the root of the word for wedding – חתונה – is ח.ת.נ, which also forms the word for groom – חתן. For example: החתן נפצע ברגל כשהוא שבר את הכוס. The groom injured his foot (got injured in the foot) when he stepped on the […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 22, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to break” in Hebrew

לִשְׁבּוֹר, לְהִשָּׁבֵר The word לשבור – to break – is a classic simple verb. For example: היא שבתה את ליבו אבל אז הוא שבר את שלה. She captured his heart but then he broke hers. Now, that’s to break something else. But what about to simply break, with no action done to something else? That’s להישבר, for […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 21, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to capture” in Hebrew

לִשְׁבּוֹת As we saw in yesterday’s dose, the word לשבות could mean either to capture or to go on strike/to refrain from work. In to capture, the root is ש.ב.ה, whereas in to go on strike/to refrain from work, it’s ש.ב.ת. When we use לשבות in the past tense, what we mean becomes clear because we see the root: […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 20, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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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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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 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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