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How to say “close” in Hebrew

קָרוֹב The Hebrew word for close – קרוב in the masculine – can refer to emotional closeness just as it does to physical. For example:  פעם היינו מאוד קרובים אחד לשני. Once we were very close to one another. קרוב can also refer to a relative, though people usually use the full term, קרובי משפחה […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 24, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “used to be” in Hebrew

פַּעַם הָיָה Sometimes there’s a gap between what we say and what we mean, and I’m not talking about lying. Take for example the expression used to be in English – what does once upon a time have to do with using? Hebrew’s term for this is more straightforward: פעם , literally, once, is how to […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 23, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “just like me” in Hebrew

בְּדִיּוּק כָּמוֹנִי In Hebrew, if you want to express that someone (or something) is just like someone (or something) else, you’d use the word בדיוק – exactly, followed by some form of כמו – like. For example: היא נראית בדיוק כמו אמא שלה. She looks just like her mother. The word כמו will get an ending […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 22, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly YDDH Review

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 | April 20, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “anthem” in Hebrew

הִמְנוֹן Hebrew’s word for anthem – המנון – borrows from the Greek ύμνος – hymnos. The national anthem or literally the state anthem is המנון המדינה. For example: המנון מדינת ישראל הינו “התקווה”. Israel’s national anthem is HaTikvah. (literally, The Hope) Listen to and learn התקווה here. חג עצמאות שמח! Happy Independence Day!

By Ami Steinberger | April 19, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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Special Dose of Hebrew for Yom Haatzmaut: 7 Hebrew Words for 7 Decades

In celebration of Israel’s 70th, the Academy of the Hebrew Language – האקדמיה ללשון העברית – opened up a vote to the Hebrew-speaking public for the most Israeli word for each of Israel’s 7 decades. We at Ulpan La-Inyan thought it apt to introduce these words to you, to help you increase your Hebrew vocabulary […]

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

לִפּוֹל The root of the word ליפול is נ.פ.ל – since early Hebrew speakers found it troublesome to say לנפול, the nasal n sound disappeared, leaving only a trace in the hardening of the פ – from a f sound to p. In variations of ליפול, though, the n sound remains. One example is in the past tense – for […]

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

הֲכִי טוֹב, הַטּוֹב בְּיוֹתֵר, הַמֵּיטָב If you look closely at the three expressions above for the best, you’ll find the word טוב – good – in all of them, in some form. Each of these expressions is useful in different contexts: הכי טוב is an everyday expression, for example: היא החברה הכי טובה שלי. She’s my best […]

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

אָמָּן Looking at the word אמן without vowels, out of context, you might think it’s the Hebrew version of amen. But if אמן appears in a phrase such as הוא אמן – he is an artist, the experienced Hebrew reader would know that it refers here to an artist. Although there’s no ו after the letter א, the […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 16, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to pronounce” in Hebrew

לְבַטֵּא, לַהֲגוֹת Hebrew has two words for to pronouce. לבטא, a פיעל verb, means literally to give expression and is sometimes also used to mean to pronounce, as in: איך מבטאים את המילה הזאת? How do you pronounce this word? The other word, the פעל verb להגות, means literally to utter (also to think). It is the more precise term for to pronounce, […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 15, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly YDDH Review

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 | April 13, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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