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how to say “to leave (behind)” in Hebrew

לְהַשְׁאִיר All the lights are on in the house, and you rush out to the supermarket, forgetting to turn off the lights. You might smack your forehead and say: השארתי את כל האורות בבית דלוקים. I left all the lights on in the house. The word השארתי – I left – is a form of the […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 19, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “the light is on” in Hebrew

הָאוֹר דּוֹלֵק (הָאוֹר דָּלוּק) How does blessing for lighting Hanukkah candles go? להדליק נר של חנוכה. להדליק means to light or to turn on. What about something that is already on? Hebrew has two words for this: דולק and דלוק. The first one, דולק, means literally is burning, while the second one, דלוק, means is turned on or has been set to burn. […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 18, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – feelings, preferences and soup

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 | February 16, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to stay” in Hebrew

לְהִשָּׁאֵר THe Hebrew word for to stay or to remain is להישאר – a nifal verb based on the root ש.א.ר meaning the rest. For example: למה נשארת בגשם בלי מטרייה? Why did you (a male) stay in the rain without an umbrella? Now although you can say to stay at home with להישאר בבית, […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 15, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “umbrella” in Hebrew

מִטְרִיָּה The Hebrew word for umbrella, מטרייה, comes from the word מטר meaning precipitation (also a fancy word for rain). For example: אני מעדיף ללכת בגשם עם כובע, בלי מטרייה. I prefer walking in the rain with a hat, without an umbrella.

By Ami Steinberger | February 14, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to prefer” in Hebrew

לְהַעֲדִיף The Hebrew word for to prefer is the active-causative להעדיף. It comes from the root ע.ד.פ meaning surplus: something we prefer has sort of a surplus in our minds over something else. For example: מה את מעדיפה, מרק ירקות או מרק כתום? What do you prefer, vegetable soup or orange soup? A preference is […]

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

מָרָק כָּתוֹם There are words in Hebrew for carrot soup, sweet potato soup and squash soup, but Israelis tend to refer to all of these simply as מרק כתום – orange soup. For example: מרק כתום בחורף עושה הרגשה של בית. Orange soup in the winter creates (makes) a homey feeling. Now, כתום is the […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 12, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “a good feeling” in Hebrew

הַרְגָּשָׁה טוֹבָה The Hebrew word for emotion is רגש, a three-letter word that functions as a root as well. One application of this root is in the word (an active-causative verb) להרגיש – to feel, which becomes הרגשה – a feeling – in noun form. And a good feeling? That’s הרגשה טובה. For example: המילים […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 11, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – past, present, future, and is it worth it to steal?

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 | February 9, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “stolen” in Hebrew

גָּנוּב You may be familiar with the eighth of the ten commandments: לא תגנוב – do not steal. לגנוב is to steal. Likewise, something stolen is גנוב. For example: לא כדאי לקנות מכונית גנובה. It’s not good (worthwhile) to buy a stolen car. גנוב is also used in slang to refer to a person as one might in […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 8, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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one way to say “worth it” in Hebrew

כְּדַאי Hebrew has several ways of saying worthwhile or worth it in Hebrew, one of which is שווה – literally, equal, a word we’ve seen recently in this blog. Perhaps the most common word to express worthwhile is כדאי, deriving originally from Aramaic. For example: לא כדאי. It’s not worth it. With the word יותר – more, it becomes better, […]

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