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how to say “makes sense” in Hebrew

הֶגְיוֹנִי The basic Hebrew word for to think is לחשוב. For example: אני חושב שכן. I (a male) think so. Another word for to think that has a more contemplative, meditative quality – to muse – is להגות. This word appears as such only in literary contexts – in everyday speech it means to pronounce. But להגות – […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 17, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “excited” in Hebrew?

מִתְרַגֵּשׁ The Hebrew word for emotion is רגש. You might recognize it in the word (active-causative verb) for to feel – להרגיש. You’ll also spot it in the reflexive-intensive verb להתרגש – to get excited or to get emotional. For example: היא מתרגשת לקראת הטיסה שלה למקסיקו. She’s excited for her flight to Mexico. and הוא התרגש בחתונה של […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 16, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – between the balcony and the backyard… consulting

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! =”410″> Flashcards . Scatter . Gravity . Test שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 14, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “backyard” in Hebrew?

חָצֵר In Biblical times, חצר meant two different things (and was even pronounced two different ways): a closed area outside a building, or a village (among other things, an open area). Today’s usage of חצר as yard or backyard follows the first meaning. For example: החצר שלנו מגודרת בשיחים. Our yard is fenced in with bushes. חצר means yard, […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 13, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “to consult” in Hebrew?

לְהִתְיָעֵץ People like to give advice – not many like receiving it unsolicited. The Hebrew word for advice is עצה, while pieces of advice are עצות. For example: יש לי כמה עצות בשיבלך. I have a few pieces of advice for you (a male). But solicited advice is fine. In Hebrew there’s a word for to solicit […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 12, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “between” in Hebrew?

בֵּין Prepositions don’t translate well between languages. For example, ב typically means in in English, but it can also mean with: היא כותבת בעיפרון. She writes with a pencil. One preposition that does translate fairly smoothly is בין – between. For example: העץ עומד בין שני הבניינים. The tree stands between the two buildings. and בין באר שבע לאילת […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 11, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “balcony” in Hebrew

מִרְפֶּסֶת, גְּזוּזְטְרָה The part of a house or apartment that juts out and provides space for leisure furniture is called in Hebrew a מרפסת. This structure can appear on the ground floor, so that in English it would be called a porch or a veranda. It can also spring forth from an above-ground level, in which case […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 10, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “ground floor” in Hebrew?

קוֹמַת קַרְקַע What we refer to in English as a floor of a building or a storey, in Hebrew is קומה. For example: באיזו קומה אתם גרים? What floor do you guys live on? They might answer you with: אנחנו גרים בקומת קרקע. We live on (the) ground floor. Note that I pronounced קרקע – ground – the way […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 9, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – lower the volume on the curses… we’ve been there.

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! =”410″> Flashcards . Scatter . Gravity . Test שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 7, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “for no reason” in Hebrew?

סְתַם The Hebrew word סתם has many meanings, including just, plain, just kidding and more. One way to use this word is to say for no reason. For example: את סתם דואגת. You (a female) are worrying for nothing. and סתם עבדתי קשה על הפרוייקט. I worked hard on the project for nothing. סתם can appear in various places in […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 6, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “fourteen years old” in Hebrew?

בֶּן/בַּת אַרְבַּע עֶשְׂרֵה In English, if you want to tell someone your age, you might say I’m twenty five. But if you say אני עשרים וחמש in Hebrew, you’ll sound awkward and your non-native status will be picked up immediately. Hebrew’s way of expressing age is to say son – בן – or daughter – בת – of that […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 5, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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