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Jun
17
2010

today there was a big one – how do you say “demonstration” in Hebrew?

הפגנה To my Level-5-ers – you’ve already had this lesson. Consider it review :). The Hebrew word for demonstration – political or otherwise – is הַפְגָּנָה (hahf-gah-NAH).  To demonstrate or to display is לְהַפְגִּין (le-hahf-GHEEN). For example, הוּא מַפְגִּין עִנְיָן בַּלִּמּוּדִים (hoo mahf-GHEEN een-YAHN bah-lee-moo-DEEM) – he displays interest in (his/the) studies. Today there was a big הפגנה […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 17, 2010 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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how do you say “Palestinian Authority” in Hebrew?

רשות The word for Authority, as in the Palestinian Authority, is רָשׁוּת (rah-SHOOT). The Palestinian Authority is הָרָשׁוּת הַפַלֶסְטִינִית (hah-fah-less-TEE-neet). I use an f instead of a p because Arabic speakers don’t have the p sound – so that when they pronounce this Latin word, Palestine, you’ll often hear either Falestine or Balestine. The plural is רָשׁוּיוֹת (rah-shoo-YOHT), […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 16, 2010 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Jun
15
2010

how do you say “a date” in Hebrew?

דייט, וכו. My Level 5 class at AACI Jerusalem is composed partly of some self-proclaimed yentes – people (usually ladies) who like to talk a lot. So the word for date (as in a non-platonic meeting between two people) came up. My students were surprised that the word for date in Hebrew is none other than דֵּייט (date). […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 15, 2010 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Jun
14
2010

how do you say “enlightened” in Hebrew?

נאור A couple of years ago I worked with a man named נָאוֹר (nah-OHR), who runs a non-profit organization in Tel Aviv. I thought about it, looked it up to confirm, and discovered that his name indeed means enlightened. The female version of the word/name is נְאוֹרָה (ne-oh-RAH).  The word/name is actually a derivative of […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 14, 2010 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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…and my radio show – Israeli music explained

תכנית רדיו Tune into RustyMike Radio at 3pm Israel time (8am EST) on Monday to hear me presenting Israeli music with brief explanations (usually key words or basic content). I do this every week. If you’ve got requests for songs, let me know (you can just reply to this email).

By Ami Steinberger | June 13, 2010 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
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how do you say “a funny” in Hebrew?

לצחוק To laugh, in Modern Hebrew, is לִצְחוֹק (leets-KHOHK). It’s the same word used for making fun. In that case, the appropriate preposition following לצחוק would be על (ahl) – on. For example, זֶה לֹא יָפֶה לִצְחוֹק עַל אֲנָשִׁים (zeh loh yah-FEH leets-KHOHK ahl ah-nah-SHEEM) – it’s not nice to make fun of people. That’s the […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 13, 2010 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
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Jun
12
2010

how to do you say “to reinvent” in Hebrew?

להמציא מחדש To “re” do something in Hebrew is לְ— מֵחָדָש (le…. meh-hah-DAHSH). To reinvent the wheel is לְהַמְצִיא מֵחָדָש אֶת הַגַּלְגַל (le-hahm-TSEE meh-hah-DAHSH et hah-gahl-GAHL). It’s not recommended. It takes too much time.  Listen and repeat…

By Ami Steinberger | June 12, 2010 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
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Jun
10
2010

how do you say “to get better” in Hebrew?

להבריא This one’s for my friend Rachel in Baltimore, an amazing young woman whom I pray receives a complete, speedy recovery. Perhaps you know the Hebrew word for healthy – בָּרִיא (bah-REE). It’s traditional among Jews to wish someone who is not well, a complete recovery – רְפוּאָה שְׁלֵמָה (re-foo-AH shleh-MAH). In Modern Hebrew, there’s a word for to get […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 10, 2010 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
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how do you say “integrity” in Hebrew?

יושר Perhaps you know the Hebrew word for straight – יָשָׁר (yah-SHAHR). The word for integrity, or straightness, is יוֹשֶׁר (YOH-shehr). If someone does something with integrity, it’s בְּיוֹשֶׁר (be-YOH-shehr). For example, הוּא מִתְנַהֵג בְּיוֹשֶׁר עִם הַלָּקוֹחוֹת שֶׁלּו (hoo meet-nah-HEG be-YOH-shehr eem ha-lah-koh-KHOHT sheh-LO) – he behaves (acts) with integrity with his clients. The Torah outlines […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 9, 2010 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
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Ktzat Ivrit Expansion Project

הַרְחָבָה (hahr-khah-VAH) – expansion There are now several hundred people receiving this daily email, many of whom have contacted me telling me they’re enjoying it. I would like to triple this number over the next month – so that three times the amount of people are learning Hebrew (for free!!!), and three times as many […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 9, 2010 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
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how do you say “humid” in Hebrew?

לח, לחות Tonight I celebrated my grandmother’s birthday with her, and my aunt and uncle in Tel Aviv. I was refreshed by the change in humidity from arid Jerusalem to a warmer, more damp air quality. Most people I know prefer the dryer weather. But I am reminded of a wonderful year I spent in […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 9, 2010 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
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