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Dec
14
2010

how to say “illegal” in Hebrew…

בִּלְתִּי חֻקִּי Last night 150 refugees were deported back to Sudan from Israel. The phrase for illegal in Hebrew is בִּלְתִּי חֻקִּי (beel-TEE khoo-KEE). The word בלתי functions in Hebrew in a similar way to how the prefixes in- and un- function in English – such as in impossible – בלתי אֶפְשָׁרִי (beel-TEE ef-shah-REE) – and בלתי נִשְׁכַּח (beel-TEE neesh-KAHKH). […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 14, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Dec
13
2010

how to say “distance learning” in Hebrew…

לְמִידָה מֵרָחוֹק Distance learning has become quite an industry. In Hebrew, it’s לְמִידָה מֵרָחוֹק (le-mee-DAH me-rah-KHOHK). Literally, that’s learning from afar. We use למידה as opposed to לִמּוּד (lee-MOOD), which means teaching. We at Ulpan La-Inyan are offering our renowned classes to distance learners. If you’d like to take one of our courses, fill out our […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 13, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Dec
12
2010

how to say “a storm” in Hebrew…

סְעָרָה If you’re living on the east coast of the United States, or perhaps in Norway or London or Brazil… you know quite well what a storm is. In Israel we almost forgot this year – that is, until Friday when it started pouring in Tel Aviv. The Hebrew word for storm is סְעָרָה (se-ah-RAH). This […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 12, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Dec
09
2010

how to say “to smuggle” in Hebrew…

להבריח I’m reading a book written by a cousin of my grandmother’s, who was among those in Budapest that helped rescue Jews during the Holocaust. One of the missions he participated in was smuggling Jews across the Romanian border to safety, on their way to אֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל (EH-rets yees-rah-EL) – the Land of Israel. To […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 9, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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Dec
09
2010

how to say “exciting” or “stirring emotion” in Hebrew…

מְרַגֵּשׁ   To get excited in Hebrew is לְהִתְרַגֵּש (le-heet-rah-GESH). It comes from the root ר.ג.ש (r.g.sh), which means, in Modern Hebrew, emotion. The word להתרגש falls into the התפעל (heet-pah-EHL) verb pattern. To say that something is exciting or stirring of emotion, you’d use the word מְרַגֵּש (me-rah-GESH). For example, a couple of the songs I played […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 9, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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Dec
08
2010

how to say “to light up,” “to illuminate” in Hebrew…

להאיר If you know some Hebrew, you more than likely know the word for light – אוֹר (ohr) – especially if you’ve been following Ktzat Ivrit for the last couple of weeks. Using the three-letter word אור as a verbal root, א.ו.ר (a.w.r), the word for to light up or to illuminate is created: לְהָאִיר (le-hah-EER). This beautiful […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 8, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Dec
07
2010

how to say “friendship” in Hebrew…

ידידות If you’re familiar with Hebrew prayer, you may know the devotional poem, יְדִיד נֶפֶש (ye-DEED NEH-fesh) – literally, Friend of the soul. Modern Hebrew has two words for friendship – חֲבֵרוּת (khah-veh-ROOT) and יְדִידוּת (ye-dee-DOOT). While חברות implies a well-established bond of friendship, ידידות can be used to describe a growing relationship of positive feelings. […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 7, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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Dec
06
2010

how to say “firefighter” in Hebrew…

כבאי/ת Following yesterday’s entry on heroes – גִּבּוֹרִים (ghee-boh-REEM), today I’ll refer to the bulk of those who displayed גְּבוּרָה (ge-voo-RAH- heroism) by name. A firefighter is usually referred to as a כַּבַּאי (kah-BAH-ee), though a woman in כַּבָּאוּת (kah-bah-OOT), fire fighting, is referred to as a כַּבַּאִית (kah-bah-EET). כבאית is also the name for a fire […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 6, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Dec
05
2010

how to say “heroism” in Hebrew…

גבורה Given the events of the weekend over here in Israel (see articles in Hebrew and in English), as well as the spirit of חֲנֻכָּה (khah-noo-KAH) – Hanukkah – I thought it appropriate to introduce the Hebrew word for heroism: גְּבוּרָה (ge-voo-RAH).  A hero is a גִּבּוֹר (ghee-BOHR), while a heroine is a גִּבּוֹרָה (ghee-boh-RAH). The root is […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 5, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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Dec
03
2010

how to say “lighting” (as in artificial) in Hebrew…

תאורה If you’ve had even a little exposure to the Hebrew language, chances are you’ve come across the word for light – אוֹר (ohr). אור is another big theme of חֲנֻכָּה (khah-noo-KAH), so I thought it appropriate for today. But it’s less likely you know the word for lighting, as in, “This living room has great […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 3, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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Dec
02
2010

how to say “devoted” in Hebrew…

מסור For the first day of חֲנֻכָּה (khah-noo-KAH) – Hanukkah, I thought I’d inaugurate one of the themes of the holiday: devotion to a cause. The Maccabees were devoted – מְסוּרִים (me-soo-REEM) – to the cause of defending the right of Jews to practice their religion. Thanks to their מְסִירוּת (me-see-ROOT) – devotion– the Jewish people […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 2, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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