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חֹמֶר לְשִׁנּוּן Review Material You spent time on your Hebrew this week. Use these review materials to make it yours to keep.      To take full advantage of the review material, click on “Choose a study mode” in the bottom right corner of the box above. שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 8, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “wings” in Hebrew

כְּנָפַיִם The Hebrew word for wing is כנף – a pair of them is כנפיים. And like many other body parts that come in pairs, human or otherwise, the word is feminine: יש לציפור הזאת כנפיים רחבות מאוד! This bird has very wide wings! You may know the word from the biblical expression כנפי נשרים – wings […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 7, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “eagle” in Hebrew

נֶשֶׁר If you’ve traveled from the Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem, you may know this word from the shuttle service bearing it: נשר – literally, eagle (technically vulture, but Israelis use נשר for both). For example: הסמל הרשמי של ארצות הברית כולל את הנשר. The official symbol of the United States includes the eagle.

By Ami Steinberger | February 6, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “symbolic” in Hebrew

סִמְלִי The word סמל – remarkably close in sound to its English equivalent symbol – appears in Biblical Hebrew. Here’s a modern usage of the word: סמל מדינת ישראל הוא המנורה וענפי זית. The symbol of Israel is the Menorah (Temple candelabra) and olive branches. The word for symbolic is סמלי, which can also mean nominal or […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 5, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “payment” in Hebrew

תַּשְׁלוּם We teach the Hebrew word for to pay – לשלם – in our Level 2 course. It’s a פיעל verb whose root is ש.ל.מ meaning completion: when we pay, we complete a transaction. A payment is תשלום. For example, a waiter may say to you: חמאה זה בתוספת תשלום. Butter (requires) additional payment.

By Ami Steinberger | February 4, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “butter” in Hebrew

חֶמְאָה In biblical times, חמאה referred to curds or leben. Today it refers to butter: דודה שלי מכינה חמאה ביתית! My aunt makes homemade butter! I’m guessing that חמאה is called such because separating curds from whey (going back to the biblical חמאה) requires heat – חום. The word for margarine is מרגרינה.

By Ami Steinberger | February 3, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly YDDH Review

חֹמֶר לְשִׁנּוּן Review Material You spent time on your Hebrew this week. Use these review materials to make it yours to keep.      To take full advantage of the review material, click on “Choose a study mode” in the bottom right corner of the box above. שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 1, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “your honor” in Hebrew

אֲדֹנִי הַשּׁוֹפֵט, גְּבִרְתִּי הַשּׁוֹפֶטֶת In English, we shorten the expression your honor, the judge to simple your honor. Hebrew’s version of this statement of polite reverence is אדוני השופט – my master, the judge or גברתי השופטת – my lady, the judge. For example: אדוני השופט, עם כל הכבוד… Your honor, with all due respect…

By Ami Steinberger | January 31, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “with all due respect” in Hebrew

עִם כָּל הַכָּבוֹד You may know the congratulatory Hebrew phrase, כל הכבוד – literally, all the respect (to you). If so, the expression in this post should be easy for you to adopt: עם כל הכבוד – with all (due) respect. For example, Talia’s mother might say to her somewhat facetiously: עם כל הכבוד, החדר שלך נראה […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 30, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “horrendous” in Hebrew

זְוָעָתִי The Hebrew word for bad is רע, but you’ll hardly ever hear it. Instead, you’ll get more colorful, exaggerated expressions like זוועה – a horror, which in adjective form is זוועתי – horrendous. For example: הציור הזה הוא פשוט זוועתי. This painting is simply horrendous. For a more positive note, keep reading with the conversation below […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 29, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Trees and Children’s Names

Israelis tend to find a lot of meaning and inspiration in trees and plants. Just look at how they name their kids: אילן - Ilan - is perhaps the best known. It’s the literary word for tree, as opposed to the simple עץ . The name אילן is the name for boys, while אילנה or [...]
By Ami Steinberger | January 28, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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