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2 ways to say “a little” in Hebrew

קְצַת, מְעַט In the first lesson of our Level 1 Hebrew course, we teach the common word for a little or a bit – קצת. From that lesson: אני מדברת קצת עברית. I (a female) speak a little Hebrew. Another way of saying a little is מעט. For example: יש לי מעט מאוד כסף בכיס. I have very […]

By Ami Steinberger | November 9, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “pocket money” in Hebrew

כֶּסֶף כִּיס One of the first words you’d learn in any basic Hebrew course is כסף – money. Another word that’s useful but far less ubiquitous is כיס – pocket. For example, a security guard at the airport might instruct you (a male): תרוקן את הכיסים. Empty your (the) pockets. Putting כסף and כיס together, we get כסף […]

By Ami Steinberger | November 8, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how to say “to empty something” in Hebrew

לְרוֹקֵן If you’ve got basic Hebrew down, you may know the Hebrew word for empty – ריק for masculine objects and ריקה for feminine ones. For example: למה הכוס שלך ריקה? Why is your (a male’s) glass empty? Modern Hebrew takes this Biblical word and plugs it into the active-intensive פיעל verb form, generating the word […]

By Ami Steinberger | November 7, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “garbage can” in Hebrew

פַּח The common Modern Hebrew word for garbage or rubbish is זבל. For example: דני, תוציא את הזבל! Danny, take out the garbage! But historically, זבל referred specifically to fertilizer of animal droppings. The more generic term for waste, from Biblical times and on, is אשפה. Then there’s פח, which today means bin or can for waste… תזרוק את זה לפח. Throw […]

By Ami Steinberger | November 6, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “dishes” in Hebrew

כֵּלִים The Hebrew word for dishes is כלים. For example: אני לא שומע אותך, אני שוטף כלים. I (a male) can’t hear you (a female), I’m washing (the) dishes. But כלים means dishes only in the plural. In the singular, כלי means vessel or tool, and is often used in conjunction with another word. For example, כלִי זמר is a musical […]

By Ami Steinberger | November 5, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 4 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – pure Hebrew, surprisingly not a joke or child’s play

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 | November 3, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “a joke” in Hebrew

בְּדִיחָה While to laugh is לצחוק, a joke is בדיחה. For example: באופן מפתיע, היא פרצה בצחוק מהבדיחה שלי. Surprisingly, she burst out laughing from my joke. בדיחה came to Hebrew via Aramaic, where in the Talmud we have the expression מילתא דבדיחותא – words of entertainment.

By Ami Steinberger | November 2, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “surprisingly” in Hebrew

בְּאֹפֶן מַפְתִּיעַ You may know the Hebrew word for a surprise – הפתעה. For example: עשינו לו מסיבת הפתעה. We made him a surprise party.  הפתעה comes from the active-causative הפעיל verb להפתיע – to surprise, so that surprising is מפתיע. One way to add the equivalent of -ly to Hebrew words is to add the word באופן – literally, in a […]

By Ami Steinberger | November 1, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “child’s play” in Hebrew

מִשְֹחַק יְלָדִים As the 2017 version of the movie It (in Hebrew, זה) has generated clown terror around the world with Israel being no exception, I’ll take this opportunity to remind at least some of you of another movie from about 30 years ago: Child’s Play, rendered in Hebrew as משחק ילדים. This expression existed even before […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 31, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “weather forecasting” in Hebrew

מֶטֶאוֹרוֹלוֹגְיָה, חַזָּאוּת As with other sciences, Hebrew uses the international word for meteorology (weather forecasting): מטאורולוגיה. For example: היא הלכה ללמוד מטאורולוגיה באוניברסיטה העברית. She went to study meteorology at the Hebrew University. But there’s also a proper Hebrew term: חזאות. For example: המילה “מטאורולוגיה”, בעברית טהורה, היא “חזאות”. “Meteorology,” in pure Hebrew, is “hazaut.” חזאות […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 30, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “pure Hebrew” in Hebrew

עִבְרִית טְהוֹרָה The Academy of the Hebrew Language makes an effort to introduce pure Hebrew words for otherwise foreign words that Hebrew speakers tend to use. Here’s a complete list. Some of these have caught on: analysis (אנליזה) became ניתוח, arena (ארנה) became זירה, and absolute (אבסולוטי) became מוחלט. Others didn’t quite make it: telephone remains טלפון, not שח רחוק; and bowling remains […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 29, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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