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how to say “several” or “a few” in Hebrew

כַּמָּה Technically, this word is supposed to be pronounced with an emphasis on the last syllable: כַּמָּה. But the sweeping majority of Israelis will look at you funny if you try saying it that way in a sentence, instead, put the emphasis on the first syllable: כמה. The word means several, a few, how much? and how many? […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 6, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “(shopping) cart” in Hebrew

עֲגָלָה The word for cart and for stroller (pram) are the same: עגלה. For example: שימי את הפריטים בעגלה. Put the items in the cart. (to a female) and תוציא את התינוק מהעגלה. Take the baby out of the stroller. (to a male) The terms can get more specific – עגלת קניות for shopping cart and עגלת […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 5, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “item” in Hebrew

פָּרִיט When referring to shop items, the Hebrew word is פריט. For example: כל פריט מסומן לחוד. Each item is marked separately. פריט comes from the root פ.ר.ט originally meaning broken off, also appearing in the word פרט – detail and פרטי – private.

By Ami Steinberger | June 4, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “separately” in Hebrew

בְּנִפְרָד, לְחוּד The Hebrew word for to separate two things from one another is the הפעיל verb להפריד, for example: אף אחד לא היה יכול להפריד ביניהם. No one could between them (separate them). But to separate from one another is the נפעל verb להיפרד, for example: בסוף הם נפרדו. In the end they broke up (separated). Following להיפרד, […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 3, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly YDDH Review

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 | June 1, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “musical instrument” in Hebrew

כְּלִי נְגִינָה The word כלי means utensil as well as instrument. Thus there are כְּלֵי בית – houseware items and כְּלֵי נגינה – musical instruments. In the singular, it’s כְּלִי נגינה. For example: החצוצרה, הפסנתר והגיטרה כולם כלי נגינה. The trumpet, the piano and the guitar are all musical instruments. You may know the expression כלי זמר for musical instrument, […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 31, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “piano” in Hebrew

פְּסַנְתֵּר The non-Semitic (Greek) sounding word פסנתר makes its appearance in Biblical Aramaic, in the Book of Daniel, where it appears in a list among other music instruments. It’s not clear precisely what instrument the פסנתר was in biblical times, but Modern Hebrew uses it to mean piano. For example: הוא מנגן בחצוצרה, והיא מנגנת בפסנתר. […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 30, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “trumpet” in Hebrew

חֲצוֹצְרָה Ancient Israelites used two instruments to announce their presence: a שופר – shofar or a horn, and a חצוצרה – a metallic instrument like the modern-day trumpet. For example: תִּקְעוּ שׁוֹפָר בַּגִּבְעָה, חֲצֹצְרָה בָּרָמָה. (הושע ה’, ח’) Sound the shofar on the hill, the trumpet on the plateau. (Hosea 5:8) Here’s an example in Modern Hebrew: בלהקה של בית הספר […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 29, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “wolf pack” in Hebrew

לַהֲקַת זְאֵבִים You may know someone named Zev. This is the Hebrew name זאב, which means wolf. What is a pack of wolves in Hebrew? It’s להקת זאבים, where להקה (the stand-alone version of להקת) means a band. For example: בטיול שלנו בחוג הארקטי ראינו להקת זאבים. On our trip to the Arctic Circle we saw a wolf pack. […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 28, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “the Arctic Circle” in Hebrew

הַחוּג הָאַרְקְטִי If you’ve got basic Hebrew down, you most likely know the word for holiday – חג. How about the Arabic word for pilgrimage – حاج (haj)? Both have to do with people coming in from outer circles to a central place – in Islam, Mecca, and in Judaism, Jerusalem (until about 2000 years ago when […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 27, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly YDDH Review

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 | May 25, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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