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how to say “fast train” in Hebrew

רַכֶּבֶת מְהִירָה If you know some basic Hebrew, you probably know the word for fast – מהר. מהר means fast in the sense of quickly. It’s an adverb, so you can say הוא הולך מהר – he walks fast, he’s doing something fast. But the word for fast the adjective – to describe a thing – is מהיר for masculine objects and מהירה […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 8, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “bus line” in Hebrew

קַו אוֹטוֹבּוּס How do you say line in Hebrew? Depends on what you’re talking about. A line of items placed physically one after the other is a שורה. A line you have to wait in at the bank is a תור. And a line of production… or of a bus is קו, so that a bus line is קו אוטובוס. For […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 7, 2018 | 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 | October 5, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to call” in Hebrew

לְהִתְקַשֵּׁר There’s to call in the simplest sense of calling out – that’s לקרוא (yes, it’s the same word as to read). Then there’s to call on the phone, for which some use the פיעל verb לצלצל – literally to ring, but most use the התפעל verb להתקשר – literally to make contact. For example: ניסיתי להתקשר אליו […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 4, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “slipped my memory” in Hebrew

בָּרַח לִי מֵהָרֹאשׁ The simple way of saying I forgot in Hebrew is שכחתי, from the verb לשכוח. But if you want to get a little more colorful and say it slipped my mind, use ברח לי מהראש – literally, escaped for me from the head. For example: התכוונתי להגיע לטקס אבל ברח לי מהראש. I […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 3, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How New Olim are Missing Out on a 7500-Shekel Benefit

In 2017, the Israeli government saw the need for better Hebrew-language study. The government decided to extend the ulpan rights for new olim to include not only the traditional 5-5-5 (5 hours a day,5 days a week for 5 months) at a public ulpan, but also over 100 hours of class time at private institution [...]
By Ami Steinberger | October 2, 2018 | 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 | September 28, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “sleeping bag” in Hebrew

שַׂק שֵׁנָה, שק”ש The full expression for sleeping bag in Hebrew is a literal translation from English: שק שינה. For example, you might see in a storefront: כאן מוכרים שקי שינה. Here (we) sell sleeping bags. But most Israelis are likely to use the abbreviated version probably coined by busy soldiers: שק”ש. For example: מה צריך […]

By Ami Steinberger | September 27, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “Camelbak” in Hebrew

שְׁלוּקֶר I didn’t find a more generic word for this in English, so I resorted to using the brand name Camelbak to describe a שלוקר, a small backpack filled with water, drawn via a tube to a hiker’s mouth. The word שלוקר comes from Yiddish (here’s a video I did a few weeks ago on […]

By Ami Steinberger | September 26, 2018 | 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 | September 21, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “hammer” in Hebrew

פַּטִּישׁ The Hebrew word for hammer, appearing already in the Bible, is פטיש. For example: כשיש לך פטיש ביד, כל דבר נראה כמו מסמר. When you have a hammer in hand, everything looks like a nail. This word is especially useful this time of year when Jews in Israel, traditionally also children, busy themselves with […]

By Ami Steinberger | September 20, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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