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Weekly Hebrew Review – parents, skyscrapers and the night shift

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 Blast from the Past Crossword Puzzle! שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a nice weekend!

By Ami Steinberger | March 3, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “elevator” in Hebrew

מַעֲלִית If you live or work in a סקייסקרייפר, you probably need an elevator to get to your home/office. The Hebrew word for elevator is מעלית The word derives from the causative verb להעלות – to raise up, whose root is ע.ל.ה meaning rising. For example: אני מעדיף לעלות במדרגות, לא במעלית. I prefer going up the stairs, not the […]

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

גּוֹרֵד שְׁחָקִים While most Israelis are likely to refer to a really tall building as a סקייסקרייפר, the authentic Hebrew term is גורד שחקים. גורד means scraping. Likewise, לגרד means to itch or to scratch. For example: מגרד לי ביד. My arm itches (literally, it’s itching me on the arm). And שחקים is a flowery word for שמים – sky or the heavens. So, […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 1, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “contractor” in Hebrew

קַבְּלָן A person who builds houses – or fixes computers, freelance-writes articles or teaches independently, for that matter – is a contractor. The Hebrew word for such a person is קבלן when he’s a male and קבלנית when she’s a female. They are called such because they receive money: לקבל means to receive. They also issue a receipt – a קבלה. The […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 28, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “parents” in Hebrew

הוֹרִים English speakers who didn’t grow up using the kh sound (as in chutzpah) often find it difficult to distinguish between the Hebrew h and kh sounds. Thus when they learn Hebrew, they might confuse the words חורים – holes and הורים – parents. הורים is the plural form of הורה – a male parent (a female parent is a הורה, which […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 27, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “night shift” in Hebrew

מִשְׁמֶרֶת לַיְלָה The Hebrew word for work shift is משמרת, a Biblical Hebrew word of the root ש.מ.ר meaning  watch or guard. You may recognize it from this song. A night shift is משמרת לילה. For example: מי שעובד במשמרת לילה חי חיים אחרים. Those who work the night shift live a different life.

By Ami Steinberger | February 26, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “night shift” in Hebrew

מִשְׁמֶרֶת לַיְלָה The Hebrew word for work shift is משמרת, a Biblical Hebrew word of the root ש.מ.ר meaning  watch or guard. You may recognize it from this song. A night shift is משמרת לילה. For example: מי שעובד במשמרת לילה חי חיים אחרים. Those who work the night shift live a different life.

By Ami Steinberger | February 26, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – mud and the justice system

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 Blast from the Past Crossword Puzzle! שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a nice weekend!

By Ami Steinberger | February 24, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “controversial” in Hebrew

שָׁנוּי בְּמַחְלׁקֶת The Mishnah – המשנה – is called such because the words are meant to be repeated over and over until they are memorized: משנה comes from the root ש.נ.ה, the same root as that of שניים – two, and שנית – a second time or again. Something else that tends to be repeated over and over – or least talked about – is […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 23, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “offender” in Hebrew

 עֲבַרְיָן The other day we saw the Hebrew word for crime – פשע. פשע is crime in the general sense, while פשיעה might refer to an individual crime or crime in a certain context such as a neighborhood. An offense, however, is an עבירה. And an offender? That’s an עבריין if he’s a male and עבריינית if she’s a […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 22, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how to say “justice system” in Hebrew

Correction: In yesterday’s post, I wrote that organized crime is פשע ארגוני. I’m not sure why I wrote that. In any case, the correct term is פשע מאורגן. מַעֲרֶכֶת מִשְׁפָּטִית The Hebrew word for system is מערכת, of the root ע.ר.כ meaning order. For example: איזו מערכת הפעלה מותקנת אצלכם במחשב? Which operating system is installed on your (plural) […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 21, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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