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Special Dose of Hebrew for Yom Haatzmaut: 7 Hebrew Words for 7 Decades

In celebration of Israel’s 70th, the Academy of the Hebrew Language – האקדמיה ללשון העברית – opened up a vote to the Hebrew-speaking public for the most Israeli word for each of Israel’s 7 decades. We at Ulpan La-Inyan thought it apt to introduce these words to you, to help you increase your Hebrew vocabulary […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 18, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to fall” in Hebrew

לִפּוֹל The root of the word ליפול is נ.פ.ל – since early Hebrew speakers found it troublesome to say לנפול, the nasal n sound disappeared, leaving only a trace in the hardening of the פ – from a f sound to p. In variations of ליפול, though, the n sound remains. One example is in the past tense – for […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 18, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “the best” in Hebrew

הֲכִי טוֹב, הַטּוֹב בְּיוֹתֵר, הַמֵּיטָב If you look closely at the three expressions above for the best, you’ll find the word טוב – good – in all of them, in some form. Each of these expressions is useful in different contexts: הכי טוב is an everyday expression, for example: היא החברה הכי טובה שלי. She’s my best […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 17, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “artist” in Hebrew

אָמָּן Looking at the word אמן without vowels, out of context, you might think it’s the Hebrew version of amen. But if אמן appears in a phrase such as הוא אמן – he is an artist, the experienced Hebrew reader would know that it refers here to an artist. Although there’s no ו after the letter א, the […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 16, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to pronounce” in Hebrew

לְבַטֵּא, לַהֲגוֹת Hebrew has two words for to pronouce. לבטא, a פיעל verb, means literally to give expression and is sometimes also used to mean to pronounce, as in: איך מבטאים את המילה הזאת? How do you pronounce this word? The other word, the פעל verb להגות, means literally to utter (also to think). It is the more precise term for to pronounce, […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 15, 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 | April 13, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “ghost” in Hebrew: special post for Yom Hashoah

שֵׁד, רוּחַ רְפָאִים I wrote this morning’s post in advance without looking at the calendar, so I’m adding another post that is more in line with today’s import. Here’s a picture of my street at 11pm last night. My street is called עמק רפאים – a Biblical reference to this general area, meaning literally valley of […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 12, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how say “omelet” in Hebrew

חֲבִיתָה We’ve seen a couple of forms that a cooked egg might end up on your plate, and what to call them in Hebrew. But how about an omelet? That’s a חביתה, deriving from the word for frying pan – מחבת. Here’s חביתה in context: היא מעדיפה חביתה על פני ביצת עין. She prefers an omelet over sunny-side […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 12, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “sunny-side up” in Hebrew

בֵּיצַת עַיִן Some Israelis call it ביצה עם עין – an egg with an eye. But the more common expression is ביצת עין – literally, an eye egg or an egg of eye. You can imagine this sunny-side up egg and see why. Here’s the expression in action: ביצת עין יותר טעימה מביצה מקושקשת. Sunny-side up is better (tastier) […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 11, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “scrambled egg” in Hebrew

בֵּיצָה מְקֻשְׁקֶשֶת     We’ve seen that the active-intensive פיעל verb לקשקש means to scribble or to talk about nothing in particular. When cooking, this word can also refer to scrambling something such as an egg. Thus a scrambled egg is ביצה מקושקשת, as in: תכין לי בבקשה ביצה מקושקשת. Make me a scrambled egg, please. (to a male) מקושקשת […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 10, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to scribble” and “to talk about nothing” in Hebrew

לְקַשְׁקֵשׁ Like today, in ancient times the letter ש was pronounced in two different ways: sh and some variation of s. These sounds were distinct enough that it’s as if they were two different letters, as far as roots go. Thus קשקשים (with two s sounds) meaning scales or dandruff don’t have much to do with לקשקש (with two sh sounds), which […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 9, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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