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how do you say “cute” in Hebrew?

חָמוּד The Land of Israel has many names in the Bible, one of which is ארץ חמדה – translated roughly as the coveted land. The root ח.מ.ד means desire or coveting, as in the Biblical commandment לא תחמוד – do not covet. ח.מ.ד is also the root of the words חמוד and חמודה, referring to someone or something cute – masculine […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 10, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “puppy” in Hebrew?

כְּלַבְלַב, גּוּר כְּלָבִים The Hebrew word for dog is כלב for a male and כלבה for a female. Using the basic word, a puppy is a כלבלב or a כלבלבה, for a male and female respectively. For example: אימצנו כלבלב. We adopted a (male) puppy. But a more commonly-used term for puppy is גור כלבים – literally, a cub of […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 9, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “division of labor” in Hebrew

Correction: The title of yesterday’s email read רִבּוּי מְשִׁימוֹת, with a שׁ. The title should have read רִבּוּי מְשִׂימוֹת with a שׂ. The phrase means multitasking. חֲלֻקַּת תַּפְקִידִים The Hebrew word for labor or work is עבודה. For example: פעם מפלגת העבודה הובילה. The Labor party used to be the leading one (used to lead). But when speaking of […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 8, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “multitasking” in Hebrew?

רִבּוּי מְשִׂימוֹת The Hebrew word for task is משימה. It derives from the root ש.י.מ meaning to place or to put: a task is something a person might apply or put themselves to. For example: זאת משימה לא פשוטה. This is not a simple task. Multitasking is ריבוי משימות, where ריבוי means multiple, deriving from the root ר.ו.ב meaning great or many – the […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 7, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “I beg of you!” in Hebrew?

אֲנִי מִתְחַנֵּן! The Hebrew word for to beg or to plead – להתחנן – goes all the way back to Biblical times. In fact, it appears in the title of last week’s Torah portion – ואתחנן – and I pleaded. Here’s an example in Modern Hebrew: אמא, אני מתחננת, תקני לנו כלב! Mom, I (a daughter) beg (of you), […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 6, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – Jewish history and science

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! =”410″> Flashcards . Scatter . Gravity . Test שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 4, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “invention” in Hebrew?

הַמְצָאָה When I was growing up, some kids wanted to be firemen, others wanted to be sports stars. Most of the time, I wanted to be a movie director. But after watching episodes of Mr. Wizard, sometimes I also wanted to be an inventor. An invention, in Hebrew, is a ממציא if he’s a male and […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 3, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “science” in Hebrew?

מַדָּע If you’ve got basic Hebrew, you know the expressions אני יודע and אני יודעת – I know, spoken by a male and a female, respectively. The root of these words is י.ד.ע, which appears in other words such as להודיע – to inform, מודיעין – information and מדע – science. For example: היא הולכת ללמוד מדעי הטבע. […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 2, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how do you say “modern history” in Hebrew?

הָעֵת הַחֲדָשָׁה This period of time called in English modern history or the modern era is called other names in Hebrew such as the basically transliterated היסטוריה מודרנית, but a proper Hebrew term is העת החדשה. It means literally, the new time. For example: העת החדשה ממשיכה להביא איתה אתגרים משלה. Modern history continues to bring with it […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 1, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “the Spanish Inquisition” in Hebrew?

גֵּרוּשׁ סְפָרַד The Modern-Hebrew word for Spain is ספרד, though the name in Biblical Hebrew refers to a land far away from Israel, most likely in present-day western Turkey (Wikipedia). In Mishnaic times the land that is today Spain was called אספמיה, probably a Phoenician version of the Hebrew אי השפנים – the Island of Rabbits (or […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 31, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “Jewish history” in Hebrew?

הִיסְטוֹרְיָה שֶׁל עַם יִשְֹרָאֵל, הִיסְטוֹרְיָה יְהוּדִית You may have struggled through the first word in the title, but soon hit yourself on the forehead realizing that היסטוריה is basically history (well, historia) in Hebrew letters. And while היסטוריה יהודית means Jewish history and is a term used fairly often, the preferred term among Israeli educators and their students is […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 30, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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