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how to say “watermelon” in Hebrew

אֲבַטִּיחַ This word appears already in Biblical Hebrew, as אבטיח – watermelon – native to southern Africa, was cultivated in Egypt and eaten by the People of Israel. In researching the word, I spotted the root ב.ט.ח, which normally means safety as the word ביטחון – security. I started pondering possible connections but, coming up dry, I realized that […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 6, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “I’d love to!” in Hebrew

אֶשְׂמַח! In English, most feelings are adjectives (with a notable exception of to love): I am happy, she is afraid, they are angry, etc. In Hebrew, they’re verbs: לשמוח – to (be) happy לפחד – to (be) afraid (also in English to fear) לכעוס – to be angry So if your friend invites you over for a party, you might say I’d […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 5, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “plans” in Hebrew

תָּכְנִיּוֹת I used to think that the word for content or substance – תוכן – derives from the word תוך – inside. Makes sense, right? Contents are inside something. Except that תוכן appears in Biblical Hebrew, where it means measurement or quota. In any case, the related word תכנית – plan – has elements of both contents and measurement: a good plan has both substance and a timetable and other […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 4, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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Weekly Hebrew Review – all kinds, greenery and the world as its custom

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 2, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “the world keeps on turning” in Hebrew

עוֹלָם כְּמִנְהָגוֹ נוֹהֵג A literal translation of the world keeps on turning is העולם ממשיך להסתובב. But a more ancient expression not translated from English, appearing in the Talmud, is עולם כמנהגו נוהג – the world conducts itself as its custom. Broken down: עולם – world -כ – as מנהגו – its custom, where the ו- ending means its נוהג – conducts […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 1, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “for the same reason” in Hebrew

מֵאֹתָהּ סִבָּה People think verbs in foreign languages are hard to learn, but mistranslations of words like at, to, from and with – prepositions – remain the most common errors when speaking a second language. For example, may I use your (a female’s) pen? in Hebrew is ?אפשר להשתמש בעט שלך – literally, may (I) use with your pen? Likewise, for the same […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 31, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “greenery” in Herbew

יֶרֶק What are the primary colors? That’s subject to debate, but green – ירוק – is generally considered one of them. In the feminine ירוק becomes ירוקה. For example: יש להם בית ירוק עם גינה ירוקה. They have a green house with a green garden. Green is the color of many vegetables, which are called ירקות – […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 29, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “all kinds” in Hebrew

כָּל מִינֵי The word מין means kind or type, including a type of person or animal – sex or species also use the word מין. Kinds are מינים, so kinds of are מיני. Thus all kinds is כל מיני. So if you ask a teenager: מה למדת היום בבית הספר? What did you learn today in school? she might politely dismiss you with: כל […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 28, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – journeying to Jerusalem – it’ll be fun!

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 26, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to go to Jerusalem” in Hebrew

לַעֲלוֹת לִירוּשָׁלַיִם The simple word for to go by foot, in Hebrew, is ללכת. To go by vehicle is לנסוע. But going to Jerusalem is a special affair, partly because it requires ascending a mountain, but also because it’s such a special place that it involves a personal ascent as well. Thus to go to Jerusalem is לעלות לירושלים – […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 25, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how to say “unification” in Hebrew

אִחוּד Looking at the word at hand today, איחוד, you may spot the word אחד – one. איחוד, unification, derives from the active-intensive verb לאחד – to unite. Referring to the reunification of Jerusalem that took place 50 years ago in the wake of the Six Day War, Hebrew uses the term איחוד ירושלים – the unification of Jerusalem. For example: […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 24, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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