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how to say “I meant to say…” in Hebrew

הִתְכַּוַּנְתִּי If you’re familiar with Jewish prayer, you may know the word כוונה – intent. The word is derived from the root כ.ו.נ – which is quite ubiquitous, appearing in words as diverse as כן – yes, נכון – correct, and להתכונן – to get ready. Another application of this root – the reflexive-verb form of כוונה – is in להתכוון […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 15, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – time flies, the golden years, celebration

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 | January 13, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “the circle of life” in Hebrew

מַעֲגַל הַחַיִּים Take a moment to transport yourself, in your mind, to the Lion King’s Africa, and listen to The Circle of Life (I’ve linked to the Hebrew version – you can search for the English one yourself). You may notice that in the song, the expression for the circle of life is גלגל החיים – literally, the wheel […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 12, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “celebration” in Hebrew

חֲגִיגָה If you’ve got some basic familiarity with Hebrew or Judaism, you probably know the word for holiday – חג. This word’s root is ח.ג.ג, which appears in full in the word for to celebrate – לחגוג. For example: חגגנו לה יום הולדת. We celebrated her birthday (literally, we celebrated for her a birthday). And a celebration is […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 11, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “retirement age” in Hebrew

גִּיל הַפְּרִישָׁה Hebrew has several terms for retirement – גמלאות of the root ג.מ.ל meaning benefit, פנסיה – pension, and פרישה – withdrawing. The more common way of referring to the age of retirement, when people stop working (or stop working because they have to) and hopefully cash in on savings, is גיל הפרישה. For example: היא לא מוכנה […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 10, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “the golden years” in Hebrew

גִּיל הַזָּהָב When Israelis speak of גיל הזהב, they’re not referring to the heyday of an empire – that’s תור הזהב. Rather, they’re talking about the age of retirement, called in English the golden years. They might also speak of הגיל השלישי – the third age (the first two are childhood and the working age). For example: מזל […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 9, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “time flies” in Hebrew

הַזְּמַן עָף, הַזְּמַן טָס In English, flying could be done by either a bird or a plane. In Hebrew, though: ציפורים עפות Birds fly, where עפות is a form of  the simple hollow verb לעוף and מטוסים טסים. Planes fly, where טסים is a form of לטוס, also a simple hollow verb. But if it’s not a […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 8, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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Weekly Hebrew Review – moving to the center of the country, taxes, not a chance!

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 | January 6, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “not a chance” in Hebrew

אֵין סִכּוּי, אֵין מַצָּב The Hebrew word for chance as in “so you’re saying there’s a chance” is סיכוי. Thus Hebrew speakers do sometimes translate the expression not a chance to אין סיכוי, as in: אין סיכוי שאני קופץ ממטוס. Not a chance that I’ll jump out of a plane. But more often, Israelis will use the expression […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 5, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 3 Comments
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how to say “taxes” in Hebrew

מִסִּים Welcome to 2017, a new tax year. Those of you who haven’t closed your browser get a pat on the back (I wish I could promise a tax break too). First appearing in the biblical Book of Kings, Hebrew word for tax is מס. Thus income tax is מס הכנסה. Taxes are מיסים. For example: העובדה שאני […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 4, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “surprise” in Hebrew

הַפְתָּעָה The Hebrew word for to surprise is להפתיע, an active-causative verb deriving from the word פתע meaning, roughly, suddenly. For example: הוא הפתיע אותה ביום ההולדת שלה. He surprised her on her birthday. Likewise, a surprise is הפתעה. For example, if you’re caught off guard at home you might say, ambiguously: לא ידעתי שאתם באים לבקר! איזו […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 3, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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