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how to say “to manipulate” or “to maneuver” in Hebrew

לְתַמְרֵן   Suppose a guy is trying to get through a light traffic jam by maneuvering his way around the other cars.   In Hebrew, you’d say, הוּא מְתַמְרֵן בֵּין הַמְּכוֹנִיוֹת (hoo me-tahm-REHN beyn hah-me-khoh-nee-YOHT) – he’s maneuvering among the cars.   It’s also the word for to manipulate another person…   You could say, הוּא תִּמְרֵן […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 19, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “disability” in Hebrew

מֻגְבָּלוּת   If you’ve read some of the Hebrew Bible or have followed the peace process listening to Israeli news, you’ve probably come across the word for border – גְּבוּל (ge-VOOL).    A border is something that separates two things, or limits them one from the other.   To limit something is לְהַגְבִּיל (le-hahg-BEEL). It’s a causative הפעיל […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 18, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “frost” or “very cold weather” in Hebrew

כְּפוֹר   This word isn’t very widely used, especially since we don’t get too much frost here in Israel. Nevertheless, I think it’s a nice tidbit with which you might be able to strike up a friendly conversation with your Israeli neighbors or to adopt an alternative expression to it’s cold!!! when you shiver walking down the […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 17, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “overnight” in Hebrew

בִּן לַיְלָה   The online front page of one of Israel’s major newspapers, יְדִיעוֹת אַחֲרוֹנוֹת (ye-dee-OHT ah-khah-roh-NOHT) reads:  יְצִיאַת תּוּנִיסִיָּה: “הָפְכָה לְעִירַאק בִּן לַיְלָה”  (ye-tsee-AHT too-NEE-see-yah: “hahf-KHAH le-ee-RAHK been LAH-ee-lah”) – Exodus from Tunisia: “Turned into Iraq overnight.”     Here’s the article.   To say that something occurs overnight, you’d use the expression, בִּן […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 16, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to draw close together” in Hebrew

לְהִתְקָרֵב   Earlier this week, we saw the root ק.ר.ב (k.r.b), meaning closeness, used in a variety of forms.   We saw לְהַקְרִיב (le-hahk-REEV) – to sacrifice, give something up or to bring something close – and its passive form, מֻקְרָב (mook-RAHV). These are the causative forms (הפעיל and הופעל).   We saw לִקְרָב (leek-RAHV) – to draw […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 14, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how to say “scandal” in Hebrew

שַׁעֲרוּרִיָּה   This one’s for ליאת (Liat).    If you’ve got some Hebrew, the first word that may have come to mind for scandal is סְקַנְדָּל (skahn-DAHL).   But there’s another word: שַׁעֲרוּרִיָּה (shah-ah-roo-ree-YAH). This word appears in Biblical Hebrew and is derived from the adjective שֹׁעַר (SHOH-ahr), meaning vile. For example… אֵיזוֹ שׁערורייה! (EH-ee-zoh shah-ah-roo-ree-YAH) […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 13, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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check out my radio show today – Israeli music deciphered!

  Today at noon, Israel time…   …I’m on the radio for my weekly hour of Israeli music explained.   Today I’m playing some of the regulars, some of Israel’s greats:   Arik Einstein Shlomo Artzi Ehud Banai The Idan Raichel Project …and many more   Check out the show between 12 and 1 Israel […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 12, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to give something up” in Hebrew

לְהַקְרִיב   The other day, we had the word לְקָרֵב (le-kah-REV), to draw someone/something close. For example, הוּא קֵרֵב הַרְבֶּה אֲנָשִׁים (hoo ke-REV hahr-BEH ah-nah-SHEEM) – He drew many people close. To say, I was drawn close – to be the recipient of the action – you’d use the passive version of the פיעל (pee-EL), the פועל […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 12, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how to say “a journey” or “a trek” in Hebrew

מַסָּע   If you know a little Hebrew, you’re probably familiar with the word for to travel – לִנְסוֹע (leen-SOH-ah).   A journey or trek is a מַסָּע (mah-SAH). This is not a journey in the sense of driving in your convertible from Tel Aviv up the coast to Netanya. Rather, this is the type of journey knights used […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 11, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to bring other people close” in Hebrew

לְקָרֵב   Yesterday we saw the simple usage of the root ק.ר.ב (k.r.b), with the verb, לִקְרַב (leek-RAHV) – to draw close. An example would be הוּא קָרַב אֵלֶיה (hoo kah-RAHV eh-LEH-hah) – He drew close to her. לִקְרַב is a “simple” (“קל”) usage of the root.   Today I’ll introduce you to a more intensive usage […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 10, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how to say “to draw close” in Hebrew

לִקְרַב   The Hebrew root ק.ר.ב (k.r.b) is the concept of closeness. It’s one of a handful of verb roots that have meaning when used in all seven Modern Hebrew verb forms (בִּנְיָנִים – been-yah-NEEM). Today I’m introducing you to the first one; the others I’ll introduce throughout the week.   In the simple form (קַל […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 9, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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