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Oct
19
2010

how to say “coffee cup” in Hebrew…

ספל I tend to write a lot about verbs and adjectives, but once in a while a noun intrigues me. I just had a nice cup of tea. Hebrew’s equivalent of the English mug (not to mug, but a mug) is סֵפֶל (SEH-fel).  This is what Ulpan La-Inyan students get when they come to class in […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 19, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Oct
19
2010

how to say “coffee cup” in Hebrew…

ספל I tend to write a lot about verbs and adjectives, but once in a while a noun intrigues me. I just had a nice cup of tea. Hebrew’s equivalent of the English mug (not to mug, but a mug) is סֵפֶל (SEH-fel).  This is what Ulpan La-Inyan students get when they come to class in […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 19, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Oct
19
2010

how to say “to shave” in Hebrew…

להתגלח, לגלח Tonight I visited my סַבְתָּא (SAHV-tah) – grandmother – in Tel Aviv. She asked me whether I shave every day, to which I replied in the negative. So, in Hebrew, there’s to shave, and to shave something. To shave – that is, without an object – is לְהִתְגַּלֵּח (le-heet-gah-LEH-ahkh). For example, אֲנִי לֹא מִתְגַּלֵּחַ כָּל יוֹם […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 19, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Oct
17
2010

how to say “narrator” or “announcer” in Hebrew…

קריין, מספר A narrator is someone who reads or calls out a storyline. To read or to call out, in Hebrew, is לִקְרוֹא (leek-ROH). Likewise, to tell a story is לְסַפֵּר (le-sah-PEHR). A narrator or an announcer (such as on the radio) is a קַרְיָן (kahr-YAHN) for a male, and a קַרְיָנִית (kahr-yah-NEET) for a female. By contrast, the narrator voice in a story […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 17, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Oct
16
2010

how to say “conference call” in Hebrew…

שיחת ועידה The Hebrew word for conversation is שִׂיחָה (see-KHAH).  The word for conference is וְעִידָה (ve-ee-DAH). It comes from the same root as the word for committee – וַעַד (VAH-ahd) and its synonym, וַעֲדָה (vah-AH-dah). ועדה also carries the meanings, board and commission. Anyway, a conference call is a שִׂיחַת וְעִידָה (see-KHAHT ve-ee-DAH). This means, literally, a call […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 16, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Oct
15
2010

how to say “miner” in Hebrew…

כורה This week we’ve seen emotions running high and acts of courage being done in Chile, as 33 miners were rescued from 700 meters underground. The Hebrew word for miner is כּוֹרֶה (koh-REH). To mine is לִכְרוֹת (leekh-ROHT), which is spelled the same and sounds the same as the word for to cut off.  The difference? The […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 15, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Oct
14
2010

how to say “marginal” or “insignificant” in Hebrew…

שולי The Hebrew word for margins – as in the side of a paper or the side of a road – is שׁוּלַיִם (shoo-LAH-yeem). To say that something is insignificant or marginal, you’d use שׁוּלִי (shoo-LEE). My accountant friend used this word last night. I don’t recall the context – I’m about to go to bed and […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 14, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Oct
12
2010

how to say “accounting” in Hebrew…

ראיית חשבון After finishing working tonight I walked up the hill from the German Colony to Katamon (both Jerusalem neighborhoods) for the evening prayer… and to get some air. On the way back I walked with a good friend of mine, דּוֹרוֹן (Doron), who is an accountant. We had a good conversation… and I got […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 12, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Oct
11
2010

how to say “to blind” (i.e. with headlights) in Hebrew…

לסנוור עִוֵּר (ee-VEHR) for a male and עִוֶּרֶת (ee-VEH-ret) for a female are the Hebrew words for someone who is blind. By contrast, to blind someone is לְסַנְוֵר (le-sahn-VEHR). This is a very old word; it comes up in next week’s Torah portion, where the angels visiting Lot strike the Sodomites with blindness – סַנְוֵרִים (sahn-veh-REEM). […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 11, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Oct
11
2010

how to say “lucky” in Hebrew…

יש לי מזל, וכו There isn’t really a word for lucky. There is one – מְמֻזַּל (me-moo-ZAHL) describing a male and מְמֻזֶּלֶת (me-moo-ZEH-let) describing female, but it’s not very widely used. One could say, יֵשׁ לִי מַזָּל (yesh lee mah-ZAHL) – literally, I have luck. But that doesn’t work for phrases such as It’s my lucky […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 11, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Oct
10
2010

how to say “efficient” and “effective” in Hebrew…

יעיל The Hebrew word for both effective and efficient is יָעִיל (yah-EEL). It comes from the same root, י.ע.ל (y.’.l) as yet another word for benefit – תּוֹעֶלֶת (toh-EH-let). To take something and make it more efficient is לְיָעֵל (le-yah-EHL). For example, הַחֶבְרָה גּוּגֶל יוֹדַעַת לְיָעֵל דְּבָרִים (hah-khev-RAH GOO-ghel yoh-DAH-aht le-yah-EHL dvah-REEM) – The company Google knows […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 10, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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