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how to say “mental retardation” in Hebrew

פִּגּוּר שִׂכְלִי   At the end of today’s dose, you’ll find an opportunity to help people in Israel with mental disabilities.       Mental retardation is a condition that affects individuals and families in every ethnic group and every nation on the planet, including Israel.   The Hebrew word for retardation is פִּגּוּר (pee-GOOR), derived from the […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 1, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “revolution” in Hebrew

מַהֲפֵּכָה   To turn something over is לַהֲפוֹךְ (lah-hah-FOHKH). The root is ה.פ.כ (h.p.k). A revolution is a מַהֲפֵּכָה (mah-hah-peh-KHAH). May we hear good things from Egypt and around the world.     How’s your Hebrew?   Registration is open for our upcoming Ulpan La-Inyan session!   Our friendly, enjoyable and highly effective six-week courses will be starting February […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 31, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to move away from something” in Hebrew

לְהִתְרַחֵק   Suppose you’re walking in the downtown district in your home town, and you pass by a smelly garbage bin that in Israel we call צְפַרְדְעִים (tse-fahr-de-EEM) – frogs.   See why we call them frogs?   You might wish to move away from the stench. In Hebrew, to move away from something is לְהִתְרַחֵק מִמַּשֶּׁהו […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 30, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to wander” in Hebrew

לְהִתְהַלֵּךְ   If you know some basic Hebrew (surely if you’ve taken Level 1 of our program), you know how to say he is walking – הוּא הוֹלֵך (hoo hoh-LEKH).   To say he is wandering, you’d use הוּא מִתְהַלֵּך (hoo meet-hah-LEKH). This is a reflexive התפעל (heet-pah-EL) usage of the root ה.ל.כ. In Modern Hebrew, […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 28, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 3 Comments
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how to say “Mars” and “Venus”… in Hebrew

מַאֲדִים, נֹגַהּ   I’ve got a copy of the classic guide to dating and love, Men are From Mars and Women are from Venus, sitting on my desk. But this copy can only be read by those who can read Hebrew (get started!).   my borrowed copy     The Hebrew title is גְּבָרִים מִמַּאֲדִים וְנָשִׁים […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 27, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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wish you could understand what Shlomo Artzi and Idan Raichel are singing about?

Today at noon…     …check out my show, and get to know Israeli music a little better.     12-1 Israel time, only on…            

By Ami Steinberger | January 26, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “a glitch” or “mishap” in Hebrew

תַּקָּלָה   Suppose you’re standing in a line at the bank that seems abnormally slow. Within a few minutes the reason becomes apparent when someone behind the glass tells another customer, “there’s a glitch in the system.”   In Hebrew, the teller would say, יֵשׁ תַּקָּלָה בַּמַּעֲרֶכֶת (yesh tah-kah-LAH bah-mah-ah-REH-khet).    

By Ami Steinberger | January 26, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how to say “fitness” in Hebrew

כּוֹשֶׁר     At the end of today’s dose, you’ll find an opportunity to boost your fitness in order to help people in Israel with mental disabilities.     Even if you just joined Ktzat Ivrit yesterday, you almost certainly know the Hebrew word for that which is fit to be eaten according to Jewish law […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 25, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “a leak” in Hebrew

דְּלִיפָה   Over the past few months Wikileaks has been hovering ominously over the heads of various heads of state.   Here’s how to say a leak in Hebrew: דְּלִיפָה (de-lee-FAH).   It’s the noun form (gerund) of לִדְלוֹף (leed-LOHF) – to leak. This is a simple (פעל – קל) verb.   דליפה can mean either […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 24, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “the authorities” in Hebrew

הָרָשׁוּיוֹת   Back in June, I introduced the word for authority, as in the Palestinian Authority: רָשׁוּת (rah-SHOOT).   So today’s entry isn’t entirely new, since you may already have the word רשות well integrated in your Hebrew vocabulary. Rather, today I’d like to introduce you to a specialized usage of this word, one that […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 23, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how to say “in-laws” in Hebrew

חוֹתֵן, חָם, חָמוֹת   Tomorrow, Jews around the world will read the Torah portion called יִתְרו (yeet-ROH) – Jethro.    The highlight of this portion is the Ten Commandments, but there’s lots of other action that takes place in this short-but-monumental section of the Torah.   We are introduced to the father-in-law of Moses, יתרו, […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 21, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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