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how to say “carbs” in Hebrew

פחמימות Click the Hebrew word above to hear it pronounced. After Shabbat the other night I was pretty hungry – not because I hadn’t eaten enough at my gracious Kfar Chabad cousins’ place, but because over the past two days my diet has consisted mostly of white-flour products – lots of carbs.  The Hebrew word […]

By todd | August 8, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 4 Comments
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how to say “news article” in Hebrew…

כתבה Click the Hebrew word above to hear it pronounced. One of the first verbs people typically learn in most ulpans is to write – לִכְתּוֹב (leekh-TOHV). In Ulpan La-Inyan, the introduction to this verb gets pushed off to Level 2, since we teach first and foremost the verbs necessary for everyday spoken communication. In any […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 7, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 6 Comments
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Aug
05
2010

how to say “to let loose” in Hebrew…

להתפרק Click the title to hear the word pronounced.The other day we had לְהִשְׁתַּחְרִר (le-heesh-tahkh-REHR), which means to be liberated. An informal synonym of להשתחרר is לְהִתְפָּרֵק (le-heet-pah-REHK).  This word means, literally, to fall apart, as in הַדֶּלֶת הִתְפָּרְקָה (ha-DEH-leht heet-pahr-KAH) – the door fell apart (i.e. off its hinges or something). It’s used informally, […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 5, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Aug
04
2010

what the ubiquitous Hebrew word “davka” means…

דווקא First of all, this word is used in Modern Hebrew, but it’s borrowed from Aramaic. The Hebrew root it’s related to is ד.ו.ק (d.v.k), which has to do with thinness. The word דַּק (dahk) means fine or slight, or subtle. The root also gives rise to the words לְדַיֵּק (le-dah-YEHK) – to be precise; and  דִּקְדּוּק (deek-DOOK) […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 4, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 8 Comments
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Aug
03
2010

how to say “to liberate oneself” in Hebrew…

להשתחרר Here’s a word that our Level 3 students get a kick out of getting their mouth around: לְהִשְׁתַּחְרֵר (le-heesh-tahkh-REHR). It means, to get liberated. It’s used in many contexts, such as מָתַי אֲתָּה מִשְׁתַּחְרֵר מֵהַצָּבָא? (mah-TAH-ee ah-TAH meesh-tahkh-REHR meh-hah-tsah-VAH) – When are you getting released from the army?; אֲנִי רוֹצֶה קְצַת לְהִשְׁתַּחְרֵר הָעֶרֶב (ah-NEE […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 3, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 3 Comments
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how to say “sports field’ in Hebrew…

מגרש… The generic word in Hebrew for field is שָׂדֶה (sah-DEH). However, the word used for soccer/football field, tennis court, etc. is מִגְרָש (meeg-RAHSH). It’s the same word used to mean a plot of land. For example, a basketball field is a מִגְרָשׁ כָּדוּרְסָל (kah-door-SAHL). And a baseball field is a מִגְרָשׁ כָּדוּר בָּסִיס (kah-DOOR bah-SEES)… as in the […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 2, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “media player” in Hebrew…

נגן For those of you familiar with the Hassidic (Chassidische) world, you probably know the word for melody – נִגּוּן (Modern Hebrew: nee-GOON; Ashkenazi pronunciation: NIH-gihn). The root of this word is נ.ג.נ (n.g.n). Likewise, the word for musician – as well as the 20th century Hebrew word for media player of various kinds – is נַגָּן (nah-GAHN). […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 1, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “hammock” in Hebrew

ערסל It’s hot in Jerusalem… and probably in Tel Aviv as well. These are the days when hammocks could be useful… in the late afternoon, in the shade, if the air conditioning isn’t working. Here’s the word for hammock in Hebrew: עַרְסָל (ahr-SAHL). It comes from the Biblical Hebrew word for bed – עֶרֶש (EH-rehs).

By Ami Steinberger | July 31, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how to say “a request” in Hebrew…

בקשה If you know some Hebrew, you surely know the word for please: בְּבַקַשָּׁה (be-vah-kah-SHAH). This word means, literally, in request. The word for a request, likewise, is בַּקַשָּׁה (bah-kah-SHAH). I’m taking בַּקַשּׁוֹת (bah-kah-SHOHT) for daily doses of Hebrew, people. Just hit the “comments” section below and send me some. And if you’d like to […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 30, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 5 Comments
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how to say “to be shy” in Hebrew…

להתבייש Israelis are big on hospitality. I think it’s a Jewish-mother thing. So that when you go to visit a relative, a friend, an acquaintance… you’re likely to get served lots of snacks and a hearty meal, and be asked to take more – אַל תִּתְבַיֵּש (ahl teet-bah-YESH), they would say to a male; אַל […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 28, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 8 Comments
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how to say “massage” in Hebrew…

עיסוי A friend of mine, Avi Dzik, is a professional massage therapist. He just gave me a nice, soothing rub in honor of my birthday. Many Hebrew speakers transliterate the English into מַסָאז’ (mah-SAHZH – the apostrophe is supposed to go next to the ז – Blogger doesn’t quite know how to handle this). However, […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 27, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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