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how do you say “stage” in Hebrew?

שלב, במה There’s the stage that people perform on, and the stage that is similar in meaning to rung, level, etc. The stage where plays and concerts take place is a בָּמָה (bah-MAH). Likewise, a director of a show, or a film for that matter, is a בַּמַּאִי (bah-MAH-ee). The plural is בָּמוֹת (bah-MOHT). A stage, as […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 30, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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May
29
2010

to… “chase after” – in Hebrew

לרדוף My house-mate Josh suggested this word. Josh grew up in the UK and now chases down terrorists – he’s a soldier in the IDF, preparing to be a commander.The Chapters of the Fathers (פִּרְקֵי אָבוֹת – peer-KAY ah-VOHT) lists appropriate ages for various milestones in the life of the Jewish male: 9 for education, 13 […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 29, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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May
27
2010

Level 1 Hebrew evening class opening up in Tel Aviv

We’re opening up an evening Level 1 class (essential Hebrew conversation) at AACI Tel Aviv, starting June 6.  That makes three classes in Tel Aviv (Levels 2 and 4 in the mornings), and five classes in Jerusalem. At our Ulpan, you won’t feel like this guy. Have you thought about signing up? What are you waiting for?

By Ami Steinberger | May 27, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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May
27
2010

how do you say “lazy” in Hebrew?

עצלן My bed has clothes, CDs, envelopes and all kinds of other stuff on it, and I don’t feel like putting it all away so I can go to… bed. Instead, I’m going to do what I’ve done more than one night over the past couple of weeks. I’m going to sleep on the sofa […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 27, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how do you say “challenge” in Hebrew?

אתגר This one’s for Devorah N. Thanks for the request. Keep them coming, people! A challenge in Hebrew is an אֶתְגָר (eht-GAHR). I’m not sure of the origin. It’s not Biblical Hebrew – I know this because I did a search. Perhaps it’s from Greek, or Ancient Persian… If anyone knows the origin, send it to […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 26, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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May
25
2010

how do you say “prescription” in Hebrew?

מרשם This one’s for שלום (Shalom) – thanks for the idea mate. If you know a bit of Hebrew, you surely know the word for to write – לִכְתּוֹב (leekh-TOHV). To jot down, however, is לִרְשׁוֹם (leer-SHOHM). For example, אֲנִי אֶרְשׁוֹם אֶת מִסְפָּר הַטֶּלֶפוֹן    שֶׁלָּך (ah-NEE ehr-SHOHM et mees-PAHR hah-TEH-leh-fohn sheh-LAKH) means, I’ll jot down your […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 25, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “barber” in Hebrew?

ספר If you’ve taken Level 1 of Ulpan La-Inyan, you know the Hebrew word for book – סֵפֶר (SEH-fehr). You may also know the word for number – מִסְפָּר (mees-PAHR), though, if I’m not mistaken, that comes up in Level 2. These words carry the same root; the core concept is counting, or recounting.The root ס.פ.ר., […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 24, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “unique” in Hebrew?

ייחודי I’ve been blessed to work with great people at Ulpan La-Inyan. Caron our instructor, one of these such people, sent me this video clip, which I invite you all the watch. If you can’t see the clip, you’ll need to go to the Ktzat Ivrit blog. One of the key words in the song […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 23, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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May
23
2010

how do you say “developing” in Hebrew?

פ.ת.ח. Perhaps you know the word לִפְתּוֹח (leef-TOH-ah) – to open. If you’re familiar with Jewish prayer, you more than likely know the verse פּוֹתֵחַ אֶת יָדֶךָ וּמַשְׂבִּיעַ לְכָל חָי רָצוֹן (poh-TEH-ah et yah-DEH-khah oo-mahs-BEE-ah le-KHOL khai rah-TSOHN) – You open your hand and satiate all those that live with favor. The Hebrew word for develop as […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 23, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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May
20
2010

the Golan… Height(s) – in Hebrew

רמה In English, we call it the Golan Heights. In Hebrew, however, it’s רָמַת הַגּוֹלָן (rah-MAHT hah-goh-LAHN) – the Golan Height. Geographically, the Golan is a single plateau. Zevitan Wadi, a really cool place The Golan is one of Israel’s most popular hiking and tourist spots, and a most important military strategic point. Sunset, picture taken […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 20, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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to “pick someone up” (from school or something)… in Hebrew

לאסוף לֶאֱסוֹף (leh-eh-SOHF) means, literally, to gather. In Hebrew, it’s also to mean to pick someone up (i.e. from work, not on a date – that’s לְהַתְחִיל עִם… – le-haht-HEEL eem… – to start with…). An American mother might say I need to pick up the kids. An Israeli mother would say אֲנִי צְרִיכָה לֶאֱסוֹף אֶת […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 19, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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