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how to say “a risk” in Hebrew

סיכון   Perhaps you know the Hebrew word for dangerous – מְסוּכָּן (me-soo-KAHN). Likewise, the word for danger itself is סַכָּנָה (sah-kah-NAH).   The word for risk comes from the same root – ס.כ.נ (s.k.n): סִכּוּן (see-KOON).     Radio-show lineup   I’ve got my radio show of Israeli music explained at noon today (as every week), on […]

By Ami Steinberger | November 10, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “wallet” in Hebrew

ארנק   If you’re already conversational in Hebrew, chances are you know the word for wallet or purse (carried, usually, by men) – אַרְנָק (ahr-NAHK).    But did you know the origin of the word? It comes from the ancient Greek word for sheep skin – arnakis.     Ulpan La-Inyan classes…   are not free, but they’re […]

By Ami Steinberger | November 9, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “roommate” and “business partner” in Hebrew

שותף   Perhaps you know the Hebrew word for to participate – לְהִשְׁתַּתֵּף (le-heesh-tah-TEHF). The root is ש.ת.פ (sh.t.p) – the concept of sharing.   A partner in a financial situation – be it people sharing a house (roommates/house mates), partners in a business venture, or partners in a noble cause (which, inevitably, demands capital) – […]

By Ami Steinberger | November 8, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to decipher” in Hebrew

לפענח   When I walked up to my first exhibit at the British Museum last Monday, I was surprised, excited and humbled to find myself face-to-face with the Rosetta Stone.   Thanks for the picture, Mark!   Yes, this stone is the namesake of some of the best software for learning a foreign language (I […]

By Ami Steinberger | November 7, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “absurd” in Hebrew

מגוחך   No connection to anything, just a word that popped into my head: the Hebrew word for absurd is מְגֻחָך (me-goo-KHAHKH).   For example, קוֹפִים עָפִים מִסָּבִיב לַיָּרֵחַ זֶה דָּבָר מְגוּחָך (koh-FEEM ah-FEEM mee-sah-VEEV lah-yah-REH-ahkh zeh dah-VAHR me-goo-KHAHKH) – Monkeys flying around the moon is something absurd.     You know what else is מגוחך? […]

By Ami Steinberger | November 4, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how to say “to sing off-key” or “to counterfeit” in Hebrew

לזייף   כֶּסֶף מְזֻיַּף (KEH-sef me-zoo-YAHF) is counterfeit money. לְזַיֵּף (le-zah-YEF) is to counterfeit. The root of both is ז.י.פ (z.y.p/f).   One can also counterfeit a decent voice while singing. In English we call this phenomenon singing off-key. In Hebrew, we call it לזייף – to sing off-key – or זִיּוּף (zee-YOOF) – the act of singing […]

By Ami Steinberger | November 3, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “tourist” in Hebrew

תייר, תיירת I’m writing to you from an Internet center (“centre”) in Central London. I just spent the afternoon touring with a friend. We went to the British Museum, the Wallace Collection and walked around Oxford Street. London’s a cool place. In the next couple days perhaps I’ll upload a picture/photo of my trip/journey (mixing […]

By Ami Steinberger | November 1, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how to say “to train someone” in Hebrew

להכשיר   Following yesterday’s word, כִּשָּׁרוֹן (kee-shah-ROHN) – talent, I’ve got a related word from the same root (כ.ש.ר – k.sh.r).   To cause someone to be prepared for a task or to train someone is לְהַכְשִׁיר (le-hahkh-SHEER).   For example, אֲנִי הוֹלֵךְ לְהַכְשִׁיר מִישֶׁהוּ בְּרַעֲנָנָה (ah-NEE hoh-LEKH le-hahkh-SHEER MEE-sheh-hoo be-rah-ah-NAH-nah) – I’m going to train someone […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 31, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “knack” or “talent” in Hebrew

כשרון   You probably know the Hebrew word for Kosher – כָּשֵׁר (kah-SHEHR). Literally, the word means prepared.   The root כ.ש.ר (k.sh.r) is also used to imply that someone is naturally prepared for some task; that the person has talent or a knack for it. The word for talent or knack is כִּשָּׁרוֹן (kee-shah-ROHN).   To say that a person […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 28, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “launching” in Hebrew

השקה   Perhaps you know the Hebrew word for a kiss – נְשִׁיקָה (ne-shee-KAH).   To cause something to kiss – such as making a new boat “kiss” the water for the first time, or launching it – is לְהַשִּׁיק (le-hah-SHEEK).    Likewise, the act of launching a new boat, product or service is הַשָּׁקָה (hah-shah-KAH).   Launching our […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 27, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “suggestion” in Hebrew

הצעה   To suggest is לְהַצִּיע (le-hah-TSEE-ah).    A suggestion is a הַצָּעָה (hah-tsah-AH).  For example, אֲנִי פָּתוּחַ לְהַצָּעוֹת לְתָכְנִית הָרַדִיוֹ שֶׁלִּי (ah-NEE pah-TOO-ahkh le-hah-tsah-OHT le-tohkh-NEET hah-RAH-dee-yoh sheh-LEE) – I’m open to suggestions for my radio program.   Yes, if you’ve got a piece of Israeli music that you always wished you understood – the words, the […]

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