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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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how do you say “to wear” in Hebrew?

ללבוש, לחבוש, לנעול, לגרוב, וכו Actually, it’s not so simple – Hebrew has specific verbs for wearing many different types of clothing. The most common word is לִלְבּוֹש (leel-BOHSH). For example, אֲנִי אוֹהֵב לִלְבּוֹש חוּלְצוֹת יָפוֹת (ah-NEE oh-HEV leel-BOHSH hool-TSOHT yah-FOHT) – I like to wear nice shirts. But there are other terms: לַחֲבוֹש כּוֹבַע […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 18, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 5 Comments
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