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how to say “professional” in Hebrew…

מקצועי The Modern Hebrew word for profession – מִקְצוֹע (meek-TSOH-ah) appears in the Bible meaning the side of a room/ a geometrical figure. The root is ק.צ.ע (k.ts.a), a root that shares its first two letters with other roots of a similar meaning: ק.צ.ה (k.ts.h) – edge; ק.צ.ר (k.ts.r) – short (in length); etc. What does […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 15, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “unavailable” in Hebrew…

לא זמין Now, if you’ve read the previous post, you know that I am probably on a trip in the Galilee and the vicinity. You may be wondering how I’ve managed to write a Ktzat Ivrit entry on my vacation! The answer is that I’ve written it in advance, and hit “publish” before I left. […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 12, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “a hiking trail” in Hebrew…

מסלול הליכה Hiking is to Israelis as playing soccer (futbol) is to South Americans… or as dipping in ice water is to Russians. It’s just what they do. So there isn’t really a word in Hebrew that communicates the rigors of hiking. Instead, a hike is usually referred to in the broader sense of the […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 11, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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10
2010

how to say “protein” in Hebrew…

חלבונים   A couple of days ago we did the word for carbs – פַּחְמִימוֹת (pahkh-mee-MOHT). Today we’re going to look at another item on the Nutrition Facts section of packaged food – protein.   Hebrew’s rendition of protein is חֶלְבּוֹן (khehl-BOHN), which is also the term for egg white. If you look closely at the word […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 10, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how to say “summer camp” in Hebrew…

קייטנה   Click the Hebrew word above to hear it pronounced.   The Hebrew word for summer is קַיִץ (KAH-yeets), probably related to the Biblical Hebrew word for end – קֵץ (kehts), as summer can be seen as the end of the year (especially with Rosh Hashana coming up).   Now, you may know that Aramaic is […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 9, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 4 Comments
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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.    […]

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. […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 7, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 6 Comments
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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 […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 4, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 8 Comments
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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 […]

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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