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how to say “it’s been an honor” in Hebrew

זכיתי…   This one’s for my dear Mom.   Mom asked me how to say honor as in It’s been an honor to have met you. I started brainstorming out loud, saying something with the word כָּבוֹד (kah-VOHD), which means honor and respect. So Mom said, “no, that’s a literal translation.” She was right – what’s needed is […]

By Ami Steinberger | September 29, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “screenplay” in Hebrew

תסריט   You may know the word for movie or film – סֶרֶט (SEH-ret). The word works both for cinematic creations as well as a ribbon, which is a kind of a film.   The word for screenplay is תַּסְרִיט (tahs-REET). Note the three-letter root embedded in the word – ס.ר.ט.   This structure – with a ת […]

By Ami Steinberger | September 28, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how to say “a plug” or “a traffic jam” in Hebrew

פקק   Onomatopoeia exists in every language, most likely. It’s those words that sound like the sound they make. For example birds chirp – and a chirp makes a chirping sound. Ducks quack, tight air whizzes by, etc.   Hebrew is no exception. The Hebrew word for a plug or a cork – that which makes the pkak sound […]

By Ami Steinberger | September 27, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how to say “I’m full” in Hebrew

שבע   If you’re familiar with the Jewish blessing following a meal involving bread, you almost certainly know the phrase (Biblical verse) וְאָכַלְתָּ וְשָׂבַעְתָּ וּבֵרַכְתָּ (ve-ah-khahl-TAH ve-sah-VAH-tah oo-veh-rahkh-TAH…) – and you shall eat and be sated, and you shall bless (G-d)…   To say I’m full, as in I’ve eaten enough, is אֲנִי שָׂבֵע (ah-NEE […]

By Ami Steinberger | September 26, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how to say “to celebrate” in Hebrew

לחגוג   The Arabic word for pilgrimage is حج (hahj).   The Hebrew word for holiday – particularly that which involves a pilgrimage to Jerusalem (Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot) – is חַג (hahg). Arabic and Hebrew are very closely related languages. You can see the common concept in these two nearly-identical words. At some point, they split off, […]

By Ami Steinberger | September 22, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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נתיב   This one’s for Tehillah. You too can request a word by filling out this simple form.   The Hebrew word for a lane on a road is נָתִיב (nah-TEEV). The Ayalon Highway is called נְתִיבֵי הָאַיָּלוֹן (neh-tee-VEH-ee hah-ah-yah-LOHN) in Hebrew – the “Ayalon Lanes”. A synonym for נתיב, also used, is מַסְלוּל (mahs-LOOL).   […]

By Ami Steinberger | September 21, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how to say “to fly” (on a plane) in Hebrew

לטוס I’m about to board a flight to LA at Ben Gurion airport. It’s my dad’s 60th birthday coming up, so I decided at the last minute to try to book a free ticket with mileage (even the paid ones aren’t too bad this season). Who knew? Lo and behold, less than a week before the flight, […]

By Ami Steinberger | September 20, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how to say “to get updated” in Hebrew

להתעדכן   Israelis all around the world love to stay up to date with what’s going on in the holy land. I imagine many Jews, regardless of whether they carry Israeli citizenship, love to do the same.   Ulpan La-Inyan’s Level 5 class allows you to do so with the Israeli radio broadcast, as students […]

By Ami Steinberger | September 19, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 4 Comments
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how to say “values” in Hebrew

ערכים   Ulpan La-Inyan’s Level 4 is the “upgrade” course – where students’ conversation abilities get upgraded from day-to-day to something they could use to make not-so-small talk at cocktail parties… or begin to participate in discussions in the university classroom.   The central theme of the course is עֲרָכִים (ah-rah-KHEEM) – values. Our next […]

By Ami Steinberger | September 16, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “fascinating” in Hebrew

מרתק   In Ulpan La-Inyan’s Level 3 course, 21-year-old חַגַּי (khah-GAH-ee) tells his date, יִפְעַת (yeef-AHT) all about his trip to Nahal Yehudiya, including the heroic act he performs there.     The word is a bit advanced for Level 3, but יפעת could have said, אֵיזֶה סִפּוּר מְרַתֵּק (EHY-zeh see-POOR me-rah-TEK) – What a fascinating […]

By Ami Steinberger | September 14, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how to say “teaching” in Hebrew

הוראה     In Level 2 of Ulpan La-Inyan, students enter the busy lives of Moni and Eti, a couple with a son named Rafi, who requires them to attend parent-teacher conferences more often than they’d like.   You may very well know the Hebrew words for teacher – מוֹרֶה (moh-REH) for a male and מוֹרָה (moh-RAH) for a […]

By Ami Steinberger | September 13, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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