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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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saying “human being” in Hebrew

בן אדם The full term for human being in Hebrew is בֶּן אָדָם (ben ah-DAHM) – literally, son of Adam. The term refers to males and females alike, such that you might correctly say הִיא בֶּן אָדָם טוֹב (hee ben ah-DAHM tohv) – she is a good person. Oftentimes, בן אדם gets shortened to simply אדם. You […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 16, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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“entertainment” in Hebrew

בידור Though Israel is now my home, I’m proud of my roots in LA, the entertainment capital of the world. How do you say entertainment in Hebrew? בִּדּוּר (bee-DOOR). The word is the noun form of the verb לְבַדֵּר (le-vah-DEHR), which means, to entertain. Here’s a video that is מְבַדֵּר (me-vah-DEHR – entertaining) for all ages (especially really […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 16, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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May
14
2010

Hebrew for wisdom

חכמה This one’s to my friend Mark Whelan from… England, LA, Germany, etc. Thanks for the request (the rest of you can request words as well!) הוּא אִישׁ חָכָם (hoo eesh hah-KHAHM) means he is a wise man. It’s used also to mean he is a smart man. So, for instance, if a man were […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 14, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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