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Get speaking Hebrew… starting July 25 with Ulpan La-Inyan

    Ulpan La-Inyan midsummer classes   We’ve got a midsummer session of our fun, relaxed and highly-effective conversational Hebrew classes, starting on July 25 and running through September 2.       We’re offering a variety of levels at the AACI in both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.    I hope to see you in class!  […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 11, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Israeli music radio show… in English – “three weeks” special

Special show for the Three Weeks   As many of you know, I deliver a radio show once a week of Hebrew/Israeli music with some English explanation. The show is broadcast live at RustyMike Radio on Mondays from 3-4pm Israel time, and is rebroadcast the following Sunday early morning from 2-3am.   In observance of […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 11, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how to say “to open (your) eyes” in Hebrew…

לפקוח In English, we use the word open for virtually anything we’re opening. In Hebrew, there’s a special word for opening eyes. Whereas לִפְתּוֹח (leef-TOH-akh) is to open in the general sense – such as פָּתַחְתִּי אֶת הַבַּקְבּוּק (pah-TAKH-tee et hah-bahk-BOOK) – I opened the bottle; לִפְקוֹח (leef-KOH-akh) means to open eyes, as in פָּקַחְתִּי אֶת עֵינַי […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 11, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how to say “to enlist oneself” or “to devote oneself”… in Hebrew

להרתם   Even if you’re more or less fluent in Hebrew, there’s a good chance you don’t know this word.   To enlist oneself or to devote oneself – say, to a cause – is לְהֵרָתֵם (le-heh-rah-TEHM). For example, כָּל הַיְּלָדִים נִרְתָּמִים לַעֲזוֹר בַּבָּיִת (kohl hah-yeh-lah-DEEM neer-tah-MEEM lah-ah-ZOHR bah-BAH-yeet) – all the kids “are enlisting” to help […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 10, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how to say “to accept” someone (or something) in Hebrew…

לקבל   If you know a little Hebrew (for example, if you’ve taken Level 1 of Ulpan La-Inyan), you’re more than likely familiar with the word for to receive or to accept – לְקַבֵּל (le-kah-BEHL).   What you may not know, unless you’ve immersed yourself in Hebrew culture, is that to express the idea of accepting a […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 8, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to hurt,” as in feelings, in Hebrew…

לפגוע   If you spent time in Israel between 2000 and 2005, you certainly know the Hebrew word for terror attack  – פִּגּוּע (pee-GOO-ah). This word means, literally, an act of causing hurt.   To hurt someone emotionally is לִפְגּוֹע (leef-GOH-ah). For example, לֹא רָצִיתִי לִפְגּוֹעַ בָּך (lo rah-TSEE-tee leef-GOH-ah bahkh) means I didn’t want […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 7, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 5 Comments
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deadline for Ulpan La-Inyan summer discount…!

Class starts on July 25… and the discount ends today! (Thursday)   Come join our nutty professors (just kidding – our teachers are super-hip) and learn to speak Hebrew in a way you’ve probably never before come across… that is, unless you’ve taken a course with us before, in which case you get more discounts.   Today […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 7, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how does one say “to contribute” in Hebrew?

לתרום If you’re familiar with Jewish tradition and Jewish law, you probably know the word for contribution – תְּרוּמָה (troo-MAH). The root ת.ר.מ (t.r.m), which makes up the word תרומה, is itself actually derived from a more basic root – ר.ו.מ (r.w.m), which carries the basic meaning of height and loftiness. So a תרומה has to […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 6, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “communicate” in Hebrew…

לתקשר   If you’ve taken our Level 1 conversational Hebrew class, or if you have equivalent background in Hebrew, you know that one of the words for to call someone on the phone is לְהִתְקַשֵּׁר (le-heet-kah-SHEHR). The root of that word is ק.ש.ר (k.sh.r) – connection. So when you call someone, you’re connecting with them.   This guy […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 5, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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I’ve got a special radio show today on RustyMike

Special show for the Three Weeks   As many of you know, I deliver a radio show once a week of Hebrew/Israeli music with some English explanation. The show is broadcast live at RustyMike Radio on Mondays from 3-4pm Israel time, and is rebroadcast the following Sunday early morning from 2-3am.   In observance of […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 4, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to identify with” in Hebrew…

להזדהות If you’ve made aliyah, you surely know the term for ID card – תְּעוּדַת זֶהוּת (teh-oo-DAHT zeh-HOOT). The root of זהות – identity – is ז.ה.ה (z.h.h). To identity with someone or something is לְהִזְדָּהוֹת (leh-heez-dah-HOHT). For example, הוּא מִזְדָּהֶה עִם הָעָם הַיְּהוּדִי (hoo meez-dah-HEH eem hah-AHM hah-yeh-hoo-DEE) – he identifies with the Jewish people. Today, […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 4, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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