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how to say “to bring to life” or “to illustrate” in Hebrew

לְהַמְחִישׁ Hear this word pronounced   This week I introduced some of my students to a song by Ehud Banai called עֵגֶל הַזָּהָב (EH-ghel hah-zah-HAHV) – The Golden Calf, as Jews around the world will be reading its account this Shabbat. I’ll probably play the song with explanation next Wednesday on my radio show. My […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 18, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how to say “a pie of pizza” in Hebrew

מַגָּשׁ Hear this word pronounced My Tuesday afternoon class inspired me to do this entry – thanks guys! The word for pie in Hebrew is פַּשְׁטִידָה (pahsh-tee-DAH) – borrowed from Italian of the middle ages, or פַּאי (pie) – borrowed from English. But when you’re ordering pizza in Israel, you’ll use a different word. You’d […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 17, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how to say “a circle” in Hebrew

מַעֲגָל Hear this word pronounced There’s a circle, meaning the shape – עִגּוּל (ee-GOOL). But what I’m referring to is the type of circle people might sit around and tell stories, such as in this little cartoon: This is called, in Hebrew, a מַעֲגָל (mah-ah-GAHL).  Likewise, a traffic circle is called a מעגל תְּנוּעָה (mah-ah-GAHL te-noo-AH). It’s also known […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 16, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “tense” or “primed” in Hebrew

דָּרוּךְ Hear this word pronounced How you can help a family of orphans  A phrase in this morning’s front-page article on Ynet translates, literally, “The world is following with tenseness the developments in the Middle East…” – הָעוֹלָם עוֹקֵב בִּדְרִיכוּת אֲחַר הַהִתְפַּתְּחוּיוֹת בַּמִּזְרַח הַתִּיכוֹן (hah-oh-LAHM oh-KEV bee-dree-KHOOT ah-KHAHR hah-heet-paht-khoo-YOHT bah-meez-RAHKH hah-tee-KHOHN). דריכות means tenseness or preparedness. To […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 15, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “heating” in Hebrew

הַסָּקָה, חִמּוּם Hear this word pronounced The Hebrew word for heat or warmth (and fever) is חוֹם (khohm). To heat something is לְחַמֵּם (leh-khah-MEM), a פיעל (pee-EL) verb. The act of heating is חִמּוּם (khee-MOOM). For example, a תָּנוּר חימום (tah-NOOR khee-MOOM) is a space heater, or literally, a heating oven. But there’s another, more common word, that refers […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 14, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to get better” in Hebrew

לְהַחְלִים Hear this word pronounced This one’s for my friend Rachel in Baltimore, an amazing young woman whom I pray receives a complete, speedy recovery. Perhaps you know the Hebrew word for healthy – בָּרִיא (bah-REE). When someone is sick, the traditional Hebrew/Jewish wish for them to get better is רְפוּאָה שְׁלֵמָה (reh-foo-AH sheh-leh-MAH). This means, literally, […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 13, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how to say “to be on time” in Hebrew

לְדַיֵּק Hear this word pronounced Last night I went to my first Ethiopian Jewish wedding.  I had a blast.  I like a down-to-earth atmosphere; here all the formalities were overshadowed by probably about a thousand people – many teens and young adults – talking enthusiastically and dancing with such celebration that I felt like a […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 11, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “a native” in Hebrew

יָלִיד Hear this word pronounced If you already know some Hebrew, you certainly know the Hebrew word for boy – יֶלֶד (YEH-led) and the word for girl – יַלְדָּה (yahl-DAH). You may also know the word for born as in, He was born – נוֹלַד (noh-LAHD). To say someone is a native of a particular place, you’d use the word […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 10, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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new deadline for course registration

New Deadline We’ve made some changes to the course schedules in Jerusalem and Raanana for the upcoming Ulpan La-Inyan session, so we’ve extended the registration deadline to Thursday, February 17.   Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out our ad below:     How’s your Hebrew? Our state-of-the-art conversational Hebrew courses begin February 27 in Jerusalem, Efrat and Raanana. Get discounted […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 9, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “unexpected” in Hebrew

בִּלְתִּי צָפוּי Hear this phrase pronounced Suppose you’re sitting on the sofa one stormy evening covered in a warm blanket, reading a book, when suddenly there’s an unexpected knock on the door. Expected or foreseen in Hebrew is צָפוּי (tsah-FOO-ee), from the root צ.פ.ה (ts.p.h), meaning watching. It’s the same root as in הָר הַצּוֹפִים (hahr hah-tsoh-FEEM) – […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 9, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “an attempt” or “a trial” in Hebrew

נִסָּיוֹן Hear this word pronounced You’re likely to come across this word not so much in everyday speech, but rather through the media, specifically by watching and listening to the news in Hebrew. To make an attempt, or to try (and not to try a new food – that’s to taste), in Hebrew, is לְנַסּוֹת (le-nah-SOHT). An […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 8, 2011 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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