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how do you say “broadcast” in Hebrew?

שידור   The word שִׁדּוּר (shee-DOOR) means a broadcast, like the kind done over TV or the radio. A שידור חָי (shee-DOOR KHAH-ee) is a live broadcast.     לְשַׁדֵּר (le-shah-DEHR) means to broadcast. It follows the same grammatical structure as לְדַבֵּר (le-dah-BEHR) – notice that the two words have the same vowel points. And […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 6, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “identity” in Hebrew?

זהות   If you’ve lived in Israel or have taken Level 2 of Ulpan La-Inyan, you’re familiar with the term for ID card – תְּעוּדַת זְהוּת (teh-oo-DAHT zeh-HOOT).   The word זהות itself means identity. Its root is זֶה (zeh), which means this. Identity is “this-ness.”   Today, perhaps more so than ever, it’s critical that […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 6, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 6 Comments
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how do you “exhausted” in Hebrew?

מותש, גמור   I’ve had one of those weeks that has at once flown by and seemed like an eternity. Know what I’m talking about? Lots of events, requiring me to be fully engaged in each… so the time flies really fast, but I also look back at last week and it seems as if […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 3, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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the quiet before the storm – how do you say “flotilla” in Hebrew? how do you say it in English?!

משט   I learned two words this past week in two languages.    The first is flotilla. It must come from Spanish or something.   The second is מַשָּׁט (mah-SHAHT). It comes from the root ש.ו.ט, which carries the core meaning of sailing or traveling by sea.    Watch this video of a news report before the […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 3, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 3 Comments
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how do you say “refreshed” in Hebrew?

להתרענן   If you’re having trouble seeing the vowels, enlarge the display on your monitor.   Some of the readers of this blog live in Raanana – רַעֲנָנָה. I spent a year living there as well. That year, when I was 14 years old, I decided that I would make Israel my home – if […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 1, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “truth” and “real” in Hebrew?

אמת, אמיתי   If you’re having trouble seeing the vowels, enlarge the display on your monitor. The Rabbis pointed out that the Hebrew word for truth – אֶמֶת (eh-MEHT) – begins with the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, א, continues with one of the two middle letters, מ, and ends with the last letter, ת. […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 31, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “stage” in Hebrew?

שלב, במה   There’s the stage that people perform on, and the stage that is similar in meaning to rung, level, etc.   The stage where plays and concerts take place is a בָּמָה (bah-MAH). Likewise, a director of a show, or a film for that matter, is a בַּמַּאִי (bah-MAH-ee). The plural is בָּמוֹת (bah-MOHT).   […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 30, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “chase after” in Hebrew

לרדוף   My house-mate Josh suggested this word. Josh grew up in the UK and now chases down terrorists – he’s a soldier in the IDF, preparing to be a commander. The Chapters of the Fathers (פִּרְקֵי אָבוֹת – peer-KAY ah-VOHT) lists appropriate ages for various milestones in the life of the Jewish male: 9 for […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 29, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Level 1 Hebrew evening class opening up in Tel Aviv

    We’re opening up an evening Level 1 class (essential Hebrew conversation) at AACI Tel Aviv, starting June 6.    That makes three classes in Tel Aviv (Levels 2 and 4 in the mornings), and five classes in Jerusalem.   At our Ulpan, you won’t feel like this guy.     Have you thought about signing up? What are you waiting […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 27, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how do you say “lazy” in Hebrew?

עצלן   My bed has clothes, CDs, envelopes and all kinds of other stuff on it, and I don’t feel like putting it all away so I can go to… bed.   Instead, I’m going to do what I’ve done more than one night over the past couple of weeks. I’m going to sleep on […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 27, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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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 […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 26, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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