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how do you say “niece” and “nephew” in Hebrew?

אחיין, אחיינית   Brother is אָח (ahkh); sister is אָחוֹת (ah-KHOHT). I would rate these as Level 2 words for Ulpan La-Inyan.   Nephew is אַחְיָן (ahkh-YAHN), and niece is אַחְיָנִית (ahkh-yah-NEET). These are more likely to be encountered in a Level 3 or Level 4 discussion.   For example, I would say, יֵשׁ לִי אחיינית חֲדָשָׁה (yesh lee […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 28, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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taking requests

I’m now taking requests for Ktzat Ivrit content – so if you’d like to learn a particular word or phrase or see one featured, let me know by following the “comments – I’m taking requests!” link below.

By Ami Steinberger | April 28, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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How to say “extended family members” in Hebrew

דודים, סבים   The Hebrew word for uncle is דּוֹד (dohd); the word for aunt is דּוֹדָה (doh-DAH – more commonly pronounced DOH-dah).   Why? Because the word דוד itself means dear one – aunts and uncles are people close or dear to a child (i.e. close enough for love and gifst but usually distant enough so the […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 27, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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How to say “fine dining” in Hebrew

לסעוד   If you know a bit of Hebrew, you probably know the word for restaurant – מִסְעָדָה (mees-ah-DAH).   The root of that word is ס.ע.ד (s.a.d.), whose core meaning is satiation.   The common word for to eat is לֶאֱכוֹל (le-eh-KHOL), but just like English has a finer word, to dine, Hebrew has לִסְעוֹד […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 26, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 3 Comments
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attachment is everything – in Hebrew?

התקשרות   Before I started teaching Hebrew with Ulpan La-Inyan, I was practicing psychotherapy. I did a Masters at Pepperdine University in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy.   One of the topics I got to explore a bit during the degree, but more so in a subsequent AEDP immersion course […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 26, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 3 Comments
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By Ami Steinberger | April 26, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “keeping busy” ” to employ” in Hebrew

מעסיק   Perhaps you know the Hebrew word for a business – עֶסֶק (EH-sehk).   If I were to state that he’s busy, I’d say, הוּא עָסוּק (hoo ah-SOOK); I were to say that a woman is busy, it would be, הִיא עֲסוּקָה (hee ah-soo-KAH).   However, if I wanted to say, he’s preoccupied with something, I’d […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 25, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how do you say “I get it” in Hebrew?

ק.ל.ט.   Perhaps you’re familiar with the term מֶרְכַּז קְלִיטָה (mehr-KAHZ klee-TAH) – absorption center. Perhaps you’ve lived in one.   The word קליטה comes from the root לִקְלוֹט, which means to absorb. The word is used in colloquial Hebrew to mean to get it, as in “Ah, now I get it!” – אָה, עַכְשָׁיו […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 22, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Hebrew for income (tax)

מס הכנסה   The great American institution, the IRS, has an Israeli equivalent. It’s called מַס הַכְנָסָה (mahs hakh-nah-SAH) – literally, income tax.   לְהַכְנִיס (le-hakh-NEES) is to insert or to cause to come in – so its noun form is הכנסה – income.   מַס is a Biblical Hebrew word that means something to […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 21, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “barbecuing” in Hebrew

על האש A מַנְגָּל (MAHN-gahl) is a barbecue… but the word comes from Arabic. Rather, the proper (well, maybe not really proper) way to say it in Hebrew is עַל הָאֵש (ahl hah-ESH), which means, literally, on the fire. The really proper way to say it is מַצְלֶה (mahts-LEH), coming from the word לִצְלוֹת (leets-LOHT) […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 20, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “how to party”in Hebrew

לחגוג   You probably know the word חַג (hahg) – holiday, in the religious sense.   To celebrate is לַחְגּוֹג (lah-GOHG).   Here’s a video שחוגג sixty years of Israel’s independence (two years dated). In my mind, it celebrates the diversity of Jews in Israeli society, that, after thousands of years of separation and the widest […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 19, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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