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how do you say “to show up” in Hebrew? plus a thought from this week’s Torah portion

להתיצב   There are a few Hebrew verbs that can mean to show up. One is לְהוֹפִיע (le-hoh-FEE-ah), or literally, to appear. You’d use that one in the context of she showed up at the party – הִיא הוֹפִיעָה בַּמְּסִיבָּה (hee hoh-FEE-ah bah-meh-see-BAH).   Another sense of “showing up” is he showed up at the (army) […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 24, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “kind” and “type” in Hebrew?

מין, סוג   Are you liking your Free Daily Dose of Hebrew?   PASS IT ON!   This entry is delivered at the request of all-star Ulpan La-Inyan faithful, Ruti.   So there are (at least) two words for “type” or “kind” in Hebrew: מִין (meen) and סוּג (soog). What’s the difference? When should one […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 23, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 3 Comments
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how do you say “transparent” in Hebrew?

שקוף   Today I was on the phone with Adam Ross, Ulpan La-Inyan‘s Director of Marketing, when all of a sudden a quite powerful gust of wind came and slammed my office/bedroom door shut and shattering all the glass, yielding this:     The spots on the door are not stains; rather, they are specs of […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 22, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “heat,” “fever” and “warmth” in Hebrew?

חום   Help us get the Hebrew word out there! Forward this to a friend or two! Yes, single Hebrew word above means all three of those things in English: heat, fever and warmth. The word is חוֹם (hohm) – not to be confused with the color brown – חוּם (hoom).   Here are two Hebrew […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 21, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how do you say “Father’s Day” in Hebrew?

יום האב   I dedicate today’s dose to my father, the man who taught me the language I now give over to you. Why? Because today (Sunday) is Father’s Day, at least in the States (in case you forgot like I almost did :). אַבָּא (AH-bah) is usually one of the first words uttered by […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 20, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 3 Comments
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how do you say “I believe” in Hebrew?

להאמין   I think I’ve already done this word a while ago, but after a wonderful Shabbat that was wonderful as a result of certain acts of אמונה (see below for Hebrew explanation) on my part, I feel it’s nice to reprise.   I believe that אֶמוּנָה (eh-moo-NAH) is important for a happy, healthy life. […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 20, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 4 Comments
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today there was a big one – how do you say “demonstration” in Hebrew?

הפגנה   To my Level-5-ers – you’ve already had this lesson. Consider it review :).   The Hebrew word for demonstration – political or otherwise – is הַפְגָּנָה (hahf-gah-NAH).    To demonstrate or to display is לְהַפְגִּין (le-hahf-GHEEN). For example, הוּא מַפְגִּין עִנְיָן בַּלִּמּוּדִים (hoo mahf-GHEEN een-YAHN bah-lee-moo-DEEM) – he displays interest in (his/the) studies.   Today there […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 17, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how do you say “Palestinian Authority” in Hebrew?

רשות   The word for Authority, as in the Palestinian Authority, is רָשׁוּת (rah-SHOOT). The Palestinian Authority is הָרָשׁוּת הַפַלֶסְטִינִית (hah-fah-less-TEE-neet). I use an f instead of a p because Arabic speakers don’t have the p sound – so that when they pronounce this Latin word, Palestine, you’ll often hear either Falestine or Balestine.   The plural is […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 16, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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How do you say “a date” in Hebrew?

דייט, וכו.   My Level 5 class at AACI Jerusalem is composed partly of some self-proclaimed yentes – people (usually ladies) who like to talk a lot.   So the word for date (as in a non-platonic meeting between two people) came up. My students were surprised that the word for date in Hebrew is none other than […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 15, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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How do you say “enlightened” in Hebrew?

נאור   A couple of years ago I worked with a man named נָאוֹר (nah-OHR), who runs a non-profit organization in Tel Aviv. I thought about it, looked it up to confirm, and discovered that his name indeed means enlightened. The female version of the word/name is נְאוֹרָה (ne-oh-RAH).    The word/name is actually a […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 14, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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and my radio show – Israeli music explained

תכנית רדיו   Tune into RustyMike Radio at 3pm Israel time (8am EST) on Monday to hear me presenting Israeli music with brief explanations (usually key words or basic content).       I do this every week.   If you’ve got requests for songs, let me know (you can just reply to this email).

By Ami Steinberger | June 13, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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