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how to say “owner” in Hebrew

בְּעָלִים Hebrew doesn’t have words for to own or to have. Rather, I have is יש לי – literally, there is to me. And ownership is בעלות, deriving from the Biblical word בעל meaning master (also husband). When referring to the owner of a piece of real estate or a company, the word is בעלים. This word is used in the masculine plural […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 23, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “hall” in Hebrew

הֵיכָל, אוּלָם Hebrew has two words for the type of hall that can fit lots of people: היכל and אולם. היכל refers to a hall consecrated for a particular purpose, such as היכל התרבות – the Hall of Culture in Tel Aviv, and the היכל that was the gathering place in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem,whose destruction is […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 22, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly YDDH Review

חֹמֶר לְשִׁנּוּן Review Material You spent time on your Hebrew this week. Use these review materials to make it yours to keep.      To take full advantage of the review material, click on “Choose a study mode” in the bottom right corner of the box above. שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 20, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “giant” in Hebrew

עֲנָק The word ענק refers to a giant person: האם באמת מצאו שלד של ענק? Did they really find a skeleton of a giant? Israelis also use it as an expression of enthusiasm and great approval: הוא סיים קורס טייס? ענק! He finished the pilots’ course? Amazing! (Giant!) To say gigantic, add י- or ית- to the […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 19, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “skeleton” in Hebrew

שֶׁלֶד Here’s one of those words that’s not super useful but you might well run into at some point: שלד – skeleton. Here it is in a possible conversation: אתה לא אוכל כלום – אתה נראה כמו שלד! You (a male) don’t eat anything – you look like a skeleton! Like in English, שלד can also […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 18, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “nothing” in Hebrew

כְּלוּם, שׁוּם דָּבָר Modern Hebrew has two ways to say nothing in Hebrew: כלום and שום דבר. Biblical Hebrew has a third: מאומה. Like אף אחד, the words כלום and שום דבר take לא in a sentence: אף אחד לא יודע כלום על התיק. No one knows anything about the case. and אין לי שום דבר […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 17, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how to say “nobody” in Hebrew

אַף אֶחָד The Hebrew expression for no one or nobody is אף אחד. In sentences, it’s used with לא, for example: אף אחד לא יודע על זה, אל תגלי. Nobody knows about this, don’t tell. (spoken to a female) People tend to think that אף אחד לא is a double negative, like saying nobody doesn’t know in […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 16, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to discover” in Hebrew

לְגַלּוֹת לגלות means to reveal: אל תגלה לה את הסוד. Don’t tell her (reveal to her) the secret. (spoken to a male) It also means to discover: קולומבוס גילה את אמריקה? Columbus discovered America? לגלות comes from the root ג.ל.ה and is a פיעל verb. Likewise, a revelation or discovery is גילוי.

By Ami Steinberger | July 15, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly YDDH Review

חֹמֶר לְשִׁנּוּן Review Material You spent time on your Hebrew this week. Use these review materials to make it yours to keep.      To take full advantage of the review material, click on “Choose a study mode” in the bottom right corner of the box above. שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 13, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to stick something” in Hebrew

לְהַדְבִּיק Yesterday we saw the word for glue – דבק. The three letters of דבק form a root that finds application in other words as well, including the הפעיל verb להדביק – to stick. For example: תעשי לי טובה, תדביקי את המודעה הזאת על הלוח. Do me a favor, stick this ad on the board. (spoken to […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 12, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “glue” in Hebrew

דֶּבֶק The root ד.ב.ק in Biblical Hebrew refers to clinging, cleaving, as in: “ודבק באשתו והיו לבשר אחד.” (בראשית ב’, כ”ד) “And he shall cleave to his wife and they shall be as one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24) We use this root today to form the word that refers to something adhesive or glue: דבק. Like in English, דבק […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 11, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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