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how to say “a letter” (as opposed to “a tweet”) in Hebrew

מִכְתָּב A letter such as that belonging to the first word you’re reading now (n), in Hebrew, is אות. For example: כמה אותיות יש באלפבית העברי? How many letters are there in the Hebrew alphabet? (The answer is 22 plus 5 ending letters.) Then there’s a letter that used to be handwritten and sent via post, but today […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 27, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “event” in Hebrew

אֵרוּעַ The Hebrew word for event – אירוע – comes from the Aramic verb ארע – happened: an event is something that takes place, and then it’s over. Like in English, אירוע can refer to an event geological, digital, or one that people gather to take part in. For example: מאוד נדיר לשמוע על אירוע גדול בעיר שלנו. It’s […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 26, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to learn Hebrew fast

So, you want to know how to learn Hebrew fast? You’ve gotten over the hurdle (which doesn’t need to be a hurdle) of thinking that Hebrew is so hard to learn, so different from other l languages, the alphabet is different, etc. You’ve got an appetite for this ancient-modern action-packed tongue, and you’re ready to […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 25, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “rare” in Hebrew

נָדִיר This post is about rare in the sense of not so common – נדיר. Rare meat is בשר נא. Here’s נדיר in context: החוקרת מצאה כלי חרס מאוד נדיר בחפירה. The (female) researcher found a very rare piece of pottery in the dig. This word is derived from the Arabic نادر (nader) of the same meaning.

By Ami Steinberger | March 25, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly YDDH Review

חֹמֶר לְשִׁנּוּן Review Material Can’t read Hebrew yet? You spent time on your Hebrew this week. Use these review materials to make it yours to keep.  Flashcards . Scatter . Gravity . Test שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a nice weekend!

By Ami Steinberger | March 23, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “corruption” in Hebrew

שְׁחִיתוּת The Hebrew word for corruption is שחיתות, of the root ש.ח.ת. This root is very similar to ש.ח.ט, which means slaughter. The connection between the two ideas isn’t too difficult to imagine. Here’s שחיתות in context: מדינת ישראל מנסה להתנקות משחיתות. The State of Israel is trying to cleanse itself of corruption. Hebrew also […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 22, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “to cleanse oneself” in Hebrew

לְהִתְנַקּוֹת So not everyone loves לנקות – to clean. But there’s a psychological/spiritual advantage to doing it, at least arguably: cleaning the outside might mirror some cleaning on the inside. The primary Hebrew word for to cleanse oneself is להתנקות, a reflexive version of לנקות. For example: לקראת פסח גם מנקים וגם מתנקים. For (in […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 21, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “to clean” in Hebrew

לְנַקּוֹת Passover is coming, and with it time for many people to do spring cleaning. To clean in Hebrew is לנקות. For example: אוף, אני שונא לנקות! Ugh, I (a male) hate cleaning (to clean)! and: כבר ניקיתי את השירותים. I already cleaned the restroom. לנקות is an active-intensive פיעל verb of the lamed-heh variety. […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 20, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “ugh!” in Hebrew

אוּף! In Israel’s version of Sesame Street, there’s a character that parallels Oscar the Grouch. In Hebrew, his name is משה אופניק – Moshe Oofnick. That’s because he always says אוף – ugh! in a show of disdain. Here’s the word אוף itself in context: אוף, עוד פעם הם משגעים אותי לגבי הלוואה מידית? Ugh, […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 19, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “instant loan” in Hebrew (this is not spam)

הַלְוָאָה מִיָּדִית If you get text messages offering you an instant loan, you’re not alone. I get messages like these too – but instead of instant loan, they say הלוואה מיידית. Here’s a typical message: הלוואה מיידית של עשרים אלף שקלים! Instant loan of twenty thousand shekels! The phrase broken down: הלוואה – loan. This […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 18, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly YDDH Review

חֹמֶר לְשִׁנּוּן Review Material Can’t read Hebrew yet? You spent time on your Hebrew this week. Use these review materials to make it yours to keep.  Flashcards . Scatter . Gravity . Test שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a nice weekend!

By Ami Steinberger | March 16, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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