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how to say “unnecessary” in Hebrew

מְיֻתָּר Another word in English for unnecessary is extraneous. This translates beautifully with the Hebrew מיותר, which comes from the word יותר meaning more or extra. For example: יש לנו איברים מיותרים בגוף. We have unnecessary (extraneous) organs in (our) body. מיותר is a passive פועל form of the root י.ת.ר. Its active counterpart, לייתר, means to render unnecessary.

By Ami Steinberger | November 21, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “organ” in Hebrew

אֵיבָר I’m not referring to organ the instrument – that’s אורגן. I’m talking about an organ that helps enables our body to function. The Hebrew word for that is איבר. For example: הם מתפללים לרפואת כל האיברים והגידים. They pray for the healing of all the organs and tendons. איבר can also mean body part in the more general […]

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

גִּיד The Hebrew word for tendon – that thing, like a ligament, that we’d rather not tear – is גיד. For example: יש לי קרע בגיד. I have a tear in my (the) tendon. A ligament is a רצועה, which is also a strap or a strip: the Gaza Strip is רצועת עזה.

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

קֶרַע The Hebrew word for to tear or to rip is לקרוע. For example: הוא קרע את הנייר מרוב כעס. He ripped the paper out of (so much) anger. A קרע is a rip or a rupture. Such a rupture can be physical or proverbial, as in: הקרע בין הילדים כואב מאוד להורים. The rupture between the children is very […]

By Ami Steinberger | November 18, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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By Ami Steinberger | November 16, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “getting to know each other” in Hebrew

הֶכֵּרוּת While English has one basic word for to know, Hebrew has two: לדעת and להכיר. And while לדעת, in Modern Hebrew, means to know information, להכיר means to know a person or to be familiar with someone or something. Thus getting to know each other is היכרות. For example: המפגש הראשון הוא מפגש היכרות. The first meetup is a […]

By Ami Steinberger | November 15, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “first impression” in Hebrew

רֹשֶׁם רִאשׁוֹנִי While לכתוב is to write, לרשום is to jot down, essentially to make an impression on a piece of paper. Likewise, רושם is an impression. And a first impression is רושם ראשוני, literally initial impression. For example: החיוך שלך יעשה רושם ראשוני טוב, רונה. Your smile will make a good first impression, Rona.

By Ami Steinberger | November 14, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “smile” in Hebrew

חִיּוּךְ To smile is the פיעל verb לחייך, for example: דוד, אל תשכח לחייך! David, don’t forget to smile! Likewise, a smile is חיוך. For example: איזה חיוך טבעי ונינוח! What a natural, easygoing smile! לחייך  and חיוך follow the same verb-noun pattern as לדבר – to speak and דיבור – speech. These are characteristic of the פיעל […]

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

בְּאֹפֶן טִבְעִי The Hebrew word for natural is טבעי. For example: אנחנו מבשלים עם רכיבים טבעיים בלבד. We cook with natural ingredients only. To say naturally, add the word באופן before טבעי. For example: באופן טבעי אנחנו מתחברים עם מי שמרגישים איתו בנוח. Naturally we connect with people whom we feel comfortable with. Add באופן before most […]

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

לְהַרְגִּישׁ בְּנֹחַ Communication can be such a complex human activity. In order for communication to flourish, people need to feel at ease or feel comfortable with each other. To feel comfortable in Hebrew is להרגיש בנוח – literally, to feel with comfort. For example, David might say to Sarah: אני מרגיש איתך בנוח, ולכן אני מעלה את הנושא. […]

By Ami Steinberger | November 11, 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 | November 9, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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