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how to say “significant” in Hebrew

מַשְׁמָעוּתִי The Hebrew word משמעות – significance – comes from the word משמע, which means meaning. משמע itself comes from the root ש.מ.ע meaning hearing: an idea becomes meaningful when we first hear it (or see it in print, now that most Westerners can read) – only then can we internalize it. For example, Victor Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning is האדם מחפש […]

By Ami Steinberger | September 1, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “it goes without saying” in Hebrew

מוּבָן מֵאֵלָיו You may know the Hebrew word for of course or obviously – כמובן. For example: האם נגיע למסיבה? כמובן שכן! Will we come to the party? Of course we will (of course that yes)! כמובן means literally, as is the understood, where -כ means as is the and מובן means understood. מובן itself is the passive version of the word understand […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 30, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “gut feeling” in Hebrew

תְּחוּשַׁת בֶּטֶן Yesterday we saw that חוש means sense or knack. A related word is תחושה – sensation or feeling. For example: היא תמיד אומרת דברים שנותנים תחושה טובה. She always says things that give a good feeling. Likewise, a gut feeling is תחושת בטן. For example: למה ללכת? כי יש לי תחושת בטן שיהיה טוב. Why go? Because I have […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 29, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “the fives senses” in Hebrew

Dear subscribers, I’m proud to introduce to you a premium version of this blog, which can help you take your Hebrew to the next level. Watch the video to see how: חֲמֵשֶׁת הַחוּשִׁים The Hebrew word for sense is חוש. It could also mean a talent or a knack, for example: אומרים לי שיש לי חוש לשפות, אבל […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 28, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – stings, bites and visits to the doctor

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 . Space Race . Test שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם, וְסוֹף שָׁבוּעַ נָעִים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a nice weekend!

By Ami Steinberger | August 26, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “medical checkup” in Hebrew

בְּדִיקָה רְפוּאִית The Hebrew word for checkup – בדיקה – comes from the simple verb לבדוק – to check. For example: אני אבדוק אם הוא בבית. I’ll check if he’s home. The word for doctor is רופא when referring to a male doctor and רופאה when speaking of a female doctor. Likewise, something medical is רפואי, as in מרכז […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 25, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “emergency room” in Hebrew

חֲדַר מִיּוּן If you know some basic Hebrew, you most likely know the word חדר – room. When חדר is connected to another word in an of (construct) relationship, it is pronounced with ah vowels. For example, חֲדַר שינה is a bedroom or a room of sleep. An emergency room is חדר מיון – literally, a room of sorting, as it’s the place […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 24, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “snake bite” in Hebrew

הַכָּשַׁת נָחָשׁ Yesterday we saw that לעקוץ means to sting or to bite when the act is performed by an insect, while לנשוך is for human beings. לנשוך applies to other mammals as well. For example: הכלב נשך אותי! The dog bit me! When speaking of snakes though, the word is להכיש, an active-causative verb of the root נ.כ.ש. (the […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 23, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “mosquito” in Hebrew

יַתּוּשׁ The Hebrew word for mosquito first appears in Mishnaic Hebrew. The word is יתוש. For example: יש פה הרבה יתושים בגלל האגם. There are a lot of mosquitoes here because of the lake.  A mosquito bite is עקיצת יתוש, where עקיצה (the unconnected form of עקיצת) means a bite or a sting by an insect. עקיצה comes […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 22, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “wasp” in Hebrew

צִרְעָה The Hebrew word for a bee is דבורה. But the larger, perhaps more intimidating species is צרעה – wasp or hornet (which is also called a דבור). Though in Biblical Hebrew this insect appears in the generic plural form הצרעה, Modern Hebrew uses the plural form צרעות. For example: הצרעות הן האב הקדמון של הדבורים והנמלים. Wasps are […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 21, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – mourning and knowledge

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 . Space Race . Test שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם, וְסוֹף שָׁבוּעַ נָעִים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a nice weekend!

By Ami Steinberger | August 19, 2016 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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