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how to say “tiny little place” in Hebrew

מֶטֶר עַל מֶטֶר Hebrew has a vivid way of saying that a place is really small: מטר על מטר – (one) meter by (one) meter. For example: זאת דירה קטנטונת, ממש מטר על מטר! It’s a tiny little apartment, really a meter by a meter! על means literally on.

By Ami Steinberger | September 3, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “tiny little” in Hebrew

קְטַנְטַן Hebrew has a few ways of taking a word and making it small and cute (a diminutive). One of those ways is to somehow double the ending, as in: כלבלב – puppy (dog is כלב) חתלתול – kitten (cat is חתול) קטנטן – tiny little (small or little is קטן) Here’s קטנטן in context, referring to something (or someone) feminine: […]

By Ami Steinberger | September 2, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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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 | August 31, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “able, capable” in Hebrew

מְסֻגָּל If you’ve got some basic Hebrew, you probably know the words יכול (masculine) and יכולה (feminine) – can, is able. For example: אתה יכול להגיע למדף העליון? Can you (a male) reach the top shelf? Another word for able is מסוגל or מסוגלת. But whereas יכול refers to someone’s ability to do something and is more […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 30, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “understanding” in Hebrew

הֲבָנָה We’ve seen the word להרגיש – to feel, turn into the noun הרגשה – a feeling. In a similar הפעיל pattern, להבין – to understand, becomes הבנה – understanding. For example: יש לה הבנה מקיפה של החומר. She has a comprehensive understanding of the material. and הגענו להבנה הדדית. We arrived at a mutual understanding.

By Ami Steinberger | August 29, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “mutual” in Hebrew

הֲדָדִי The Hebrew word for mutual is הדדי. I believe its source is the word הד – echo. Since הדדי is an adjective, it takes on the feminine ending ית- as needed, as in: אני לא בטוח אם ההרגשה היא הדדית. I (a male) am not sure if the feeling is mutual.

By Ami Steinberger | August 28, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “a feeling” in Hebrew

הַרְגָּשָׁה You may know the expression I don’t feel well: אני לא מרגיש טוב (spoken by a male) אני לא מרגישה טוב (spoken by a female) להרגיש, a הפעיל verb, is to feel. And the noun version of להרגיש is הרגשה -a feeling. For example: יש לי הרגשה שיש המשך לסיפור. I have a feeling there’s more (a […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 27, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “have a good rest of the day” in Hebrew

הֶמְשֵׁךְ יוֹם טוֹב Suppose it’s 1pm, and Amira is in a plush office in Tel Aviv. She’s about to go out for lunch, but first she wants to finish off an email to a colleague. If she were writing in English, she might sign off with Best, Be well, or something like that. But she’s writing in […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 26, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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By Ami Steinberger | August 24, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “bride” in Hebrew

כַּלָּה The Hebrew word for bride is כלה, as in: איפה קונים שמלת כלה במחיר טוב? Where does one buy a bridal gown at a good price? If you look carefully at the vocalized version of כַּלַּה – you’ll see a dot in the ל. This dot indicates that the ל was once pronounced with emphasis, since […]

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

חָתָן It’s wedding season in Israel – עונת החתונות – and the root of the word for wedding – חתונה – is ח.ת.נ, which also forms the word for groom – חתן. For example: החתן נפצע ברגל כשהוא שבר את הכוס. The groom injured his foot (got injured in the foot) when he stepped on the […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 22, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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