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how to say “to get aggravated” in Hebrew

לְהִתְעַצְבֵּן The Hebrew word for nerve is עצב (note that the pronunciation has ah vowels, not eh vowels). So it makes sense that the word for to get worked up or aggravated is להתעצבן, since this is usually the result of people or events getting on one’s nerves. For example: אחרי שעה וחצי בתור אני מתחיל להתעצבן. After an hour and […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 9, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “line” or “queue” in Hebrew

תּוֹר If you’ve made aliyah or are thinking about doing so, this is a word you will certainly encounter in government office and when buying groceries: תור – line or queue. For example: יש כאן תור כאורך הגלות! There’s a line here long like the exile! Paradoxically, תור can also mean appointment (where you don’t have to wait in […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 8, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “long like the exile” in Hebrew

כּאֹרֶךְ הַגָּלוּת Some Hebrew expressions are direct translations from other tongues, but this one is uniquely Jewish and Israeli. To say that something (a bank statement, for example) is very long and tiring, Israelis might say ארוך כאורך הגלות – literally, long like the length of the exile. Since the exile of the Jews from the Land […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 7, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – throwing various smells/scents of jasmine

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 | January 5, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “aroma” in Hebrew

אָרוֹמָה, נִיחוֹחַ Anyone who’s spent more than a week in Israel probably knows the cafe chain ארומה, which means… you guessed it, aroma, which came to English via Greek. But there’s another word, an authentic Hebrew one, for aroma or scent that appears in the Bible: ניחוח. For example: יש ביין הזה ניחוחות של יסמין ופרדסי רימונים. This […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 4, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “jasmine” in Hebrew

Note: the other day I taught that אונייה and ספינה were interchangeable words for ship. It turns out that אונייה refers to a larger ship and ספינה to a smaller one. יַסְמִין The jasmine flower is named after a perfume from the Persian empire: jasmine – in Hebrew, יסמין – originates in Persian, migrated to Arabic and arrived in […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 3, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “a smell” in Hebrew

רֵיחַ The basic Hebrew word for a smell is ריח. The ריח can be pleasant: על טעם וריח אין להתווכח. You can’t argue about (personal) taste and smell. Or it could be nasty: יש כאן ריח של דג רקוב. There’s a smell here of rotten fish. And to smell? It depends on what you mean. If it’s to […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 2, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “rotten” in Hebrew

רָקוּב Even the word itself sounds kind of rotten: רקוב. Here’s the word in action: זרוק לפח את הבננות – הן רקובות. Throw the bananas into the garbage – they’re rotten. (spoken to a male) To rot is להירקב, a nifal verb. This is one of many examples that indicate that the נפעל verb structure […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 1, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to throw” in Hebrew

לִזְרוֹק Unlike some actions, such as to print – להדפיס – that came into existence only in the modern era, to throw throws us back to Biblical times: לזרוק appears already in ספר שמות – the Book of Exodus. Here’s a Modern-Hebrew example: זרוק את הכדור! Throw the ball! (spoken to a male) זרוק is an imperative […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 31, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – crowded ports teeming with life… and overeating

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 | December 29, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “ship” in Hebrew

אֳנִיָּה, סְפִינָה Hebrew has two words for ship, both appearing in Biblical Hebrew: אונייה and ספינה. For example: לחברת השייט הזאת יש עשר אונייות נוסעים. This cruise company has ten passenger ships. and הוא שירת בחיל הים בספינת טילים. He served in the navy on a missile boat. Though אונייה and ספינה tend to be used […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 28, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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