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how to say “port” in Hebrew

נָמֵל While Israelis usually refer to an airport as שדה תעופה, this means literally airfield. The proper term for airport is נמל תעופה – literally, port of flight. The word נמֵל (more commonly pronounced נמָל) means port. For example: נמל תל אביב הוא מקום הומה אדם. Tel Aviv Port is a place teeming with life. Ports are נמלים, the same […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 27, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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another way to say “crowded” in Hebrew

הוֹמֶה אָדָם Yesterday we saw a Hebrew word for crowded or dense – צפוף. For example: אנחנו לא אוהבים את המסעדה כי היא תמיד צפופה. We don’t like the restaurant because it’s always crowded. Now, Israelis use צפוף to mean crowded in a negative sense, or at best, in a neutral sense. But if they’re impressed or astonished by […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 26, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “crowdedness” in Hebrew

צְפִיפוּת One of the Hebrew words for crowded is צפוף. For example: צפוף מאוד ברכבת התחתית. It’s very crowded in the subway. Likewise, crowdedness (also the physics term in Hebrew for density) is צפיפות. For example: צפיפות יתר מהווה בעיה של העידן המודרני. Overcrowdedness constitutes a problem of the Modern Era.

By Ami Steinberger | December 25, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “overeating” in Hebrew

אֲכִילַת יֶתֶר Hebrew doesn’t have a verb like the English to overeat. Instead, Israelis are wont to say: אכלתי יותר מדי. I ate too much. But there is a word for overeating the thing: אכילת יתר. For example: אכילת יתר יכולה להגיע להתמכרות. Overeating can become (arrive at) addiction.

By Ami Steinberger | December 24, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – absorbing attacks, gifts and doughnuts

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 22, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “an attack” in Hebrew

תְּקִיפָה, הַתְקָפָה, מִתְקָפָה (מַתְקֵפָה) Hebrew has two words for an attack, התקפה and תקיפה, both of the root ת.ק.פ. תקיפה, deriving from the simple verb לתקוף, refers to a one-time attack, or an assault. For example: תקיפה מינית היא בעיה רווחת גם בעולם המודרני. Sexual assault is a common problem even in the modern world. התקפה, […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 21, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to absorb” in Hebrew

לִסְפּוֹג If you’ve been in Israel over חנוכה (Hanukkah), you certainly know the word for that special jelly doughnut – סופגניה. סופגניה derives from the simple verb לספוג – to absorb, since the pastry is capable of absorbing lots of oil. לספוג is used in the literal sense, as well as in the figurative of sense of to take […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 20, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “light fixture” in Hebrew

גּוּף תְּאוּרָה Since חנוכה (Hanukkah) involves the themes of אור – light and Hellenism, which celebrated the human body – גוף האדם, I thought I’d introduce a Hebrew term that combines these into a useful day-to-day expression. גוף תאורה is a light fixture. Literally, it’s a body of lighting. The word in context: כמה גופי תאורה אנחנו צריכים […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 19, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “gift receipt” in Hebrew

פֶּתֶק הַחְלָפָה There’s a regular receipt – קבלה – and there’s a receipt that a someone receiving a gift can use to exchange the item. In English this is a gift receipt, but in Hebrew it’s an exchange note – פתק החלפה. For example: יש פתק החלפה בתוך האריזה. There’s a gift receipt inside the packaging. Broken […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 18, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “packaging” in Hebrew

אֲרִיזָה With חנוכה (Hanukkah) is full swing and the Christian holidays coming soon, gifts are on people’s minds. You may know the Hebrew word for gift – מתנה. But do you know the word for packaging – אריזה? The word in context: כשקונים מוצר, משלמים גם על האריזה. When (you) buy a product, (you) pay also for […]

By Ami Steinberger | December 17, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – awake by the worthwhile kettle and the drawing, my love

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 15, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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