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how to say “to lie down” in Hebrew

לִשְׁכַּב Look for the root in לשכב. It’s easy to spot – just take away the ל meaning to, and you’re left with ש.כ.ב. The calming sh sound at the beginning of the root invites the speaker into the experience of relaxation. Here’s the word in context: אני נורא עייף, אני הולך לשכב לכמה דקות. I (a […]

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

עָיֵף If you’re tired, you’re not alone. I bet at least 50% of this post’s readers can say: אני עייף. I’m tired. (if they’re male) or אני עייפה. I’m tired. (if they’re female) How about tiredness? In English we don’t use it so much, but in Hebrew we do. The word is עייפות, for example: אני […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 27, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to function” in Hebrew

לְתַפְקֵד Look closely at this word, לתפקד – to function. What is the root? You might answer that the root is ת.פ.ק.ד, which is true in the sense that if you plug it into the פיעל verb structure paradigm, you’ll get all your conjugations. For example: אם אני לא ישן כמו שצריך בלילה, קשה לי […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 26, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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a common expression for “properly” in Hebrew

כְּמוֹ שֶׁצָּרִיךְ כמו שצריך is a very common expression in Hebrew that means well or properly: תסגור את הברז כמו שצריך. Close the faucet properly (as it should be closed). The expression means literally, as is needed. Since Hebrew doesn’t have a word for should, צריך often functions as should. For example: שוקולד עם תפוזים… בדיוק כמו שצריך. Chocolate […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 25, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “chocolate” in Hebrew

שׁוֹקוֹלָד This word is so beloved that the Academy for the Hebrew Language didn’t even bother creating an authentic Hebrew term for it. Today chocolate is שוקולד, which is the Russian (and Yiddish) pronunciation of the word (шоколад), but in earlier years of the State you would often hear people referring to it with its German […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 24, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly YDDH Review

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 | June 22, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “math” in Hebrew

מָתֶמָטִיקָה Yesterday we saw that one of the meaning of the word חשבון is arithmetic, which comes from the authentic Hebrew root ח.ש.ב meaning thinking. Unlike חשבון, the word for math in general is the international one: מתמטיקה. For example: הנושא הראשון שלומדים במתמטיקה הוא חשבון. The first subject that (people) study in mathematics is arithmetic. Note the […]

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

חֶשׁבּוֹן, בְּבַקָּשָׁה The word חשבון refers to several things in Hebrew: artithmetic, an account, a bill, and even an ancient Biblical city ruled by the Amorite king Sihon. So to ask for the bill in a restaurant, you would say: חשבון, בבקשה. Check, please. Still sitting there ten minutes later, you might say to your waiter: […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 20, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to wait” (2 ways) in Hebrew

לְחַכּוֹת, לְהַמְתִּין The basic and commonly used word for to wait in Hebrew is לחכות. For example: חבר’ה, חכו לי בחוץ, אני תיכף יורד. Guys, wait for me outside, I’ll (a male) be right down. לחכות is a פיעל verb. But you may have encountered another word for to wait, one used mostly in official contexts such […]

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

לְהִתְפַּנּוֹת If you’ve taken our Level 1 course, you know forms of the simple verb לפנות – to turn. For example: אתה צריך לפנות שמאלה ברמזור. You (a male) need to turn left at the light. לפנות in a passive sense means available or turned from the other (busy) direction – פנוי. For example: עד עכשיו הייתי עסוק, אבל […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 18, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “errands” in Hebrew

סִדּוּרִים Looking at the word above, you might think I’m talking about prayer books. These are סידורים as well. But since סידור in its essence means putting things in order, it applies to both a prayer book with all the prayers set in the right order, as well as something that needs to get done to cross it off […]

By Ami Steinberger | June 17, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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