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how to say “Damascus” in Hebrew

דַּמֶּשֶׂק The English name of Syria’s capital and one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world is Damascus. This name came to English via the Hebrew Bible, דמשק, which is the name used in Modern Hebrew as well. Here’s an example of the word in a Modern-Hebrew context: אולי יום אחד ישראלים יוכלו לבקר […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 25, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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conversation: how to say “Damascus” in Hebrew

- אולי יום אחד ישראלים יוכלו לבקר בדמשק וסורים בירושלים. - אני לא מאמין שזה אי פעם יקרה. - למה לא? לך תדע מה יהיה בעתיד במזרח התיכון. - Perhaps one day Israelis will be able to visit Damascus, and Syrians in Jerusalem. - I don't believe that will ever happen. - Why not? Who [...]
By Ami Steinberger | October 25, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “I won’t be able to” in Hebrew

לֹא אוּכַל Earlier this week we heard how to say could have – forms of יכול (able to) in the past tense. But what about the future? I won’t be able to is אני לא אוכל, for example: אני לא אוכל להגיע באותו ערב. I won’t be able to come (arrive) on that evening. The other […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 24, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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conversation: how to say “I’ll be able to” in Hebrew

- אני מצטערת, אבל לא אוכל להגיע באותו ערב. - למה? - יש בר מצווה לבן של השכנים. - תירוצים, תירוצים… - I'm sorry, but I won't be able to come that evening. - Why? - My neighbors' son has a Bar Mitzvah. - Excuses, excuses...  Conversation based on this Dose of Hebrew
By Ami Steinberger | October 24, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “on that day” in Hebrew

בְּאֹתוֹ יוֹם One of the most basic Hebrew words is יום – day. Even if you’re brand new to Hebrew, you’ve probably heard this word before: it appears in יום כיפור – Yom Kippur. What if you want to speak about something that happened on that day? In Hebrew, it’s באותו יום, as in: לא יכולתי לבוא באותו יום […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 23, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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conversation: how to say “on that day” in Hebrew

- פספסת את המסיבה! - אוי, מתי הייתה המסיבה? - ביום רביעי שעבר. - טוב, בכל מקרה לא יכולתי לבוא באותו ערב כי היה לי מבחן גדול למחרת. - You missed the party! - Oh no, when was the party? - Last Wednesday. - Well, anyway I couldn't come that evening because I had a [...]
By Ami Steinberger | October 23, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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conversation: how to say “I could have…” in Hebrew

- ניסינו, אבל לא יכולנו להזיז את התור. - תן לי לנסות. - בהצלחה… - מה מספר הטלפון? - הנה, תתקשרי מהמכשיר שלי. - We tried, but we couldn't move the appointment. - Let me try. - Good luck... - What's the phone number? - Here, call from my device. Conversation based on this Dose [...]
By Ami Steinberger | October 22, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “I could have” in Hebrew

יָכֹלְתִּי If you’ve got some basic Hebrew under your belt, you probably know how to say I can – אני יכול if you’re male, and אני יכולה if you’re female. Thus Barrack Obama’s statement, in Hebrew, would be: כן, אנחנו יכולים! Yes, we can! To say this in the past tense, simply add the appropriate ending […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 22, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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conversation: how to say “to try” in Hebrew

- תנסי לישון קצת. - למה? אני בכלל לא עייפה. - כן, אבל אם לא תנוחי עכשיו, לא יהיה לך כוח לרקוד בחתונה הלילה. - Try to sleep a little. - Why? I'm not tired at all. - Yeah, but if you don't rest now, you won't have energy to dance at the wedding tonight. [...]
By Ami Steinberger | October 21, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to try” in Hebrew

לְנַסּוֹת Hebrew has a few words for to try, depending on the type of trying. להשתדל (a התפעל verb) and לעשות מאמץ mean to make an effort. But the most generic word for to try is the פיעל verb לנסות. For example, you might say to a boy or a man: תנסה לישון קצת. Try to sleep a little. […]

By Ami Steinberger | October 21, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly YDDH Review

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 | October 19, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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