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how do you say “modern history” in Hebrew?

הָעֵת הַחֲדָשָׁה This period of time called in English modern history or the modern era is called other names in Hebrew such as the basically transliterated היסטוריה מודרנית, but a proper Hebrew term is העת החדשה. It means literally, the new time. For example: העת החדשה ממשיכה להביא איתה אתגרים משלה. Modern history continues to bring with it […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 1, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “the Spanish Inquisition” in Hebrew?

גֵּרוּשׁ סְפָרַד The Modern-Hebrew word for Spain is ספרד, though the name in Biblical Hebrew refers to a land far away from Israel, most likely in present-day western Turkey (Wikipedia). In Mishnaic times the land that is today Spain was called אספמיה, probably a Phoenician version of the Hebrew אי השפנים – the Island of Rabbits (or […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 31, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “Jewish history” in Hebrew?

הִיסְטוֹרְיָה שֶׁל עַם יִשְֹרָאֵל, הִיסְטוֹרְיָה יְהוּדִית You may have struggled through the first word in the title, but soon hit yourself on the forehead realizing that היסטוריה is basically history (well, historia) in Hebrew letters. And while היסטוריה יהודית means Jewish history and is a term used fairly often, the preferred term among Israeli educators and their students is […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 30, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – not just any, not too bad!

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! =”410″> Flashcards . Scatter . Gravity . Test שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 28, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “no big deal” in Hebrew?

לֹא נוֹרָא Earlier this week we encountered the word נורא, which means awesome or awful, depending on the context. But when Israelis say לא נורא, they definitely mean not awful… or, in the English equivalent, no big deal. For example: אז שכחת פעם אחת את התיק בבית, לא נורא! So you (a female) forgot your bag at home one […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 27, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “not bad” in Hebrew?

לֹא רַע The Hebrew word for bad is רע, though you’re not likely to hear it very often, since Israelis tend to say לא טוב – not good – instead. For example: אני מרגיש לא טוב. I (a male) feel bad (not good). But in the negative, רע does appear: לא רע is the equivalent to the […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 26, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “protest” in Hebrew?

מְחָאָה Curiously, the word for protest – מחאה – is related to the expression to clap hands – למחוא כפיים. That’s because sometimes clapping hands isn’t always about appreciation or adoration, but rather sometimes it’s what a director might do to get their crew to focus – protesting what’s going on at the moment. מחאה in context: […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 25, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “really, really bad” in Hebrew?

נוֹרָא וְאָיוֹם This expression appears first in Biblical Hebrew, though there the words appear in the opposite order: כִּי-הִנְנִי מֵקִים אֶת-הַכַּשְׂדִּים, הַגּוֹי הַמַּר וְהַנִּמְהָר; הַהוֹלֵךְ, לְמֶרְחֲבֵי-אֶרֶץ, לָרֶשֶׁת, מִשְׁכָּנוֹת לֹּא-לוֹ. אָיֹם וְנוֹרָא, הוּא… (חבקוק א’:ו’-ז’) For I am establishing the Chaldeans, that bitter, hasty nation, who goes to the ends of the earth to seize dwellings […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 24, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “not just any cafe” in Hebrew

לֹא סְתַם בֵּית קָפֶה Here’s the word סתם again with yet another usage. Here, it means just or just any as in: זה לא סתם בית קפה. This is not just any cafe. בית קפה – cafe – means literally, house of coffee. Some other applications of לא סתם: אנחנו לא סתם אחים – אנחנו תאומים. We’re not just (any […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 23, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – excited about summer in Israel, but a few hazards…

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! =”410″> Flashcards . Scatter . Gravity . Test שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 21, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “to dehydrate” in Hebrew?

לְהִתְיַבֵּשׁ You may know the basic Hebrew word for dry – יבש. This word forms the root of related words such as the active-intensive לייבש – to dry something and the reflexive intensive להתייבש – to dry up… or to dehydrate. For example: מאוד קל להתייבש בארץ בקיץ. It’s very easy to dehydrate in Israel in the summer. Note that […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 20, 2017 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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