Streetwise Hebrew

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The Hebrew word להצליח means to succeed, but there’s much more to it than just that. In past tense, we use הצליח to compliment a baker on their delicious cake, the owner of a well-behaved dog and even a parent whose child is an absolute sweethe
Nothing pairs better with a hot and humid Israeli summer than מזגן, air conditioning. So what should we say to the taxi driver who's got all the windows rolled down? And why did the air temperature in our trains make such big national headlines
It’s so hot in Tel Aviv, you cannot believe it. Ham! But if you want to say, “I am hot”, don’t translate directly from English to Hebrew. Listen to this episode first. Without your kids. You’ll understand in a minute. Listen to the All-Hebrew E
What does the phrase תן לו להתבשל (‘ten lo lehitbashel’) mean? As Guy will explain, we can use the verb להתבשל, which means to let something cook, not only when speaking about vegetables, but also about… people! Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode
The Hebrew word בישול means cooking, but it is also used on the football field and in police investigations. Interesting, right? Bonus: A special Israeli-Berliner way to ask for the bill. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon https://www.
The Hebrew word העברה (ha’avara) means a transfer of something or someone, usually from one place to another. The transfer could involve money, digital files, and even… football players! Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon https://www.p
The word מָמָ”ד means a protected room we Israelis got intimately familiar with during the operation in Gaza. What does it stand for? What do they call it in the safety instructions in Amharic and Russian? And last but not least, let’s analyze
The Hebrew word להעביר is a verb we use a lot. It helps us pass our מונית שירות fare to the driver, forward emails to colleagues, transfer money to friends or family, and even nudge our significant other to change the TV channel. Guy explains.
We pick up from where we last left off with the Hebrew root ע.ב.ר. And in this episode, we focus on verbs from binyan paal. Plus, Guy reveals a special mantra to recite when driving through an intersection, just as your traffic light is about t
There is a lot of ground to cover with the Hebrew root ע.ב.ר., so we will dedicate the next few episodes to it. This episode is all about its nouns. We talk about the weather, border crossing, chord transitions, allergies, airport transit, and
The Hebrew word for husband is בעל, which also means owner. It’s no wonder, then, that so many Israeli women dislike its use. So what can we say instead? Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon   New Words and Expressions: Ba’al – Husband –
After the terrible tragedy in Har Meron, public calls to find those responsible, האשמים, grow louder. In order to better understand what’s going on in Israeli media, Guy felt it was necessary to cover the word אשמה and its shoresh אשמ. This epi
This episode is all about the location of the stress we place on spoken Hebrew words and names, and what happens when we shift that emphasis around. Guy explains why the way Israelis and Americans say “Mazal Tov” differs so greatly, and how the
Having קשרים in Hebrew means knowing people (in the right places) who can help you get stuff done quickly and efficiently. The root קשר has many uses that you definitely need to know! Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon   New Words and
This is the fourth and final episode dedicated to ק-ד-מ, the root that keeps on giving. How do we say, “right of way,” “unprecedented prices” and the “Pre-Eurovision contest” in Hebrew? Or how about, “I was here before you, lady!”? Listen to th
Believe it or not, we Israelis aren’t always running late. Some of us even tend to arrive ahead of schedule. Yes, you read that right! In Hebrew, we have a special verb which means to arrive ahead of time. Guy explains. Hear the All-Hebrew Vers
All languages love the word ‘to go’ and Hebrew is no different. If you type the verb’s root הלכ into Google you get two million results! And we’ll take you through them all… Just kidding! How do we use this verb holech? Let’s learn some of the
“Hey! Check out my Facebook page, and my Twitter, oh, and my TikTok account, and don’t forget my Instagram page.” In Hebrew this is called קידום עצמי, self promotion. On this episode, Guy explains words and phrases related to promotion, all der
There’s a fairly new Hebrew slang term out in the wild which means “move on!” We Israelis say, תתקדם! The root קדמ in the binyan hitpael form will be our focus today, as Guy explains what advanced level courses and a mobile app upgrade have to
Everyone’s talking about חיסונים, vaccinations, and so will we! Guy uses this trending topic as another opportunity to review the Hebrew verb format combo we all should know by heart: piel-pual-hitpael. To get your weekly dose, just press play!
Enough is enough! Guy Sharett introduces us to the Hebrew word מספיק (meaning enough). We’ll listen to a few songs that will teach us how מספיק handles the adjectives, adverbs, and verbs which it meets along its linguistic way. Listen to the Al
There are so many ways to say, “You’ve gotta be kidding me,” in Hebrew. In this episode, we’ll learn a few of them and learn how we write LOL in Hebrew. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon   New Words and Expressions: Lits’hok – To laug
The Hebrew word צחוק means laughter. We combine צחוק with different verbs and prepositions to express how hard we laughed at something or just how funny something is. But as is often the case with Hebrew slang, when used in the right context, a
The Hebrew word שרוף means burnt, and its root takes us on an exciting semantic road trip. Guy covers everything from a burning sensation to diehard football fans, seared vegetables to wasting time and money. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on
Relationships are sometimes hard for everybody all around the world. Hebrew has some cool slang terms to use with our beloved partners when in need. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon   New Words and Expressions: Tafur aleyha – She’s m
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