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18 Av 5773 – July 25, 2013
פְּעִילוּת  listen and repeat Some of us like grammar, and some of us don't. The word verb excites some of us, while daunting others or making...

Better Late than Never

17 Av 5773 – July 23, 2013
מוּטָב מְאֻחָר מֵאֲשֶׁר לְעוֹלָם לֹא  listen and repeat Yesterday my great-uncle had his בַּר מִצְוָה ( listen and repeat) - Bar Mitzvah. Yes, my great uncle. He's 82....

Together

16 Av 5773 – July 22, 2013
בְּיַחַד  listen and repeat Today is ט"וּ בְּאָב ( listen and repeat) - the 15th of the Jewish month of Av - which is the Jewish day of...

Number, Stories and Hair

14 Av 5773 – July 21, 2013
מִסְפָּר  listen and repeat [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPZ13K9HqT0?rel=0] Visit Ktzat Ivrit .

How to Say ‘Compromise’ in Hebrew

8 Av 5773 – July 15, 2013
פְּשָׁרָה  listen and repeat An important tool for conflict resolution is compromise. The Hebrew word for a compromise is פְּשָׁרָה ( listen and repeat), while to compromise is the reflexive-intensive הִתְפַּעֵל verb,...

How to Say ‘to Staff’ in Hebrew

4 Av 5773 – July 10, 2013
לְאַיֵּשׁ  listen and repeat If you read the title of this post and didn't quite understand what I'm getting it, you're probably not the only...

How to Say ‘Moving’ in Hebrew

2 Av 5773 – July 8, 2013
לַעֲבוֹר דִּירָה  listen and repeat In English, we talk about moving from one residence to another. The Hebrew word for residence is דִּירָה ( listen...

How to Say ‘Destiny’ in Hebrew

29 Tammuz 5773 – July 7, 2013
גּוֹרָל, יִעוּד [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV369KgX1A8?rel=0]Visit Ktzat Ivrit .

How to Say ‘Secular’ in Hebrew

26 Tammuz 5773 – July 3, 2013
חִלּוֹנִי, חִלּוֹנִית  listen and repeat In yesterday's dose of Hebrew, we saw the root for profane or not sacred is ח.ל.ל (kh.l.l). This is the root of the...

How to Say ‘Sand’ in Hebrew

25 Tammuz 5773 – July 2, 2013
חוֹל  listen and repeat Last week, I wrote a post on the Hebrew term for mermaid and how that relates to the name of the Israeli coastal...

How to Say ‘Witty’ in Hebrew

24 Tammuz 5773 – July 1, 2013
שָׁנוּן, שְׁנוּנָה  listen and repeat If you're familiar with Jewish prayer in its original Hebrew, you probably know the phrase וְשִׁנַּנְתָּם לְבָנֶיךָ ( listen and repeat) -...

How to Say ‘Badger’ and ‘to Dig’ in Hebrew

22 Tammuz 5773 – June 30, 2013
לַחְפּוֹר  listen and repeat The Ancient- as well as Modern-Hebrew word for to dig is לַחְפּוֹר ( listen and repeat), of the root ח.פ.ר (kh.p.r) and the active-simple פָּעַל...

How to Say “I’ll Know Better” in Hebrew

19 Tammuz 5773 – June 27, 2013
אֶהְיֶה יוֹתֵר חָכָם, אֶהְיֶה יוֹתֵר חֲכָמָה  listen  "When will the videos be ready?" "I'll know better once I manage to find all the right images."In...

How to Say ‘Mermaid’ in Hebrew

17 Tammuz 5773 – June 25, 2013
בַּת יָם, בְּתוּלַת יָם  listen There's a city just south of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, nicely situated...

How to Say ‘Baby’ in Hebrew?

17 Tammuz 5773 – June 24, 2013
תִּינוֹק, תִּינוֹקֶת  listen The Hebrew word for baby boy is תִּינוֹק ( listen and repeat), while the word for baby girl is תִּינוֹקֶת (listen and repeat).When speaking of...

How to Say ‘Theatrical Play’ in Hebrew

16 Tammuz 5773 – June 23, 2013
מַחֲזֶה (written before Shabbat) [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq2F_oeUGQ0?rel=0]

How to Say ‘President’ in Hebrew

12 Tammuz 5773 – June 20, 2013
נָשִׂיא listen and repeaRight now the fifth Israeli Presidential Conference is taking place in Jerusalem.   נְשִׂיא מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל,...

How to Say ‘Toothbrush’ in Hebrew

10 Tammuz 5773 – June 18, 2013
מִבְרֶשֶׁת שִׁנַּיִם listen and repeat A tooth is a שֵׁן (listen and repeat), while teeth are שִׁנַּיִם (listen and repeat) (a double form, even though many teeth...

How to Say ‘Ambassador’ in Hebrew

8 Tammuz 5773 – June 16, 2013
שַׁגְרִיר, שַׁגְרִירָה [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzEa5FIFDsM?rel=0] Visit Ktzat Ivrit .

How to Say ‘Every Other Day’ in Hebrew

6 Tammuz 5773 – June 13, 2013
כָּל יוֹמַיִם, כָּל שֵׁנִי וַחֲמִישִׁי listen The literal meaning of every other day in English is every two days. Its Hebrew equivalent is כָּל יוֹמָיִם listen. But there's...

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