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In Hebrew: ‘Frozen’

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קָפוּא

If you’re like me and like warm weather, raise your hand.

The Hebrew word for frozen is קָפוּא.

קפוא comes from the active-simple פָּעַל intransitive verb to freezeלִקְפּוֹא.

For example:

הָאֲגָם קָפָא. The lake froze. and

קָפָאתִי מִקּוֹר. I froze from (the) cold. Mind you, that’s to freeze – just to freeze. But to freeze something else – that’s לְהַקְפִּיא, an active-causative הִפְעִיל transitive verb.

For example:

הָרוּחַ הִקְפִּיאָה אֶת הַמַּיִם הַמְּטַפְטְפִים. The wind froze the dripping water.

Likewise, a מַקְפִּיא is a freezer.

Here’s a song by Danny Sanderson with the word קפוא in it. Enjoy!

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Ami Steinberger

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One Response to “In Hebrew: ‘Frozen’”

  1. Liad Bar-el says:

    What happened to the sound? The blog on the word "Warmth" there was no sound. In this blog there was sound for a couple of minutes and then it went off. The learning process gets cut over 50% without sound.

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