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קְרֶם הֲגָנָה, קְרֶם שִׁזּוּף
As it’s warming up in the northern hemisphere, now’s the time to get some sunscreen.

The Hebrew term for sunscreen means literally, protection cream: קְרֶם הֲגָנָה (listen and repeat). The second word, הגנה (listen and repeat), is the noun form of the active-causative הִפְעִיל verb to protect – לְהָגֵן (listen and repeat).


Another term means suntan lotion – קְרֶם שִׁזּוּף (listen and repeat). To get a tan is לְהִשְׁתַּזֵּף (listen and repeat), a reflexive-causative הִתְפַּעֵל verb.

An example:

לִפְנֵי שֶׁשּׁוֹכְבִים עַל הַחוֹף כְּדֵי לְהִשְׁתַּזֵּף, מֻמְלָץ לִמְרוֹחַ קְרֶם הֲגָנָה.

Before laying on the beach to get a tan, it’s recommended to put on (to spread) sunscreen. listen

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Ami Steinberger is founder and director of Ulpan La-Inyan.