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We’re airing pieces of the Skype chat host Guy Sharett had with some of our StreetWise Hebrew Patrons in August.

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Wedding in the Old City of Jerusalem. Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.
LifestyleStreetWise Hebrew

Over the next two weeks we’ll be airing pieces of the Skype chat host Guy Sharett had with some of our Patrons in August.

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"Ve-ze sababa" - "And it's fine." Credit: Zipa Kempinsky.
LifestyleStreetWise Hebrew

If you’re communicating with Israelis, the chances are at some point you’ll have to write in Hebrew in a WhatsApp group. Don’t panic!

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Practice your "resh" by saying "ra'iti" ("I saw") aloud. Credit: Zipa Kempinsky.
LifestyleStreetWise Hebrew

How did Israelis come to pronounce the letter “r” like this, how do we produce the sound, and is it the “resh” our forefathers had in mind?

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lama kacha
LifestyleStreetWise Hebrew

When you keep on asking “lama?” – why?” – eventually you can expect the answer “kacha” – “just because.”

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"Ha ti'un sheli mera'anen" - "my argument is refreshing." Credit: Zipa Kempinsky.
LifestyleStreetWise Hebrew

Today’s root – “ta’an” – means “loaded” or “charged,” like charging a phone. But it can also mean “claimed” or “complained.”

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Photo by Zipa Kempinsky.
LifestyleStreetWise Hebrew

From basketball, to math, beer and music, learn some of the many uses of the number three in Hebrew. Plus we even get to hear some iconic Israeli poetry.

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LifestyleStreetWise Hebrew

In Israel you’ll come across plenty of people who get carried away, overreact to things, or go over the top. What should you say to these people in Hebrew?

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"Lo ze lo" ("no means no"). Credit: Zipa Kempinsky.
LifestyleStreetWise Hebrew

After some Hebrew words like “klum” (“nothing”) or “af pa’am” (“never”) we also have to use “lo” (“no”). So, unlike in English, we use two negation words.

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"Yetsia" is "exit" in Hebrew, from "latset" - to "go out."
LifestyleStreetWise Hebrew

“Yatsata” (from “latset” – to “go out/come out”) plays an important role in everyday Hebrew slang.

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