Streetwise Hebrew

Strengthened Coffee and Upgraded Pizza?

What do we mean when we say in Hebrew ืงืคื” ืžื—ื•ื–ืง (roughly translated as strengthened coffee), and is it legitimate to drink it at 1:30 PM? Or when we say ื”ื•ื ืžืชื—ื–ืง (heโ€™s getting stronger) about someone? It’s not what you might think.

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Hold This for a Second, Will You?

It’s asked as a question but it’s actually a statement: ?ืชื—ื–ื™ืง ืจื’ืข That’s how we ask a friend to hold our bags. And how would we say, โ€œI think highly of himโ€ (or not so highly)?

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What Are Some of Your Strengths?

Israelis sometimes use a single word to review a movie or tv series: โ€œ!ื—ื–ืงโ€ In Hebrew, ื—ื–ืง (pronounced hazak) means strong. So what are they trying to convey and how else can we use the word ื—ื–ืง?

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Searching for Deeper Meaning

The Hebrew word ืœื—ืคืฉ means โ€œto search for.โ€ So what does โ€œื”ืžื•ืจื” ืกืชื ืžื—ืคืฉ ืื•ืชื™โ€ or โ€œืœื›ื™ ื—ืคืฉื™ ืชโ€™ื—ื‘ืจื™ื ืฉืœืšโ€ mean? Both are slang and they don’t mean what you might think they mean!

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Here, Try This!

The word ืœื ืกื•ืช, to try, is very handy in everyday conversation. People always say, โ€œtry thisโ€ or โ€œdon’t try that.โ€ So on this episode, Guy tries to explain it all.

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โ€œVe,โ€ โ€œVaโ€ or โ€œOoโ€

Vรฉ- is sometimes pronounced Va- or Oo-, depending on the usage. So when is the letter ื• at the beginning of a word pronounced Vรฉ, Va or Oo? And should Hebrew learners invest their time to learn these elaborate rules?

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Yea or Nay?

The word ื ื’ื“ means against,โ€ and its root gives us the Hebrew words for contrast, contradiction and conflict. We’ll also head over to the Knesset in Jerusalem to hear an up or down vote take place.

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Last Boarding Call for Flight #303 to Hebrewville

In this episode, Guy covers the different words and meanings derived from the root ืง.ืจ.ื, like how to say, โ€œCall an ambulanceโ€, โ€œLetโ€™s call a spade a spade,โ€ and perhaps the most useful sentence of all, โ€œLet me read to you the text he sent me.โ€

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My Condolences To You And Your Family

In Hebrew, ื ื—ืžื” means consolation, comfort. Itโ€™s also a womanโ€™s name. The difference comes down to pronunciation. Today Guy explains how to give your condolences and how to jokingly comfort a friend who was delivered a cold pizza.

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Did You Just Cancel on Me?

For the first time in its history, the Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled, all because the Coronavirus. How do we say โ€œto cancelโ€ in Hebrew, in the present? How about in the past? And what army radio comm talk breached the divide and made its way to civilian slang?

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