Streetwise Hebrew

โ€˜Binyanimโ€™ That Cause Confusion

There are several confusing verbs in Hebrew. Some are even spelled the same. Be sure to follow along with the show notes as you listen. We wouldn’t want to cause any more confusion!

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Did I Offend You?

In Hebrew, we say, ?ื ืคื’ืขืช ืžืžื ื™ We also say, ?ืคื’ืขืชื™ ื‘ืš And even though these basically mean the same thing, the way we use them in spoken Hebrew determines who is to blame

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Sorry If I Hurt You

How do we say, โ€œI donโ€™t want to offend youโ€ in Hebrew? How about โ€œbullseyeโ€? Or perhaps โ€œfragileโ€? On this episode, Guy covers the verb ืœืคื’ื•ืข.

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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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