Streetwise Hebrew

Toddlers and Miniature Models

The Hebrew word ืงื˜ืŸ looks small but its root holds a large number of slang expressions and verbs. Here’s an example: what does ืงื˜ืŸ ืขืœื™ื™, literally โ€œsmall on me,โ€ mean in slang?

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I Can’t Stand It

Sometimes we just gotta be honest with ourselves and say, โ€œืื ื™ ืœื ืกื•ื‘ืœ ืื•ืชื•โ€ (I canโ€™t stand him). Guy explains the Hebrew root ืกื‘ืœ, which means suffering or misery, and how it is linked to muscular endurance, horrible traffic jams and passive verbs.

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Save Me a Spot, Will You?

Is it okay to save an open parking spot for someone, shooing away other drivers? Well, that’s what many Tel-Avivim do. It’s called ืœืฉืžื•ืจ ื—ื ื™ื”, and Guy explains the phenomenon.

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Bay Watch and Guard Dogs

The Hebrew words ืฉื•ืžืจ, ืžืฉืžืจืช, ืฉืžื™ืจื”, ืžืฉืžืจ, all come from the same shoresh, ืฉืžืจ. On this episode, Guy continues where he left off in the previous episode with the shoresh ืฉืžืจ

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Canned Goods and the Preservation of Historic Buildings

The Hebrew word ืฉื™ืžื•ืจ (shimur) is an interesting one. We use ืฉื™ืžื•ืจ to say canned goods, the preservation of historic buildings, and even customer retention. Guy explains.

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Sarah Sings a Blissful Song

In Hebrew, ืฉื™ืจื” means singing. It can also be used to mean poetry. It depends on the context. On this episode, Guy reviews the words that stem from the root ืฉ/ื™/ืจ and several well-known phrases that make use of them

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It Takes Real Courage

What do courage, poor acting, and pet adoption have to do with one other? They have the same Hebrew root ืืžืฆ. On this episode, Guy explains the word ืื•ืžืฅ, courage, and its root

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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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