Streetwise Hebrew

Zero Is the New Hero

Reflecting on the recent decision in Israel to go to elections again only months after the last, US President Trump said that Israeli politics are messed up and that the country needs to โ€œget its act together.โ€ So on today’s episode Guy talks about the verb ืœื”ืชืืคืก (to get oneโ€™s act together).

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You Can’t Fire Me! I Quit!

There is a small yet significant difference between the Hebrew words ืคื•ื˜ืจืชื™ and ื”ืชืคื˜ืจืชื™ which share the common root ืค.ื˜.ืจ. The former means โ€œI was firedโ€ and the latter means โ€œI quit.โ€

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Come On, Don’t Be Irritating

In order to say โ€œthat’s irritatingโ€ or โ€œI’m irritatedโ€ in Hebrew, we first need to learn the root ืข.ืฆ.ื‘, which gives us the word ืขืฆื‘ื™ื (nerves). There’s a lot of slang in this episode, so buckle up!

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Hung Out to Dry

The Hebrew root ืช.ืœ.ื” gives us the words ืœืชืœื•ืช (to hang), ืชืœื” (hung), and ืชืœื•ื™ (hangs). So why does ื–ื” ืชืœื•ื™ mean โ€œit dependsโ€? On this episode, Guy won’t leave you hanging as he explains all things ืช.ืœ.ื”.

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Anyone Seen the Remote?

Shlita (ืฉืœื™ื˜ื”) means control. So why do people graffiti ืฉื•ืœื˜ or ืฉื•ืœื˜ืช on walls? And how do we say, โ€œwhere’s the remote?โ€ in Hebrew? Guy takes control of the situation and explains.

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Drink Up

Shtiya means drinking, but it could also mean beverages. In the last Israeli elections, political pundits spoke about shtiyat kolot, โ€˜votes drinking.โ€™ What does it mean, and how did this saying make the jump from army slang to civilian slang?

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Setting a Good Example

In Hebrew dugma (ื“ื•ื’ืžื”) is โ€œan example,โ€ and ledugma (ืœื“ื•ื’ืžื”) means โ€œfor example.โ€ This root, d-g-m, is quite handy and from it we derive words and phrases like fashion model, sample, and the perfect husband.

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High Heels and Social Media Followers

How many followers (ืขื•ืงื‘ื™ื) do you have on Facebook? What about Instoosh? Twitter? And what do high heels (ืขืงื‘ื™ื) have to do with social networks? Well, not much except that they share a common Hebrew root. Follow closely as Guy talks about followers, following, follow up, and so much more.

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Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

We’re getting ever closer to elections day in Israel. Over the past few weeks, every time we turned on the news we heard politicians calling one another a liar. How do we say โ€œliarโ€ in Hebrew? How do we say โ€œwhite lies?โ€ Guy tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about the root โ€œshekerโ€ (ืฉ.ืง.ืจ).

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Let’s Talk About Our Feelings

It’s time we talk about our emotions, our feelings. On this episode, Guy sets aside his feelings to talk about the Hebrew root r-g-sh.

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