Streetwise Hebrew

Baali

    The word for husband in Hebrew, ba’al, also means owner. No wonder聽many women dislike its use. What do they say instead? And what word can guys use when speaking of their significant other?   鈥婬ere are the words we talked about: 讘旨值谉 讝讜旨讙 = partner (m) 讘旨址转 讝讜旨讙 = partner (f) 讗执讬砖指讛 =…

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Cursing Drivers

Cursing drivers is a national sport in Israel. Here are a few words and phrases you can use the next time someone cuts you off.

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Kombina

    Kombina聽is one of the most salient features of Israeli society. In order to survive in this country, one needs to fend for oneself, using all possible means: Contacts, resourcefulness and creative ideas.Some Israelis say we are even ‘Medinat Kombina’, a ‘kombina’ state. So how do you use this word, and how can you…

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Tsohorayim

    ‘Tsohorayim’ is noon time. But what do Israelis mean by “call me sometime ba-tsohorayim?” And when is ‘achar ha-tsohorayim?’   The ending song:聽讬注诇 诇讜讬 – 转诪讜谞讛  

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Politeness in Hebrew

People say that Israelis can come across as rude. Are we simply too direct? Contrary to popular belief, there are ways to be courteous in modern Hebrew.

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Mishpachot

    What Hebrew language teachings can we pick up from documentary TV series聽“Mishpachot,” by the Heymann Brothers? The series is composed of five Israeli families who utilize many different layers of the language.  

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Accent and Pronunciation

    Today, I鈥檒l give you a few tips: how to improve your聽accent聽and聽pronunciation聽in Hebrew. There are many things you can do on your own, at home. 聽

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住讞讘拽 – Sahbak

    What’s “sahbak”? In Arabic it means your friend, but what’s the meaning in Hebrew? And what’s sahbakiya? And there’s even a verb, lehistahbek. Press ‘play’ to find out.

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Ata or At?

Hebrew’s default is masculine form. But what happens when a navigation application speaks to women as if they were guys?

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Oh, Come on Already!

The word 讻讘专, meaning 鈥渁lready,鈥 has so many functions in modern Hebrew that we decided to dedicate an entire episode to it.

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