Streetwise Hebrew

It’s Chilly Outside

It鈥檚 winter time in the northern hemisphere. It is also the time we start over-using the word 拽专 (cold) because, for us Israelis, 14-17掳 C (57-63掳 F) is cold. So to get us ready for cooler temperatures, Guy prepared warm-up exercises consisting of words and phrases from the root 拽.专.专

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Boys and Girls! It’s Story Time

The Hebrew word 住讬驻讜专 means a story. Though in certain situations it could also mean a matter, a thing, or a mess. The root 住.驻.专 acts a bit funny in some of its verb formats. But no need to worry because Guy explains it all.

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Sick? Get Well Soon!

Hebrew provides plenty of ways to wish someone well, and they all depend on the severity of the illness. So what should we say to someone with a cold? How about the flu? Pneumonia? This winter, Guy provides a linguistic toolkit for all you well-wishers to use in almost any circumstance.

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This Corner Store is Da Bomb

The Hebrew word 驻讬爪讜抓 (pitsuts) means explosion but is also used in the same fashion as the English phrase, 鈥渁 blast,鈥 meaning incredible or highly entertaining. And did you know that our neighborhood corner store is called a 驻讬爪讜爪讬讬讛 (pitsutsiya)?

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Put out the Fire

What does an Israeli judo champion mean when she says, 讛讗砖 讻讘转讛 诇讙诪专讬? In Hebrew, 诇讻讘讜转 means to extinguish and to turn off. So please turn off all cell phones and listen as Guy explains all things 讻.讘.讛.

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Shoo! Get out of Here!

How do you say 鈥渂uzz off鈥 or 鈥渂eat it鈥 in Hebrew? And how might it relate to paying off your mortgage? Guy explains.

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Can You Hurry It Up? Quick!

Israelis need everything here and now, immediately. Preferably yesterday. That’s why the Hebrew word 讝专讬讝 (zariz), quick or quickly, is constantly in use. This episode is a crash course (拽讜专住 诪讝讜专讝) on the root 讝.专.讝.

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You Shouldn’t Steal

In Hebrew, 讙谞讘 (ganav) is a thief. Perhaps you already know its Yiddish pronunciation, ganef (讙讗址谞注讜讜). But there are other, more exciting words that belong to the Hebrew root 讙谞讘, including several slang uses. Guy explains.

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Take a Look Around You

The Hebrew words 住讘讬讘 (saviv), 住讘讬讘讛 (sviva), 诪住讘讬讘 (misaviv), 住讘讘 (sevev), all come from the 住.讘.讘 root. They also come in very handy in spoken Hebrew. So today, Guy explains the many words and phrases that stem from this interesting root.

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We Deserve Special Treatment

We all deserve to receive good customer service and to be treated with respect. But let’s be real 鈥 that’s not always the case. The Hebrew word 讬讞住 means treatment, attention, and service, while the plural 讬讞住讬诐 means relations.

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