StreetWise Hebrew




Zazim, we’re making a move,聽zaznu, we made a move, and聽nazuz, we’ll make a move, are all used to tell your friends “let’s go”. So, let’s talk about tenses in modern Hebrew.


鈥婬ere are the words we talked about:

讝指讝谞讜旨 – 讝指讝执讬诐
讛指诇址讻谞讜旨 – 讛讜止诇职讻执讬诐
讗指讛址讘转执讬 – 讗讜止讛值讘
20 砖职谞执讬讜止转 讛指讬执讬转侄诐 砖指诐

Ani Ratz聽(I am聽Running),聽Dudu Tassa





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 = woman, wife

讗执砖职转执讬 = my wife

讘旨址注址诇 = husband, owner

讘旨职注指诇执讬诐 = owners, husbands

ba’ali bemilu’im, my husband is in the reserve duty – “讘址旨注址诇执讬

Rov ha-zman at ishti (most of聽the time you’re my wife), Shlomo Artzi


Cursing Drivers


Cursing drivers is our national sport. Here are a few tools you can use in
the next Israeli traffic light.
鈥婼treetwise Hebrew will not be responsible or liable for any misuse of
idioms, words, verbs or adjectives mentioned in this show. 鈥

鈥婼ongs: 鈥

鈥婭mashcha by Hatayarim聽
Alf Layla U-layla, Um Kulthum聽
Hayiti Manyak, Shotei Ha-nevu’a聽

鈥婬ere are the words we talked about:


鈥嬜椫蹲溨白愔缸 讛址诪执旨讬谉 讛指讗直谞讜止砖执讬

讗直讜执讬诇 诪址砖职专执讬砖

讘旨值谉 讝讜止谞指讛

讘旨址转 讝讜止谞指讛


鈥嬜欀缸 讘旨值谉 讝讜止谞指讛鈥

鈥嬜椫沧醋欁浿纷 < 讞址转职’讻址转鈥

鈥嬜椫纷’讻指转 讗侄驻侄住

讗执诪指讗 砖侄诇讱指 < 讗执诪指讗砖’讱指





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 even turn it into a verb?


The ending song:聽转诪讬专 拽诪讞讬 讜讗讬诇 诪讝讬讙 – 诪讚讬谞转 拽讜诪讘讬谞讛





‘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


Politeness in Hebrew



Politeness in Hebrew – People say that Israelis can sometimes be rude when speaking. Or are we simply too direct? Contrary to common belief, we do have ways to be courteous in modern Hebrew. Want to know how? Bevakasha!

The ending song:聽砖拽讟 讘讘拽砖讛 – 诇讛拽转 驻讬拽讜讚 讛爪驻讜谉





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.


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.

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.

Ata or At?



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