Streetwise Hebrew

Zazim

Zazim, we’re making a move, zaznu, we made a move, and 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.

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Baali

    The word for husband in Hebrew, ba’al, also means owner. No wonder many women dislike its use. What do they say instead? And what word can guys use when speaking of their significant other?   ​Here are the words we talked about: בֵּן זוּג = partner (m) בַּת זוּג = partner (f) אִישָה =…

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Cursing Drivers

Cursing drivers is our national sport. Here are a few tools you can use in the next Israeli traffic light. Streetwise Hebrew will not be responsible or liable for any misuse of idioms, words, verbs or adjectives mentioned in this show. ​ ​Songs: ​ ​Imashcha by Hatayarim http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyXXJ3nMA68 Alf Layla U-layla, Um Kulthum http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSdYI6GJu-c Hayiti Manyak, Shotei…

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Kombina

    Kombina 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: יעל לוי – תמונה  

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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: שקט בבקשה – להקת פיקוד הצפון  

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Mishpachot

    What Hebrew language teachings can we pick up from documentary TV series “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’ll give you a few tips: how to improve your accent and pronunciation in Hebrew. There are many things you can do on your own, at home.  

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סחבק – 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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