Streetwise Hebrew

Beseder

The word beseder means okay, alright, and is one of the first words you learn in Hebrew. But where did it come from and what does it literally mean? And what’s the connection to the Ashdod Port?

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The imperative

Often the ‘real’ imperative of our language sounds archaic to us, so we use the future instead. Here’s a short manual to the Hebrew imperative.

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Darling

​How do we say darling or honey in Hebrew? And can we use kapara and motek to both male and female? Listen to our lovey dovey podcast.

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Saying it Twice

​Why do we sometimes repeat the same word twice in Hebrew? Mashu-mashu, gever-gever, for example. Today we’ll talk about reduplication in Hebrew and… about Belize.

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Service in Israel

Why don’t we have good service in Israel? And how do you ask the waiter for recommendations if you’re not sure what to order?

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The X Factor in Hebrew

Yes, you can learn Hebrew from pop culture. StreetWise Hebrew looks at the language of Israeli reality TV.

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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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