Streetwise Hebrew

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

The level of service in Israel can change from day to day, hour to hour. It depends on many factors, like the mood of the serving staff, life in the city, and other seemingly random factors. Guy explains.

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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

In Hebrew, זזים (we’re making a move), זזנו (we made a move), and נזוז (we’ll make a move) are all used in the same way to say, “yalla, let’s go.” Guy explains.

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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 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 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

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 “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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