Streetwise Hebrew

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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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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Oh, Come on Already!

The word כבר, meaning “already,” has so many functions in modern Hebrew that we decided to dedicate an entire episode to it.

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Ima Polanyia

Polish mother or Jewish mother? What does “Ima Polanyia” mean in contemporary Hebrew?

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