Streetwise Hebrew

Sho’a (Holocaust)

The word Sho’a, holocaust, used to be a sacred word. Not anymore. Like many loaded words, we used and reused it. Now you can hear people using Sho’a in totally different contexts

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The Elixir of Life: Israel’s Cafe Culture

Coffee culture is everywhere in Israel. How do you ask for a cappuccino to go, the Tel-Avivi way? And what’s הפוך דל? Here’s your short Hebrew language manual for all you coffeeholics

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Why? What Happened?

Lama ma kara can be literally translated as “why what happened.” What do we mean by this expression and how do you use it?

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Weary, Bleary-Eyed and Spent

How do you say I’m tired, beat, drained, knackered, and the like in colloquial Hebrew? And what do you say when you crash on a Tel Avivi couch?

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Elohim

Elohim means God in Hebrew. Why does it have a plural suffix at the end? Is it really plural in Modern Hebrew? How do we use elohim in Israeli slang, and what did we borrow from Arabic?

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Ayin

Ayin means eye in Hebrew. How do we say ‘eyes’? What happens in Arabic? What do you call the evil eye? And how do you say ‘The apple of my eye’ in Hebrew?

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Rakevet – Train

Let’s talk about trains in Hebrew. What’s the root of רכבת, and how is it related to horse riding? Also, what do we call the Jerusalem Light rail in Hebrew and in Arabic?

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Exploring Hebrew’s Mellowest, Sloppiest Corner

Careless improvisation is a well-developed art in Israel. The Hebrew word for it – itself an improvisation of sorts – is the focus of this episode.

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A Dose of Vitamin P To Heal Your Bureaucratis

Here’s a few useful words that will help you make sense of Israeli bureaucracy and get through it in one piece.

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