A bite-size podcast showcasing modern Hebrew and its slang. Host Guy Sharett explains what we can learn about Israeli psyche, society, and culture through the Hebrew language.

โ€œThis Hebrew language podcast is hands-down the best of any language podcast and perhaps the most entertaining of all the Podcasts with which I'm familiar. Guy is the consummate teacher and storyteller.โ€
โ€” JS
โ€œThere is really no place to learn the nuances and slang of modern hebrew better than this podcast. Not even your best friend could explain better than streetwise with his amazing cultural references from music and tv. Anyone curious and certainly for all Olim this should be required curriculum.โ€
โ€” Bmiron
โ€œGuy really understands how people actually learn languages. His podcast is always a highlight of my week. It really makes me feel like I'm part of a community of people all over the world learning this beautiful, intriguing, difficult language.โ€
โ€” AL

Recent Episodes

You Shouldn’t Steal

In Hebrew, ื’ื ื‘ (ganav) is a thief. Perhaps you already know its Yiddish pronunciation, ganef (ื’ืึทื ืขื•ื•). But there are other, more exciting words that belong to the Hebrew root ื’ื ื‘, including several slang uses. Guy explains.

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Take a Look Around You

The Hebrew words ืกื‘ื™ื‘ (saviv), ืกื‘ื™ื‘ื” (sviva), ืžืกื‘ื™ื‘ (misaviv), ืกื‘ื‘ (sevev), all come from the ืก.ื‘.ื‘ root. They also come in very handy in spoken Hebrew. So today, Guy explains the many words and phrases that stem from this interesting root.

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We Deserve Special Treatment

We all deserve to receive good customer service and to be treated with respect. But let's be real โ€“ that's not always the case. The Hebrew word ื™ื—ืก means treatment, attention, and service, while the plural ื™ื—ืกื™ื means relations.

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About the Host

Guy Sharett

Guy teaches Hebrew in the streets of Tel Aviv. He is a former journalist with Yedioth Ahronot and Channel 10, and has a B.A. in Hebrew Language and an M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies. Guy speaks seven languages, including Arabic, Thai, and Indonesian. Guy is the founder of โ€œStreetWise Hebrew,โ€ where he teaches Hebrew and Israeli culture through graffiti, street signs, tombstone reading, and sewer covers.