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.

“This 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.”
— JS
“There 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.”
— Bmiron
“Guy 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.”
— AL

Recent Episodes

Put out the Fire

What does an Israeli judo champion mean when she says, האש כבתה לגמרי? In Hebrew, לכבות means to extinguish and to turn off. So please turn off all cell phones and listen as Guy explains all things כ.ב.ה.

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Shoo! Get out of Here!

How do you say “buzz off” or “beat it” in Hebrew? And how might it relate to paying off your mortgage? Guy explains.

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Can You Hurry It Up? Quick!

Israelis need everything here and now, immediately. Preferably yesterday. That's why the Hebrew word זריז (zariz), quick or quickly, is constantly in use. This episode is a crash course (קורס מזורז) on the root ז.ר.ז.

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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 “StreetWise Hebrew,” where he teaches Hebrew and Israeli culture through graffiti, street signs, tombstone reading, and sewer covers.