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

Strengthened Coffee and Upgraded Pizza?

What do we mean when we say in Hebrew ืงืคื” ืžื—ื•ื–ืง (roughly translated as strengthened coffee), and is it legitimate to drink it at 1:30 PM? Or when we say ื”ื•ื ืžืชื—ื–ืง (heโ€™s getting stronger) about someone? It's not what you might think.


Hold This for a Second, Will You?

It's asked as a question but it's actually a statement: ?ืชื—ื–ื™ืง ืจื’ืข That's how we ask a friend to hold our bags. And how would we say, โ€œI think highly of himโ€ (or not so highly)?


What Are Some of Your Strengths?

Israelis sometimes use a single word to review a movie or tv series: โ€œ!ื—ื–ืงโ€ In Hebrew, ื—ื–ืง (pronounced hazak) means strong. So what are they trying to convey and how else can we use the word ื—ื–ืง?


About the Host

Guy Sharett

Guy Sharett, originally from Ashdod, Israel, has always loved languages. Today he teaches Hebrew in the Shanghai International Studies University in Shanghai, China. He has a B.A in Hebrew Language from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an M.A in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of London. Guy speaks seven languages, including Arabic, Thai, Indonesian and Italian, loves travelling, aviation and singing.