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

Searching for Deeper Meaning

The Hebrew word ืœื—ืคืฉ means โ€œto search for.โ€ So what does โ€œื”ืžื•ืจื” ืกืชื ืžื—ืคืฉ ืื•ืชื™โ€ or โ€œืœื›ื™ ื—ืคืฉื™ ืชโ€™ื—ื‘ืจื™ื ืฉืœืšโ€ mean? Both are slang and they don't mean what you might think they mean!

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Here, Try This!

The word ืœื ืกื•ืช, to try, is very handy in everyday conversation. People always say, โ€œtry thisโ€ or โ€œdon't try that.โ€ So on this episode, Guy tries to explain it all.

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โ€œVe,โ€ โ€œVaโ€ or โ€œOoโ€

Vรฉ- is sometimes pronounced Va- or Oo-, depending on the usage. So when is the letter ื• at the beginning of a word pronounced Vรฉ, Va or Oo? And should Hebrew learners invest their time to learn these elaborate rules?

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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.