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

Sick? Get Well Soon!

Hebrew provides plenty of ways to wish someone well, and they all depend on the severity of the illness. So what should we say to someone with a cold? How about the flu? Pneumonia? This winter, Guy provides a linguistic toolkit for all you well-wishers to use in almost any circumstance.

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This Corner Store is Da Bomb

The Hebrew word ืคื™ืฆื•ืฅ (pitsuts) means explosion but is also used in the same fashion as the English phrase, โ€œa blast,โ€ meaning incredible or highly entertaining. And did you know that our neighborhood corner store is called a ืคื™ืฆื•ืฆื™ื™ื” (pitsutsiya)?

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Put out the Fire

What does an Israeli judo champion mean when she says, ื”ืืฉ ื›ื‘ืชื” ืœื’ืžืจื™? In Hebrew, ืœื›ื‘ื•ืช means to extinguish and to turn off. So please turn off all cell phones and listen as Guy explains all things ื›.ื‘.ื”.

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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.