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

Toddlers and Miniature Models

The Hebrew word ืงื˜ืŸ looks small but its root holds a large number of slang expressions and verbs. Here's an example: what does ืงื˜ืŸ ืขืœื™ื™, literally โ€œsmall on me,โ€ mean in slang?

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I Can’t Stand It

Sometimes we just gotta be honest with ourselves and say, โ€œืื ื™ ืœื ืกื•ื‘ืœ ืื•ืชื•โ€ (I canโ€™t stand him). Guy explains the Hebrew root ืกื‘ืœ, which means suffering or misery, and how it is linked to muscular endurance, horrible traffic jams and passive verbs.

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Save Me a Spot, Will You?

Is it okay to save an open parking spot for someone, shooing away other drivers? Well, that's what many Tel-Avivim do. It's called ืœืฉืžื•ืจ ื—ื ื™ื”, and Guy explains the phenomenon.

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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.