‘Zayin’ (dick) is a word we hear a lot in Hebrew since it is included in many slang terms – many of which are not necessarily related to sex. Today we learn a few of these sayings and find out the connection between the term ‘friends with benefits’ and Austrian composer Franz Schubert.

Words and expressions discussed:

Zayin โ€“ ื–ึทื™ึดืŸ

Koos โ€“ ื›ึผื•ึผืก

Ha-aretz mitpatachat kmo ha-zayin sheli โ€“ ื”ึธืึทืจึถืฅ ืžึดืชึฐืคึผึทืชึทึผื—ึทืช ื›ึผึฐืžื•ึน ื”ึทื–ึทึผื™ึดืŸ ืฉึถืœึดื™

Yezizoot – ื™ึฐื–ึดื™ื–ื•ึผืช

Yadid > yaziz โ€“ ื™ึธื“ึดื™ื“ > ื™ึธื–ึดื™ื–

Eize zayin โ€“ ืึตื™ื–ึถื” ื–ึทื™ึดืŸ

Eize zayin hu โ€“ื”ื•ึผื ืึตื™ื–ึถื” ื–ึทื™ึดืŸ

Ani sam zayin โ€“ ืึฒื ึดื™ ืฉึธื‚ื ื–ึทื™ึดืŸ

Lasim zayin โ€“ ืœึธืฉื‚ึดื™ื ื–ึทื™ึดืŸ

Ani lo sam alav zayin โ€“ ืึฒื ึดื™ ืœึนื ืฉื‚ึธื ืขึธืœึธื™ื• ื–ึทื™ึดืŸ

Al hazayin sheli โ€“ ืขึทืœ ื”ึทื–ึทึผื™ึดืŸ ืฉึถืœึดื™



Alef-bet โ€“ Naomi Shemer, lyrics

Franz Schubert – Gretchen am Spinnrade; Singer: Jessye Norman

Rami Kleinstein โ€“ Chutz mimech klum,ย lyrics

Johnny Blaze ft. Meli One & K7NG โ€“ Yedidim o yezizim

Yafti โ€“ Dvarim Muzari, lyrics

Ha-yehudim โ€“ Im kvar, lyricsย 

Hagar Dadon โ€“ Al ha-zayin sheli, lyrics


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Photo byย Zipa Kempinsky.

2 comments on “Sex Words 2: Zayin

  1. Judy Kropf says:

    Thanks, Guy! Just saw/listened to this episode at my computer. I left Israel in 89 and have been back to visit a lot, but wow, so many new words and expressions! Thanks for keeping me culturally up to date!

    ื›ืœ ื”ื›ื‘ื•ื“, Judy

    1. Guy Sharett says:

      Toda raba Judy! Thanks so much for your kind words. We have more than 250 episodes waiting for you on your podcast app.

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