What’s happened to Hebrew-speaking romantics in these days of Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter? How do they convey their feelings in 140 characters?

Guy Sharett analyzes a unique song called ‘Smiley,’ whose lyrics are a collection of one-liners, sometimes just one word long, taken from real online chats between Israeli couples.

And, most importantly, which Hebrew word is used by Israelis to text their ex-partners at 3am?

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Words and expressions discussed:

Er, era – עֵר, עֵרָה
Dabri iti – דַּבְּרִי אִיתִי
Hit’orart, Lehitorer – הִתְעוֹרַרְתְ, לְהִתְעוֹרֵר
Tachzeri elay / tachzor elai – תַּחְזְרִי אֵלַיי, תַּחְזוֹר אֵלַיי
Lachzor, lachshov – לַחְזוֹר, לַחְשוֹב
Tachshov-tachshevi, tachzor-tachzeri – תַּחְשוֹב-תַּחְשְבִי, תַּחְזוֹר-תַּחְזְרִי
Halo? – ?הָלוֹ
Yachas, Yechasim – יָחָס, יְחָסִים
Kara mashehu – קָרָה מַשֶהוּ
Likrot – לִקְרוֹת
Eifo at? – אֵיפֹה אַת?
Be-shiur – בְּשִיעוּר
Bi-fgisha – בִּפְגִישָה
Ba-byit – בַּבַּיִת
Be-nsi’a – בִּנְסִיעָה
Techef – תֵּיכֵף
Mi ze – מִי זֶה
Mitkasher me-chasum – מִתְקַשֵּר מֵחָסוּם
Tafsiki lesanen – תַּפְסִיקִי לְסֵנֵּן
Ma nish – מַה נִיש?
Daber elay – דַּבֵּר אֵלַיי
Lo chashuv – לֹא חָשׁוּב
Izvi – עִזְבִי
Smiley boche – סְמַיילִי בּוֹכֶה
Smiley korets – סְמַיילִי קוֹרֵץ
Smiley tsochek – סְמַיילִי צוֹחֵק
Ch ch ch – חחח

 

Music:

Smiley – Matzav Ha-uma Tv Show, Reshet, TV2 (Israel) – from min. 01:20
Lyrics: Shachar Segal & Lior Schleien
Music: Daniel Salomon
Singing: Daniel Salomon & Roni Alter
Trying to understand the rest of the song but still need some help? Want Guy to talk about a pressing Hebrew issue? Find him on Facebook, at StreetWiseHebrew.com, or on Twitter.

 

Photo by Zipa Kempinsky.

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