Israelis love to indulge in the circular “how-are-you-how’s-it-going-what’s-new” conversation chain, so it’s important to become proficient in this verbal dance.

Today Guy teaches us 11 ways, no less, of asking someone how they’re doing. Let’s get on the dance floor!

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Words and expressions discussed:

Ma hainyanim? (maina-nim) – ?מַה הָעִנְיָינִים

Inyan – עִנְיָין

Beseder – בְּסֶדֶר

Az ma kore? – ?אָז מַה קוֹרֶה

Ha-kol tov? – ?הַכֹּל טוֹב

Ken achi – כֵּן אָחִי

Az ma nishma? – ?אָז מַה נִשְׁמָע

Az ma? – ?אָז מַה

Maaa? – ?מַה

Ma chadash – ?מַה חָדָשׁ

Ein chadash – אֵין חָדָשׁ

Ein kol chadash tachat ha-shemesh – אֵין כֹּל חָדָש תַּחַת הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ

Ma chadash? – ?מָה חָדָשׁ

Ein chadash, yesh chadash – אֵין חָדָשׁ, יש חָדָשׁ

Ma shlomcha yakiri? – ?מַה שְׁלוֹמְךָ יָקִירִי

Ma shlomech yakirati? – ?מַה שְׁלוֹמֵךְ יָקִירָתִי

Ma itcha ahuv sheli? – ?מַה אִיתְךָ אָהוּב שֶׁלִי

Eich holech? – ?אֵיךְ הוֹלֵךְ


Playlist and clips:

Educational TV show about ma nishma, interviews in Hebrew with Tomer Sharon,  Margalit Tsan’ani and others

Matti Capi & Boaz Sharabi – Shalom Aleychem (Lyrics)

Matan Attias – Ein Chadash (See lyrics on YouTube)

Sarit Chadad – Ma Shlomcha Yakiri (Lyrics)

MOG – Ma holech gever?

Ha-Dorbanim – Shuv Ha-Disko Kan (Lyrics)


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Photo by Zipa Kempinsky.

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