Time for Your Hebrew Class, ‘Nachon’?

Listen to anyone speak on their phone on an Israeli bus and chances are you’ll hear them utter the word נכון (‘right’) every few seconds. Today, Guy teaches us how to use נכון in different circumstances and explains why we should never trust a shin (ש) when we see one.

New Words and Expressions:

Nachon – Right, correct, true – נכון

“Nachon at yafa” – It’s true, you’re pretty – נכון את יפה

“Nachon she-at kan” – It’s true that you’re here – נכון שאת כאן

“Mitstaer al ha-milim halo nechonot” – I am sorry for the wrong words – מצטער על המילים הלא נכונות

Ha-milim ha-nechonot – The right words – המילים הנכונות

Ken nachon, lo nachon – It is, it isn’t so – כן נכון, לא נכון

Ken nachon – It IS right – כן נכון

Ken halachti – I did go – כן הלכתי

Gam ani rotsa Lichyot nachon – I also want to live right – גם אני רוצה לחיות נכון

Im hevanti nachon – If I got it right – אם הבנתי נכון

Shelo tavinu oti lo nachon – Don’t get me wrong – שלא תבינו אותי לא נכון

Achshav ze margish nachon – Now it feels right – עכשיו זה מרגיש נכון

Hu margish ahava – He feels love – הוא מרגיש אהבה

Hu lo margish tov – He doesn’t feel well – הוא לא מרגיש טוב

“Ze margish li nachon” – It feels right to me – זה מרגיש לי נכון

“Ze lo nachon li” – It’s not right for me – זה לא נכון לי

Heye nachon – Be prepared – הייה נכון

Heye nachon lemale chovatcha – Be prepared to fill your duty – הייה נכון למלא חובתך

Ma she-nachon – nachon – What’s right is right – מה שנכון, נכון

Nachon le-achshav – For now – נכון לעכשיו 

Nachon le’achshav ani lo nosea latsafon – For now, I am not going to the north – נכון לעכשיו אני לא נוסע לצפון

Nechonut laasot mashehu – Willingness to do something – נכונות לעשות משהו

Na-chon! – Another intonation to say ‘right’ – נ-כון

Playlist and Clips:

Efraim Shamir – Nachon At Yaffa (lyrics)

Daniel Salomon – Ahava (lyrics)

Eti Levy & Sharif – Gever Bli Mila (lyrics)

Ofir Asor – Ilu Yacholti (lyrics)

Tsipi Shavit – Ken Nachon, Lo Nachon (lyrics)

Rona Keinan – Lichyot Nachon (lyrics)

Nushi Paz – Margish Nachon (lyrics)

Himnon Ha-tsofim (Scout anthem) – Heye Nachon

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