When an Israeli tells you “al tid’ag,” or “don’t worry,” that’s when you should probably start to worry.

Guy Sharett teaches us how to talk about worrying – or making sure people don’t – and what else this root, דאג, has up its sleeve.

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Words and expressions discussed:

Al tid’agi, al tid’ag, al tid’agu – אַל תִּדְאָגִי, אַל תִּדְאָג, אַל תִּדְאֲגוּ

Tilmad – תִּלְמָד

Al tid’agi li ima – אַל תִּדְאָגִי לי אִמָּא

Al tid’agu li aba – אַל תִּדְאֲגוּ לִי אַבָּא

Tilmedu – תִּלְמְדוּ

Ein lach ma lid’og – אֵין לָךְ מָה לִדְאוֹג

Mishehu do’eg li sham le-mala – מִישֶהוּ דּוֹאֵג לִי שָׁם לְמַעֲלָה

Mi doeg le-birot – מִי דּוֹאֵג לְבִּירוֹת

De’aga – דְּאָגָה

Al de’aga –  אַל דְּאָגָה

Ze seker mad’ig – זֶה סֶקֶר מַדְאִיג

Ani lo mud’ag me-ha-falastinim, ani mud’ag me-ha-israelim – אֲנִי לֹא מוּדְאָג מֵהַפָלָסְטִינִים, אֲנִי מוּדְאָג מֵהַיִּשְרְאֵלִים

Al tihyi mud’eget – אַל תִּהְיִי מוּדְאֶגֶת

Da’agan, da’aganit – דַּאֲגָן, דַאֲגָנִית

Da’aganut yeter – דַּאֲגָנוּת יֶתֶר



Incognito – Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing

Aviv Geffen – Al tid’ag (Lyrics)

Pablo Rozenberg – Al Tid’agi Li Ima (Lyrics)

Ehud Banai – Kmo Tsipor Ve-sharah (Lyrics)

Ein lach ma lid’og – Uzi Fuchs (Lyrics)

Mishehu – Yehudit Ravitz (Lyrics)

Shelly Yachimovich – interview TV10

Amnon Dankner – interview TV2

Ha-haverim shel Natasha – Shnei Sipurey Ahava Ktsarim (Lyrics)


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