We are going through some yamim meshugaim –ย “crazy days” – in Israel at the moment, so let’s talk about how we drive someone crazy in Hebrew (something we cook to perfection!). Host Guy Sharettย promises a special sanity episode once things get back to normal.

New words & expressions:

Yamim meshugaim โ€“ Crazy days โ€“ ื™ืžื™ื ืžืฉื•ื’ืขื™ื

Meshuga โ€“ Crazy โ€“ ืžืฉื•ื’ืข

Pgu’a nefesh โ€“ Mentally ill โ€“ ืคื’ื•ืข ื ืคืฉ

Leshage’a โ€“ To drive someone crazy โ€“ ืœืฉื’ืข

Ze ha-erev ha-ze ha-meshge’a โ€“ It’s this terrific evening โ€“ ื–ื” ื”ืขืจื‘ ื”ื–ื” ื”ืžืฉื’ืข

Meshgea โ€“ Wonderful, terrific, smashing โ€“ ืžืฉื’ืข

Hu meshage’a et kulan โ€“ He drives everybody (f. pl.) crazy โ€“ ื”ื•ื ืžืฉื’ืข ืืช ื›ื•ืœืŸ

Al teshag’i oti โ€“ Don’t drive me crazy โ€“ ืืœ ืชืฉื’ืขื™ ืื•ืชื™

Shige’a โ€“ He drove crazy โ€“ ืฉื™ื’ืข

Ha-bachura shelcha, hi rak shig’ah otcha โ€“ Your girl, she only drove you crazy โ€“ ื”ื‘ื—ื•ืจื” ืฉืœืš, ื”ื™ื ืจืง ืฉื™ื’ืขื” ืื•ืชืš

Ba’al ha-bayit hishtag’ea โ€“ The owner lost his mind โ€“ ื‘ืขืœ ื”ื‘ื™ืช ื”ืฉืชื’ืข

Yesh tipot shel shiga’on beinenu โ€“ There are drops of insanity between us โ€“ ื™ืฉ ื˜ื™ืคื•ืช ืฉืœ ืฉื™ื’ืขื•ืŸ ื‘ื™ื ื™ื ื•

Shiga’on โ€“ Craziness/groovy โ€“ ืฉื™ื’ืขื•ืŸ

Shaga’at, Tarefet โ€“ Craziness โ€“ ืฉื’ืขืช, ื˜ืจืคืช

Kor’im leze shaga’at, kor’im le-ze tarefet โ€“ One calls it craziness, one calls it insanity โ€“ ืงื•ืจืื™ื ืœื–ื” ืฉื’ืขืช, ืงื•ืจืื™ื ืœื–ื” ื˜ืจืคืช

Metoraf โ€“ Crazy โ€“ ืžื˜ื•ืจืฃ

Meshuge (Yiddish) โ€“ Crazy โ€“ ืžืฉื•ื’ืข

Shaja-a (Arabic) โ€“ He encouraged โ€“ ืฉื’’ืข โ€“ ุดุฌุน

Tashji’a (Arabic) โ€“ Encouragement โ€“ ืชืฉื’’ื™ืข โ€“ ุชุดุฌูŠุน


Playlist and clips:

Matti Caspi โ€“ Zemer Mapuhit (Lyrics)
Yoni Yosef โ€“ Meshage’a et Kulan (Lyrics)
Zohar Argov โ€“ Al Teshag’i Oti (Lyrics)
Avihau Shabbat & Michal Amdursky โ€“ Yalla (Lyrics)
Omer Adam โ€“ Wai Li (Lyrics)
La’uf al ha-milion TV show โ€“ promo
Rami Fortis & Barry Saharoff โ€“ Chalom Kachol (Lyrics)
Benny Bashan โ€“ Achla Chamuda (Lyrics)
Lior Narkis – Shagaat/Tarefet (Lyrics)
Trio Carpion โ€“ Push the Buttonย (Lyrics in Yiddish & English in the Youtube clip description)
Nancy Ajarm & Cheb Khaled โ€“ Shaja Hilmak


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