Half a Million Downloads? Not Half Bad

This week we’re celebrating half a million downloads of our podcast, so host Guy Sharett has decided to dedicate this episode to “hatsi/hetsi” – “half” in Hebrew.ย From telling the time, to sports, to fashion, “hetsi” gets everywhere. But when do we say “hetsi” and when “hatsi”? Listen to find out.


New words & expressions:

Omrim li she-ani hatsi benadam ve-hi hatsi meshuga’at โ€“ They tell me that I am half a person and that she’s half crazy โ€“ย ืื•ืžืจื™ื ืœื™ ืฉืื ื™ ื—ืฆื™ ื‘ื ืื“ื ื•ื”ื™ื ื—ืฆื™ ืžืฉื•ื’ืขืช

Hetsi/Hatsi, pl. hatsa’im โ€“ Half, halves โ€“ ื—ืฆื™, ื—ืฆืื™ื

Hatsi olam sone hatsi โ€“ Half the world hates the other half โ€“ย ื—ืฆื™ ืขื•ืœื ืฉื•ื ื ื—ืฆื™

Tsarat rabim hatsi nechama โ€“ Distress of many people is half consolation; “others’ troubles are a half-consolation” โ€“ ืฆืจืช ืจื‘ื™ื ื—ืฆื™ ื ื—ืžื”

Matsati li heder va-hetsi โ€“ I found myself a room-and-a-half โ€“ย ืžืฆืืชื™ ืœื™ ื—ื“ืจ ื•ึธื—ืฆื™

Hamesh va-hetsi โ€“ Half past five โ€“ ื—ืžืฉ ื•ื—ืฆื™

Hatsi daka โ€“ Half a minute โ€“ ื—ืฆื™ ื“ืงื”

Ten li hatsi daka โ€“ Give me a second โ€“ ืชืŸ ืœื™ ื—ืฆื™ ื“ืงื”

Hatsi gmar, hatsi ha-gmar โ€“ Semi finals, the semi finals โ€“ย ื—ืฆื™ ื’ืžืจ, ื—ืฆื™ ื”ื’ืžืจ

Mahatsit โ€“ Half โ€“ ืžื—ืฆื™ืช

Ba-mahatsit ha-rishona โ€“ In the first half โ€“ ื‘ืžื—ืฆื™ืช ื”ืจืืฉื•ื ื”

Hatsi ee โ€“ Peninsula โ€“ ื—ืฆื™ ืื™

Hetsi ko’ach โ€“ Half power; “not so amazing” โ€“ ื—ืฆื™ ื›ื•ื—

Eich lahafoch simla le-hatsait โ€“ How to turn a dress into a skirt โ€“ ืื™ืš ืœื”ืคื•ืš ืฉืžืœื” ืœื—ืฆืื™ืช

Hatsot โ€“ Midnight โ€“ ื—ืฆื•ืช

Kvar aharey hatsot โ€“ It’s already past midnight โ€“ ื›ื‘ืจ ืื—ืจื™ ื—ืฆื•ืช

Ma’avar hatsaya/hatsiya โ€“ Pedestrian crossing; zebra crossing โ€“ ืžืขื‘ืจ ื—ืฆื™ื™ื”

Hatsiya โ€“ Crossing โ€“ ื—ืฆื™ื™ื”

Kavim โ€“ Lines โ€“ ืงื•ื•ื™ื

Hatsiyat kavim โ€“ Lines crossing; “crossing the line” โ€“ ื—ืฆื™ื™ืช ืงื•ื•ื™ื

Hetsi-hetsi โ€“ Half-half; split into halves โ€“ ื—ึตืฆื™ ื—ึตืฆื™


Looking for the monologue text? It’s available to our patrons atย patreon.com/streetwisehebrew.


Playlist and clips:

Nimrod Lev & Orly Perl โ€“ Ze Kol Ha-kesemย (Lyrics)
Shlomo Artzi โ€“ Tachat Shmey Yam Ha-tichonย (Lyrics)
Yehuda Poliker โ€“ Halon La-yam Ha-tichonย (Lyrics)
Hamesh va-hetsi TV show
Ha-paytan reality show
Eich lahafoch simla le-chatsa’it – how to turn a dress into a skirt
Ilanit โ€“ Kvar Acharey Hatsotย (Lyrics)
Iluf kelev, dog training
MK Shelly Yehimovich on “hatsiyat kavim”
Sadyle โ€“ Hetziย (Lyrics)


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