Learning Hebrew Doesn’t Have to Be a Bummer

Sometimes we’re just “in basa” – in a state of annoyance, not really angry, but just bummed. Host Guy Sharett teaches usย verbs derived from “basa,”ย plusย more nouns like “hitba’asut,” which could be translated as “the process of getting bummed out.” Who said Hebrew isn’t a rich language?


New words & expressions:

Basa โ€“ A bummer โ€“ ื‘ืืกื”

Eize basa โ€“ What a bummer โ€“ ืื™ื–ื” ื‘ืืกื”

Eize basa ze sheโ€ฆ โ€“ What a bummer it is that/when… โ€“ …ืื™ื–ื” ื‘ืืกื” ื–ื” ืฉ

Be-basa โ€“ “in basa” โ€“ ื‘ื‘ืืกื”

Kuli be-basa โ€“ I am totally in basa โ€“ ื›ื•ืœื™ ื‘ื‘ืืกื”

Ani al ha-panim โ€“ I am *not* doing well โ€“ ืื ื™ ืขืœ ื”ืคื ื™ื

Meva’es (Mva’es) โ€“ A bummer; annoying โ€“ ืžื‘ืืก

Ze ma ze meva-es (Ze ma-ze mva’es) โ€“ That’s so annoying โ€“ ื–ื” ืžื”-ื–ื” ืžื‘ืืก

Mva’es ta’tachat (Meva’es et ha-tachat) โ€“ Really annoying โ€“ย ืžื‘ืืก ืช’ืชื—ืช

Mevo’as, Mevo’eset โ€“ Bummed; annoyed โ€“ ืžื‘ื•ืืก, ืžื‘ื•ืืกืช

Ze lo meshane she-chavera shelcha mevo’eset โ€“ย It doesn’t make a difference that your girlfriend is bummed โ€“ย ื–ื” ืœื ืžืฉื ื” ืฉื—ื‘ืจื” ืฉืœืš ืžื‘ื•ืืกืช

Kamuvan hitba’asti sheโ€ฆ โ€“ Of course I was bummed out thatโ€ฆ โ€“ …ื›ืžื•ื‘ืŸ ื”ืชื‘ืืกืชื™ ืฉ

Hitba’ast/a she-lo hitkasharti? โ€“ Where you bummed I didn’t call? โ€“ ?ื”ืชื‘ืืกืช ืฉืœื ื”ืชืงืฉืจืชื™

Hitba’asut โ€“ The process of getting bummed out โ€“ย ื”ืชื‘ืืกื•ืช

Nirshema hitba’asut โ€“ An annoyance was registered โ€“ย ื ืจืฉืžื” ื”ืชื‘ืืกื•ืช

Me’utsban โ€“ Pissed/pissed off (more annoyed than just “in basa”) โ€“ย ืžืขื•ืฆื‘ืŸ

Atsabim โ€“ Nerves โ€“ ืขืฆื‘ื™ื


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


Playlist and clips:
Cohen @ Mushon โ€“ Basa (Lyrics)
Comedy bar, standup comedy โ€“ Eize basa
Ha-dag Nachash โ€“ Lazuz (Lyrics)
Walla sports interview with footballer Dor Micha


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