“I don’t know” is one of the most important things you need to know how to say in any language. In this episode Guy Sharett explains how to say you don’t have a clue in Hebrew, and even suggests what you should do with your shoulders and bottom lip while saying it.


New words & expressions:

Ani lo yodea, ani lo yodaat – I don’t know – אני לא יודע, אני לא יודעת

(An’)lo yode’a – I don’t know – אנ’)לא יודע)

Ani mamash lo yodea (Anmamashlodea) – I really don’t know – אנ(י) ממש ל(א י)ודע

Kshe’at omeret “lo” – When you say “no” – “כשאת אומרת “לא

Ani kvar lo yodea – I don’t know any more – אני כבר לא יודע

Kshe-isha omeret lo – When a woman says “no” – “כשאישה אומרת “לא

Hi mitkavenet le-“lo” – She means no – “היא מתכוונת ל”לא

Me-efo ani yodea – How should I know? – ?מאיפה אני יודע

Me-efo li lada’at? – How should I know? – ?מאיפה לי לדעת

Me-efo ani eda – How would I know? – ?מאיפה אני אדע

Ani yodea, ani? – What do I know? – ?אני יודע, אני

Ein li musag ma osim – I don’t have a clue what to do – אין לי מושג מה עושים

Musag – Term – מושג

Ein li musag – I don’t have a clue – אין לי מושג

Yesh lecha ulay musag – Do you happen to know – יש לך אולי מושג

Yesh lecha ulay musag efo… – Do you happen to know where… – …יש לך אולי מושג איפה

Ein li shemetz shel musag – I don’t have a shred of a clue – אין לי שמץ של מושג

Ana aref? – Do I know? How would I know? m. (Arabic) –  אנא עארף – أنا عارف

Ana arfa? f. (Arabic) – אנא עארפה –  أنا عارفه


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


Playlist and clips:
Ha-tarnegolim – Kshe’at Omeret Lo (Lyrics)
Karolina – Machma’ot (Lyrics)
Ha-dorbanim – Yatsanu Lirkod (Lyrics)
Tamer Hosny – Ya’ani Khalas
Latifa – Ana Arfa
Shalom Hanoch – An’lo Yode’a Eich Lomar Lach (Lyrics)


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