Today’s episode is all about “mazal tov.” How do we congratulate friends who have a newborn baby? And what do you say when you’re not sure if it’s a boy or a girl, in a gender-based language like Hebrew? Host Guy Sharett has all the answers.

New words & expressions:

Mazal tov – Congratulations – מזל טוב

She-yihie be-mazal (tov) – Congratulations – (שיהיה במזל (טוב

Mazal tov la-yomuledet – Happy birthday – מזל טוב ליומולדת

Mazal tov al ha-herayon – Congratulaions on the pregnancy – מזל טוב על ההריון

Mazal tov al hadira – Congratulations on the apartment – מזל טוב על הדירה

Magi’a lecha mazal tov, lo? – You deserve a mazal tov, right? – ?מגיע לך מזל טוב, לא

Brachot – Blessings, greetings – ברכות

Ani me’achelet lecha she… – I wish that you… – …אני מאחלת לך ש

Eize keif lishmo’a – So happy to hear (the news) – איזה כיף לשמוע

Eize yoffie – How great – איזה יופי

Be-sha’a tova – May all go well/Congratulations – בשעה טובה

Bekarov etslecha/etslech/etslachem – (May we celebrate the same thing) for you soon – בקרוב אצלך/אצלכם

Ma ze/mamash samachti lishmo’a she… – I was so happy to hear that… – …מה-זה/ממש שמחתי לשמוע ש

Ratsiti/Ratsinu lehagid mazal tov – I/we wanted to say “mazal tov” – רציתי/רצינו להגיד מזל טוב


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Playlist and clips:
Elad Shodler – Mazal Tov (lyrics)
Eric Berman – Beinonimi (lyrics)
Sarit Haddad – Me’achelet Lecha (lyrics)
Yehuda Sa’ado – Be-tsel Dmuta (lyrics)
Tsipi Shavit – Mazal Tov (lyrics beneath clip)


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