“Kacha”: The Perfect Answer to Difficult Questions

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One of the first words Israeli children learn is “kacha” – “like this” – especially when they keep asking “lama?” – “why?” – and their parents don’t have the strength to answer. You may even have been told “kacha” by your Hebrew teacher when you asked too many grammar questions. Today host Guy Sharett answers all your questions about “kacha,” and gives some examples of how it pops up in Israeli slang.

New words & expressions:

Atsuv li she-ze kacha โ€“ I am sad it’s like this โ€“ ืขืฆื•ื‘ ืœื™ ืฉื–ื” ื›ื›ื”

Lama? Kacha โ€“ Why? Just because โ€“ ืœืžื”? ื›ื›ื”

Kacha ze ba-chayim โ€“ C’est la vie โ€“ ื›ื›ื” ื–ื” ื‘ื—ื™ื™ื

Ma la’asot? โ€“ What can you do? โ€“ ?ืžื” ืœืขืฉื•ืช

Kmo she-ze haya, kacha she-yihye โ€“ As it was, may it be โ€“ ื›ืžื• ืฉื–ื” ื”ื™ื”, ื›ื›ื” ืฉื™ื”ื™ื”

Kacha ze mushlam โ€“ Like this, it’s perfect โ€“ ื›ื›ื” ื–ื” ืžื•ืฉืœื

Kacha/lo kacha โ€“ Like this/not like this โ€“ ื›ื›ื”/ืœื ื›ื›ื”

Titkasher elay ba-boker, kacha nuchal latset mukdam โ€“ Call me in the morning, that way we can leave early โ€“ ืชืชืงืฉืจ ืืœื™ื™ ืžื•ืงื“ื, ื›ื›ื” ื ื•ื›ืœ ืœืฆืืช ืžื•ืงื“ื

Kach osot kulan โ€“ Cosรฌย fan tutte โ€“ Thus do they all (opera) โ€“ ื›ืš ืขื•ืฉื•ืช ื›ื•ืœืŸ

Kacha hi ba-emtsa โ€“ She’s kinda in the middle โ€“ ื›ื›ื” ื”ื™ื ื‘ืืžืฆืข

Kacha lo bonim homa โ€“ This is not how you build a wall โ€“ ื›ื›ื” ืœื ื‘ื•ื ื™ื ื—ื•ืžื”

Kacha lo mitnahagim ย โ€“ This is not how you behave โ€“ ื›ื›ื” ืœื ืžืชื ื”ื’ื™ื

Ma kacha? โ€“ How are things? โ€“ ?ืžื” ื›ื›ื”

Kacha ah? โ€“ So that’s the way it is, huh? โ€“ ?ื›ื›ื”, ื”ื

Kacha stam โ€“ Just like that โ€“ ื›ื›ื” ืกืชื

Kacha kacha โ€“ So-so โ€“ ื›ื›ื”-ื›ื›ื”


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


Playlist and clips:
Omer Adam โ€“ Atsuv Li She-Ze Kacha (lyrics)
Avi Toledano & Irit Anavi โ€“ Lama Kacha (lyrics)
Ariel Zilber โ€“ Milliard Sinim (lyrics)
Jacques Dutronc โ€“ Et Moi, Et Moi, Et Moi
Efrat Gosh โ€“ Kmo She-Ze Haya (lyrics)
Kaveret โ€“ Kacha Hi Ba-Emtsa (lyrics)
Sport commentator Yoram Arbel
Ha-Tarnegolim โ€“ Kacha Stam (lyrics)
Shalom Hanoch โ€“ Kacha Ve-Kacha (lyrics)


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2 comments on “Kacha”: The Perfect Answer to Difficult Questions

  1. I am a patreon. Why can I not open the parts which are destined for patreons?

    1. TLV1 says:

      Hi Wolfgang,
      Thank you for being a SWH patron. This specific episode is a rerun and its parting monologue is available here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-140s-6644293

      Please let us know whether you can access it or not. If not, do make sure you are logged in on Patreon.

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