Why do we say โ€˜Ani holech habaitaโ€™, I am going home, in Hebrew? What exactly is the funny ending ‘habai-ta,’ if the word ‘bayit’ means home? Host Guy Sharett has returned home! On this episode, he explains โ€˜habaitaโ€™ and how to use it.

Words and expressionsย discussed:

Lahzor habaita โ€“ To come back home โ€“ ืœื—ื–ื•ืจ ื”ื‘ื™ืชื”

Haya mamash keif lifgosh etchem โ€“ It was great meeting you โ€“ ื”ื™ื” ืžืžืฉ ื›ื™ืฃ ืœืคื’ื•ืฉ ืืชื›ื

Yerushalaima โ€“ Towards Jerusalem (biblical) โ€“ ื™ืจื•ืฉืœื™ืžื”

Le-yerushalaim โ€“ Towards Jerusalem (modern) โ€“ ืœื™ืจื•ืฉืœื™ื

Tsafona โ€“ Northbound โ€“ ืฆืคื•ื ื”

Daroma โ€“ Southbound โ€“ ื“ืจื•ืžื”

Smola โ€“ To the left โ€“ ืฉืžืืœื”

Yamina โ€“ To the right โ€“ ื™ืžื™ื ื”

Kadima โ€“ Forward โ€“ ืงื“ื™ืžื”

Achora โ€“ Backword โ€“ ืื—ื•ืจื”

Higati habaita โ€“ I reached home โ€“ ื”ื’ืขืชื™ ื”ื‘ื™ืชื”

Kama tov she-bata habaita โ€“ So good that you came back home โ€“ ื›ืžื” ื˜ื•ื‘ ืฉื‘ืืช ื”ื‘ื™ืชื”

Israeliyut โ€“ Israeliness โ€“ ื™ืฉืจืืœื™ื•ึผืช

Bo ha-baita โ€“ Come home โ€“ ื‘ื•ื ื”ื‘ื™ืชื”

Alรฉ habaita โ€“ Come up home โ€“ืขืœื” ื”ื‘ื™ืชื”

Lech/Lechi/Lechu habaita โ€“ Go home โ€“ ืœืš/ืœื›ื™/ืœื›ื• ื”ื‘ื™ืชื”

Hu halach habaita โ€“ He went home โ€“ ื”ื•ื ื”ืœืš ื”ื‘ื™ืชื”

Nir’eh li she-hu halach ha-baita โ€“ I think that he went home (standard) โ€“ ื ืจืื” ืœื™ ืฉื”ื•ื ื”ืœืš ื”ื‘ื™ืชื”

Nira li hu halach habaita โ€“ I think that he went home (Colloquial) โ€“ย ื ืจืื” ืœื™ ื”ื•ื ื”ืœืš ื”ื‘ื™ืชื”

Music:
Arik Einstein โ€“ Kama Tov She-bata Ha-baitaย (lyrics)
Shula Hen โ€“ Bo Ha-baitaย (lyrics)
Margo Guryan โ€“ Sunday Morning
Marie Laforรชt โ€“ Et Si Je T’aime
Cottage cheese ad
Sarit Hadad โ€“ Yalla Lech Habaita Motiย (lyrics)
Tel Aviv demonstration (2012)
Dana Berger & Itai Pearl โ€“ Hinne Bati Habaitaย (lyrics)

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