How do weย say “I told you so” in Hebrew? And “Who said?” orย “You don’t say!” In this episode, host Guy Sharett teaches these useful expressions and more for, well, talking about what people say. They all stem fromย the root ‘amar,’ meaning ‘he said.’ What say you, Guy?

Words and expressionsย discussed:

Amar โ€“ He said โ€“ ืืžืจ

Amarta โ€“ You (m.) said โ€“ ืืžืจืชึธ

Amart โ€“ You (f.) said โ€“ ืืžืจืชึฐ

Ma she-ne’emar โ€“ What wasย said โ€“ ืžื” ืฉื ืืžืจ

Amart li etmol โ€“ You (f.) told me yesterday โ€“ ืืžืจืช ืœื™ ืืชืžื•ืœ

She-halamt alai ba-laila โ€“ That you dreamt about me last night โ€“ ืฉื—ืœืžืช ืขืœื™ื™ ื‘ืœื™ืœื”

Kshe’elohim amar โ€“ When god said โ€“ ื›ืฉืืœื•ื”ื™ื ืืžืจ

Ba-pa’am ha-rishona โ€“ In the first time โ€“ ื‘ืคืขื ื”ืจืืฉื•ื ื”

Mi amar โ€“ Who said so? โ€“ ?ืžื™ ืืžืจ

Hi amra li โ€“ She said to me โ€“ ื”ื™ื ืืžืจื” ืœื™

Az amarti lo โ€“ So I told him โ€“ ืื– ืืžืจืชื™ ืœื•

Hu amar li โ€“ He told me โ€“ ื”ื•ื ืืžืจ ืœื™

Az ma hu amar โ€“ So what did he say? โ€“ ?ืื– ืžื” ื”ื•ื ืืžืจ

Ve-ma at amart? โ€“ And what did you (f.) say? โ€“ ?ื•ืžื” ืืช ืืžืจืช

Amarti lecha/lach โ€“ I told you so โ€“ ืืžืจืชื™ ืœืš

Ma amarnu? โ€“ What did we say? โ€“ ?ืžื” ืืžืจื ื•

Amru lo โ€“ They told him โ€“ ืืžืจื• ืœื•

Omrim she-haya po same’ach lifnei she-noladeti โ€“ They say that happiness was hereย before I was born โ€“ ืื•ืžืจื™ื ืฉื”ื™ื” ืคื” ืฉืžื— ืœืคื ื™ ืฉื ื•ืœื“ืชื™

Ma omrim? โ€“ What do you say? โ€“ ?ืžื” ืื•ืžืจื™ื

Omrim she โ€“ They say that โ€“ …ืื•ืžืจื™ื ืฉ

Ma at omeret? Ma ata omer? โ€“ You donโ€™t say? โ€“ ?ืžื” ืืช ืื•ืžืจืช? ืžื” ืืชื” ืื•ืžืจ

Tamshich lahlom โ€“ Keep dreaming โ€“ ืชืžืฉื™ืš ืœื—ืœื•ื

Zot omeret โ€“ It means โ€“ ื–ืืช ืื•ืžืจืช

Maztomeret (Ma zot omeret)? โ€“ What does it mean? โ€“ (?ืžื–ืชื•ืžืจืช? (ืžื” ื–ืืช ืื•ืžืจืช

Amur la’asot โ€“ Supposed to do โ€“ ืืžื•ืจ ืœืขืฉื•ืช

Hu amur lehagi’a be-shmone โ€“ He is supposed to come at eight โ€“ย ื”ื•ื ืืžื•ืจ ืœื”ื’ื™ืข ื‘ืฉืžื•ื ื”

Music:
Yehudit Ravit โ€“ Amartaย (lyrics)
Avtipus โ€“ Tash’iri Li Makom Lehabek Otachย (lyrics)
Matti Caspi โ€“ Kshe’elohim Amar Ba-pa’am Ha-rishonaย (lyrics)
Monica Sex โ€“ Maka Aforaย (lyrics)
Etti Ankri โ€“ Lech Titragel Itaย (lyrics)
David Broza โ€“ Yihye Tovย (lyrics)
Arik Einstein โ€“ Amru Loย (lyrics)
Adriano Celentato โ€“ Azzuro
Tzlil Mechuvan โ€“ Yachol Lihyot She-ze Nigmarย (lyrics)
Gazoz โ€“ Roniย (lyrics)
Shoshana Damari โ€“ Zot Omeretย (lyrics)
Ehud Banai โ€“ Starterย (lyrics)

 

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