The Ruthless Israeli Line: How to Hold Your Own

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Itย happens all the time.ย Someone cut you in the line at a Tel Avivi market, just stepped right in front. What do you say to put them back in their place? That is, back behind you in the queue. Let’s learn what Israelis say in this situation, paying special attention to delicate intonationsย that make all the difference.


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Words and expressionsย discussed:

Ze rak she’ela โ€“ It’s just a question โ€“ ื–ื” ืจืง ืฉืืœื”

Slicha โ€“ Sorry / Excuse me โ€“ ืกืœื™ื—ื”

Ani hayiti kodem – I was (here) before โ€“ ืื ื™ ื”ื™ื™ืชื™ ืงื•ื“ื

Chutspa โ€“ Nerve โ€“ ื—ื•ืฆืคื”

Halo-halo! โ€“ Hey! โ€“ ื”ืœื•-ื”ืœื•

Halo, ma niya? โ€“ What’s going on? โ€“ ?ื”ืœื•, ืžื” ื ื”ื™ื”

Lo lo lo / Lo lo lo lo lo โ€“ No, no, no โ€“ ืœื ืœื ืœื / ืœื ืœื ืœื ืœื ืœื

Achshav ani โ€“ Now it’s my turn โ€“ ืขื›ืฉื™ื• ืื ื™

Achi / Haver / Gever / Adoni โ€“ Dude / mate / man / Sir โ€“ ืื—ื™ / ื—ื‘ืจ / ื’ื‘ืจ / ืื“ื•ื ื™

Hayita po? โ€“ Were you here? โ€“ ?ื”ื™ื™ืช ืคื”

Gvirti slicha, ani kodem โ€“ Ma’amย excuse me, I am first โ€“ ื’ื‘ื™ืจืชื™ ืกืœื™ื—ื”, ืื ื™ ืงื•ื“ื

Episode 144 on ‘nihya’


Matti Caspi – Slichaย (lyrics)
Amir Benayoun – Mehilaย (lyrics)
George Bar โ€“ Halo, halo
Shotei Ha-nevu’a – Yefehfiyaย (lyrics)
Rivka Michaeli & Ran Eliran โ€“ Lo Lo Loย (lyrics)
Ha-haverim shel Natasha โ€“ Achshav Aniย (lyrics)
Tsipi Shavit โ€“ Gveret Shokoladaย (lyrics)


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2 comments on “The Ruthless Israeli Line: How to Hold Your Own

  1. Susan March says:

    What about โ€œmah pi-tome?โ€
    As a reaction of surprise and then get into
    I was here first etc…

    1. Zev Shanken says:

      Very good

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