In the Hebrew Loop but Outside the Box

Think you already know Hebrew inside out? Well, the words ‘inside’ and ‘out’ in Hebrew may stump you yet. Guy explains them and other tricky, related phrases.

Words and expressions discussed:

Chutz, Bahutz – Outside – חוץ, בחוץ

Pnim, Bifnim – Inside – פנים, בפנים

Ata rotse lashevet bifnim o bahutz? – Do you want to sit inside or outside? – ?אתה רוצה לשבת בפנים או בחוץ

Hahutsa – Out, towards the outside – החוצה

Pnima – Inside, towards the inside – פנימה

Ani yotse hahutsa – I am going out – אני יוצא החוצה

I am getting in – Ani nichnas pnima – אני נכנס פנימה

Ha-tikva – The Hope – התקווה

Kol od ba-levav penima – As long as in the heart, within – כל עוד בלבב פנימה

Ve-im etse ha-hutsa – And if I get out – ואם אצא החוצה

Ha-matzav rak yahamir – The situation will only deteriorate – המצב רק יחמיר

Ani yotse ksat hahutsa – I am going outside for a while – אני יוצא קצת החוצה

Ein li hutz mimech klum – I don’t have anything but you – אין לי חוץ ממך כלום

Hutz mi- – Except for, apart from – חוץ מ-

Hutz mi-ze ha-kol beseder – Apart from this, everything is fine – חוץ מזה הכל בסדר

Ma hutz? – What else is new? – ?מה חוץ

Hutz la’aretz, hul – Abroad – חוץ לארץ, חו”ל

Tachshov she-ze hutz laaretz – Think that you’re abroad – תחשוב שזה חוץ לארץ

Yoshvim be-beit café – We sit in a café – יושבים בבית קפה

Vermargishim kmo be-hul – And we feel as if we’re abroad – ומרגישים כמו בחו”ל

Mas nesi’ot – Tax on travel abroad – מס נסיעות

Im kvar anachnu lomdim “hutz” – If we are already learning “hutz” – “אם אנחנו כבר לומדים “חוץ

Matbe’a hutz – Foreign currency – מטבע חוץ

Sar ha-hutz – The Foreign Minister – שר החוץ

Misrad ha-huts – The Foreign Ministry – משרד החוץ

Yeled hutz – “Outside kid” in a kibbutz – ילד חוץ

Yoffi pnimi – Inner beauty – יופי פנימי

Yoffi hitzoni – External beauty – יופי חיצוני


Israeli National Anthem

Mashina – Rakevet Laila Le-Kahir (lyrics)

Rami Kleinstein – Ein li hutz mimech klum (lyrics)

Ha-ofarim – Hutz mi-ze Ha-kol Beseder (lyrics)

Balagan – Hutz La’aretz (lyrics)

Teapacks – Yoshvim Be-beit Café (lyrics)

Sar Ha-huts – Mabat, TV1 (Israel)

Shahar Hasson Stand-up comedy

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