It’s so hot in Tel Aviv, you cannot believe it. Ham! But if you want to say, “I am hot”, don’t translate directly from English to Hebrew. Listen to this episode first. Without your kids. You’ll understand in a minute.

Words and expressions discussed:

Ham – Hot, angry, horny – חם

Haya ham – It was hot – Χ”Χ™Χ” חם

Yihye ham – It will be hot – Χ™Χ”Χ™Χ” חם

Ham! – It’s hot – חם!

Ha-bos sheli ham alay – My boss is angry at me – Χ”Χ‘Χ•Χ‘ Χ©ΧœΧ™ חם Χ’ΧœΧ™Χ™

Hu ham esh, Hi hama esh – He’s horny, she’s horny – הוא חם אש, היא Χ—ΧžΧ” אש

Haya li ham – I was hot – Χ”Χ™Χ” ΧœΧ™ חם

Ham li – I am hot – חם ΧœΧ™

Ani ham – I am horny – אני חם

Haya li ham – I was hot – Χ”Χ™Χ” ΧœΧ™ חם

Gal hom – Heatwave – Χ’Χœ חום

Hom – Heat, fever – חום

Yesh lo hom gavoha – He’s got high fever – Χ™Χ© ΧœΧ• חום Χ’Χ‘Χ•Χ”

Mehamem eize marak kufsaot – I am heating up canned soup – ΧžΧ—ΧžΧ איזה מרק קו׀באוΧͺ

Lehamem – To warm, heat up, to stir up, to inflame – ΧœΧ—ΧžΧ

Tehamem ta’shnitzel – Heat up the schnitzel – ΧͺΧ—ΧžΧ Χͺ’Χ©Χ Χ™Χ¦Χœ

Ma at/a mehamem/et? – Why are you stirring things up? – ΧžΧ” אΧͺΧ” ΧžΧ—ΧžΧ? ΧžΧ” אΧͺ ΧžΧ—ΧžΧžΧͺ?

Himum – Heating, Warming – Χ—Χ™ΧžΧ•Χ

Himum koli – Vocal warmup – Χ—Χ™ΧžΧ•Χ Χ§Χ•ΧœΧ™

Lehithamem – To get hot / to become angry – ΧœΧ”ΧͺΧ—ΧžΧ

Ma ata mit’hamem – Why are you getting so angry? – ΧžΧ” אΧͺΧ” מΧͺΧ—ΧžΧ?

Ham, ham, mithamem – Warm, warm, getting warmer – חם, חם, מΧͺΧ—ΧžΧ

Hamam (Arabic) – Bathroom – Χ—ΧžΧΧ, Ψ­Ω…Ψ§Ω…


Yuval Banai – Makat Shemesh (lyrics)
Danny Litani – Yahas Ham (lyrics)
Gary Eckstein – Haya Li Tov (lyrics)
Shlomo Artzi – Hom Yuli August (lyrics)
Ehud Banai – Mahari Na (lyrics)
Gidi Gov – Erev Avud (lyrics)
Shiran Yosef – himum koli (vocal warm-up)
Israeli Ministry of Health – Heatwave campaign
Zehava Ben – Ahava Asura (lyrics)

Previous Episodes

Looking to support the show? Learn how on Patreon.

Want to see more Hebrew gems? Like Streetwise Hebrew on Facebook and Instagram.

Want Guy to talk about a pressing Hebrew issue? Find him at or follow him on Twitter.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Listen on your favorite podcast app

Join our weekly newsletter

Receive Our Latest Podcast Episodes by Email

(and not a thing more)