Youโ€™ll hear it all the time — when youโ€™re handed a music show ticket, getting the menu, or receiving your shopping bag from the cashier: ‘tehenu’ means ‘enjoy.’ Today Guy explains how to use this word and teaches us more words from the same root. Bonus: this root exists also in Arabic, so we can learn some greetings to use with Arabic speakers as well!

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Words and expressions discussed:

Tehene me-ha-hayim shelcha – Enjoy your life – ืชื”ื ื” ืžื”ื—ื™ื™ื ืฉืœืš

Tehene, teheni, tehenu – Enjoy (m., f., pl.) – ืชื”ื ื”, ืชื”ื ื™, ืชื”ื ื•

Tehene, ze ma she-nish’ar โ€“ Enjoy, that is all that remains – ืชื”ื ื”, ื–ื” ืžื” ืฉื ืฉืืจ

Teheni! – Enjoy! (f.) – ืชื”ื ื™

Va-yomer Adonai, tehenu, taasu haim, tochlu eize Roquefort tov โ€“ And God said, enjoy, have fun, eat a good Roquefort cheese – ื•ื™ืืžืจ ืื“ื•ื ื™ื™, ืชื”ื ื•, ืชืขืฉื• ื—ื™ื™ื, ืชืื›ืœื• ืื™ื–ื” ืจื•ืงืคื•ืจ ื˜ื•ื‘

Hanaโ€™ah, Hana’ot – Enjoyment/s – ื”ื ืื”, ื”ื ืื•ืช

Ein kmo ha-hana’ot ha-pshutot shel ha-haim – There’s nothing like the simple enjoyments of life – ืื™ืŸ ื›ืžื• ื”ื”ื ืื•ืช ื”ืคืฉื•ื˜ื•ืช ืฉืœ ื”ื—ื™ื™ื

Lehenot + mi – To enjoy -ืœื”ื ื•ืช ืž-

La-hanaโ€™atchem – For your enjoyment – ืœื”ื ืืชื›ื

Neheneiti nora – I really enjoyed myself – ื ื”ื ื™ืชื™ ื ื•ืจื

Mamash/ma-ze neheneti – I really enjoyed myself – ืžืžืฉ/ืžื”-ื–ื” ื ื”ื ื™ืชื™

Tahanina (Arabic) – Congratulations – ุชู‡ุงู†ูŠู†ุง

Bil-hana wa-l-shifa (Arabic) – Bon appetit – ุจุงู„ู‡ู†ุง ูˆุงู„ุดูุง


Carolina โ€“ Mul Ha-yam (lyrics)
Avraham Tal โ€“ Festival Malchut Ha-hermon (lyrics)
Yoni Bloch โ€“ Ahrayut (lyrics)
Tom Yaar (Stand-up comedy)
Ha-breira Ha-tiv’it โ€“ Yeladim Ze Simha (lyrics)
Bamba Snack commercial
Kaveret โ€“ Nechmad (lyrics)
Kol Ha-musika
Yetsi’at Herum โ€“ Neheneti Nora (lyrics)
Rami Muhammad โ€“ Tahanina (Arabic: Congratulations)
Arabic lesson by Maha

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