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We suddenly felt we don’t speak enough about food on our podcast. We learned ‘ta’im’ — tasty — but its root, tet-ayin-mem, makes up a whole family of culinary terms aching to be used.


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New words and expressions:
Ta’im lecha, ta’im lach, ta’im lachem – Is it tasty (for you)? – טעים לךָ? טעים לךְ? טעים לכם?
Ta’im she-ein dvarim ka-ele – So delicious that there are no things like it – טעים שאין דברים כאלה
Ta’am, pl. Te’amim – Taste, flavor, sense, reason – טעם, טעמים
Al ta’am ve-al re-ach ein lehitvake’ach – There’s no right or wrong when it comes to taste – על טעם ועל ריח אין להתווכח
Ani yoda’at she-yesh be-ze ta’am – I know there’s sense in it – אני יודעת שיש בזה טעם
Ein ta’am la’asot mashehu – There’s no point to do something – אין טעם לעשות משהו
Kshe-at lo iti, ein ta’am kim’at – When you’re not with me, there’s hardly any point (to life) – כשאת לא איתי, אין טעם כמעט
Ein ta’am she-evke / Ein ta’am livkot) – There’s no point in crying – אין טעם שאבכה / אין טעם לבכות
Ein ta’am – No point – אין טעם
Titkasher elehem achshav! Lo, ein ta’am, hem od lo pat’hu – Call them up now! No, no sense in doing that, they haven’t opened the office yet – תתקשר אליהם עכשיו! לא, אין טעם, הם עוד לא פתחו
Achshav ba-te’amim tapuz… etc. – Now in the flavors of: orange etc. – עכשיו בטעמים: תפוז…
Be-te’amim hadashim – In new flavours – בטעמים חדשים
Be-ta’am – With good taste, elegantly, tastefully – בטעם
Mamash be-taam – (It was done) really with taste – ממש בטעם
Hoser ta’am – Lack of taste – חוסר טעם
Eize hoser ta’am – What a lack of taste – איזה חוסר טעם
Ta’am – Lexical stress – טעם
Mi-ta’am – On behalf of – מִטעם
Pras mi-ta’am emi – Prize from the Israeli Union of Performing Artists – פרס מטעם אמ”י
Omanut mi-ta’am – Propaganda – אמנות מטעם
Ze post mi-ta’am X – That’s a post sponsored by X – זה פוסט מטעם א
Hush ha-ta’am – Taste (sense) – חוש הטעם
Mat’am, mat’amim – Delicacy, delicacies – מטעם, מטעמים
Hu asa mi-ze mat’amim – “He made delicacies out of it” – הוא עשה מזה מטעמים
Hem asu mi-ze mat’amim – “They made delicacies out of it” – הם עשו מזה מטעמים
Lit’om – To taste – לטעום
Efshar lit’om – May I taste? – אפשר לטעום?
Tit’am! Tit’ami! Tit’amu – Taste it (imp.) – תטעם, תטעמי, תטעמו
Ta’am – Taste / He tasted – טעם

Playlist and clips:
Streetwise Hebrew Episode 122: Waiter Talk… Is Everything OK?
Streetwise Hebrew Episode 151: Like Nothing Else: Intensifiers and Superlatives
Lilit Nagar & Jacques Cohen – Al Ta’am ve-al Re’ach (lyrics)
Dana Berger – Yesh Be-ze Ta’am (lyrics)
Matti Caspi & Yehudit Ravitz – Samba bi-shnayim (lyrics)
Lahakat Hel Ha-yam – Hasake (lyrics)
Ice cream commercial
Mabat – Pras mi-ta’am (“prize on behalf of”)
Nurit Galron – Kulanu Zkukim Le-hesed (lyrics)


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