The production line of the "Menbo", the Feldman's Icecream factory's name for the sweet snack better known as "Krembo" at the factory in Rehovot on October 27, 2015. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

This episode is about the root .ח.ט.פ, which is used in the Hebrew words חטף (snatch), החטיף (beat up), and חטיף (snack). Why is this root used in the word for snacks? Because they’re something you can grab and eat on the go. Now grab a seat and enjoy another deliciously appetising episode of Streetwise Hebrew.

New Words and Expressions:

Hataf – He grabbed, snatched – הוא חטף

Lahtof – To grab, snatch – לחטוף

Hatafti pizza – I had some pizza (I grabbed a pizza) – חטפתי פיצה

Hatafti mashehu katan – I had (eaten) something small – חטפתי משהו קטן

Hatifa – Grabbing, kidnapping, hijacking – חטיפה

​Matos hatuf – Hijacked plane – מטוס חטוף

Nehtaf – Was hijacked – נחטף

Hatufim – Abductees – חטופים

Mabat hatuf – Brief look – מבט חטוף

Hotef – Kidnapper – חוטף

Awo, hatafti maka – Ouch, I hit (my foot) – אאו, חטפתי מכה

Hatafti shok – I was shocked – חטפתי שוק

Hatafti janana – I became crazy, angry – חטפתי ג’ננה

Hu hataf janana / ta-janana – He got crazy, angry – הוא חטף ג’ננה/ת’ג’ננה

Hatafti harara / hom – I got crazy, angry – חטפתי חררה / חום

Hu hihtif makot – He beat up – הוא החטיף מכות

Hu mahtif makot – He beats up – הוא מחטיף מכות

Hatif – Snack – חטיף

Hatif bri’ut – Health snack – חטיף בריאות

Hatif energia – Energy snack – חטיף אנרגיה

Mehtaf – Fast unfair political move – מחטף

Politikaim she-asu mehtaf – Politicians did a quick unfair move – פוליטיקאים שעשו מחטף

Ba-hataf – Hastily, in a hurry – בחטף

Hi amra li shalom ba-hataf – She said hi to me in a hurry – היא אמרה לי שלום בחטף

Haper – ‘Snatcher’ (Yiddish) – חאפר

Haperiyut / hap-lap – Lousy unprofessional work – חאפריוּת / חאפ-לאפ

Playlist and Clips:

Matos Hatuf
Hatufim TV series
Homeland (Italian)
Arik Einstein – Mekofef Ha-bananot (lyrics)
Shlomo Artzi & Dudu Tassa – Latet ve lakachat (lyrics)
Hatifei bri’ut
Haperim at TLV airport

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2 comments on “Snatch Those Snacks!

  1. Riki Bohbot says:

    Shalom Guy,
    Love your podcasts. I am an English speaker from Ashdod. I know your sister. She is the one that directed me to your site.
    Suggestion: is it possible to put the number of the podcast/episode on the podcast. You are always referring to go back to a certain podcast with the number? I cannot find the number. Maybe I am missing something?
    Note: your link to your “snippets” has an error 404. Do you know this? Did you delete them?
    Again, thank you for your ongoing Hebrew lessons. I love your Hebrew accent.
    Shalom, Riki.

    1. Guy Sharett says:

      Thanks so much for this Riki, I fixed the snippets links.
      Most of our listeners listen to the podcast on iTunes or on podcast apps, where you can easily navigate between the episodes and see their numbers.
      Here are a few links if you are interested:
      We’ll brainstorm about it with our technical team and see what’s the best solution.
      Thanks for your comments,

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