Don’t Get ”Fed Up” With Learning Hebrew

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In Hebrew, “Nim’as li kvar” means I just can’t take it anymore, I am so fed up. The root, mem-alef-samech, is an interesting one and can be used in all sorts of ways, like in the translated sentence, “Are you fed up with ’butterflies’?” What does that even mean?! Guy explains.


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New Words and Expressions:

Nim’as li – I am fed up with something – נמאס לי

Nimas le-someone from something

Dai, nim’as li mi-shkarim – I am fed up with lies – די, נמאס לי משקרים

Nim’asta kvar alai – I am already fed up with you – נמאסת כבר עליי

Nimas conjugated + al someone

Hu nim’as alai – I am fed up with him – הוא נמאס עליי

Hi nim’asa aleha – She’s fed up with her – היא נמאסה עליה

Nim’asti al atsmi – I got fed up with myself – נמאסתי על עצמי

Dai nim’asta – Enough already, I am fed up with you – די, נמאסת

Ts, dai nim’as – Enough already – טסס, די, נמאס

Nim’as lachem she-melachlechim lachem et ha-shati’ach? – Are you fed up when people dirty up your carpet? – נמאס לכם שמלכלכים לכם את השטיח?

Nim’as lach mi-parparim – Are you fed up with ’butterflies’? – נמאס לך מ’פרפרים’?

Parpar – Butterfly, Don juan, womanizer – פרפר, רודף שמלות

Tagidu, lo nim’as lachem le’echol ota? – Tell me, aren’t you sick and tired of being suckers? – תגידו, לא נמאס לכם לאכול אותה?

Mush’chatim nim’astem! – You the corrupted, we’re fed up with you! – מושחתים נמאסתם!

Ani a’ase et ha-kol al menat leham’is alehem et ha-shehut ba-aretz – I will do everything in order to make their stay in Israel miserable – אני אעשה את הכל על מנת להמאיס עליהם את השהות בארץ

Leham’is shir hadash – To overplay a song – להמאיס שיר חדש

Leham’is ochel al mishehu – To make someone tired of eating the same thing – להמאיס אוכל על מישהו

Ma ze nim’as li mimenu – I am so fed up with him – מה-זה נמאס לי ממנו

Lo yima’es lecha/lach mi-ze ahrey yom-yomayim? – Won’t you be fed up with it after a day or two? – לא יימאס לך מזה אחרי יום-יומיים?

Nim’asa alay kvar ha-avoda hazoti – I am really fed up with this job – נמאסה עליי כבר העבודה הזאתי


Playlist and Clips:

Ofer Levy – Dai nim’as li (lyrics)

Margalit Tsan’ani – Al Tagid Li Bye (lyrics)

Matti Caspi – Zemer Mapuhit (lyrics)

Mazi Cohen & Yoel Lerner – Dai (lyrics)

Commercial – Nim’as lachem

Nim’as lach mi-parparim?

Tagidu, lo nim’as lachem…?

Mush’chatim nim’astem

Eli Yishai about Sudanese in Israel

Noa Kirel, Stephane Legar & Arisa (lyrics)

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