It’s as Simple as That

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The word פשוט (pashut) means “simple” in Hebrew. Knowing that, how would you attempt to say “simplify”, “simplicity,” or “simpleton”? Guy explains all the complexities behind the seemingly simple root פשט.


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New Words and Expressions:

Lamdeni et ha-shir ha-pashut – Teach me the simple song – למדני את השיר הפשוט

Ze shir ahava pashut – It’s a simple love song – זה שיר אהבה פשוט

Pashut shir ahava – Simply a love song – פשוט שיר אהבה

Kacha ani ohevet otcha, pashut – This is simply how I love you/This is how I love you, in a simple way – ככה אני אוהבת אותך, פשוט

Pashut bati/Bati, pashut – I just came – פשוט באתי/באתי, פשוט

Bayit pashut – A simple house – בית פשוט

Pashut bayit – Simply, a house – פשוט בית

Pashut, pshuta, pshutim, pshutot – Simple – פשוט, פשוטה, פשוטים, פשוטות

Shi’ur moledet – “Homeland class” – שיעור מולדת

“Kach ze haya, pashtut raka” – This is how it was, tender simplicity – כך זה היה, פשטות רכה

Lefashet – To simplify – לפשט

Ten li lefashet lecha et ze – Let me simplify it for you – תן לי לפשט לך את זה

Lehitpashet – To get undressed – להתפשט

Elef israelim higi’u le-hof sagur be-yam ha-melach ve-hitpashtu – 1000 Israelis arrived to a closed beach in the dead sea and got undressed – אלף ישראלים הגיעו לחוף סגור בים המלח והתפשטו

Ha-esh mitpashetet – The fire is spreading – האש מתפשטת

Lehafshit – To take off someone’s clothes – להפשיט

Mufshat – abstract – מופשט

Tsiyur mufshat – Abstract painting – ציור מופשט

Omanut mufshetet – Abstract art – אמנות מופשטת

“Ya pshuta” – You simpleton (f.) – יא פשוטה


Playlist and Clips:

Nurit Galron – Lamdeni et Ha-shir ha-pashut (lyrics)

Aya Korem – Shir Ahava Pashut (lyrics)

Shiri Maimon – Kacha pashut (lyrics)

Kaveret – Shi’ur Moledet (lyrics)

Efraim Shamir – Interview

Spencer Tunick in the Dead Sea

Ha-haverim shel Natasha – Al titpashti li (lyrics)

Nitan Ben-Ari – Ha-ish Ha-pashut (lyrics)

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