Coupons & Cupcakes: Foreign Words in Hebrew

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How does the Hebrew language integrate foreign words into its vocabulary? And how do we Israelis manipulate English words, like coupons and cupcakes, in order to make them sound natural alongside native Hebrew words? Guy explains.


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New Words and Expressions:

Shipur dramati – A dramatic improvement – 砖讬驻讜专 讚专诪讟讬

Globalizatsia – Globalization – 讙诇讜讘诇讬讝爪讬讛

Democratizatsia – Democratization – 讚诪讜拽专讟讬讝爪讬讛

Interpretatsia – Interpretation – 讗讬谞讟专驻专讟爪讬讛

Diktsia – Diction – 讚讬拽爪讬讛

Ha-medina ha-modernit – The modern state – 讛诪讚讬谞讛 讛诪讜讚专谞讬转

Kayom yesh ba-olam yoter demokratiot ve-pahot diktaturot – Today in the world there are more democracies and less dictatorships – 讻讬讜诐 讬砖 讘注讜诇诐 讬讜转专 讚诪讜拽专讟讬讜转 讜驻讞讜转 讚讬拽讟讟讜专讜转

Milhama klasit – A classic war – 诪诇讞诪讛 拽诇讗住讬转

Klasa – 鈥楥lass鈥 – 拽诇讗住讛

At hevet et ha-klasa – You brought class – 讗转 讛讘讗转 讗转 讛拽诇讗住讛

Kulam yoshvim kacha be-klasa- Everybody is sitting in style – 讻讜诇诐 讬讜砖讘讬诐 讻讻讛 讘拽诇讗住讛

Cupcake-im – Cupcakes – 拽讗驻拽讬讬拽讬诐

Couponim – Coupons – 拽讜驻讜谞讬诐

Radiatorim – Radiators – 专讚讬讗讟讜专讬诐

Tipim – Tips – 讟讬驻讬诐

Homo鈥檌m – Gays (m.) – 讛讜诪讜讗讬诐

Lesbiot – Lesbians – 诇住讘讬讜转

Homo-iyoot – 鈥楪ayness鈥 – 讛讜诪讜讗讬讜转

Ha-akademia la-lashon ha-ivrit – The Academy of the Hebrew language – 讛讗拽讚诪讬讛 诇诇砖讜谉 讛注讘专讬转

Zlolet – Junk food – 讝诇讜诇转

Tikunai – Handyman – 转讬拽讜谞讗讬

Ugonit – Cupcake – 注讜讙讜谞讬转


Playlist and Clips:

Dahlia Scheindlin

Salomon Shasha – Klasa

Lihi Greener

Erev Tov im Guy Pines – TV show

Ha-akademia la-lashon ha-ivrit

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