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We’re getting ever closer to elections day in Israel. Over the past few weeks, every time we turned on the news we would hear politicians calling one another a liar.

How do we say liar in Hebrew? How do we say white lies? Guy tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about the root sheker (ש.ק.ר).


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New Words and Expressions:

Sheker, shkarim – Lie, lies – שקר, שקרים

Sheker lavan – White lie – שקר לבן

Sheker gas – Blunt lie – שקר גס

Sheker ve-kazav – Downright lie – שקר וכזב

Shkarim ktanim – Small lies – שקרים קטנים

Leshaker le-mishehu – To lie to someone – לשקר למישהו

Hu shiker li ba-panim – He lied to my face, bluntly – הוא שיקר לי בפנים

Al teshakri oti – Don’t lie to me – אל תשקרי אותי

Shakran – Liar – שקרן

Eize shakran/shakranit – What a liar – איזה שקרן/שקרנית

Dai, ya shakran/shakranit – Stop it, you liar – די, יא שקרן/שקרנית

Ata im ha-hamtsa’ot shelcha – You and your inventions – אתה/את עם ההמצאות שלך

Ata oved alai/At ovedet alai – You’re kidding me – את עובדת עליי

Shakran sidrati – Serial liar – שקרן סדרתי

Shakran patologi – Pathological liar – שקרן פתולוגי

Ariza – Pack, packaging – אריזה

Ramai – Cheater, swindler – רמאי


Playlist and Clips:

Shlomo Artzi – Tagidi (lyrics)

Kan – Shkarim levanim

Yehudit Ravits – Ahava Yomyomit (lyrics)

Shalom Hanoch & Arik Einstein – Al Tevatri Alai (lyrics)

Kan – Arizot shakraniyot

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Ep. 63 Emet

Ep. 111 Mis’hak

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