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How do we greet a stranger in the elevator, in Hebrew? How about a neighbor from our building? Could we perhaps just look down and not say anything at all?

Guy presents a concise guide to Israeli elevator etiquette 101.


Listen to the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode


New Words and Expressions:

Ze yachol lehechashev lo menumas – It might be considered impolite – ื–ื” ื™ื›ื•ืœ ืœื”ื™ื—ืฉื‘ ืœื ืžื ื•ืžืก

Hagana atsmit – Self defence – ื”ื’ื ื” ืขืฆืžื™ืช

Shalom – Hi, hello – ืฉืœื•ื

Shalom, shalom, hopa! Ma itcha, ma ata ose po? – Hey, hey! Whatโ€™s going on, what are you doing here? – ืฉืœื•ื, ืฉืœื•ื, ื”ื•ืคื”! ืžื” ืื™ืชืš, ืžื” ืืชื” ืขื•ืฉื” ืคื”?

Hi – Hi – ื”ื™ื™

Ahlan – Hi – ืื”ืœืŸ

Ma kore? – Whatโ€™s happening? – ืžื” ืงื•ืจื”?

Ahlan, ma kore? – Hi, how are you? – ืื”ืœืŸ, ืžื” ืงื•ืจื”

Hi, ma kore? – Hi, how are you? – ื”ื™ื™, ืžื” ืงื•ืจื”

Boker tov – Good morning – ื‘ื•ืงืจ ื˜ื•ื‘

…Kertov – Kertov – ืงืจื˜ื•ื‘

โ€œBoker!โ€ – Morning! – ื‘ื•ืงืจ!

Tsohorayim tovim – Greeting used around 1pm – ืฆื”ืจื™ื™ื ื˜ื•ื‘ื™ื

Aahar tsohorayim tovim – Good afternoon – ืื—ืจ ืฆื•ื”ื•ืจื™ื™ื ื˜ื•ื‘ื™ื

Erev tov – Good evening – ืขืจื‘ ื˜ื•ื‘

Laila tov – Good night – ืœื™ืœื” ื˜ื•ื‘

Hi-oosh – Hi (cutsy) – ื”ื™ื•ืฉ


Playlist and Clips:

Shokolad-Menta-Mastik – Emor Shalom (lyrics)

Shem-tov Levy – Hitโ€™orerut (lyrics)

Ariel Zilber – Shemesh Shemesh (lyrics)

Tislam – Boker shel Kef (lyrics)

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