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The Hebrew words סביב (saviv), סביבה (sviva), מסביב (misaviv), סבב (sevev), all come from the ס.ב.ב root. They also come in very handy in spoken Hebrew. So today, Guy explains the many words and phrases that stem from this interesting root.


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New Words and Expressions:

Saviv – Around – סביב

Tistakel kama lirdim mi-saviv – See how many hot guys there are around – תסתכל כמה לירדים מסביב

Tavo mi-saviv – Come from the other side – תבוא מסביב

Habet saviv – Look around you – הבט סביב

Sviv ha-habayit yesh gina – Around the house there’s a yard – סביב הבית יש גינה

Mi-saviv la-bayit yesh gina – Around the house there’s a yard – מסביב לבית יש גינה

Ani omedet ba-ma’agal u-mabita svivi – I stand in the circle and look around me – אני עומדת במעגל ומביטה סביבי

Tistakel (‘stakel) misvivcha – Look around you (m.) – תסתכל מסביבך, ‘סתכל מסביבך

Tistakli (‘stakli) misvivech – Look around you (f.) – תסתכלי מסביבך, ‘סתכלי מסביבך

Tistaklu (‘staklu) misvivchem – Look around you (pl.) – תסתכלו מסביבכם, ‘סתכלו מסביבכם

‘Stakel rega, ‘stakli shniya – Have a look – סתכל רגע, ‘סתכלי שנייה

Ovdim misaviv la’sha’on – We’re working around the clock – עובדים מסביב לשעון

Sivuv – A round – סיבוב

Sha’ashu’onim – Gameshows – שעשועונים

Sivuv rishon – first round – סיבוב ראשון

Nitsachta et ha-sivuv, yihye lecha yitaron ba-sivuv ha-ba – You won this round, you’ll have an advantage in the next round – ניצחת את הסיבוב, יהיה לך יתרון בסיבוב הבא

Sivuvim shel ha-rosh – Turns of the head – סיבובים של הראש

Sivuvim shel kaf ha-regel – Spins of the foot – סיבובים של כף הרגל

Yatsati le-sivuv im ha-kelev – I went around the block with the dog – יצאתי לסיבוב עם הכלב

Miko, ta’ase sivuv – Miko, spin around – מיקו, תעשה סיבוב

Ta’ase/Ta’asi sivuv – Take a look around – תעשה/תעשי סיבוב

Tire’, the manager might tell you, ‘take a look around’, ta’ase sivuv, ta’asi sivuv.

Ani ose sivuv ve-chozer / ani osa sivuv ve-chozeret – I am going round the block and am coming back – אני עושה סיבוב וחוזר/וחוזרת

Eich she-galgal mistovev lo – What goes around comes around – איך שגלגל מסתובב לו

Lehistovev – To turn around, to wander around – להסתובב

Mistovevet ba-olam – Wandering around in the world – מסתובבת בעולם

Delet mistovevet – Revolving door – דלת מסתובבת

Efo ata? Stam, mistovev – Where are you? Nowhere special, wondering around – איפה אתה? סתם, מסתובב

Tistovev rega (‘Stovev rega), Tistovevi rega (‘Stovevi rega) – Turn around for a sec. – תסתובב רגע, תסתובבי רגע

Hu mesovev oti – He spins me around – הוא מסובב אותי

Hu mesovev oto al ha-etsba ha-ktana shelo – He’s got him wrapped around his finger – הוא מסובב אותו על האצבע הקטנה שלו

Hu mesuvav al kol harosh – He’s crazy – הוא מסובב על כל הראש

Hi mesuvevt al kol harosh – She’s crazy – היא מסובבת על כל הראש

Sviva – Environment, surroundings, milieu – סביבה

Ha-misrad le-haganat ha-sviva – Ministry of Environment.

Sevev shemot/hekerut – When everyone in the group says their name in turn – סבב שמות/היכרות


Playlist and Clips:

Omer Adam feat. Arisa – Tel Aviv (lyrics)

Ehud Banai – Zmancha Avar (lyrics)

Hanna Aharoni – Ani Omedet Ba-ma’agal (lyrics)

Matan Ajami – Misaviv La-sha’on (lyrics)

Ba-sivuv ha-ba – On the next round (Gameshow)

Miko, ta’ase sivuv – Make a turn

Shmulik Kraus – Eich Ha-galgal Mistovev (lyrics)

Alon Olearchik – Hi Holechet Ba-drachim (lyrics)

The Idan Raichel Project – Delet Mistovevet (lyrics)

Jane Bordeau – Rokdim Tsmudim (lyrics)

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2 comments on “Take a Look Around You

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