Falafel 101: Your Guide to Ordering Falafel in Hebrew

Ordering falafel in Israel may seem simple. But when learning Hebrew, the many different options and the barrage of short and direct questions from the seller could make the whole experience a bit stressful.

On this episode, Guy explains how to keep calm through the mayhem of an Israeli falafel stand at lunch time.

Ruben’s Pronunciation Course: https://tlv1.fm/happy6


Listen to the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode


New Words and Expressions:

Mana falafel – A portion of falafel (in a pita) – ืžื ื” ืคืœืืคืœ

Hatsi mana – Half a portion – ื—ืฆื™ ืžื ื”

Ten li mana falafel vaksha – Please give me a portion of falafel please – ืชืŸ ืœื™ ืžื ื” ืคืœืืคืœ (ื‘)ื‘ืงืฉื”

Falafel be-tsalahat – Falafel on a plate – ืคืœืืคืœ ื‘ืฆืœื—ืช

Ten li mana falafel lakachat vaksha – Please give me a portion of falafel to go – ืชืŸ ืœื™ ืžื ื” ืคืœืืคืœ ืœืงื—ืช (ื‘)ื‘ืงืฉื”

Taโ€™aroz/taโ€™arzi li vaksha – Please pack it for me – ืชืืจื•ื–/ืชืืจื–ื™ ืœื™ (ื‘)ื‘ืงืฉื”

Laโ€™aroz lecha? – Shall I pack it for you? – ?ืœืืจื•ื– ืœืš

Lasim – To put – ืœืฉื™ื

Ma lasim lecha/lach? – What shall I put in the pita, for you? – ?ืžื” ืœืฉื™ื ืœืš

Ma limroโ€™ach? – What to spread? – ?ืžื” ืœืžืจื•ื—

Tโ€™china – Tahini – ื˜ื—ื™ื ื”

Kruv adom – Red cabbage – ื›ืจื•ื‘ ืื“ื•ื

Salat – Salad – ืกืœื˜

Tasim li ktsat – Please put some for me – ืชืฉื™ื ืœื™ ืงืฆืช

Hummus – lasim lecha/lach? – Hummus – should I put for you in the pita? – ?ื—ื•ืžื•ืก ืœืฉื™ื ืœืš

Hummus – lasim? – Hummus, to put? – ?ื—ื•ืžื•ืก ืœืฉื™ื

Shum, lasim – Garlic, to put? – ?ืฉื•ื ืœืฉื™ื

Sim/simi li ktsat petrozilia – Put some parsley for me – ืฉื™ื/ืฉื™ืžื™ ืœื™ ืงืฆืช ืคื˜ืจื•ื–ื™ืœื™ื”

Lo harbe, zehu – Not much, thatโ€™s it – ืœื ื”ืจื‘ื”, ื–ื”ื•

Al tasim/tasimi li batsal – Donโ€™t put onions – ืืœ ืชืฉื™ื/ืชืฉื™ืžื™ ืœื™ ื‘ืฆืœ

Harif? – Spicy? – ?ื—ืจื™ืฃ

Kadurei falafel (falafelim) – Falafel balls – ื›ื“ื•ืจื™ ืคืœืืคืœ

Rak be-zehirut ki ze taโ€™im meโ€™od – Be careful because this is delicious! – ืจืง ื‘ื–ื”ื™ืจื•ืช ื›ื™ ื–ื” ื˜ืขื™ื ืžืื•ื“

Salatim – Salads – ืกืœื˜ื™ื

Sโ€™hug – A spicy yemenite sauce – ืกื—ื•ื’

Salatim? – How about salads – ?ืกืœื˜ื™ื

โ€œbe-mehir shel falafel – tisot le-eropa be-hatsi hinamโ€ – For the price of falafel, flights to europe really cheap – ื‘ืžื—ื™ืจ ืฉืœ ืคืœืืคืœ, ื˜ื™ืกื•ืช ืœืื™ืจื•ืคื” ื‘ื—ืฆื™ ื—ื™ื ื


Playlist and Clips:

Lahakat Ayalon – Shir Ha-falafel (lyrics)

Manat ha-falafel ha-tova ba-aretz

Rak be-zehirut ki ze taโ€™im meโ€™od

Low cost flights be-mechir shel falafel

Nissim Garame – Shir Ha-falafel (lyrics)


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