Come On, “Flow” With Me Here

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What does it mean when an Israeli says, זרום איתי (zrom iti), flow with me? And what is זרם הגולף? Guy goes with the flow and explains it all.

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New Words and Expressions:

Lizrom – To flow – לזרום

“Hashmal Zorem Be-chapot yadeicha” – Electricity flows in your hands – חשמל זורם בכפות ידיך

“Taamin she-hayim zormim” – Just believe that life goes on – תאמין שהחיים זורמים

Mayim zormim – Running water – מים זורמים

Mayim omdim -Stagnant water – מים עומדים

Lenahel sicha zoremet – To have a flowing conversation – לנהל שיחה זורמת

Ani rotsa she-toridu et ha-filterim, ve-kacha ha-sichot shelachem yihyu harbe yoter zormot ve-me’anyenot – I’d like you to take off the filters, and in this way your conversations will be more flowing and interesting – אני רוצה שתורידו את הפילטרים וככה השיחות שלכם יהיו הרבה יותר זורמות ומעניינות

Ani zorem – I am flexible, I “flow” – אני זורם

Nu, zrom iti – Come on, work with me here – נו, זרום איתי

Zirmi > Zremi – Flow (Imp. F.) – זרמי

Zirmu > Zremu – Flow (Imp. Pl.) – זרמו

Lizrom im mishehu – To agree to courting – לזרום עם מישהו

“Bachura zoremet” – A girl who goes with anyone (derog.) – בחורה זורמת

Mishehu hifsik et ha-zerem ba-snif ha-merkazi – Someone stopped the current in the main branch – מישהו הפסיק את הזרם בסניף המרכזי

Zerem hashmali – Electric current – זרם חשמלי

Zramim – Currents, streams – זרמים

Zerem yam – Ocean current – זרם ים

Zerem ha-golf – Gulf Stream – זרם הגולף

Zrima yafa be-kol ha-nechalim – Nice water-flow in all the rivers – זרימה יפה בכל הנחלים

Machsom Ktiva – Writer’s block – מחסום כתיבה

Zrima ba-ktiva – Flow in the writing – זרימה בכתיבה

Lehazrim – “To cause flowing” / To transfer large quantities of liquid or info – להזרים

Hazramat ha-gaz le-yarden – The transfer of the (natural) gas le-yarden – הזרמת הגז לירדן

Huzram – Was made to flow – הוזרם


Playlist and Clips:

Ruti Navon – Hashmal Zorem Be-chapot Yadeicha (lyrics)

Sarit Hadad – Zormim (lyrics)

Mayim Zormim – Kan Hadashot

Sicha Zoremet – tips

Tamouz – Panas Ha-rchov (lyrics)

Zerem Ha-Golf

Zrima ba-nechalim – Kan Hadashot

Hazramat Gaz – Ynet


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