An Infectious Laugh and Sticky Rice

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How do we say the words contagious and infect in Hebrew, and how are they related to the Hebrew word for glue?

Bonus: We’ll learn how to say sticky rice!

Listen to the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode

New Words and Expressions:

Devek – Glue – דבק

Hu nidbak be-Corona – He was infected with Corona – הוא נדבק בקורונה

Yesh sham nidbakim – There are infected people there – יש שם נדבקים

Ha-im nitan lehidabek me-havilot she-magi’ot mi-sin? – Could we get infected from packages that arrive from China? – ?האם ניתן להידבק מחבילות שמגיעות מסין

Lehidabek be-Corona me-havilot – To get Corona from packages – להידבק בקורונה מחבילות

Lehidabek be-X mi-Y – To get X from Y – להידבק במשהו ממישהו

Tizaher/tizahari lo lehidabek – Be careful as to not get infected – תיזהר/תיזהרי לא להידבק

Ani lo rotse/rotsa lehidabek – I don’t want to be infected – אני לא רוצה להידבק

Lehibadek – To be tested – להיבדק

Hadbaka – Contagion – הדבקה

Hayu mikrim shel hadbakot – There were cases of contagion – היו מקרים של הדבקות

Otsrim et sharsheret ha-hadbaka – Putting an end to the chain of contagion – עוצרים את שרשרת ההדבקה

Mikrei hadbaka – Infection cases – מקרי הדבקה

Lehadbik mishehu be-Corona – To infect someone with Corona – להדביק מישהו בקורונה

Ba’alei hayim yecholim lehadbik otanu be-Corona? – Could pets infect us with Corona? – בעלי חיים יכולים להדביק אותנו בקורונה

“Im ha-devek she-shamarti li ba-megera” – With the glue I kept in my drawer – עם הדבק ששמרתי לי במגירה

“Et kol ha-halakim sheli hidbakti hazara” – I glued together all my (broken) pieces – את כל החלקים שלי הדבקתי חזרה

Ha’atek hadbek – Copy and paste – העתק הדבק

Hedbek – Collage – הדבק

Nasa’im – Carriers (virus) – נשאים

Ani nose – I carry – אני נושא

Laset – To carry – לשאת

Davik – sticky – דביק

Orez davik – Sticky rice – אורז דביק

Madbeka – Sticker – מדבקה

Lihyot davuk le-mishehu – To be stuck to someone’s back – להיות דבוק למישהו

Dai lehidabek elai – Stop sticking to my back – די להידבק אליי

Hu nidbak elai – He’s sticking to me – הוא נדבק אליי

Ze ts’hok midabek – Infectious laugh – צחוק מידבק

Machala midabeket (Coll. medabeket) – Contagious disease – מחלה מידבקת

Playlist and Clips:

SWH on Spotify

Nidbak be-Corona – KAN TV

Lehidabek be-X mi-Y – To get infected with X from Y

Hadbaka – KAN TV

Sharsheret ha-hadbaka – The contagion chain

Sharsheret ha-hadbaka – The contagion chain (Arabic)

Sharsheret ha-hadbaka – The contagion chain (Russian)

Mi yachol lehadbik et mi?

Jane Bordeau – Kviyot (lyrics)

Nasa, nasa’im – Carrier

Ts’hok midabek

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2 comments on “An Infectious Laugh and Sticky Rice

  1. rachel says:

    Hi! What is the Jane bordeaux song sampled in this episode?

    1. TLV1 says:

      Links to the music and sound bites can be found in the show notes above, or the show notes in the podcast app, under the section Playlist and Clips.

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