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How do we say, “I don’t want to offend you” in Hebrew? How about “bullseye”? Or perhaps “fragile”?

On this episode, Guy covers the verb לפגוע (lifgo’a), meaning to hurt, and its usage in everyday Hebrew.

New Words and Expressions:

“Pachot ve-adayin, adayin poge’a” – It’s hurting less, but it’s still hurting – פחות ועדיין, עדיין פוגע

Pagata be-emun ha-tsibur – You hurt, you undermined, the public’s  trust – פגעת באמון הציבור

Pagata be-khol ma she-efshar – You hurt, you hit every possible thing – פגעת בכל מה שאפשר

Lifgoa be-mishehu – To hurt someone – לפגוע במישהו

Pagata bi – You hurt me – פגעת בי

Ani lo rotse lifgoa becha/bach – I don’t want to hurt you – אנ’לא רוצה לפגוע בך

An’lo rotse/rotsa lifgo’a o mashu – I don’t want to offend or something – אנ’לא רוצה לפגוע או משהו

Slicha im pagati – Sorry if I hurt you – סליחה אם פגעתי

Te’unot paga u-varach – Hit and run accidents – תאונות פגע וברח

Te’unat paga u-varach – Hit and run accident – תאונת פגע וברח

Pgi’ah – Harm, injury – פגיעה

Pgi’ah ba-gav – Back injury – פגיעה בגב

Pgi’ah yeshira – Direct hit – פגיעה ישירה

Pagu’a – Hurt – פגוע

“Pagu’a ve-koev” – “Hurt and hurting” – פגוע וכואב

Pgu’a nefesh, mitmoded nefesh – A person with mental disabilities – פגוע נפש, מתמודד נפש

Pagi’a, pgi’ah – Vulnerbable – פגיע, פגיעה

Shavir – Fragile – שביר

Zamin – Available – זמין

Hu lo mesugal lifgo’a be-zvuv – He couldn’t hurt a fly – הוא לא מסוגל לפגוע בזבוב

Paga bul – Hit the target directly, spot on, bingo – פגע בול

Pega ra – Pest – פגע רע

Playlist and Clips:

Yehuda Poliker – Pachot Aval Ko’ev (lyrics)

Underdos – Slicha Im Pagati

Te’unat paga u-varach

Pgi’ah yeshira – Direct hit

Avi Biter – Pagu’a Ve-ko’ev (lyrics)

Dudu Tassa – Ani Rats (lyrics)

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2 comments on “Sorry If I Hurt You

  1. Jonathan D Stoler says:

    I would like to check out the all Hebrew podcast prior to deciding whether or not to become a patron.
    If I understood you correctly, you are allowing us to “sample the goods” by doing to episode 181.

    I would like to do that but don’t know how to find it. Could you give me simple instructions as to how/where to
    sign in and find access to the sample.

    Todah Rabah!
    v’kol tuv!

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