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Sometimes we just gotta be honest with ourselves and say, “אני לא סובל אותו” (I can’t stand him). Guy explains the Hebrew root סבל, which means suffering or misery, and how it is linked to muscular endurance, horrible traffic jams and passive verbs.

New Words and Expressions:

Sevel – Suffering, misery – סבל

“Ata garamta li sevel ve-yisurim” – You caused me misery and agony – אתה גרמת לי סבל ויסורים

Eize sevel – Such misery – איזה סבל

Lisbol – To suffer – לסבול

Lama lisbol? – Why suffer? – ?למה לסבול

Ani lo sovel oto – I can’t stand him – אני לא סובל אותו

Lisbol mishehu – To put up with someone – לסבול מישהו

Ani lo sovel she-medabrim be-tse’akot ba-nayad – I can’t stand it when people shout on the phone – אני לא סובל שמדברים בצעקות בנייד

Sovel mi-mashehu – Suffers from something – סובל ממשהו

Hu sovel mi-sukeret – Suffers from diabetes – הוא סובל מסוכרת

Ata sovel mi-ze? At sovelet mi-ze? – Do you suffer from it? – ?אתה סובל מזה? את סובלת מזה

Ani sovel be-sheket – I suffer quietly – אני סובל בשקט

Pkakim bilti nisbalim – Unbearable traffic jams – פקקים בלתי נסבלים

Nisbal – Bearable – נסבל

Havaiat ha-nesi’a hafcha lihyot bilti nisbelet – The driving experience has become unbearable – חוויית הנסיעה הפכה להיות בלתי נסבלת

Pkakim bilti nisbalim – Unbearable traffic jams – פקקים בלתי נסבלים

Savlanut – Patience – סבלנות

Be-savlanut – Patiently – בסבלנות

Sovlanut – Tolerance – סובלנות

Erech ha-sovlanut – The value of tolerance – ערך הסובלנות

Savlan, savlani – Patient – סבלן, סבלני 

Sovlani – Tolerant – סובלני

Sibolet (svolet) – Endurance – סיבולת

Sibolet shrir – Muscular endurance – סיבולת שריר

Sibolet lev re’a –  Cardio-vascular endurance – סיבולת לב-ריאה

Pa’il – Active (Grammar) – פעיל

Savil – Passive (Grammar) – סביל

Ishun passivi – Passive smoking, second-hand smoking – עישון פסיבי

Sabal – Porter – סבל

Playlist and Clips:

Zehava Ben – Sevel Ve-yesurim (lyrics)

Lama lisbol? – Commercial

Lo sovel oto (Aba Metapelet)

Pkakim bilti-nisbalim

Miki Gavrielov – Savlanut (lyrics)


Ko’ach sevel – endurance

Savil – Passive (Grammar)

Ishun passivi – Passive smoking

David Broza – Sigaliyot (lyrics)

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