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Believe it or not, we Israelis aren’t always running late. Some of us even tend to arrive ahead of schedule. Yes, you read that right! In Hebrew, we have a special verb which means to arrive ahead of time. Guy explains.

New Words and Expressions:

Lehakdim – To be early, to show up early – להקדים

Lif’amim anachnu makdimim – Sometimes we arrive ahead of time – לפעמים אנחנו מקדימים

Efshar ulai lehakdim tipa? Ze beseder im ani akdim tipa? – Is it possible to arrive earlier? – אפשר אולי להקדים טיפה

Yesh mashehu yoter mukdam? – Is there something earlier than this? – יש משהו יותר מוקדם

Hikdamti tipa – I’m here a bit early – הקדמתי טיפה

Ani makdim tipa – I am running a bit early – אני מקדים טיפה

Ani akdim tipa – I’ll be a bit early – אני אקדים טיפה

Tuchal/tuchli lehakdim tipa? – Would you be able to arrive a bit earlier? – תוכל, תוכלי להקדים טיפה

Yesh lecha tor be-eser, ata yachol lehakdim tipa? – You’ve got an appointment for 10am, would you be able to come earlier? – יש לך תור בעשר, אתה יכול להקדים טיפה?

Yesh lach tor be-eser, at yechola lehakdim tipa? – You’ve got an appointment for 10am, would you be able to come earlier? – יש לך תור בעשר, את יכולה להקדים טיפה

Hakdimu (takdimu) et ha-torim shelachem – Move your doctor appointments up the queue – הקדימו (תקדימו) את התורים שלכם

She-nakdim? – Shall we meet earlier? – שנקדים

Ha-yeshiva/ha-pgisha hukdema – The meeting was moved up – הישיבה/הפגישה הוקדמה

Lo amru lecha? – Didn’t they tell you? – לא אמרו לך

Ha-tisa hukdema be-eser dakot – The flight was moved up by ten minutes – הטיסה הוקדמה בעשר דקות

Ata holech lishon mukdam – You go to bed early – אתה הולך לישון מוקדם

Giluy mukdam – Early detection – גילוי מוקדם

Giluy mukdam shel sartan ha-shad yachol lehatsil chayim – Early detection of breast cancer can save lives – גילוי מוקדם של סרטן השד יכול להציל חיים

Be-mukdam o bim’uchar – Sooner or later – במוקדם או במאוחר

Hakdama – Introduction, preface – הקדמה

Bli hakdamot meyutarot – Without further ado – בלי הקדמות מיותרות

Ba-hekdem ha-efshari – ASAP – בהקדם האפשרי

Ta’ase et ze ba-hekdem ha-efshari – Please do it asap – תעשה את זה בהקדם האפשרי

Playlist and Clips:

Hakdimu et ha-torim shelachem

Nurit Galron – Ata Holech Lishon Mukdam (lyrics)

Giluy mukdam – Early detection

Be-mukdam o bim-uchar – Sooner or later

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