Would You Turn On the Air Con?

Photo: Zipa Kempinsky

Nothing pairs better with a hot and humid Israeli summer than מזגן, air conditioning. So what should we say to the taxi driver who’s got all the windows rolled down? And why did the air temperature in our trains make such big national headlines?

New Words and Expressions:

Mazgan – Air conditioning – מזגן

“Erkondishen” – “air condition” – אייר קונדישן

“Efshar mazgan?” – Could you put on the aircon? – אפשר מזגן

Ata yachol lasim mazgan ‘vaksha? – Could you put the mazgan please? – אתה יכול לשים מזגן ‘בקשה

Yesh mazgan? – Is there aircon? – יש מזגן

Efshar lehadlik mazgan? – Could you turn the air conditioner on? – אפשר להדליק מזגן

Efshar lechabot et ha-mazgan? – Could you turn off the air conditioner? – אפשר לכבות את המזגן

Ha-mazgan hachi chadshani – The most innovative air conditioner – המזגן הכי חדשני

Mazgenei tornado, Mazganim shel chevrat tornado – Tornado air conditioning units – מזגני טורנדו, מזגנים של חברת טורנדו

Kar li ba-mazgan tamid – I am always cold in the air conditioner – קר לי במזגן תמיד

“Ha-olam ktsat mitnahel lefi ha-banim” – The world is run according to the guys – העולם קצת מתנהל לפי הבנים

Matkinei ha-mazganim – The aircon installers – מתקיני המזגנים

Matkin – Installer – מתקין

Hatkana – Installation – התקנה

Technai mazganim – Aircon repairman – טכנאי מזגנים

Shalat – Remote control – שלט

Mizug avir – Air conditioning – מיזוג אוויר

Takala be-maarechet mizug ha-avir – Fault in the air conditioning system – תקלה במערכת מיזוג האוויר

Yesh be-aya ba-mizug – There’s a problem with the mizug – יש בעיה במיזוג

Playlist and Clips:

Mazgan – Pirsomet

Mazgan in Arabic

Mazgan – Pirsomet

The Minister of Transport about Mazgan

Matkinei ha-mazganim

Noa Kirel & Agam Buchbut – Etsel Ha-doda Ve-ha-dod (lyrics)

Ep. 207 – Lehadlik

Ep. 252- Shalat

Ep. 276 – Lechabot

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