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The Hebrew word נוגע means touching and, just like in English, it has both a physical and emotional meaning. The root starts with the letter נ (nun), but in certain words based on this root, the נ disappears! Guy explains.

New Words and Expressions:

“Nag’ah ba-shamayim” – She touched the sky – נגעה בשמיים

Hu naga – He touched – הוא נגע

Hi nag’ah – She touched – היא נגעה

“Kashe biladecha” – It’s hard without you – קשה בלעדיך 

Ki nagata bi – Because I was moved by you – כי נגעת בי

“Bach lo nogea” – It doesn’t touch you – בך לא נוגע

Ze lo noge’a lecha/lach – It doesn’t concern you – זה לא נוגע לך

Be-noge’a le-mashehu – Concerning something – בנוגע למשהו

“Shalom, ze be-noeg’ea la-dira” – Hi, it’s about the apartment – שלום, זה בנוגע לדירה

“Shalom, ze be-nog’ea la-oto” – Hi, it’s about the car – שלום, זה בנוגע לאוטו

Noge’a la-lev – Touching, moving – נוגע ללב

Mi naga li ba-dvarim? – Who touched my stuff? – מי נגע לי בדברים

Al tiga, al tig’ee, al tig’u – Don’t touch – אל תיגע, אל תגעי, אל תגעו

Al tisa – Don’t go (by vehicle) – אל תיסע

Al tiga bi – Don’t touch me – אל תיגע בי

“At lo yechola lagaat be-ke’ev” – You are not able to touch pain – את לא יכולה לגעת בכאב

Na lo lagaat – Please do not touch – נא לא לגעת

Negi’ah – Touching – נגיעה 

“Tavshil im negiot limon” – A stew with a touch of lemon – תבשיל עם נגיעות לימון

Maga – Touch (N.) – מגע

Masach maga – Touch screen – מסך מגע

Adshot maga – Contact lenses – עדשות מגע

Le-lo maga yad adam? – Without human contact – ללא מגע יד אדם

Playlist and Clips:

Mashina – Nag’ah ba-shamayim (lyrics)

Sharon Lifshitz – Kashe biladecha (lyrics)

Yehudit Ravits – Bach Lo Noge’a (lyrics)

Polyakovim – At lo yechola lagaat be-ke’ev 

Adshot maga – Contact lenses commercial

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