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These days, it seems as if everything is measured by ratings and rankings. Businesses ask us to rate them even before we’ve left their doors. It’s all a bit too much sometimes. So how do we rank something in Hebrew?

Guy explains the root דרג which includes within it the Hebrew words for army rank, escalators and the highest echelons.

New Words and Expressions:

Az erkod al madregot ha-rabanut – I’ll dance on the rabbinate stairs – אז ארקוד על מדרגות הרבנות

Madrega, madregot – Steps, stairs – מדרגה, מדרגות

Hadar madregot – Staircase – חדר מדרגות

Madregot naot  – Escalator – מדרגות נעות, דרגנוע

Darga, dargot – Rank, ranks – דרגה, דרגות

Derug – Rating, ranking – דירוג

Derug FIFA – FIFA rankings – דירוג פיפ”א

Derug ashrai – Credit rating – דירוג אשראי

Ledareg – To rank – לדרג

Atem muzmanim ledareg otanu – You’re invited to rate us – אתם מוזמנים לדרג אותנו

Israel medorget ba-makom ha-shmini be-hityakrut dirot ba-shana ha-achrona – Israel is ranked eighth in the world for its increased real estate prices in the past year – ישראל מדורגת במקום השמיני בהתייקרות דירות בשנה האחרונה

Medoreget – Ranked (f.) – מדורגת

Anachnu rotsim lir’ot eich hem medoragim – We want to see how they are rated – אנחנו רוצים לראות איך הם מדורגים

Yotskim et ha-shament ha-chama al hakaramel behadraga – Gradually pour the hot cream on the caramel – יוצקים את השמנת החמה על הקרמל בהדרגה

Be-hadraga – Gradually – בהדרגה

Ve-toch kedei irbuv – And while mixing – ותוך כדי ערבוב

Shidrug – Upgrade – שדרוג

Lachzor – To go back – לחזור

Leshachzer – To reconstruct – לשחזר

Mishtadregim – Getting upgraded – משתדרגים

Midrug – Rating (TV) – מדרוג

“Ba-dragim ha-gvohim” – In the highest echelons – בדרגים הגבוהים

Playlist and Clips:

Ha-kol Over Habibi – Blues Madregot Ha-rabanut (lyrics)

Ha-yechida – Darga, dargot – Rank

Israel medorget ba-makom ha-shmini

Be-hadraga – Gradually

Meshudragot – Pirsomet

Danny Robas – Ani Ba Habaita Me-halaila (lyrics)

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