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Sick? Get Well Soon!

Hebrew provides plenty of ways to wish someone well, and they all depend on the severity of the illness. So what should we say to someone with a cold? How about the flu? Pneumonia? This winter, Guy provides a linguistic toolkit for all you well-wishers to use in almost any circumstance.

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This Corner Store is Da Bomb

The Hebrew word ืคื™ืฆื•ืฅ (pitsuts) means explosion but is also used in the same fashion as the English phrase, โ€œa blast,โ€ meaning incredible or highly entertaining. And did you know that our neighborhood corner store is called a ืคื™ืฆื•ืฆื™ื™ื” (pitsutsiya)?

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Put out the Fire

What does an Israeli judo champion mean when she says, ื”ืืฉ ื›ื‘ืชื” ืœื’ืžืจื™? In Hebrew, ืœื›ื‘ื•ืช means to extinguish and to turn off. So please turn off all cell phones and listen as Guy explains all things ื›.ื‘.ื”.

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Shoo! Get out of Here!

How do you say โ€œbuzz offโ€ or โ€œbeat itโ€ in Hebrew? And how might it relate to paying off your mortgage? Guy explains.

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Can You Hurry It Up? Quick!

Israelis need everything here and now, immediately. Preferably yesterday. That’s why the Hebrew word ื–ืจื™ื– (zariz), quick or quickly, is constantly in use. This episode is a crash course (ืงื•ืจืก ืžื–ื•ืจื–) on the root ื–.ืจ.ื–.

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You Shouldn’t Steal

In Hebrew, ื’ื ื‘ (ganav) is a thief. Perhaps you already know its Yiddish pronunciation, ganef (ื’ืึทื ืขื•ื•). But there are other, more exciting words that belong to the Hebrew root ื’ื ื‘, including several slang uses. Guy explains.

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Take a Look Around You

The Hebrew words ืกื‘ื™ื‘ (saviv), ืกื‘ื™ื‘ื” (sviva), ืžืกื‘ื™ื‘ (misaviv), ืกื‘ื‘ (sevev), all come from the ืก.ื‘.ื‘ root. They also come in very handy in spoken Hebrew. So today, Guy explains the many words and phrases that stem from this interesting root.

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We Deserve Special Treatment

We all deserve to receive good customer service and to be treated with respect. But let’s be real โ€“ that’s not always the case. The Hebrew word ื™ื—ืก means treatment, attention, and service, while the plural ื™ื—ืกื™ื means relations.

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It’s Time to Decide

โ€œYou decide.โ€ โ€œNo you decide.โ€ โ€œNo no, you decide!โ€ So many decisions to make. On this episode, Guy talks about Hebrew words and phrases related to decision-making.

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You’re So Wrong!

What Hebrew words and phrases can we use to disagree with someone? Which can be written in a reply online but not said to someone face to face? And which can be said but not written, and what intonation will give that extra oomph?

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