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7 Tips That Will Improve Your Spoken Hebrew

Many podcast listeners have written to ask, โ€œHow can I improve my Hebrew?โ€ So on this episode, Guy provides 7 tips that will help anyone, from those highly proficient to those just getting started, improve their spoken Hebrew.

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Surely You Know What I’m Referring To

The Hebrew word ื”ืจื™ (harei) is a tiny elusive word used to emphasize the words that follow it. Listen to the examples Guy prepared to help explain this somewhat fancy word.

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It’s Chilly Outside

Itโ€™s winter time in the northern hemisphere. It is also the time we start over-using the word ืงืจ (cold) because, for us Israelis, 14-17ยฐ C (57-63ยฐ F) is cold. So to get us ready for cooler temperatures, Guy prepared warm-up exercises consisting of words and phrases from the root ืง.ืจ.ืจ

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Boys and Girls! It’s Story Time

The Hebrew word ืกื™ืคื•ืจ means a story. Though in certain situations it could also mean a matter, a thing, or a mess. The root ืก.ืค.ืจ acts a bit funny in some of its verb formats. But no need to worry because Guy explains it all.

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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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