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Zazim

In Hebrew, זזים (we’re making a move), זזנו (we made a move), and נזוז (we’ll make a move) are all used in the same way to say, “yalla, let’s go.” Guy explains.

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Baali

The Hebrew word for husband is בעל, which also means owner. It’s no wonder, then, that so many Israeli women dislike its use. So what can we say instead?

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Cursing Drivers

Cursing drivers is a national sport in Israel. Here are a few words and phrases you can use the next time someone cuts you off.

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Kombina

    Kombina is one of the most salient features of Israeli society. In order to survive in this country, one needs to fend for oneself, using all possible means: Contacts, resourcefulness and creative ideas.Some Israelis say we are even ‘Medinat Kombina’, a ‘kombina’ state. So how do you use this word, and how can you…

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I’ll Be Back in the Afternoon

In Hebrew, צוהריים means noon and אחר הצוהריים means afternoon. But the actual afternoon hours, the ones we Israelis think of as afternoon, may be completely different than your own. So what do we mean when we say, “call me in the afternoon”? Guy explains

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Politeness in Hebrew

People say that Israelis can come across as rude. Are we simply too direct? Contrary to popular belief, there are ways to be courteous in modern Hebrew.

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Mishpachot

    What Hebrew language teachings can we pick up from documentary TV series “Mishpachot,” by the Heymann Brothers? The series is composed of five Israeli families who utilize many different layers of the language.  

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Accent and Pronunciation

    Today, I’ll give you a few tips: how to improve your accent and pronunciation in Hebrew. There are many things you can do on your own, at home.  

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סחבק – Sahbak

    What’s “sahbak”? In Arabic it means your friend, but what’s the meaning in Hebrew? And what’s sahbakiya? And there’s even a verb, lehistahbek. Press ‘play’ to find out.

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Ata or At?

Hebrew’s default is masculine form. But what happens when a navigation application speaks to women as if they were guys?

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