streetwise hebrew

I Can Identify With That

From face and voice recognition, to identifying with a character from a book, for these and others linguistic uses we utilize the Hebrew root זהה. And how do we say, “Shazam, can you recognize this song?”

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Is Someone Stealing Your Identity?

The Hebrew word זהות means identity. It’s a word we Israelis use many times throughout the day, like any time we call customer service in Israel. Any guesses as to why?

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Procrastinating in Hebrew

We have a task to accomplish and we promise ourselves to do it right after this one last thing. So how did an entire week pass by so quickly and yet we’re staring at an even longer to-do list? Let’s talk about procrastination in Hebrew.

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I’m Finally Settling In

The words להתיישב and לשבת are both translated as ‘to sit down’, but they are not used in the same manner. Guy explains the differences and how these words relate to the West Bank

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What Are You Sitting On?

The word לשבת means to sit, and there’s a plethora of uses for this verb in Hebrew. We’ll be talking about jails and cafes, dog trainers, Ottoman Jews, and restaurant hosts, all in the same episode!

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Are You in the Country?

The word ארץ means land/country. But it changes when we add prepositions to it. It’s also an important word if you are training your dog to lie on the floor. Guy explains

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Hello, Your Honor

So you’ve learned some Hebrew verbs and nouns, but now you’re not sure how to properly address your 80 year old neighbor. Ma’am? גברתי? Mrs. Cohen? גברת כהן? Or is it fine to just use her first name?

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Lost in Translation

The word לתרגם, to translate, is important if you live in Israel and go to the cinema. Why? Because you want to make sure the Israeli film you’re about to watch has English subtitles.

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Overcoming Depression

The Israeli song לצאת מדיכאון is perhaps the song that best describes how an entire nation is feeling at this moment. It’s an appropriate time to talk about דיכאון, depression, and its root

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Release Me

The Hebrew word לשחרר means to release, to free. It is used often when speaking about the hostage crisis in Gaza. How else do we use לשחרר, and how do we say it in the passive?

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