But it has another meaning in the Tel Avivi gay lingo. What does it mean? It has to do with separation, borders and partitions, so you can imagine how popular it is here in the Middle East.
But it has more meanings, for example at the hair stylist, in a stadium or even on a banana peel. Almost everybody knows the word chutzpah, audacity, brash behaviour. When is it positive and when is it negative?
What do Hebrew speakers use as fillers? And what did we borrow from Arabic? Looking to support the show? Learn how on Patreon. Like Streetwise Hebrew on Facebook and Instagram. Want Guy to talk about a pressing Hebrew issue? Find him at StreetWiseHebrew. Learn why this is important, especially for people who want to improve their Hebrew.
Today Guy talks about "around", "about", "8-ish" and more. Ken, mashu kaze — So at eight? Shmone tesha kaze — When should I come? Tavi kacha 20 — How many boxes do you want? Gay marriage is new to the world, and Hebrew, a gender-based language, has to face the music and find new ways to talk about it. On this episode, Guy talks about an email from a married gay listener.
Looking for the Hebrew versions of our episodes or other Patron-only content? Want to see more Hebrew gems? Guy's recent Skype chat with Patrons covered, among other things, California's wildfires and Hebrew podcasts produced by the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation. Want to join our Skype chat next month? Visit tlv1. Ma shava kazo ahava? Bonus: this root exists also in Arabic, so we can learn some greetings to use with Arabic speakers as well! Plus a tip: how do you make sure your Israeli friends will make it on time to your event?
Hu ashkara amar lach et ze? Everybody is going somewhere for the high holidays here in Israel! This is a good opportunity to talk about trips, passengers, driving, and other key Hebrew words. Bonus: How do you help someone park in a tight parking spot? Life in Israel is always exciting! Often we meet weird people and encounter strange situations. How do we talk about these things? What do we tell our best friends after stepping out from the wierdest meeting ever?
This week, Guy teaches a few handy expressions with it. Bonus: What do you say to someone who is mansplaining to you? Hadshot 2: North Korea Want to see more Hebrew gems? Fair warning: this episode is not for everybody. Sometimes one needs to whine 'lekater' and to go over the top. Israelis love to complain and use words like inferno, hell, nightmare, torture, and other flowery terms to describe another horrible queue at the bank.
How do we use it in this day and age and how do we differentiate between a platonic friend and a serious partner? Ben ha-zoog, Ha-ben zoog — The partner m. This episode is all about the nuances of an interesting word for all these contexts. Yona Atari — Wikipedia Heb.
Ili Gorlitski Wikpedia Heb. StreetWise Hebrew gets scientific: host Guy Sharett is conducting an experiment with brand new podcasts. Meant for listeners who want to develop their advanced language skills, these episodes are entirely in Hebrew. Have a listen and let us know what you think. Should we keep it going? Let us know. Four years ago, we aired our first show, and this month, in August , we are celebrating more than 1.
So you went to buy clothes in a Tel Avivi shop. Yesh kaze be-kahol? Efshar limdod? Yesh et ze be-mida yoter gdola? Eich ze? It's so hot in Tel Aviv, you cannot believe it. But if you want to say, "I am hot", don't translate directly from English to Hebrew. Listen to this episode first. Without your kids. You'll understand in a minute.
A teenager in central Tel Aviv said something to his friend on the phone that made Guy think: How do we say 'whiner' and 'to whine' in Hebrew? Today's episode is about the word 'bachyan' and its variations. How do you tell someone not to do something in Hebrew? How do we give it a boost to emphasize what we really mean? We can also say 'nehmad,' but in fact mean the opposite! And what do we say about a waiter who is 'too nice'?
Guy gives us the nuances of 'nehmad' in this week's episode. Ach be-kupat holim nisa lehathil iti o she-hu stam haya nehmad? Eich ladaat im hu stam nehmad o ba-keta? Rak le-dodim ule-dodot — To whom were we nice kids?
Hamuda — Sweetie f. The word 'lidfok' in Hebrew is to knock or hit. As you might imagine, it means some more explicit things too.
Warning: This episode is not child friendly! Guy nearly gets lost in the possibilities, and he even finds a Yiddish connection. But don't take his word for it! Tag, you're it! We always talk about what's around the corner or why it's a bad idea to cut them, but never the corner itself.
So on this episode, Guy gives corners, 'pinot' in Hebrew, the attention they deserve! So you're shopping around for a short-sleeved shirt, and stop for an espresso. Or the boss says don't take shortcuts, but a friend's constant adventures stresses you out so much it practically shortens your life! Ken, katsar aval — Do you f. The melodies of a language, Guy says, are equally as important. Just listen. Think you already know Hebrew inside out? Someone cut you in the line at a Tel Avivi market, just stepped right in front.
What do you say to put them back in their place? That is, back behind you in the queue. Some say kissing is a universal language. But what about giving passionate French smooches or just a peck in Hebrew? Guy divulges the details. Let's face it; you don't want to watch that movie your friends are going to see. Slicha, aval pahot mat'im li karega — Sorry, it's less convenient for me right now.
Pahot — Do you feel like watching a movie? Pahot hitchabarti — How was the movie? And "Who said? Ma ata omer? Why did the video become so viral?
What exactly is the funny ending 'habai-ta,' if the word 'bayit' means home? Host Guy Sharett has returned home! Listen to the most educational snippets of that chat guided by our studio manager Itai. The root of the word can be expressed in a plethora of ways, so host Guy Sharett teaches us how. Nasu be'atsmechem — If you guys don't believe it, try it yourselves. Lo, asuk — Wanna meet now spontaneously? No, I am busy.
So you're in Israel. Surprise, surprise. How do you tell someone to "wait a minute" or "hold on a second? We use it to talk about the rain, internet downloads, mocking our friends, taking shots of alcohol, and more raunchy terms you should definitely know - which is why this episode isn't suitable for younger listeners. Sorry kids!
Let's celebrate together! Make sure you listen well! The episode is short and sweet. So you just saw the coolest concert, and then your friend made you the best soup you've ever tasted. Sometimes you just need to tell the world.
But how do you do it in Hebrew? Od tip tipa? Zehu — May I have a bit more? A tad more? At amitit? Eifo at haya? Ma at hoshevet? Eifo ani yachol limtso Kama ya'ale li — How much will it cost me…? Efshar be-tashlumim — Can I pay in installments? How do we use it, and what happens when we add it to mashehu, "something," or mishehu, "someone"? Dibarti im ha-rofe. Which doctor? On this week's episode, Guy teaches the words you need to know when surfing the web.
Any guesses of how to say "to google" in Hebrew? Happy small talking! Repeat the mantra: I will become a fluent Hebrew speaker. But how do we say 'become' in Hebrew? Arabic — What's happened? Arabic — What's happened with you? They get juicy - want a bite? Exclusive Content for Patrons Does your Hebrew improve after a couple "lechayims"?
Exclusive Content for Patrons. It's how journalists receive the latest news updates, it's how sports teams arrange lifts for upcoming matches, it's how school parents communicate about homework, and, of course, it's how friends plan their weekend get-together.
Today host Guy Sharett answers all these questions and more, with tips, tongue-twisters and a touch of socio-linguistics! Margish "he feels". One of the first words Israeli children learn is "kacha" - "like this" - especially when they keep asking "lama? You may even have been told "kacha" by your Hebrew teacher when you asked too many grammar questions. Today host Guy Sharett answers all your questions about "kacha," and gives some examples of how it pops up in Israeli slang.
Kacha — Why? But it can also mean "he claimed" or "complained. We cover everything from basketball, to math, beer and music, plus we even get to hear some iconic Israeli poetry. How do you deal with these people? What should you say to them in Hebrew? Efshar lachshov mi at — One might think you were someone lit. What an exaggeration, who do you think you are?
That's so over-the-top! Today we're getting negative. Double negative, in fact. So, unlike in English, we use two negation words. Oh, and while we're learning, we also get to listen to some beautiful French and Brazilian songs. What did you gain from it? How much was it in the end? In this, "Part 3" of the chat, we hear different ways to say how tired we are in Hebrew, and our Patrons tell us how difficult they think Hebrew is to learn compared to other languages.
In this, "Part 2" of the chat, we hear some small anecdotes from our patrons' daily lives, including start-up secrets and server mishaps, and Guy explains some grammatical points as we go along. Over the next three weeks we'll be airing pieces of the Skype chat host Guy Sharett had with some of our Patrons in March.
In this, part 1 of the chat, we meet the Patrons and hear about some of their experiences visiting Tel Aviv and trying to use their Hebrew. In a country where everybody tells you what to do, how to do it, and when, it's only natural the word "adif" - "it's preferable" - would be a word you hear every day. Host Guy Sharett explains how we use "keta" to say that we're not into something, or to tell our friend how un funny they're being. Get ready for a feel-good episode! Listen up!
Today's episode teaches you how to do something very useful on the Israeli streets - to stop someone who's talking at you and tell them "listen! Today's episode is all about "mazal tov. And what do you say when you're not sure if it's a boy or a girl, in a gender-based language like Hebrew? Host Guy Sharett has all the answers. One of the first things we learn to say in a foreign language is "how much does it cost?
We have to know how to "charge" as well. Asking for the bill is one of the most important things to learn in any language. But "heshbon," in Hebrew, is about much more than just settling the account.
On this episode, host Guy Sharett explains how Israelis do self-reflection, how they break even Are you playing by the "klalim"? Host Guy Sharett takes us through all the rules, regulations, generalizations, and exceptions.
In Hebrew we like to set meetings, rendezvous, appointments. Tirtsu ha-kol beyahad? Playlist and clips:Sexologist Dr.
The root "nun-pei-lamed" is all about falling - "lipol" means "to fall. If you want to listen to part 2, or even take part in the next live chat, head over to our Patreon page.
The word "miss" has many meanings in English: You can miss a bus, a lesson, miss someone, miss the point, and much more. Hebrew does not use one verb for all of the above, and some acrobatics is needed. Host Guy Sharett explains. You probably know that ochel kasher is "kosher food.
And what does the verb lehakhshir mean, and how is it all related to talent? Host Guy Sharett explains all. And how is the first name Raphael related? In this episode Guy Sharett explains all things medical. So in this episode, Guy explains these important differences. How would I know?
Sometimes we're just "in basa" - in a state of annoyance, not really angry, but just bummed. From telling the time, to sports, to fashion, "hetsi" gets everywhere.
But when do we say "hetsi" and when "hatsi"? Listen to find out. The Middle East is a place where people swear "on the honor of their mom" without thinking too much. Even advanced learners have difficulties with the pagash-nifgash verb forms, both meaning 'he met.
The word for "support" - "tmicha" - is vastly used in Hebrew, mainly in the context of tech support. The verb is "litmoch. The word "dkira" - "stabbing" - is unfortunately becoming the soundtrack to our lives here in Israel at the moment. We promise a special sanity episode once things get back to normal. How do we sleep in Hebrew?
This is a good opportunity to learn how to thank someone profusely and cynically in Hebrew. Hebrew has this interesting structure: Verb "haya" past tense of "to be" plus a conjugated verb in the present, like "hayiti holech. He would. He would have. He used to. He's made aliyah since then. How are you supposed to know which one it is? At yechola laazor li bevakasha? It was really fun. Like many kids, they suffer there because they want to fit in in the new country and because often the teachers are not really enthusiastic about teaching language, and in the case of Hebrew, there are rabbis at Talmud Torah schools in New York who teach Hebrew with a Yiddish accent and not contemporary Israeli slang like we learn here.
Ma kara, ma kara? Az ma od kore itach — So what else is happening with you? TLV1 Radio, the home of our podcast, has a few more shows for you to check out. They all focus on Israel in one way or another. You can find the podcast at tlv1. How come some mistakes in a foreign language sound worse than others? Enough is enough! How do we ask for more milk, for an encore or for another goal in a football game? Find stuff you love and read about it in Hebrew.
Saying new words out loud. Talk to the Google Translate App. Tandem with a Hebrew speaker. Facebook your Hebrew. Magazines, children books, newspaper, websites, inflight magazines. How do we give in Hebrew? And what is 'latet barosh' - 'to give in the head'? Slicha, mi natan lachem lehikanes le-po? Excuse me, who let you in here? What about just "pit'om" by itself? StreetWise Hebrew gets geeky! Making your Hebrew sound truly conversational is an important but tricky skill.
How do you start a new topic, for instance? How do you urge someone to get to the point? What sounds do you make when you nod attentively? And how do you show shock, excitement, or enthusiasm? Ma od bikasht —? Az ma od —? Az ma od kore itach —? Ma im ha-tiyul —?
Tagidi, ma chutz mize —? Yad means hand, but also so much more. Lior Peleg, our beloved editor and technical producer, is leaving us. It is Memorial Day in Israel. And what does a secretary have to do with it? Guy helps jog our memory. Lots of Hebrew learners find it hard to discern between 'speak,' 'talk,' and 'tell' when they talk with their Israeli friends, colleagues, classmates, and flatmates.
Guy Sharett explains all. Guy also tells us about a new word he found in the dictionary - kids, don't try this at home! This week, we dedicate our show to Paris and France, as a tribute to our Parisians friends who are going through a difficult phase.
A tout de suite! Everyone in Israel is talking about March Any idea what's happening on that date? There is one thing we Israelis dread above all: Being a 'fraier' - a 'sucker.
Guy Sharett tells us more Davka shachor, mi-kol hatsvaim? We take the initials and between the last two letters we add inverted commas two apostrophes to show that it's an acronym rather than an ordinary word.
Chayim, life, is a word that has a huge career in Hebrew, in Israeli slang and even across oceans and seas. What happened to it in the shteytels of Eastern Europe and when it came back here, to new Israeli slang, and how do we use it to beg someone to change TV channel? The word met means dying and the word lamoot means to die, but today, Guy Sharett teaches us how we use these words as cool and happy Hebrew slang terms. As usual, prepositions must rear their ugly head.
We would nudge one another, whisper "Nebech two" at a particular statement, and enjoy this greatly. Now, if the reader is sufficiently mystified, I will explain that "nebech" is an untranslatable Yiddish expression, a combination of commiseration, scorn, drama, ridicule.
To try to give the flavor of the word, imagine the William Tell story as acted out in a Jewish school. In the scene where William Tell waits in hiding to shoot Gessler, an actor says, in Yiddish: "Through this street the Nebech must come. But if nebech had been in front of the word street, then the accent would be on street, indicating that it was not much of a street.
To appreciate this may take years of apprenticeship. Ulam, pp. Could it be you just don't try or is it the clothes you wear? You're always window shopping but never stopping to buy So shed those dowdy feathers and fly a little bit Hey there, Georgy girl There's another Georgy deep inside Bring out all the love you hide and, oh, what a change there'd be The world would see a new Georgy girl Hey there, Georgy girl Dreamin'; of the someone you could be Life is a reality, you can't always run away Don't be so scared of changing and rearranging yourself It's time for jumping down from the shelf a little bit Hey there, Georgy girl There's another Georgy deep inside Bring out all the love you hide and, oh, what a change there'd be The world would see a new Georgy girl.
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