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StreetWise Hebrew is a bi-weekly segment where we will discuss Modern Hebrew, which some people call Israeli. From slang to Biblical Hebrew idioms which are still around, textual graffiti, influence of other languages and other linguistic phenomena, but above all: How we can understand the Israeli psyche, society and culture through the language.

StreetWise Hebrew is a bi-weekly segment where we will discuss Modern Hebrew, which some people call Israeli. From slang to Biblical Hebrew idioms which are still around, textual graffiti, influence of other languages and other linguistic phenomena, but above all: How we can understand the Israeli psyche, society and culture through the language.
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StreetWise Hebrew is a bi-weekly segment where we will discuss Modern Hebrew, which some people call Israeli. From slang to Biblical Hebrew idioms which are still around, textual graffiti, influence of other languages and other linguistic phenomena, but above all: How we can understand the Israeli psyche, society and culture through the language.

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Episodes

#230 Oh, You Poor Thing!

10/16/2018
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What do we say to a friend who's in bed with high fever? And to someone who got a minor scratch? And to that one person who keeps on complaining but has no right to complain? Oy misken! Listen to the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode New Words and Expressions: Misken Juanito - Poor Juanito - מסכן חואניטו Misken Jerry, shamat ma kara lo? - Poor Jerry, did you hear what happened to him? - מסכן ג’רי, שמעת מה קרה לו? Oy misken/miskena/miskenim/miskenot - You poor thing - אוי מסכן, מסכנה,...

Duration:00:08:41

#229 Don't Get ”Fed Up” With Learning Hebrew

10/9/2018
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In Hebrew, “Nim’as li kvar” means I just can’t take it anymore, I am so fed up. The root, mem-alef-samech, is an interesting one and can be used in all sorts of ways, like in the translated sentence, “Are you fed up with ’butterflies’?” What does that even mean?! Guy explains. Listen to the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode New Words and Expressions: Nim’as li - I am fed up with something - נמאס לי Nimas le-someone from something Dai, nim’as li mi-shkarim - I am fed up with lies -...

Duration:00:08:24

#140 “Kacha”: The Perfect Answer to Difficult Questions

10/2/2018
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One of the first words Israeli children learn is "kacha" - "like this" - especially when they keep asking "lama?" - "why?" - and their parents don't have the strength to answer. 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. Listen to the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode New words & expressions: Atsuv li...

Duration:00:08:21

#228 Overstressed and Under Pressure

9/25/2018
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We talk a lot about lahats (stress, pressure) in Israel. You'll often hear, “ma ata lahuts?”, why are you stressed, and “ein lahats”, there’s no pressure, just as your stress level is hitting its all-time high. Listen to the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode New Words and Expressions: Lahats - Pressure, stress - לחץ Ani ma-ze be-lahats ha-shavu’a – I am really stressed this week - אני מה-זה בלחץ השבוע Al tilahtsu - Don’t get stressed - אל תילחצו Ein lahats - There’s no pressure -...

Duration:00:10:52

#227 Going Back and Forth

9/18/2018
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How do you say rehearsal in Hebrew? And what do the Hebrew words for tax-refund and rabbi-preacher have in common? A root, of course! Guy returns for another Streetwise Hebrew lesson. Listen to the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode New Words and Expressions: Rehearsal - Hazara - חזרה Choir rehearsal - Hazarat mak’hela - חזרת מקהלה Hazara generalit - Dress rehearsal - חזרה גנרלית Hazara la-limudim - Back to school - חזרה ללימודים Lahzor - To go back, to return - לחזור Ha-hazara...

Duration:00:10:16

Shana Tova

9/11/2018
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Duration:00:00:29

#226 Gas Station Conversation

9/4/2018
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Full service or self service? Diesel or regular? When pulling up to the pump, what Hebrew words and phrases do you need in order to successfully navigate an Israeli gas station? On this episode, Guy tops off the linguistic tank. Listen to the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode New Words and Expressions: Tahanat delek - Gas station - תחנת דלק Otsrim letadlek - Stopping to refuel - עוצרים לתדלק Letadlek - To refuel the car - לתדלק Hayav/hayevet rega la’atsor letadlek - I must stop for...

Duration:00:08:56

#84 It’s About Time!

8/28/2018
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Do you have “zman” – time? This root, “z.m.n,” is used in so many words in Hebrew, it definitely merits an episode to itself. Guy also explains how it’s related to the Arab Spring and Tahrir Square in Cairo. “Zman” to press play… New words & expressions Ha-zman hu kmo galgal anak – Time is like a ferris wheel – הזמן הוא כמו גלגל ענק Yesh lecha zman machar? – Do you have time tomorrow? – יש לך זמן מחר? Higia hazman – It’s about time – הגיע הזמן Bata ba-zman – You came right on time – באת...

Duration:00:09:59

Patron Chat: Discussing the News Story Playing Out on the Streets of Tel Aviv

8/21/2018
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On last month's patron Skype chat, Guy discussed the major news story in Israel happening right there and then, and reviewed the words and phrases associated with it. New Words and Expressions: People went out to protest - אנשים יצאו להפגין They arrived to the protest with protest signs - הם הגיעו להפגנה עם שלטי מחאה The LGBTQ are protesting about the new law - הלהט"בים מוחים על החוק החדש The LGBTQ protest: many are protesting in Kikar Rabin - מחאת הלהט"ב: המונים מפגינים בכיכר...

Duration:00:12:42

#225 Hamsa Hamsa Hamsa: Streetwise Hebrew Celebrates 5 Years of Podcasting

8/14/2018
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The Hamsa symbol, a hand with five fingers, is believed to bring good luck and keep away the evil eye. In Arabic, hamsa is the number five, which just happens to be the number of years we've been making our Streetwise Hebrew podcast! We celebrate this grand occasion with a special episode on all things hamesh (חמש). Pssstttt... have a listen to how you too can keep away the evil eye! Listen to the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode New Words and Expressions: Yomuledet hamesh - 5th...

Duration:00:09:47

#224 This Podcast Will Fly Off the Shelves

8/7/2018
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What do we mean when we say hu af al atsmo (הוא עף על עצמו), he flies on himself? How about oof li me-ha-einayim (עוף לי מהעיניים), fly off my eyes? On this episode, Guy explains all things la’oof, to fly. Listen to the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode New Words and Expressions: Ani af elayich - I am flying to you - אני עף אלייך Oof, oof beteruf - Fly, fly, insanely - עוף, עוף בטירוף Oof, oofi, oofoo - Fly! (Imp., m., f., pl.) - עוף, עופי, עופו Ten la-neshama la-oof - Let the soul...

Duration:00:09:04

#223 The Many Uses of Eich (איך)

7/31/2018
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Eich (איך), Hebrew for “how”, is a tiny word used very often in spoken Hebrew and in many different contexts. On this episode, Guy explains these uses through several examples from everyday life in Israel. Listen to the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode New Words and Expressions: Eich - How - איך Eich shir nolad - How is a song born? - איך שיר נולד Eich haya? - How was it? - איך היה? Eich sham? - How is it there? - איך שם? Eich? - How are you? (sl.) - איך? Tagid eich ata / Tagidi,...

Duration:00:09:27

#222 Busy Beyond Belief

7/24/2018
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You're busy. I'm busy. We're all extremely busy these days. The Hebrew word for busy is עסוק. What would you say to your friend if you might not be able to make it to their party? Guy sets aside time from his busy schedule to explain. Listen to the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode New Words and Expressions: Ein li zman linshom - I don’t have time to breathe - אין לי זמן לנשום Asuk, asuka, asukim, asukot - Busy - עסוק, עסוקה, עסוקים, עסוקות Ani ma-ze/mamash asuk - I am really busy -...

Duration:00:10:12

#221 Stuck in the Middle with You

7/17/2018
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Why do Israelis say, “hu taka li berez” (הוא תקע לי ברז), which roughly translates to, “he jammed a faucet on me”? And how do we say in Hebrew, “I'm stuck in the middle seat again”? On this episode, Guy explains the word litko’a (לתקוע), to stick into, and delves into the nooks and crannies of hardcore Israeli slang. Language warning: things are about to get explicit. Listen to the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode New Words and Expressions: Hu taka masmer ba-kir - He stuck a nail in...

Duration:00:10:20

#220 Happy Happy Joy Joy

7/10/2018
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Simha (שמחה) in Hebrew is happiness or joy, but it can also mean a happy event. How would you say “to make someone happy” in Hebrew? Guy explains all things שמח on this extra joyful episode. Listen to the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode New Words and Expressions: Simha - Happiness - שמחה Eize yom sameach li hayom - What a happy day I am having today - איזה יום שמח לי היום Esther Roth-Shachamorov Ani smeha she-ha-heseg ha-ze naasa mul einay - I am happy that this achievement was...

Duration:00:09:02

#219 Calling All Musicians!

7/3/2018
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In addition to calling and texting, your smartphone is also a fancy nagan-em-pi-shalosh (נגן אם-פי-3). What's that? Well, without this capability you wouldn't be able to listen to this podcast on the move! Today's episode is all about the root נ.ג.נ, out of which Hebrew words like ניגון, מנגינה, and נגינה are constructed. Listen to the all-Hebrew version of this episode. New Words and Expressions: Niggun, niggunim - Inflection (linguistics), Nigun - ניגון Paytan - A person who...

Duration:00:08:27

#218 Could You Turn it Down a Bit?

6/26/2018
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There are several ways to ask an Israeli taxi driver to lower the volume on the radio that won't result in nasty looks. Today, Guy discusses these sayings and other words related to radio, like the Hebrew word for podcast. Listen to the all-Hebrew version of this episode New Words and Expressions: Havita - Omlette - חביתה Aruhat boker israelit - Israeli breakfast - ארוחת בוקר ישראלית Pirsomot - Commercials - פרסומות Efshar lehahlish tipa? - Is it possible to turn it down a bit? -...

Duration:00:09:01

#3 “Be Well” and Other Sign-Offs

6/19/2018
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Tihye bari means “be well”. When do we use it, and what are the other ways to sign off a message in Hebrew? Click here for the all-Hebrew version of this episode. New Words and Expressions: Tihye bari (m.)/Tihyi bri’a (f.)/Tihyu bri’im (pl.) - All the best, be well (“Be healthy”) - תהיה בריא Ve-she-tamid tihye bari - May you always be healthy - ושתמיד תהיה בריא Tihye li bari - I oppose to what you’re doing, but good luck nevertheless - תהיה לי בריא Bai - Bye - ביי Yalla bai - Ok,...

Duration:00:08:34

#217 Sharing Is Caring

6/12/2018
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The Hebrew word for partner or flatmate is שותף, and its root ש.ת.פ is especially relevant when trying to get your social media posts to go viral. On this episode, Guy shares his linguistic expertise on all things shareable. Click Here for the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode New Words and Expressions: Shutaf, shutafim - Partner/s, flatmate - שותף, שותפים Shutafut - Partnership - שותפוּת Leshatef - To share - לשתף Eich leshatef tmunot me-ha-instagram - How to share photos from...

Duration:00:09:25

#216 Some Assembly Required

6/5/2018
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Most furniture from Ikea comes with assembly instructions. On this episode, Guy provides us with an instructions manual for the root רכב, which can be found in the word להרכיב, to assemble. No assembly required on this podcast! Click Here for the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode New Words and Expressions: Rachav - He rode - רכב Rochev - He’s riding - רוכב Hem rochvim - They ride - הם רוכבים Rochev - He rides/he is riding/rider - רוכב Rechiva - Riding - רכיבה Hadracha -...

Duration:00:10:04