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A bite-size podcast showcasing modern Hebrew and its slang. Host Guy Sharett explains what we can learn about Israeli psyche, society, and culture through the Hebrew language.

A bite-size podcast showcasing modern Hebrew and its slang. Host Guy Sharett explains what we can learn about Israeli psyche, society, and culture through the Hebrew language.

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Israel

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A bite-size podcast showcasing modern Hebrew and its slang. Host Guy Sharett explains what we can learn about Israeli psyche, society, and culture through the Hebrew language.

Language:

English


Episodes

#338 I Am Sure You’ll Succeed

7/20/2021
The Hebrew word להצליח means to succeed, but there’s much more to it than just that. In past tense, we use הצליח to compliment a baker on their delicious cake, the owner of a well-behaved dog and even a parent whose child is an absolute sweetheart. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Lehatsliach – To succeed in doing something – להצליח “Ya binti tatslichi” – My daughter (Ar.), you’ll make it – יא בנתי תצליחי Tatslichi! Tatsliach! – Good luck –...

Duration:00:08:48

#337 Would You Turn On the Air Con?

7/13/2021
Nothing pairs better with a hot and humid Israeli summer than מזגן, air conditioning. So what should we say to the taxi driver who's got all the windows rolled down? And why did the air temperature in our trains make such big national headlines? Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Mazgan – Air conditioning – מזגן “Erkondishen” – “air condition” – אייר קונדישן “Efshar mazgan?” – Could you put on the aircon? – אפשר מזגן Ata yachol lasim mazgan...

Duration:00:09:20

#177 It’s Getting Hot in Here (Rerun)

7/6/2021
It’s so hot in Tel Aviv, you cannot believe it. Ham! 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. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Ham – Hot, angry, horny – חם Haya ham – It was hot – היה חם Yihye ham – It will be hot – יהיה חם Ham! – It’s hot – חם! Ha-bos sheli ham alay – My boss is angry at me – הבוס שלי חם עליי Hu ham esh,...

Duration:00:09:29

#336 Let It Simmer

6/29/2021
What does the phrase תן לו להתבשל (‘ten lo lehitbashel’) mean? As Guy will explain, we can use the verb להתבשל, which means to let something cook, not only when speaking about vegetables, but also about… people! Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: “Ke-chol she-tachtechu yoter katan, ze yitbashel yoter maher” – The smaller you cut it, the faster it will cook – ככל שתחתכו יותר קטן, זה יתבשל יותר מהר Marak katom – Orange soup – מרק כתום Ha-yerakot sheli...

Duration:00:09:40

#335 Home Cooking And Assisted Goals

6/22/2021
The Hebrew word בישול means cooking, but it is also used on the football field and in police investigations. Interesting, right? Bonus: A special Israeli-Berliner way to ask for the bill. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/posts/52521863 New Words and Expressions: Levashel – To cook – לבשל Ha-yom kulanu nidrashim levashel harbe yoter ba-bayit – Today we all have to cook much more at home – היום כולנו נדרשים לבשל הרבה יותר בבית Ve-be-yichud bishvilchem...

Duration:00:09:12

#334 Transfer Me The Money

6/15/2021
The Hebrew word העברה (ha’avara) means a transfer of something or someone, usually from one place to another. The transfer could involve money, digital files, and even… football players! Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/streetwisehebrew New Words and Expressions: Ha’avara – Transfer, transferring, removing – העברה Ha’avarat ksafim be-touch – Money transfer with one click – העברת כספים בטאץ’ Haavarot ksafim – Money transfers – העברות כספים Taase /...

Duration:00:07:48

#46 Our Missile-Protected Room Is Called מָמָ”ד. What Does It Stand For? (Rerun)

6/8/2021
The word מָמָ”ד means a protected room we Israelis got intimately familiar with during the operation in Gaza. What does it stand for? What do they call it in the safety instructions in Amharic and Russian? And last but not least, let’s analyze the Hamas Hebrew propaganda song. Listen to the All-Hebrew Version of the Episode New Words and Expressions: Az’aka – Alarm, siren – אזעקה “Yesh azaka kan be tel aviv” – There’s a siren here in Tel Aviv – יש אזעקה כאן בתל אביב Liz’ok – To shout...

Duration:00:08:08

#333 Please Pass the Salad

6/1/2021
The Hebrew word להעביר is a verb we use a lot. It helps us pass our מונית שירות fare to the driver, forward emails to colleagues, transfer money to friends or family, and even nudge our significant other to change the TV channel. Guy explains. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Monit sherut – Shared taxi – מונית שירות Ata yachol lehaavir vakasha? – Could you please pass it on? – ?את יכול להעביר בבקשה At yechola lehaavir vaksha? – Could you please...

Duration:00:11:17

#332 Your Time Is Up!

5/25/2021
We pick up from where we last left off with the Hebrew root ע.ב.ר. And in this episode, we focus on verbs from binyan paal. Plus, Guy reveals a special mantra to recite when driving through an intersection, just as your traffic light is about to turn red. Listen to the All-Hebrew Version on Patreon New Words and Expressions: “Hi lo yodaat ma over alai” – She doesn’t know what I am going through – היא לא יודעת מה עובר עליי Ma over aleicha/alayich, ha-kol beseder? – What’s going on with...

Duration:00:10:43

#331 Transitions and Crosswalks

5/18/2021
There is a lot of ground to cover with the Hebrew root ע.ב.ר., so we will dedicate the next few episodes to it. This episode is all about its nouns. We talk about the weather, border crossing, chord transitions, allergies, airport transit, and even cover some history about immigrants from the 1950’s. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Avar – Past tense – עבר Hu avar – He passed, crossed – הוא עבר Maavar Taba – The Taba Crossing – מעבר טאבה Maavar...

Duration:00:10:26

#17 Baali (Rerun)

5/11/2021
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? Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Ba’al – Husband – בעל Ba’ali – My husband – בעלי Ben ha-zug – Male partner – בן הזוג Bat ha-zug – Female partner – בת הזוג “Ha-ben zug” (coll.) – The male partner – הבן זוג “Ha-bat zug” (coll.) – The female partner – הבת זוג “Ba’ali hu bediyuk bishvili” – My...

Duration:00:08:19

#330 Who’s To Blame?

5/4/2021
After the terrible tragedy in Har Meron, public calls to find those responsible, האשמים, grow louder. In order to better understand what’s going on in Israeli media, Guy felt it was necessary to cover the word אשמה and its shoresh אשמ. This episode is all about blame, guilt, charges and allegations. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: “Ani achrai, aval achrayut ein perusha ashma” – I am responsible, but responsibility does not mean blame – אני אחראי,...

Duration:00:08:53

#329 How To Appropriately Stress Hebrew Words

4/27/2021
This episode is all about the location of the stress we place on spoken Hebrew words and names, and what happens when we shift that emphasis around. Guy explains why the way Israelis and Americans say “Mazal Tov” differs so greatly, and how these shifts in stress play out in the spoken language. Listen to the All-Hebrew Version on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Ta’am – Word stress, emphasis – טעם MoSHE – Stressed at the end of the word MOshe – Stressed in the beginning of the...

Duration:00:11:21

#39 Don't Worry, I Have Connections (Rerun)

4/20/2021
Having קשרים in Hebrew means knowing people (in the right places) who can help you get stuff done quickly and efficiently. The root קשר has many uses that you definitely need to know! Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Kesher, ksharim – Connection, connections, knots, ties – קשר, קשרים Le-kesher amiti – For a real relationship – לקשר אמיתי At/a be-kesher karega – Are you in a relationship right now? – את/אתה בקשר כרגע Kesher zoogi – Relationship –...

Duration:00:07:35

#328 Unprecedented!

4/13/2021
This is the fourth and final episode dedicated to ק-ד-מ, the root that keeps on giving. How do we say, “right of way,” “unprecedented prices” and the “Pre-Eurovision contest” in Hebrew? Or how about, “I was here before you, lady!”? Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Kadima – Forward, onward – קדימה Zchut kdima – Right of way – זכות קדימה Matan zchut kdima – Giving the right of way – מתן זכות קדימה Kodem – Before – קודם Ani hayiti kodem – I was...

Duration:00:08:56

#327 Shall We Meet Earlier?

4/6/2021
Believe it or not, we Israelis aren’t always running late. Some of us even tend to arrive ahead of schedule. Yes, you read that right! In Hebrew, we have a special verb which means to arrive ahead of time. Guy explains. Hear the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Lehakdim – To be early, to show up early – להקדים Lif’amim anachnu makdimim – Sometimes we arrive ahead of time – לפעמים אנחנו מקדימים Efshar ulai lehakdim tipa? Ze beseder im ani akdim...

Duration:00:08:58

#44 Going, Going, Gone (Rerun)

3/30/2021
All languages love the word ‘to go’ and Hebrew is no different. If you type the verb’s root הלכ into Google you get two million results! And we’ll take you through them all… Just kidding! How do we use this verb holech? Let’s learn some of the most current expressions. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Holech, holechet – Going – הולך, הולכת Lalechet – To go – ללכת Ani holech ledaber ito – I am going to talk to him – אני הולך לדבר איתו Ani holecht...

Duration:00:05:33

#326 I Got Promoted!

3/23/2021
“Hey! Check out my Facebook page, and my Twitter, oh, and my TikTok account, and don’t forget my Instagram page.” In Hebrew this is called קידום עצמי, self promotion. On this episode, Guy explains words and phrases related to promotion, all derived from the root ק-ד-מ. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Kidum – Promotion – קידום Hu kibel kidum, hi kibla kidum – He/She got a promotion – הוא קיבל קידום, היא קיבלה קידום Kidum mechirot – Sales...

Duration:00:07:30

#325 We’re Making Progress!

3/16/2021
There’s a fairly new Hebrew slang term out in the wild which means “move on!” We Israelis say, תתקדם! The root קדמ in the binyan hitpael form will be our focus today, as Guy explains what advanced level courses and a mobile app upgrade have to do with קדמ. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Mitkadem – Advanced – מתקדם Yoel mesamen she-kedai lehitkadem le’evran – Yoel signals we should start moving towards them – יואל מסמן שכדאי להתקדם...

Duration:00:09:28

#324 Are You Vaccinated?

3/9/2021
Everyone’s talking about חיסונים, vaccinations, and so will we! Guy uses this trending topic as another opportunity to review the Hebrew verb format combo we all should know by heart: piel-pual-hitpael. To get your weekly dose, just press play! Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Chisun – Vaccine – חיסון Shtei menot chisun – Two vaccine doses – שתי מנות חיסון Mana – Portion, dose – מנה “Ha-choref chashuv Lechasen et ha-yeladim” – This winter it’s...

Duration:00:10:36